Konica Minolta has today revealed a new DiMAGE A series digital camera, the DiMAGE A200. This model appears to be based on the DiMAGE A2 but features a new smaller and more rounded body design, control layout and a flip-out and twist LCD monitor (compared to the A2's tilt-only unit). Otherwise the specifications reveal a slightly cut-back unit which loses some A2 features but improves on others. No pricing information at this point but we can make an educated guess that this camera will be cheaper than the A2.
Major changes compared to the DiMAGE A2
- New flip-out and twist LCD monitor (higher resolution 1.8", 134,000 pixels)
- New Electronic viewfinder, no eye sensor, fixed (doesn't tilt)
- New CxProcess™ III image processor
- Larger movie clip mode: 800 x 600 @ 15 fps
- Interpolated digital zoom mode: 4x
- Auto focus: 11 point selectable, no subject tracking
- Metering system now has 256 segments (compared to 300 on the A2)
- Base sensitivity lower at ISO 50 (compared to ISO 64 on the A2)
- Slightly slower 1/3200 sec maximum shutter speed
- New 'Portrait (sRGB)' color space option
- New pop-up flash, same range, now automatic or manual, no wireless flash
- No PC Sync flash terminal
- Continuous shooting: 2.3 fps, max 5 frames / 2.0 fps, max 5 frames / 10 fps (640 x 480)
- New NP-800 Lithium-Ion battery
- Marginally smaller (3 mm narrower, 5 mm shorter)
- Lighter by 60 g (2.1 oz)
KONICA MINOLTA ADDS TO THE AWARD-WINNING LINE OF DiMAGE A DIGITAL CAMERAS
The new high performance 8.0 megapixel SLR-Type DiMAGE A200 provides superb image quality and features Konica Minolta’s Anti-Shake Technology, unique new Vari-Angle LCD monitor, and built-in 7x optical zoom lens
Mahwah, NJ (September 15, 2004) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces today the new DiMAGE A200 8.0-megapixel Single Lens Reflex (SLR)-type high-performance digital camera that is perfect for all levels of photographic experience from advanced amateur to creative beginner. Equipped with Konica Minolta’s Anti-Shake technology featuring a unique CCD-shift mechanism that offsets handheld shaking, it is easy to capture sharp images with the DiMAGE A200, even in low lighting and without the use of a tripod.
In addition, the camera’s rotating 1.8-inch TFT Vari-angle LCD monitor allows photographers to get a clear viewpoint for shooting artistic angles or taking flawless self-portraits. And, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200’s simplified operation means that all photographers can benefit from its advanced specifications, thus maximizing their photography experience.
“The new DiMAGE A200 digital camera is designed to meet the needs of even the most discriminating photographers,” said Todd Schrader, vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. “Thanks to the built-in Anti-Shake technology and other innovations, this versatile new model allows even novice photographers to transform ordinary snapshots into professional looking photographs that they’ll treasure for years.”
The camera’s 2/3-inch CCD with 8.0 million effective pixels and the high-performance Konica Minolta GT APO lens combine to produce incredibly faithful smooth-toned colors. With its proprietary new advanced LSI engine and CxProcess™ III image-processing technology, the DiMAGE A200 provides high-speed and stress-free image processing with low power consumption. And, its ability to suppress noise and provide exceptionally accurate color reproduction means that users get high-quality images every time.
And, thanks to Konica Minolta’s proprietary Anti-Shake technology that employs a unique CCD-shift mechanism, even entry-level photographers can avoid blurry pictures. This internal stabilizing system is connected directly to a CCD sensor that quickly responds to camera shake, thus rendering sharper images in dim lighting as well as hand-held telephoto shots. Especially helpful when using the 4x digital zoom (28 to 800mm) and high-performance built-in 7x optical zoom (28 to 200mm) for landscapes, close-ups, and at sporting events, the DiMAGE A200’s Anti-Shake technology is activated with the simple touch of a button. Combined with its three focusing areas – wide focus area, 11-point selectable AF area, and flex focus point – the DiMAGE A200 ensures that photographic subjects are always in perfect focus.
The camera’s newly employed vari-angle, TFT color LCD monitor can be rotated up to 270° vertically and 180° horizontally, allowing photographers unrestricted shooting at high and low angles. The included multi-functional wireless remote control makes it easier to take self-portraits and movies whenever and wherever. And, because the LCD provides high-speed, real-time viewing at 60 frames per second, there is minimal lag time between the on-screen display of moving images and the press of the shutter release, so there’s no need to worry about missing a photo opportunity.
The new DiMAGE A200 enables users to record movies in VGA mode (640 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second) for smooth, true-color playback that rivals TV quality, and SVGA mode (800 x 600 pixels at 15 frames per second), which is ideal for viewing movies or movie stills on large PC screens. This gives users the freedom to choose the screen size and frame rate that suits their needs. Recording high-quality movies is even easier when the camera’s Anti-Shake technology is enabled to minimize image blurring.
|Sensor|| 2/3" Type CCD
8.3 million total pixels
8.0 million effective pixels
|Image sizes||• 3264 x 2448
• 3264 x 2176 (3:2)
• 2560 x 1920
• 2080 x 1560
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
|File formats|| RAW (12 bits per pixel)
JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
MOV (Motion JPEG)
|Quality levels|| Extra-Fine
|Movie clips *||
800 x 600, 15 fps
|Lens|| 7x optical zoom
28 - 200 mm equiv.
F2.8 - F3.5
16 elements in 13 groups (including 2 AD glass, 2 aspherical elements)
Manual mechanically linked zoom ring
Filter thread 49 mm
|Digital zoom *|| Normal mode: 2x
Interpolated mode: 4x
|Stabilization||Anti-Shake system (CCD stabilized)|
|Auto focus *|| Video AF
Wide focus area
11 point selectable
Flex Focus Point in Spot focus area mode
|Focus modes *|| Single
Manual focus (magnifier during MF)
|Manual focus||Focus by wire ring at rear of lens barrel|
|AF assist beam||Unknown|
|Focus range|| Normal: W 0.5 m - Infinity, T 2 m - Infinity
Macro (at wide): 21 - 51 cm (8.3 - 20 in) *
Macro (at tele): 13 - 50 cm (5.1 - 19.7 in) *
* From front of the lens
|Shooting modes|| Program AE (with shift)
|Scene modes|| Portrait
|Metering *|| Multi-segment (256 segments)
Spot (center or with Flex Focus Point)
|Sensitivity equiv. *|| Auto
|Exposure compen.|| -2.0 to +2.0 EV
0.3 EV steps
|Exposure bracketing|| Three images
0.3 or 0.5 EV steps
|Digital Enhanced bracketing *||White balance|
|Shutter speed *|| 30 - 1/3200 sec (1/1600 sec in S or M mode)
Bulb (max 30 sec)
|AE lock||AE lock button or shutter release half-press|
|Noise reduction||User controllable (dark frame)|
|White balance *|| Auto
Fluorescent (1 & 2)
Custom (2 memories)
|Color modes *|| Natural Color (sRGB)
Vivid Color (sRGB)
Embedded Adobe RGB
Black and white (neutral and toned)
|Color spaces|| sRGB
|Color modes|| Natural color
|Image parameters|| Contrast: 3 levels
Sharpness: 3 levels
Saturation: 3 levels
|Self-timer||2 or 10 sec|
|Flash *|| Automatic or Manual pop-up
Control: ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash
Range (wide): 0.5 - 3.8 m (1.6 - 12.5 ft) - Auto ISO
Range (tele): 0.5 - 3.0 m (1.6 - 9.8 ft) - Auto ISO
Modes: Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear flash sync, Slow sync
Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Recycle: 5 sec
|External flash *|| Accessory shoe
Auto-flash metering with Program/Maxxum Flash 2500 (D), 3600HS (D), 5600HS (D), Macro Twin Flash 2400,* Macro Ring Flash 1200 *
*Macro Flash Controller is necessary. Non-dedicated off-camera flash units can be used using the camera's flash-sync terminal.
|Flash sync||All shutter speeds|
|Continuous drive *|| Standard: 2.0 fps (up to 5 frames)
High-speed: 2.3 fps (up to 5 frames)
UHS progressive drive (640 x 480): 10 fps
|Print compliance|| Print Image Matching II
Exif Print (EXIF 2.2)
|Direct print||PictBridge compatible printers|
|Viewfinder *|| EVF (Electronic viewfinder)
0.44" Type TFT, 235,000 pixels
Eye relief: 22 mm at -1 m-1
Dioptre: -5 ~ +2 m-1
|LCD monitor *|| 1.8" TFT LCD, 134,000 pixels
100% frame coverage
"Vari-angle" (Flip-out and twist)
|Storage|| Compact Flash Type I/II
|Power *|| NP-800 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Battery charger included
|Connectivity *|| USB 2.0 (only USB 1.1 speed)
|Dimensions *||114 x 80 x 115 mm (4.5 x 3.2 x 4.5 in)|
|Weight (no batt) *||505 g (17.8 oz)|
|Standard accessories *||Neck Strap NS-DG8000, Lens Cap (49mm) LF-1349, Accessory Shoe Cap SC-10, AV Cable AVC-500, USB Cable USB-3, DiMAGE Viewer, ULEAD Video Studio 8 SE, Lens Shade DLS-3, Lithium-ion Battery NP-800, Wireless Remote Control RC-D1, Lithium-ion Battery Charger BC-900|
* Specification changed compared to the DiMAGE A2
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