Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Review
In September 2004 Konica Minolta revealed a slightly surprising new DiMAGE A series digital camera, the DiMAGE A200. Based on the DiMAGE A2 (and predecessor, the A1), the A200 features a new, smaller and more rounded body design, simplified 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.
Like the A2, the A200 offers a wealth of photographic features, mechanically operated 28-200mm equivalent zoom lens and Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake technology that employs a unique CCD-shift mechanism (also seen in the recent Dynax 7D digital SLR).
Here's some of the key new features and changes:
- 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
- Base sensitivity lower at ISO 50 (compared to ISO 64 on the A2)
- New 'Portrait (sRGB)' color space option
- New pop-up flash, same range, now automatic or manual, no wireless flash
- No PC Sync flash terminal
- New NP-800 Lithium-Ion battery
- Marginally smaller (3 mm narrower, 5 mm shorter)
- Lighter by 60 g (2.1 oz)
Konica Minolta A2 vs A200 (major differences)
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2
|ISO sensitivity||Auto, 50,100,200,400,800||Auto, 64,100,200,400,800|
|Viewfinder|| 0.44 inch 320x240 pixels
–5 to +2 m-1 dioptre control
| 0.44 inch 640x480 pixel
–3.5 to +1.5 m-1 dioptre control
|Shooting modes||JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG||JPEG, RAW, TIFF, RAW+JPEG|
|LCD|| 1.8-inch, 134,000 pixels
Flip out and twist
1.8-inch, 118,000 pixels
|Motion tracking AF||No||Yes|
|Multi segment metering|| 256 segments
|Max shutter speed||1/3200 sec||1/4000 sec|
|Movie Mode (Max)|| 800 x 600 @ 15fps
640 x 480 @ 30fps
Max 15 minutes
| 544 x 408 @ 30fps
Max 6 minutes
|Continuous shooting|| 2.3 fps (full size images), 5 frames
10 fps (640 x 480 images)
| 2.7 fps (full size images), 3 frames
7 fps (640 x 480 images)
|Bracketing options|| Exposure
|Flash PC synch terminal||No||Yes|
|Optional battery pack/ vertical shooting grip||No||Yes|
|Top plate info LCD||No||Yes|
|Wireless remote||Included||Not available|
|Digital Zoom (Max)||4x||2x|
|Image Processor||CxProcess III||CxProcess II|
|Weight (inc. battery)||579 g (20.4 oz)||639 g (22.5 oz)|
|Dimensions||114 x 80 x 115 mm (4.5 x 3.2 x 4.5 in)||117 x 85 x 114 mm (4.6 x 3.4 x 4.5 in)|
New Portrait (sRGB) color space
|Street price|| US: $699
• 2/3 inch interlaced primary-color CCD
|Image sizes||• 3264 x 2448
• 2560 x 1920
• 2080 x 1560
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 800 x 600 (15 fps)
28 - 200mm equiv. (7x optical zoom)
|Focus|| Video AF
Auto and manual focus
Continuous and single shot AF
Wide area, Spot (11 focus areas), Flex focus
25cm closest focus (macro mode, telephoto)
• Programmed AE with program shift
|White Balance|| Auto
Manual (2 custom settings)
|Image parameters|| Contrast (10 levels)
Saturation (10 levels)
Color filter ((10 levels from cool to warm)
|Color modes||• Natural Color (sRGB)
• Vivid Color (sRGB)
• Portrait (sRGB)
• Adobe RGB
• Embedded Adobe RGB
• Black and white (neutral and toned)
|Continuous|| 2 fps, max 5 frames
2.3 fps, max 5 frames
10 fps, 640 x 480 pixels, limited by card size
|Flash|| Built-in pop-up flash (manual activation)
Auto, Manual (fill flash), Red-eye reduction, Slow sync: on/off/rear
Range (Auto ISO): W:0.5 -3.8m (1.6 - 12.5 ft; T: 0.5– 3.0 m (1.6– 9.8 ft)
• Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
|Storage|| CompactFlash I/II|
|Viewfinder|| 0.44-inch electronic viewfinder
Approx coverage 100%
320 x 240 pixels
235,000 visible dots
|LCD monitor||• 1.8" TFT LCD, 134,000 pixels
• 100% frame coverage
• Vari-angle (Flip-out and twist)
|Connectivity||• USB 2.0 (12 MB/s)
• A/V out
|Power||• NP-800 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
• Battery charger included
• Neck Strap NS-DG8000,
256 Zone Multi, Spot (center or focus point) and Centre-weighted metering
|Weight (excl batts)||505 g (17.8 oz)|
|Dimensions||114 x 80 x 115 mm (4.5 x 3.2 x 4.5 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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