Minolta DiMAGE A1 Review
Minolta DiMAGE A1 Specifications
|Street Price|| US: $ 999 [check
UK: £ 799 [check / order]
|Body Material||Metal Alloy / Plastic|
|CCD pixels||5.24 million|
|CCD effective pixels||5.0 million|
|CCD Colour Filter Array||G - R - G - B|
|A/D Converter||14 bit|
|Max resolution||2560 x 1920|
|Lower resolutions|| 2560 x 1920
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
|Image ratio w:h||4:3|
|Image formats|| TIFF
JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
|Quality Levels|| RAW (only 2560 x 1920)
Extra Fine (JPEG)
|Sensitivity equiv.|| Auto (ISO 100 - 200)
|Zoom wide (W)||28 mm|
|Zoom tele (T)||200 mm (7x)|
|Zoom control||Mechanically linked zoom ring on lens|
|Lens Thread||49 mm|
|Lens Max Aperture||F2.8 - F3.5|
|Lens Construction||16 glass elements in 13 groups, 2 AD elements, 2 aspherical elements, coated|
|Auto Focus modes|| Single shot AF
Subject Tracking AF
Manual Focus (2x or 8x magnifier, focus by wire ring)
|Auto Focus areas|| Wide focus area (one of
11 focus points automatically selected)
Spot focus point (center)
Flex Focus Point control
|AF Illumination lamp||No|
|Normal focus range||50 cm (19.7 in) - Infinity|
|Macro focus range|| Wide angle macro: 30 - 60
cm (11.8 - 23.6 in)
Telephoto macro: 13 - 60 cm (5.1 - 23.6 in)
|Shutter||Mechanical and Electronic (CCD)|
|Min shutter|| Auto: 4 sec
P/A/S/M: 30 sec (Bulb: 30 sec)
|Max shutter||1/16000 sec|
|Noise reduction||Yes, for long exposures (can be disabled)|
|Aperture Priority|| Wide: F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4,
F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1 F8, F9, F10, F11
Tele: F3.5, F4, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1 F8, F9, F10, F11
|Shutter Priority||30, 25, 20, 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.5, 0.4, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1600, 1/2000, 1/2500, 1/3200, 1/4000, 1/5000, 1/6400, 1/8000, 1/10000, 1/13000, 1/16000 sec|
|Manual exposure||Apertures and shutter speeds as above plus Bulb (maximum 30 secs)|
300 Segment Metering
|Exposure adjustment||-2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps|
|AE Lock||Yes, AE Lock button (partial, hold, toggle)|
|Bracketing|| Exposure, contrast, colour
Exposure: 0.5 or 0.3 EV steps
Contrast and Colour Saturation, Filter: fixed increments
Bracket: 3 frames
Filter (Colour: -5 to +5: Warm to Cool, B&W: 11 filters)
|Colour Modes|| Natural Color (sRGB)
Vivid Color (sRGB)
Embedded Adobe RGB
B&W (Neutral and Toned)
|White Balance|| Auto
Manual preset 1-3
* Can be fine tuned in 7 steps
|Continuous|| High-continuous - 2.8 fps
(3 frames @ 2560 x 1920 Fine) *
Continuous - 2 fps (3 frames @ 2560 x 1920 Fine) *
* 5 frames in a burst in RAW mode
|Movie clip|| Standard: 320 x 240, 24
fps, max 15 mins with audio
Night movie: 320 x 240, 24 fps, max 15 mins, with audio
Time-lapse movie: 640 x 480, 4 fps no audio
|Voice memos|| 5 or 15 seconds (max) with still image|
|Built-in Flash||Yes, manual pop-up|
|Flash Range (approx.)||
Wide: 0.5 - 3.8 m (1.6 - 12.5 ft)
|Flash Metering|| ADI (Advanced distance integration)
Manual flash control
|Flash compensation||+/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps|
|Flash sync speed||Any shutter speed|
|External flash||Via flash hot shoe: Auto-flash metering
with Minolta Program Flash 5600HS(D), Program Flash 3600HS(D), Macro
Twin Flash 2400*, Macro Flash Ring 1200*
*Macro Flash Controller is necessary
Compatible with Minolta PC Flash Adapter
Year/month/day (format can be changed)
|User memories||Five user memories|
|Tripod mount||Yes, metal|
|Self-timer||Yes, 2 or 10 sec delay|
|Remote control||Optional extra, wired|
|Time-lapse recording|| Yes, 2 - 240 frames, intervals:
30 sec, 1 - 10 min
15, 20, 30, 45, 60 min
Start time: 0-24 hour in 30 min increments
Can be recorded as separate images or as a 4 fps movie clip
|Video out||Yes, selectable NTSC / PAL|
|Storage media|| Compact Flash Type I or
IBM Microdrive compatible
� FAT32 compatible
|Storage included||16 MB Compact Flash card|
|Viewfinder|| Electronic viewfinder
Ferroelectric LCD (4.8mm, 71,000 24-bit colour pixels)
Can be tilted upwards through 90 degrees
Frame coverage 100%
Auto-display (eye proximity sensor)
|LCD|| Can be tilted -20 to 90
1.8" TFT 118,000 pixels
Frame coverage 100%
|LCD/Viewfinder||Customizable live view display modes
(any can be enabled / disabled):
Focus frame only
Standard display with histogram
|Record zoom||View can be magnified up to 4x for accurate focusing (MF only)|
|Print compliance|| DPOF
Print Image Matching II
ExifPrint (EXIF 2.2)
|Playback zoom||Yes, 2.0 - 8.0x, scrollable|
|Power|| NP-400 Lithium-Ion rechargeable
1500 mAh 7.4 V
|Battery charger||Yes, included|
|Weight (inc. battery)||639 g (1.4 lb)|
|Dimensions (inc. grip)||117 x 85 x 114 mm (4.61 x 3.35 x 4.47 in)|
|Standard accessories||Neck Strap NS-DG4000, Lens Cap (49mm) LF-1249, Accessory Shoe Cap SC-10, AV Cable AVC-400, 16MB CompactFlash Card, USB Cable USB-500, DiMAGE Viewer, Lens Shade DLS-1, Lithium-ion Battery NP-400, Lithium-ion Battery Charger BC-400|
|Optional accessories||AC Adapter AC-1L, Leather Neck Strap NS-DG1000, Holding Strap HS-2, External High Power Battery Pack Kit EBP-100, Remote Cord RC-1000S, Remote Cord RC-1000L, Step Up Adapter 49mm - 62mm, CompactFlash Adapter for SD Memory Cards SD-CF1, Battery Pack BP-400, DiMAGE Capture|
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