Minolta DiMAGE A1 Review
Top of camera controls
On the top of the camera are the data panel LCD (detailed earlier), shutter release and front control dial. Behind this you can see the microphone and behind that the exposure mode dial (which no longer has a position lock). Just to the left of the dial is the display information button and magnification button.
Buttons (Record mode)
The function of this button can be customized to either digital zoom or Flex Digital Magnifier. In digital zoom mode pressing the button engages or disengages a 2x digital zoom. In Flex Digital Magnifier mode you can engage a visual 2x or 8x live view magnification for manual focus (and only manual focus).
Buttons (Play mode)
In play mode pressing this button switches into magnify mode, press the up and down arrows to select magnification range of 2x to 8x, press the SET button to switch to scroll mode.
Auto recording mode is identical to Program AE (below) except that when the camera is turned on or is turned to Auto mode all camera settings are reset to factory default (such as exposure compensation, white balance, metering, etc.)
|P|| Program Auto Exposure (with
In this mode the camera automatically selects aperture and shutter speed based on the current metered exposure value, exposure compensation and selected ISO sensitivity. Note that the A1 supports Pa and Ps program shift which allows you to choose from a range of equivalent exposures by turning the front dial (shutter speed) or rear dial (aperture). When shifted the mode indicator on the rear LCD monitor changes from P to Ps or Pa. For example:
|A|| Aperture Priority Auto Exposure
In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will calculate the correct shutter speed depending on metered exposure, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Calculated shutter speed is shown on a half-press of the shutter release button. Turn either command dial select different apertures. If the exposure is outside of the cameras exposure range the shutter speed will appear in red on the LCD/EVF. Available apertures:
|S|| Shutter Priority Auto Exposure
In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will calculate the correct aperture depending on metered exposure, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Selected shutter speed is shown on the top information LCD and rear LCD (or EVF). Calculated aperture is shown on a half-press of the shutter release button. Turn either command dial select different shutter speeds. If the exposure is outside of the cameras exposure range the aperture will appear in red on the LCD/EVF. Available shutter speeds:
Full Manual Exposure
|Scene mode: Portrait
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|Scene mode: Sports
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|Scene mode: Sunset
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|Scene mode: Night Portrait
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Note: You can customize the camera so that the subject program positions on the mode dial are used to recall memory setups rather than scene modes.
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