Jan 8, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 review

Digital Camera Resource Page have posted their review of the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 and write:
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 ($799) is a lower cost version of the popular DiMAGE A2 (see our review). The two cameras share the same 8MP sensor, Anti-shake system, and lens, but they differ in many other ways, as you'll see in the review. The DiMAGE A200 is a full-featured camera with an 8 Megapixel CCD, 7X zoom lens, manual controls, hot shoe, and much more. There's a fair amount of competition in the 7-8 Megapixel arena, so read on to see how the A200 performs!
The A200 is well put-together, not it's not quite as "tank-like" as its main competition, the Nikon Coolpix 8800. It's easy to hold, and the controls aren't nearly as intimidating as they were on the A2. I love the manual zoom and focus rings, too. The flip-out LCD is sharp and motion is fluid, and it is visible in low light conditions. The same goes for the electronic viewfinder, but I do miss the high resolution, tiltable screen from the A2. Other nice features on the A200 include its movie mode and support for add-on lenses and an external flash. And finally, the camera supports RAW and RAW+JPEG recording, with very little delay between shots. Konica Minolta includes software that takes full advantage of the RAW format.

I do have a few complaints to mention, though. Images could be a little sharper, though that's easy to correct in the record menu. For those who want to get super-close to their subjects, steer clear of this camera, as the closest focus distance is 25 cm. The bulb mode is also a little disappointing, with its 30 second limit. I don't care for the buttons on the left side of the camera, which are flush to the body and are hard to find when you're not looking at that side of the camera. Last, but not least, I am not a fan of the full manual only on CD-ROM thing, and a memory card would've been a nice find in the box.

Overall, the A200 gets my enthusiastic recommendation. The Coolpix 8800 (see our review) is also a good choice for those who want more manual controls, better build quality, closer focusing, and more zoom power. Do note that its lens starts at 35 mm, though. Ultimately the decision is yours, so read both reviews and try them in person if possible!
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