|Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 digital camera review : This new top model with the name Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 comes from generations of DiMAGE 7 models by the brand of Minolta. At the time of the PMA 2004 show in Las Vegas, where I was also present, the new 8 Megapixel digital camera was officially introduced. Just like its predecessor the DiMAGE A1, the A2 is also equipped with the innovative Anti-Shake system with which Konica Minolta stands an excellent chance. This innovative CCD shift mechanism is a very effective way of absorbing little jerky movements of the camera, especially when taking images with telephoto lens or in bad weather conditions. The movement pattern is neutralised as it were, which offers an extremely fine stability and enables 3x slower shutter speeds. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 features 8 Megapixels, 2/3 type interlace scan CCD image sensor with which Konica Minolta makes a huge step from 5 to 8 Megapixels forward.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 - Features
The model looks a lot like a reflex camera, except for the possibility to interchange lenses and in stead of an optical viewfinder, the user will have to settle for a high quality electronic viewfinder. The DiMAGE 7 was already introduced 2 years ago and was the first prosumer digital camera with a respectable 5 Megapixel resolution. Now, 2 years later, I hold the product in my hands that once started with the DiMAGE 7. In the course of this route a multiplicity of improvements and applications were applied and the DiMAGE A2 is bound to beat them all. The same 7x optical zoom lens is applied, the resolution was given an enormous lift up to 8 Megapixels, and the LCD monitor was made easier accessible. Applying a useful sensor in the handgrip of the camera to measure if the camera is really in ones hand, in order to save energy when the camera is activated in the Continuous AF mode, is only one small example of the many features of the new Konica Minolta A2 digital camera.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 - Strong competitor
Introducing the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 entered a strong competitor into the competition. Digital reflex cameras like the Nikon D70 and the EOS 300D camera, have similar settings or are even more restricted (EOS 300D), they feature the possibility to interchange the lenses, but have to give in concerning price/quality relation that a camera like the DiMAGE A2 and his strong trump card, the 7x optical zoom brings along. In short, more than one reason to put this new descendant through the test. The camera is a very interesting camera for the serious photographer in more than one view, The Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 has recently become available at the local photo shop and will be reviewed in the following digital camera review.
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