|The camera is equipped with a 7x optical zoom lens which results in an electronic viewfinder in stead of an optical one. I must say that the electronic viewfinder on the DiMAGE A2 can't be compared with the viewfinders from a few generations ago. The electronic viewfinder can be adjusted from 0 to 90 degrees which offers a lot more freedom capturing an image in an awkward position. Beside that the resolution has improved drastically; from 235.000 tot 922.000 pixels, which is 4x as many. Using this type of electronic viewfinder will even convince the most ardent opponent, the viewfinder offers a sharp and smooth image. The image frequency can be adjusted; 30fps for a higher resolution reproduction or 60fps for a smooth image at which the resolution is set to 640x240 in stead of 640x480. Very useful is the automatic switch from colour to black/white reproduction when there is not enough light, so the reproduction quality is maintained. This is possible on the electronic viewfinder as well as on the LCD monitor. The LCD monitor can be turned up to 90 degrees and can also be placed a few degrees away from the camera.
The revolutionary anti-shake system is a welcoming function. Firstly, and not unimportant, because it works! Konica Minolta claims that this system enables up to 3 steps increased exposure and in practice I experienced that it is definitely possible but that it comes with an increase of the ISO value or with emphasis on the use of wide angle. At close-up or macro images the anti-shake system seems to have less visible effect. On the back of the camera we find a button with a 'shaky' hand icon with which the system can be activated. The system which offsets the shaking will then jump into action when the shutter speed reaches a certain value, depending on the zoom setting of the lens. This anti-shake system is a valuable feature on the DiMAGE A2.
|The camera lies comfortably in the hand, the firm handgrip plays an important role in this. The first acquaintance with the camera can be confronting. The amount of buttons hasn't grown less over the years, but then, the DiMAGE A2 is a very complete digital camera. The 7x optical zoom lens, the same one used on some generations of this series of cameras, is operated manually. The zoom lens has a bright wide angle (28mm) of f2.8 and a telephoto (200mm) of 3.5. The camera is equipped with an internal flash and can be extended with an external flash (2500(D), 3600HS(D), 5600(D) and macro 1200 and 2400). The camera is also equipped with a flash sync port for connecting studio or other strobes, using a standard flash cable, (400V or less).
The bottom of the camera is equipped with a (metal) universal tripod connection which is placed more or less in the centre. The camera is not completely in balance, the centre of gravity lies more to the front, on the lens. The bottom of the handgrip shows the battery lid that can also be opened when the camera is on the tripod. It is possible to extend the DiMAGE A2 with a handy battery pack (BP-400). This latter one is connected to the bottom side and offers room to some two NP-400 Lithium batteries or six AA NiMH batteries. Beside that a second release button comes with it. Once connected the BP-400 gives the DiMAGE A2 a professional appearance.
Your hands are full with this DiMAGE A2 digital camera. Literally and figural spoken but not meant in a negative way. The camera has a compact size and it will keep the user busy to find out what's in it. The DiMAGE A2 is one of the most complete digital consumer cameras available nowadays.