The Konica Minolta gives every satisfaction in practice. As said before, this model is a true competitor for a digital SLR camera. It has an outstanding zoom range combined with a heap of settings and beside that a competing price tag. In fact, Konica Minolta holds a top camera in his hands with which a very high level of photography can be achieved. Of course this also depends on the user, anyhow the DiMAGE A2 is ready to join that high level.
The DiMAGE A2 is the latest model in the high resolution class. This model came from a whole range of digital cameras and seems to have reached the adult status. Minolta, before it became Konica Minolta, was the first to introduce a 5 Megapixel camera. A true revolution at that time and to combine that with the large zoom range was an impressive performance. Today we got acquainted with the DiMAGE A2 and to be honest, the camera maintains its impressive status! A high resolution of 8 Megapixels, still a bright high quality lens with a large zoom range and an excellent image quality.
On the field of image processing (TIFF and RAW) some improvements can be made. The internal buffer or image processor needs a prod from time to time to be able to process those high resolution images in a different format than JPEG with a high speed. A camera like the A2 challenges the user to step over to RAW, however because of the slow processing time the challenge might get more or less wasted.
The unique Anti-Shake function is absolutely one of the strongest trump cards that Konica Minolta possesses. We will undoubtedly hear more about it! The camera starts up really fast and is excellently capable of capturing the fast moments. Despite of the high resolution on a relatively small image sensor, the low ISO values have an outstanding noise proportion. Beside that the Konica Minolta's focusing technique is capable of dealing with diverse objects. It is only occasionally that the focus gives in. If that is the case the switch to manual focus can be made easily and quickly. Further more the applied high resolution electronic viewfinder and the monitor are of outstanding quality and at this moment they are on a lonely top of all monitors used in digital cameras. Purchasing the DiMAGE A2 doesn't only give you the possession of a high resolution camera but also the latest innovations on the field of digital cameras.
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 is absolutely recommendable for those who are looking for a high resolution and a versatile digital camera. A camera that leaves all photographic frontiers wide open to be explored, a camera that will capture every precious moment in many ways!
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The memory compartment is placed on the right side of the camera and is covered with a (plastic) cover that can be opened easily. After opening the slot is visible and the card can be inserted. Press a small catch and the card jumps out again and the slot is freed again. The DiMAGE A2 supports the FAT32 system, so a memory card with more than 2GB storage capacity can also be used. The camera has six different settings as far as resolution is concerned: from 3264x2448 to 640x480 pixels. Beside that there is a choice of three different JPEG compressions. And beside that an image can be stored in TIFF or RAW format and the handy combination of RAW + JPEG can also be chosen. This latter option is very useful to have an 'original' file with the raw unedited material and at the same time a JPEG format to work with.
The camera is rather fast when processing high resolution JPEG files. Processing the combined RAW + JPEG files is not the strongest side of the camera. This handy function will be bothered about its processing time. In practice unfortunately a processing time from over 16 seconds is the rule rather than the exception. Two different memory cards have been used for storage, an older unbranded CompactFlash memory card and the Ultra II 1GB SanDisk CF, a card from the last generation with a fast read and write procedure. When this older card is used it is clear that the differences between write and read times do exist. It is recommendable to have yourself informed when purchasing a memory card, and to pay attention to the guaranteed speed of the memory card.