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Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

Konica Minolta trims a little and adds a little relative to their top-end A2 model, delivering a strong contender in the 8-megapixel derby.

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Review First Posted: 12/22/2004

Comparison with other DiMAGE cameras

Many of our readers will be familiar with the previous DiMAGE A1 and A2 models, so I put together the following major feature comparison between the DiMAGE A1, A2 and the Konica Minolta A200:

Feature DiMAGE A200 DiMAGE A2 DiMAGE A1
Branding Konica Minolta Konica Minolta Minolta
Sensor Type Interlaced RGBG CCD Interlaced RGBG CCD Progressive Scan RGBG CCD
Sensor Resolution (total pixels) 8.3 megapixel 8.3 megapixel 5.3 megapixel
Sensor Resolution (effective) 8.0 megapixel 8.0 megapixel 5.0 megapixel
Maximum Image Size 3,264 x 2,448 pixels 3,264 x 2,448 pixels 2,560 x 1,920 pixels
3:2 Image Size 3,264 x 2,176 pixels 3,264 x 2,176 pixels None
RAW + JPEG mode Yes Yes No
TIFF Mode No Yes Yes
A/D Conversion 12-bit 12-bit 14-bit
Digital Zoom 2x, 1-4x interpolated 2x 2x
Playback Zoom Up to 10x Up to 10.2x Up to 8.0x
Electronic Viewfinder Resolution
Approx. 320 x 240 pixels x 3 colors
(Approx. 235,000 dots)
640 x 480 pixels x 3 colors
(Approx. 922,000 dots)
Approx. 320 x 240 pixels x 3 colors
Approx. 235,000 dots
Electronic Viewfinder Refresh Rate (not specified)
640 x 480: 30 frames per second
640 x 240: 60 frames per second
Unknown, slower than DiMAGE A2
Electronic Viewfinder Diopter Control 5 ~ +2 m-1 3.5 ~ +1.5 m-1

5 ~ +2 m-1

Electronic Viewfinder Eye Relief (not specified) 19.5 mm at -1 m-1 22 mm at -1 m-1
Tiltable Electronic Viewfinder? No Yes Yes
Tilt/Swivel rear-panel LCD? Yes No No
Depth of Field Preview No Yes -
Connectivity
USB 2.0 Full Speed
USB 2.0 High Speed
USB 1.1
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800 Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800
White Balance Options Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, two Fluorescent settings, Cloudy, Shade, Flash settings), Manual Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shade, Flash, Manual Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shade, Manual
Color Modes Natural (sRGB),
Vivid Color (sRGB),
Black & White,
Adobe RGB with embedded color profile,
Portrait (sRGB)

(A slight tossup, losing Adobe RGB w/o profile and Solarization, gain Portrait sRGB. - I count that as a net plus.)
Natural (sRGB),
Vivid Color (sRGB),
Black & White,
Adobe RGB,
Adobe RGB with embedded color profile,
Solarization
Natural (sRGB),
Vivid Color (sRGB),
Black & White,
Adobe RGB,
Adobe RGB with embedded color profile,
Solarization
Bracketing Options Exposure,
White Balance
Exposure,
White Balance,
Contrast,
Saturation,
Hue (color filter)
Exposure,
White Balance,
Contrast,
Saturation,
Hue (color filter)
Shutter Speed Range
30 - 1/3,200 second.
30 - 1/4,000 second.
30 - 1/16,000 second.
Exposure Control Range (Program and Aperture Priority AE)
Wide: EV -1.7 ~ 20
Tele: EV -1.2 ~ 20.7
Wide: EV -1.7 ~ 20
Tele: EV -1.2 ~ 20.7
Wide: EV -1 ~ 20
Tele: EV -0.4 ~ 20.7
Exposure Control Range (Shutter Priority AE and Manual)
Wide: EV -2 ~ 19
Tele: EV -1.4 ~ 19
Wide: EV -2 ~ 19
Tele: EV -1.4 ~ 19
Wide: EV -2 ~ 21
Tele: EV -1.4 ~ 21
Multi-Segment Metering System 256 segments
(a minor difference)
300 segments 300 segments
AE Lock Options Toggle,
Hold
Toggle,
Hold,
Toggle (spot meter)
Hold (spot meter)
Toggle,
Hold,
Toggle (spot meter)
Hold (spot meter)
Flash Exposure Control Auto, Manual Auto, ADI, Wireless, Manual Auto, ADI, Wireless, Manual
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe Only Hot Shoe,
PC sync terminal
Hot Shoe,
PC sync terminal
Subject Tracking AF No Yes No
Autofocus Area Options Wide Area, Spot (choice of 11 points across the frame), Flex Focus Wide Area, Flex Focus ("Spot" is a subset of Flex Focus) Wide Area, Flex Focus ("Spot" is a subset of Flex Focus)
3D Predictive Autofocus System Speed Better Better Good
Manual Focus assist magnification 2x 2x or 8x 2x or 8x
Movie Resolution
800 x 600 pixels
640 x 480 pixels
320 x 240 pixels
544 x 408 pixels
320 x 240 pixels
320 x 240 pixels
Movie Frame Rate 15 or 30 frames per second 15 or 30 frames per second 24 frames per second
Interval recording, time-lapse movie mode No Yes Yes
Depth of Field Preview No Yes, Custom Function No
Standard Continuous Advance Mode Speed 2 frames per second
(Based on IR tests)
1.8 frames per second
(Based on IR tests)
1.8 frames per second
(Based on IR tests)
High-Speed Continuous Advance Mode Speed 2.3 frames per second
(Based on IR tests)
3.2 frames per second
(Based on IR tests)
2.9 frames per second
(Based on IR tests)
UHS Continuous Advance Mode Speed 10 frames per second (640 x 480 pixels) 7 frames per second (640 x 480 pixels) N/A
Shot to shot speed, JPEGs 2.53 second 1.26 second -
JPEG buffer capacity 11 3 -
Shot to shot speed, RAW 5.23 second 1.14 second -
RAW buffer capacity 5 3 -
DPOF Date Printing Option Yes Yes No
PictBridge compliant Yes Yes No
DCF Compliant Yes, version 2.0 Yes, version 2.0 Yes, version 1.0
EXIF Compliant Yes, version 2.21 Yes, version 2.21 Yes, version 2.2
Weight (with battery pack and memory card)
20.3 oz.
576g
23.0 oz.
653 g
23.4 oz.
663 g
Included Memory None None 16MB CF card
Included Lens Shade DLS-3 DLS-2 DLS-1
Included Wireless Remote Yes No -
Optional Vertical Hand Grip/Battery Holder No Yes Yes
Voice Memo Option No Yes Yes
Other Gold detail around outside of lens zoom ring, silk-screening on left of camera reads "DiMAGE A200, 8.0M Anti-Shake"; badge on front of the camera reads "AS ANTI-SHAKE."
Functions controlled by A2 dials on left side of camera largely moved to new "FUNC" menu.
Gold detail around outside of lens zoom ring; silk-screening on left of camera reads "DiMAGE A2 SUPER FINE EVF"; badge on the front of the camera reads "AS ANTI-SHAKE 8.0M". Silver detail around front edge of lens zoom ring; silk-screening on left of camera reads "DiMAGE A1 5.0 MEGA PIXELS"; badge on the front of the camera reads "AS ANTI-SHAKE".

 


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