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Minolta DiMAGE A1

Minolta updates their revolutionary five-megapixel electronic SLR with faster shutter speeds, an Anti-Shake mode, 14-bit A/D, and a tilting LCD monitor, among other improvements.

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Reference: Datasheet

Review First Posted: 08/08/2003, Updated: 11/10/03

Digital Camera Data Sheet:
Minolta DiMAGE A1


Model Name:

Minolta DiMAGE A1 
Model Number: A1 
Camera Format: Compact 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price:  
Street Price:  
Price Update Date: 2007-02-07
Date Available:  
Remote Control: Yes 
Remote Control Type: Wired (RC-1000S or RC-1000L) 
Tripod Mount: Yes 
Tripod Mount Material: Metal 
Operating System: Windows, MacOS 
Weight: 19.8 oz (560 g)
Weight With Batteries?  
Size: 4.6 x 3.3 x 4.5 in.
(117 x 85 x 114 mm)
Warranty in Months:  
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 2560x1920, 2080x1560, 1600x1200, 640x480
Movie Resolution: 320x240, 640x480
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 5.00
CCD Size (inches): 2/3 inch 
CCD Filter Type: RGBG 
CCD Manufacturer: Unknown CCD 
Focal Length Multiplier:  
Movie Audio: Yes 
Quality Levels: 5
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 - 200 mm
Zoom Ratio: 7.14x
Digital Zoom: Yes 
Digital Zoom Values: 2x 
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type: Video AF 
Auto Focus Assist Light?  
Auto Focus Min Illum:  
Auto Focus Step:  
Manual Focus: Yes 
Manual Focus Steps:  
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity
20.4 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 13 - 60 cm
5.3 - 24.5 in
Min Macro Area: 2 x 1 mm
0.1 x 0.1 in
Min Aperture: f/11.0
Max Aperture: f/2.8
Aperture Range Description: f/2.8 (wide) / f/3.5 (tele) - f/11 
Aperture Step Size:  
Lens Thread: 49 mm
Lens Thread Type: Lens threads 
Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
Optical VF Type: 0.44" 235k pixel TFT LCD EVF 
Optical VF Accuracy: 100%
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD VF Accuracy: 100%
LCD Size (inches): 1.8
LCD Resolution: 118,000 dots
OLED Screen:  
Max Playback Zoom: 8.00
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400, 800
ISO Rating Max: 800
Number of White Balance Settings: 8
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Shade, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Custom 
Manual White Balance: Yes 
Longest Shutter Time: 30 
Shortest Shutter Time: 1/16000 
Exp Adj Range: 2.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size: 0.33 EV
Metering Modes: 300-segment multi, center-weighted, spot 
Spot Metering: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Self Timer: 2 or 10
Internal Flash: Yes 
No of Flash Modes: 4
Flash Modes: Fill-Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Rear Flash Sync, Wireless 
Flash Guide Number (Meters):  
Flash Range Default ISO (meters): 3.8
Flash Range Description: Wide: Approximately 1.6 12.5 ft. (0.5 - 3.8m); Telephoto: Approximately 1.6 9.8 ft. (0.5 - 3m) 
No of Flash "Pops":  
Ext Flash: Yes 
Ext Flash Connection: Hot Shoe, Sync Terminal 
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: CompactFlash Type 1, CompactFlash Type 2 
Other Memory Types: Microdrive 
Memory Included (MB): 16.0
Uncompressed Format: RAW, TIFF 
CCD Raw Format: Yes 
Compressed Format: JPEG 
Movie File Format:  
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode Switchable: Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder:  
External Connections: Serial, USB 1.1
Other Connection: DC In 
Included Software: DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM 
OS Compatibility: Windows, MacOS 
Performance Timing
Startup Time: 3.230 seconds
Shutdown Time: 3.000 seconds
Play -> Record: 0.860 seconds
Record -> Play (max res): 2.600 seconds
Record -> Play (min res): 2.510 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 0.610 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus: 0.220 seconds
Shutter Lag, Prefocus: 0.170 seconds
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format: 2.280 seconds
Cycle Time Max Res: 1.050 seconds
Cycle Time Min Res: 1.250 seconds
Buffer Frames, Max Res: 5
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 2.800
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 24.00
Movie Sec @ Max Res: 15.00
Movie Sec @ Min Res: 15.00
Download speed, KB/second:  
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary NP-400 
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-Ion rechargeable 
Batteries Included: Proprietary NP-400 Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included: Yes 
More Information
Notes & Features: 640 x 480 movie mode only available for time-lapse movies. 
Review URL: Review
Test Shots URL: Test Shots
Photo Gallery URL:  
Device Forum URL: Forum
Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website

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