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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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Page 12:Video, Power, Software

Review First Posted: 12/22/2004

Video Out

The Konica Minolta A200 provides a video output jack with an accompanying video cable. The signal timing can be set to NTSC or PAL via the Setup menu. The Video output duplicates the contents of the LCD in all modes, permitting it to be used as an auxiliary viewfinder.


The Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 uses an NP-800 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack for power, or the optional AC adapter. The camera comes with a battery and charger and shows excellent battery life, but I highly recommend picking up a spare and keeping it freshly charged at all times.

Here are the power-consumption numbers I measured for the DiMAGE A200 in the lab, along with estimated run times, based on a single lithium-ion cell:

Operating Mode
(@6 volts on the external power terminal)
Est. Minutes
(800 mAh cell)
Capture Mode, w/LCD
411 mA
Capture Mode, no LCD
380 mA
Capture Mode, w/AntiShake
427 mA
Half-pressed shutter w/LCD
458 mA
Half-pressed w/o LCD
417 mA
Memory Write (transient)
260 mA
Flash Recharge (transient)
917 mA
Image Playback
177 mA

With a worst-case run time of 144 minutes (capture mode, rear LCD operating), and playback runtime of nearly 5.6 hours, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 shows good to very good battery life. Its performance is also helped by the fact that it can be set to go to sleep fairly quickly, and it awakens gracefully when it's time to shoot again. My standard recommendation that serious shooters purchase a second battery right along with the camera still holds, but run times on a single battery are still pretty good. 


In the Box

The DiMAGE A200 ships with the following items:

  • Wireless remote control RC-D1
  • Lens shade DLS-3
  • Lens cap
  • Accessory shoe cap SC-10
  • Neck strap NS-DG8000
  • Video cable AVC-500
  • USB cable USB-3
  • NP-800 lithium-ion battery pack and charger BC-900
  • DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM
  • Ulead VideoStudio 8 SE CD-ROM
  • Instruction manual and registration information


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