Minolta DiMAGE A200 ($799) is a lower cost version
of the popular DiMAGE A2 (see
our review). The two cameras share the same 8MP
sensor, Anti-shake system, and lens, but they differ
in many other ways, as you'll see in the review.
The DiMAGE A200 is a full-featured camera with an
8 Megapixel CCD, 7X zoom lens, manual controls, hot
shoe, and much more. There's a fair amount of competition
in the 7-8 Megapixel arena, so read on to see how
the A200 performs!
What's in the Box?
The DiMAGE A200 has an average bundle.
Inside the box, you'll find:
- The 8.0 effective Megapixel Konica
Minolta DiMAGE A200 camera
- NP-800 Li-ion rechargeable battery
- Battery charger
- Neck strap
- Lens cap w/strap
- Lens hood
- Wireless remote control
- USB cable
- A/V cable
- CD-ROMs featuring DiMAGE Viewer
and ULEAD VideoStudio 8 SE
- 171 page camera manual + separate
software manual (both printed)
As is the case with nearly all 8 Megapixel
cameras, Konica Minolta leaves the memory card buying
to you (since none is included). The A200 uses Type
I and II CompactFlash cards, including the Microdrive.
I'd recommend 512MB as a good place to start. The A200
takes advantage of high speed CF cards -- you'll mostly
notice the difference when the camera is "flushing
the buffer" after you take a bunch of shots in
a row. If you do a lot of that, consider buying a fast
Where the DiMAGE A2 used the ultra-powerful
NP-400 battery, the A200 uses the lower power NP-800.
This battery packs 5.9 Wh of energy -- quite a bit
lower than the 11.1 Wh number from the A2's battery.
The A200 can take a respectable 260 photos per charge
(using the CIPA battery life standard) -- a comparable
number from the A2 was not available. The only other
8 Megapixel camera with image stabilization -- the
Nikon Coolpix 8800 - can take 240 shots per charge.
The usual negatives about proprietary
batteries apply here. For one, they're expensive --
an extra battery (which I recommend) will run you nearly
$55. Secondly, if you ever run out of juice, you can't
just pop in regular batteries like you can on a AA-based
When it's time to recharge, just pop
the NP-800 into the included external charger. It takes
90 minutes to fully charge the battery. This isn't
one of those nice "plug it right into the wall" chargers
that I like so much -- you must use a power cable.
For more battery life, Minolta offers
the EBP-100 external battery pack ($275). This pack,
which holds two special li-ion batteries, will increase
battery life by a factor of four. Unfortunately KM
does not offer a battery grip for this camera.
The A200 comes with a big ol' lens
cap to protect that impressive piece of glass. Unfortunately
Minolta didn't bother including a retaining strap for
it, so don't lose it!
Another thing that comes with the
A200 is a lens hood, which comes in handy when you're
shooting outdoors. But wait, there's more. A wireless
remote control is also included! It can be used for
many things, but adjusting the zoom lens isn't one
of them, and you'll see why later.
There are many accessories available
for the DiMAGE A200, which I've compiled into this
||Why you want it
||0.8X wide converter brings
wide end down to 22.4 mm.
||1.5X teleconverter gives
you a 300 mm tele end.
||Lowers the minimum macro
focus distance to 8 cm
|49 - 62 mm step-up ring
||For using 62 mm filters
||Choose from regular flashes
(2500, 3600HS, and 5600HS) or ring flashes
||External battery pack
for 4 times the battery life
||Power the camera without
|Leather neck strap
||Can't think of a witty
comment for this one
Included with the camera is version
2.3.7 of Minolta's DiMAGE Viewer software for Mac (including
OS X) and Windows. It's certainly not a substitute
for something like Adobe Photoshop, but it does basic
editing fairly well. A handy "variations" tool
shows you how different adjustments will effect your
The software can also be used to process
RAW images (I'll tell you why RAW is cool later in
the review). As you can see, you can adjust all sorts
of image properties using DiMAGE Viewer. As you can
also see, the photo I took is blurry!
Konica Minolta also includes ULEAD's
VideoStudio 8 SE VCD for Windows, which you can use
to edit your video clips. As the name implies, the
software can also create Video CDs. Minolta does not
provide a Mac equivalent of this software in the box.
Updated 1/9/05: I originally
wrote about the full manual being on CD, as that is
how my camera bundle was configured. After receiving
numerous e-mails from readers, it seems that retail
A200's do indeed have the full, printed manual in the
box with the camera. I have been pleased with Konica
Minolta's manuals in the past: they are much better
Look and Feel
The DiMAGE A200 looks like a smaller
and more plastic version of its predecessor. That's
not to say that it's not well put-together: it's pretty
solid thanks to its metal frame.
It certainly doesn't compare to the tank that is the
Nikon Coolpix 8800, but it's good enough for me. The
camera has a large right hand grip which makes it easy
to hold. Since it's a fairly large camera, you'll probably
end up putting your left hand around the lens for support.
Here's a look at how the A200 compares
to some other cameras in terms of size and weight:
(W x H x D, excluding protrusions)
|Canon PowerShot Pro1
x 2.8 x 3.5 in.
|Konica Minolta DiMAGE
x 3.4 x 4.5 in.
|Konica Minolta DiMAGE
x 3.1 x 4.5 in.
|Nikon Coolpix 8800
x 3.3 x 4.8 in.
x 3.3 x 3.9 in.
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828
x 3.6 x 6.2 in.
As you can see, it's the smallest
and lightest camera in the group!
Now let's take a tour of this camera,
beginning with the front.
The A200 has the same F2.8-3.5, 7X
Minolta GT lens as the DiMAGE A2. The focal range of
the lens is 7.2 - 50.8 mm, which is equivalent to 28
- 200 mm. The lens is threaded for 49 mm attachments
including the three conversion lenses I mentioned earlier,
as well as third-party filters.
Behind the lens is a 2/3" 8 Megapixel
CCD mounted on Konica Minolta's exclusive Anti-shake
system. This lets you take pictures at slower shutter
speeds than you could on a camera without stabilization.
This comes in handy when you're taking indoor shots
without the flash, or outdoors using the full telephoto
power of the lens. Where most cameras with image stabilization
shift an element in the lens to compensation for motion,
the A200 (and A2 before it) actually shift the CCD
instead. How well does it work? Have a look:
Anti-shake on, 1/15 sec shutter speed
Anti-shake off, 1/15 sec shutter speed
If that's not enough evidence for
you, how about a movie
clip (372 KB)? Be sure to notice the falling leaf!
Directly above the lens is the A200's
pop-up flash. The flash has a working range of 0.5
- 3.8 m at wide-angle, and 0.5 - 3.0 m at telephoto
(at auto ISO) -- same as on the A2. The Coolpix 8800
blows the A200 away in this department. As I mentioned,
you can add a Minolta-branded external flash via the
hot shoe you'll see in a moment. The flash is released
manually -- just grab it and pull it up.
The only other thing to mention here
is the self-timer lamp and remote control receiver,
which are located to the upper-left of the lens. There's
no AF-assist lamp on the DiMAGE A200. The camera is
also lacking the "grip sensor" from the A2,
but most people probably won't notice.
The LCD on the A200 is totally different
than the A2, and that's a good thing. Where the old
one just tilted, the A2's flips out and rotates 270
degrees. The screen packs a fairly typical 134,000
pixels, and everything is nice and sharp. The refresh
rate is excellent as well. In low light, the screen
switches to black and white and "gains up"'
so you can still see your subject (Minolta is one of
the best at this feature).
Rotating LCDs may sound gimmicky but
they come in very handy when shooting over crowds or
doing ground-level shots. The screen can also be put
in the traditional position (see below) or it can be
Another big difference between the
A2 and A200 is with regard to the electronic viewfinder,
or EVF. The A2's EVF was spectacular, with a resolution
of 922,000 pixels. Unfortunately the A200 didn't get
that nice screen; instead, you get a screen with a
pretty average 235,000 pixels. That doesn't mean it's
bad -- it just looks bad next to the A2. Low light
visibility is just as good as with the LCD. Something
else that got yanked on the A200 is the flip-up feature
that the A2's EVF had... I miss that. A diopter correction
knob will focus the image on the EVF.
Just below the EVF are two buttons.
The button with the green hand on it turns the Anti-shake
system on and off, while the other button switches
between the LCD and EVF. An example of a situation
in which you'd turn off Anti-shake is when you have
the camera on a tripod.
At the top right of the photo are
the i+ and AE Lock buttons. The former is used for
toggling the info shown on the LCD/EVF, while the latter
is self-explanatory (I hope).
While the item below those buttons
looks like a zoom controller, it's not (you use your
hand as the zoom controller on the A200, as you'll
see). Instead, this operates the digital zoom (groan)
as well as the "zoom and scroll" feature
in playback mode.
Below the phony zoom controller is
the Function button, something clearly lifted from
Canon's cameras. Pressing this button opens the handy
Function menu, which has the following options:
- ISO (50, 100, 200, 400, 800)
- Color mode (Vivid, natural, portrait,
embedded Adobe RGB, black & white) - natural
is the default
- Flash mode (Fill flash, fill flash
w/redeye reduction, slow sync w/redeye reduction,
rear flash sync)
- Metering mode (Multi-segment, center-weighted,
- Filter (-5 to +5, 1-step increments)
- higher numbers are warmer, lower numbers are cooler
- Color saturation (-5 to +5, 1-step
- Contrast compensation (-5 to +5,
The next item to see is the
four-way controller. This is used for menu navigation,
adjust the exposure/flash compensation (the usual
-2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV increments) and white balance
(Auto, custom 1/2, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent
1/2, shade, tungsten, flash), rotating images, and
selecting a focus point. The focus point options
are pretty nice. You can select from wide area, spot
area (where you can choose one of eleven focus points),
or flex focus point, in which you can position the
cursor almost anywhere in the frame and the camera
will focus on that spot.
The final items on the back of the
A200 are the playback mode / delete photo and menu
On the top of the A200 you'll first
notice the hot shoe. As with all Minolta digital cameras,
the hot shoe only supports Minolta-branded flashes.
A plastic cover protects the shoe when it's not in
The item to the right of the hot shoe
is the mode dial, which has the following options:
||Camera chooses shutter speed and aperture.
All menu options are unlocked. A Program
Shift feature lets you choose between several
predetermined aperture/shutter speed combinations.
|Aperture Priority mode
||You pick the aperture and the camera picks
the appropriate shutter speed. The choices
range from F2.8 - F11 and will vary depending
on the focal range used.
|Shutter Priority mode
||You choose the shutter speed and the camera
picks the correct aperture. You can choose
from a number of speeds ranging from 30 -
1/1600 sec. At higher ISOs, the maximum shutter
|Full Manual mode
||You pick the aperture and shutter speed,
same values as above. A bulb mode is also
available with support for exposures as long
as 30 seconds (eh).
||These are all scene modes
||Store up to FIVE sets of your favorite
camera settings for easy retrieval
||Point-and-shoot recording with limited
I should add that you can set the
camera to use the scene positions on the mode dial
for the memory recall option, for ever easier access
to those favorite settings.
Just to the right of the mode dial
is the microphone. Below that is the Drive button,
which has the following options:
- Single-frame advance - normal shooting
- Self-timer (2 or 10 secs)
- Remote control
- Exposure bracketing - takes
three shots in a row, each with a different
exposure. You can set the increment between
each shot in the menu, choosing from 0.3EV
- White balance bracketing
- takes three shots in a row, each with a different
WB setting. The camera shoots in this order:
current setting, cooler, warmer
- Continuous advance
- Continuous - takes up to
5 images at 2 frames/second
- High speed continuous - takes
up to 5 images at 2.3 frames/second; the LCD/EVF
are blacked out during shooting (which kind
of defeats the purpose)
- UHS continuous - takes 40
photos at 10 frames/second; resolution is 640
Above that button is the power switch,
with another mode dial around it. This dial switches
between movie, playback, and still recording mode.
Above that is the command dial, which is used for adjusting
manual settings. Finally, above that is the shutter
Two of the nicest features carried
over from the DiMAGE A2 can be seen in this photo.
The first is the manual zoom ring. Instead of pressing
buttons to adjust the zoom, you just twist the lens.
Markings on the lens barrel show the current focal
length. This is also how you engage macro mode (more
on this later).
Manual focus (not
the greatest screenshot since the digital enlargement
feature is being used here)
To the right of that is the manual
focus ring. Unlike the mechanically-linked zoom ring,
the focus ring is electronic. When manual focus mode
is activated you just rotate the dial slowly to choose
a focus distance. The focus distance is shown on the
LCD, and the frame is enlarged as well. An added twist
is that you can now scroll around in the zoomed-in
area of the frame!
To the right of the focus ring is
the speaker. To the right of that is the AF/M button,
which switches between auto and manual focus. Below
that is the Shift button, which is used for things
like Program Shift and resetting the focus point. I
don't like how these two buttons are flush with the
Below those buttons, under a rubber
cover, are the camera's I/O ports. These include DC-in
(for optional AC adapter) and USB + A/V out (one port
for both). The old A2 also had a flash sync port, but
that was removed on the A200.
Here's the other side of the camera
with the lens fully extended. The only thing to see
here is the memory card slot, which is protected by
a fairly flimsy plastic door. The A200 can use Type
I or Type II CompactFlash cards, including the Microdrive.
Finally, here is the bottom of the
camera. You can see the metal tripod mount as well
as the battery compartment. The tripod mount is located
in the center of the body. The door covering the battery
compartment is fairly sturdy.
The included NP-800 battery is shown
Using the Konica Minolta
It takes about 2.5 seconds for the
A200 to "warm up" before you can start taking
pictures. That seems a little slow for a camera that
doesn't need to extend its lens first.
a live histogram in record mode
Focus times were about average, with
typical delays of 0.6 - 0.8 seconds before focus is
locked. If the camera has to "hunt" to lock
focus these times can easily exceed one second. Like
its predecessor, the A200 focuses very well in low
light for a camera without an AF-assist lamp.
Shutter lag was not a problem, even
at slower shutter speeds.
Shot-to-shot speed is good for an
8 Megapixel camera, with a delay of two seconds before
you can take another shot, assuming the post-shot review
feature is turned off. That delay jumps to four seconds
in RAW mode -- pretty impressive compared to some of
You can delete a photo right after
it is taken by pressing the Delete photo button.
Now, here's a look at the many image
size and quality choices available on the DiMAGE A200:
||Approx. file size
||# images on 256MB card
RAW images contain unprocessed image
data that is as close to perfect as you'll get out
of the camera. As an added bonus, you can edit many
properties of the image (such as white balance, sharpness,
and color saturation) after the photo is taken without
any loss in quality. The catch is that you must process
each RAW image on your computer before you can convert
them to other formats and share them with friends.
The A200 can shoot RAW images alone,
or a RAW image plus a separate JPEG.
The camera saves images with a name
of PICT####.JPG, where #### = 0001-9999. The camera
will maintain the file numbering, even as you erase/replace
Okay, now we can move on to the menus!
The DiMAGE A200 uses the standard
Konica Minolta menu system. The record menu is divided
into three "tabs", each with its own set
of options. Note that most of the options below are
locked up in the auto and scene modes. I did find menu
navigation to be a bit sluggish, for some reason. The
record menu options are:
- Image size (see chart)
- Quality (see chart)
- Spot AE area (Center spot, flex
focus point) - what area is metered in spot metering
- Flash control (Auto, manual) -
in manual mode you can set the flash power to full,
1/2, 1/4, 1/8, or 1/16 strength
- AEL button (AE hold, AE toggle)
- what this button does
- Reset - back to defaults
- Sharpness (Soft, normal, hard)
- Date imprint (Off, YYYY/MM/DD,
- Instant playback (Off, 1, 2, 5,
- Full-time AF (on/off) - whether
camera is always trying to focus; reduces focusing
times at the expense of battery life
- Direct MF (on/off) - lets you make
manual adjustments to the focus after the autofocus
system has done its work
- Memory - store current settings
into one of the five memory spaces
- DSP set (DSP, memory recall) -
whether the scene position items on the mode dial
are used for scene mode or the favorite setting memory
- Noise reduction (on/off) - for
- Monitor amplification (Auto, normal)
- for brightening the LCD/EVF in low light
- Manual exposure (Exposure
priority, display priority) - whether the screen
brightens to show the exposure or just to help
you frame the scene
- Digital zoom (on/off)
Hopefully everything up there makes
A setup menu is also available, and
you get to it from the record or playback menu. Here
are those items:
- LCD/EVF brightness (-5 to +5 in
1-step increments) - one setting for each
- Lens accessory (None, wide converter,
- Transfer mode (Data storage, PTP)
- Date/time set
- Video output (NTSC, PAL)
- Language (Japanese, English, German,
French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Swedish)
- Shortcut help - teaches you some
shortcuts for camera functions like LCD brightness,
setup menu, custom WB preset
- File # memory (on/off)
- Folder name (Standard, date) -
choose the naming system for folders
- Select/New folder
- Reset to defaults
- Audio signals (Off, 1, 2) - menu
- Focus signal (Off, 1, 2) - the
focus confirmation sound
- Shutter FX (Off, 1, 2) - fake shutter
- Volume (1-3)
- Power save (1, 3, 5, 10 min)
- Anti-shake (Display + exposure,
- Delete conf (Yes, no)
I want to quickly mention those Anti-shake
options. Display + exposure activates the system when
you halfway press the shutter release and stays on
until the picture is taken. This helps you frame the
photo steadily. The exposure-only option activates
Anti-shake right when the photo is taken. While Konica
Minolta doesn't say anything about why you'd use this
second option, it resulted in better stabilization
on the Panasonic cameras that I reviewed.
Well, enough about menus, let's do
photo tests now.
Updated 1/9/05: The quality
of the A200's macro mode depends on your situation.
If you want to get right up close to your subject,
then the camera isn't that great, with focus distances
of 21 cm at wide-angle and 13 cm at telephoto. Picking
up the close-up lens lowers the distance to a more
reasonable 8 cm. By comarison, you can get as close
to your subject as 3 cm at wide-angle on the Coopix
8800. However, if you don't mind shooting from further
back, the A200 can capture roughly the same area as
the Coolpix 8800. Since I do most of my macro shooting
from up close, I prefer the Coolpix in this area. So
it really depends on your needs.
So I took the usual macro test shot
at wide-angle and did some heavy duty cropping. The
results are pretty good, though everything seems washed
out (like there's grime on a window). Colors are saturated,
though, and the subject is sharp.
On the other hand, the A200 did a
great job with the night test shot. You can practically
see the furniture in the offices! With full control
over the shutter speed, the camera was able to take
in plenty of light (too bad the bulb mode is limited
to 30 seconds, though). Everything is nice and sharp,
and purple fringing is nonexistent. Noise levels are
comparable to other cameras in this class.
Using that same scene, let's take
a look at how adjusting the ISO sensitivity affects
the noise levels in images. You can click on the thumbnail
to see the full size images.
Like the other 8 Megapixel cameras,
the A200 didn't perform well above ISO 200. If you
want to shoot at ISO 400 or 800, I'd recommend buying
a D-SLR instead.
There's moderate barrel distortion
at the wide end of the A200's lens. You can also see
some vignetting (dark corners) here, but I didn't spot
any of that in my real world photos, thankfully.
There was no redeye to be found in
our flash test -- yay!
Since I had both the Coolpix 8800
and DiMAGE A200 at the same time, I decided to break
out my new comparison scene once again. You can click
on the links above to see the original (and unrotated)
images from the two cameras, or you can just look at
my crops below. Photos were taken with 600W quartz
studio lamps at F4.5 on both cameras with image stabilization
turned off (since I was using a tripod).
Coolpix 8800 at ISO 50
DiMAGE A200 at ISO 50
Coolpix 8800 at ISO 400 (its highest option)
DiMAGE A200 at ISO 400
DiMAGE A200 at ISO 800 (its highest value)
After comparing those, I'd say that
the Coolpix has slightly better color accuracy, while
the A200 has slightly better sharpness (after my experiences
with the A2, I can't believe I'm saying that). At high
ISOs, the DiMAGE does a bit better than the Coolpix,
in my opinion. As I said a few paragraphs ago, even
the cheapest D-SLR will run circles around both of
these cameras at the high ISO sensitivities.
If you remember the DiMAGE A2 debacle,
then you'll be pleased to hear that the major image
softness problems are gone on the A200. Of course,
not everyone had those problems on the A2, but I digress.
Photos on the A200 were well-exposed and colorful,
and noise and purple fringing levels under control.
Minolta doesn't apply too much in-camera sharpening
to the images, so personally I'd crank it up a notch
in the record menu. With 8 million pixels are your
disposal you can make some pretty huge prints from
Don't just take my word for it, though.
View our photo gallery and
print the photos as if they were your own. Then decide
if the A200's photo quality meets your expectations!
The A200's movie mode is very good,
with only a 15 minute time limit keeping it from greatness.
You can record at three sizes: 320 x 240, 640 x 480,
and even 800 x 600! You can choose between 15 and 30
frames/second at the lower resolution -- you can only
use 15 fps in the 800 x 600 mode. I figure that most
people will use the 640 x 480 / 30 fps mode. With a
256MB memory card, you can hold about 5 minutes of
video at the 800 x 600 setting. At the 640 x 480 /
30 fps setting, you can store about 4 minutes.
The A200 offers a "night movie" mode,
which brightens the scene in low light. A movie editing
feature lets you trim material off the beginning or
end of the clip. You can also make still image clips
from the movie, a feature exclusive to Minolta cameras
The Anti-shake system works just fine
in movie mode. And, since the lens is manually operated,
you can zoom in and out to your heart's content while
Movies are saved in QuickTime format.
Here's a sample movie for you. Thanks
Amtrak once again!
to play movie (14.3 MB, 640 x 480, 30 fps, QuickTime
Can't view it? Download QuickTime.
The A200 has a pretty standard playback
mode. Basic playback options include slide shows, DPOF
print marking, image protection, thumbnail mode, and
zoom and scroll. The camera is PictBridge-enabled for
direct printing to a compatible photo printer.
The zoom and scroll feature (my term)
allows you to zoom in as much as 10X (in 0.2X increments)
into your photo, and then scroll around. This is useful
for checking that your subject is in focus.
You can easily rotate photos by pressing
the "down" button on the four-way controller.
You can also downsize images for e-mailing, and copy
images from one memory card to another.
One other feature that I appreciate
is the ability to delete a group of photos, instead
of just one or all.
By default, the camera doesn't give
you a lot of information about your photos. However,
press "up" on the four-way controller and
you'll see much more, including a histogram.
The camera moves between photos very
quickly, moving from one image to the next virtually
How Does it Compare?
While I was hesitant to recommend
the old Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 due to image quality
issues, I have no qualms about doing so for the new
DiMAGE A200 -- it's an excellent 8 Megapixel camera.
I do, however, wish that the camera retained some of
the A2's features, but Minolta had to cut the cost
of the camera somehow. Image quality on the A200 is
very good, except at high ISOs where too much detail
is lost. Color and exposure were both good, and purple
fringing was not a problem. The camera excelled in
our redeye test, as well. One of the big selling points
of the A200 is its Anti-shake image stabilization system,
and it works as advertised. If you're frustrated by
blurry indoor or telephoto shots, then you should be
thinking about a stabilized camera. Camera performance
is above average in most areas. Focusing can be a bit
slow at the telephoto end or in low light, but the
camera will lock focus. For added flexibility you can
manually select a focus point nearly anywhere in the
frame. As you'd expect from a camera in this class,
the A200 has full manual controls, and you can also
save up to five sets of camera settings to
a spot on the mode dial.
The A200 is well put-together, though
it's not quite as "tank-like" as its main
competition, the Nikon Coolpix 8800. It's easy to hold,
and the controls aren't nearly as intimidating as they
were on the A2. I love the manual zoom and focus rings,
too. The flip-out LCD is sharp and motion is fluid,
and it is visible in low light conditions. The same
goes for the electronic viewfinder, but I do miss the
high resolution, tiltable screen from the A2. Other
nice features on the A200 include its movie mode and
support for add-on lenses and an external flash. And
finally, the camera supports RAW and RAW+JPEG recording,
with very little delay between shots. Konica Minolta
includes software that takes full advantage of the
I do have a few complaints to mention,
though. Images could be a little sharper, though that's
easy to correct in the record menu. For those who want
to get super-close to their subjects, steer clear of
this camera, as the closest focus distance is 13 cm.
The bulb mode is also a little disappointing, with
its 30 second limit. I don't care for the buttons on
the left side of the camera, which are flush to the
body and are hard to find when you're not looking at
that side of the camera. Last, but not least, a memory
card would've been a nice find in the box.
Overall, the A200 gets my enthusiastic
recommendation. The Coolpix 8800 (see
our review) is also a good choice for those who
want more manual controls, better build quality, closer
focusing, and more zoom power. Do note that its lens
starts at 35 mm, though. Ultimately the decision is
yours, so read both reviews and try them in person
What I liked:
- Very good photo quality
- 7X optical zoom lens with image
- Full manual controls
- Good performance
- Flip-out, rotating LCD display
- Manual zoom and focus rings
- LCD/EVF usable in low light
- No redeye
- Can save five sets of camera settings
to mode dial
- Supports external flash and conversion
- RAW image format supported
- Excellent movie mode
What I didn't care for:
- Images slightly soft at default
settings; high ISO performance is not good; some
- Macro mode isn't great for ultra
- I miss the nice EVF from the A2
- No memory card included
- Tough competition from digital
Other big zoom, high resolution cameras
to consider include the Canon
PowerShot Pro1, Nikon
Coolpix 8800, Olympus
C-8080WZ (only 5X zoom), Panasonic
Lumix DMC-FZ20 (only 5MP), and the Sony
Also consider these digital SLRs: Canon
Digital Rebel, Nikon
EVOLT E-300, and the Pentax
*ist DS. Remember that comparable lenses cost
a lot of money!
As always, I recommend a trip down
to your local reseller to try out the DiMAGE A200 and
its competitors before you buy!
See how the photo quality turned out
in our gallery!
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