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Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
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Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

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We've given the A200 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

Minoltas are no longer in production, after being acquired by Sony. Here's what we had to say about the A200 when it was released in 2004:

Konica Minolta has announced the DiMAGE A200, a streamlined version of the DiMAGE A2. At first glance, its specifications look similar to those of the A2: 8-megapixel resolution, image stabilized lens, and a 7X optical zoom. Look closer, however, and you'll notice a number of obvious changes: Among other enhancements, the DiMAGE A200 has a 1.8" fold-out LCD screen, a new image processor, and a high resolution 800 x 600 movie mode. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE should be available by the end of 2004.

Specifications

  • 8.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 7x optical zoom/2x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and auto exposure
  • JPEG
  • TIFF
  • and RAW file formats
  • ISO range 50-800
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Anti-Shake Function
  • Part Number: CNETKONICADIMAGEA200
  • UPC: 043325996221
  • Release Date: Sep 15, 2004

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Reviews

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
Would have expected better (Sam — 01/27/2007)

I have owned Two 35mm Konica SLRs since the late 60s and Have used Minolta cameras in that same time period. So when I was looking for a Digital camera and found the A200 I liked what I saw. The features where what I wanted and I bought it. Took it to Europe with me in May of 2005 and took lots of Pictures. I found that the shutter lag was very bad and that it really had a problem with taking multiple shots with any speed. My 35's would beat it hands down. The steady shot is not really much help with telephoto shots, you still need to be very steady yourself. The exposure control also has problems and I find I have to add flash with MS Image software. It's a good good "vacation" camera but not a Photographer's camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
My first DSLR (arnold h — 12/26/2006)

At my age to get anything but a snap and shoot camera is crazy but I got the A 200 and love it. In a drawer I have two film SLR's that will stay there until I die. The photos are great as long as I follow the instructions. The only problem was the battery so I bought a Lithium plug-in external pack from powerex and solved all my power problems.

  • 2.0 out of 5
minolta a200 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

camera was good if you did not mind waiting 2 seconds for focus. action shots impossible.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Works Fine In A Hostile Environment (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purcahsed the A200 6 months ago based on reviews and features. I am using it in Iraq and take it into the field with me daily. What impresses me is the camera is well built, sturdy, and forgiving. With all the dust in the air this thing keeps on keeping on.

I put a polarizing lens on the camera and that has certainly made a difference. The stabilization makes taking pictures in shaky environments a snap and I have used it numerous times from inside a Blackhawk w/o a problem. The manual ISO features are outstanding but the shutter lag takes some getting used to and the flash is a little week for longer indoor shots.

I like this camera. The picture quality is quite good and I have captured some "action" shots that are unbelievable. If you really want to see what a camera is made of....take one into a war zone! I vote two thumbs up!

  • 3.0 out of 5
So So (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I replaced my Nikon 5400 with this. Image quality with the 5400 is more pleasing. I'm missing the optical viewfinder.

Access to functions is slightly better on A200.

Not impressed with the manual focus on A200.

A200 indoor flash V.good.

Should I have kept the Nikon. Probably

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had been reading reviews on this camera quite awhile before I took the plunge and finally bought it. I have to say that it does take some time and to learn all the features(there's even a few I have not yet tried,) but once I learned how to used this camera I really do love it. It takes great out door shots, indoor shots, great shots in the night time setting,and black & white look very classic and clear. The lens cap should have an attachment but I improvised and made one myself so I wouldn't loose it,� that was the only feature I didn't like. Also the movie setting can take good shots if they are done with exta light or outside.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the camera for only 10 month, but already returned 3 times for the repair. First 2 times was the camera shaking warning comes up all the time when ever I use it, so I send it back and they fixed it for twice, but recently, when I use it, the camera just totally dead even with full charged of battery. I have to send it back again. I own this one for 10 month, but the repair center had the camera for at least 1 month. What a bad quality!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had been reading reviews on this camera quite awhile before I took the plunge and finally bought it. I have to say that it does take some time and to learn all the features(there's even a few I have not yet tried,) but once I learned how to used this camera I really do love it. It takes great out door shots, indoor shots, great shots in the night time setting,and black & white look very classic and clear. The lens cap should have an attachment but I improvised and made one myself so I wouldn't loose it,– that was the only feature I didn't like. Also the movie setting can take good shots if they are done with exta light or outside.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nice Little Camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been using the dimage A200 for portrait work and has turned out to be a geat camera. Easy to use, the color is great, and I love how you can see all your changes right on the screen. Buy this camera!

  • 2.0 out of 5
shutter - lag (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The shutter lag is the most annoying "feature" you could have on a camera. If you are trying to take any pictures where the subject is in motion you have to anticipate when to push the shutter
BEFORE the shot you want takes place. For instance I recently went to a 50 year anniversary
party. When the couple were dancing I had to guess when to press the shutter and hope when it
finally took the picture the couple was in the proper position. I would rather use my SLR with film.

  • 4.0 out of 5
does what's expected (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

the camera is just average if you shoot in auto in jpeg - but it displays excellent image quality in fully manual mode with RAW. image stabilization works very well, except for low frequencies. i made few hand-held shots at 1/3, and they were really sharp. auto white balance is so-so, not worse not better than others. overall - very good compact for landscape/nature shooting (I am a hiker/climber). I'd announce it excellent if it were more weatherproof.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Throw away your SLR! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have just swapped my Minolta SLR for the Konica-Minolta Dimage A200 having read good reviews. In my view this is the complete camera, particularly if you add the wide-angle attachment in to the equation.

It di take a few days of frantic manual reading and experimentation to understand how to work the A 200 but the point is that it seems to be able to do absolutely anything that you need. Very occasionally the programmed exposure and focus cannot get the right answer for you but you can see this immediately and easily take full manual control. Better still you can see in advance on the viewing screen what effect your manual control settings are likely to produce.

Brilliant anti-shake technology allows grabbed shots in poor light that would otherwise fail.

The colour rendition is better than any slide film. I have added a circular polariser and this is generally a good addition to any camera.

The A 200 is so light and compact that I now have no excuse not to take it everywhere with me.

I chose the A 200 partly because of its ability to create RAW files but I am not sure this is necessary in practice unless you really want to print some exceptional scenes. It creates very big 10meg files and so far I have found the JPEG Extra Fine setting the most usefuland this allows around 150-200 slides on a 1mg memory card.

After three weeks use I cannot claim to have explored all of the multitude of settings and features this camera has but the important thing about using it is the ease of finding the key settings that you will want to use. Another useful features is a quick "reset" facility which instantly restores standard settings to reduce the risk of leaving some obscure and unwanted setting in play.

A lot of features the camera has such as filter effects might be better left to treatment with Adobe Photoshop when the pics are downloaded but sometimes it is useful to check how it will look there and then before taking the pic at all.

Downsides are very few. I find when manually focussing that the viewfinder image automatically expands X 10 and is then a bit too grainy to see clearly. I do not really understand when the anti-shake can cope and when it cannot. The warning symbol that show the shake is outside of its limits to control appears almost never but some risky shots at long exposures in low light still show some shake effect. Fact is though that these pictures, taken in extreme conditions, would be unusable without the anti-shake.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Confused on indoor pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been reviewing alot of cameras in magazines so we can find a decent and medium price camera for outside and inside use and been interested in the Minolta A200 for some time now. In all the reviews I've read hardly anyone mentions anything about how it takes pictures in a church wedding, gyms, concerts, high school auditorims, houses with very low light. Anyone out there that has used this camera in those places would like to hear from them before buying this camera. Thank you Dave

  • 2.0 out of 5
Oh dear (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

About 6 months ago, I decided there were digital cameras out there at a realistic price good enough to take the leap from my dynax 5 film slr to a new digicam. I trawled through many reviews of many cameras and the one that stood out was the dimage a200, most of the reviews raving about this camera. Was I disappointed. Initially I was gobsmacked at the resolution of some pictures (you know the ones, ornaments etc.). Then I tried the camera in the real world, trying manual and preset settings and this camera is an overrated waste of money ('a piece of junk' is about the best way to describe it without swearing). Scenic views lack definition, trying to get a natural picture of someone i.e. if they slightly move, is impossible to get in focus. If your thing is macro pictures of flowers and portrait photography when your object is perfectly still then this is a great camera. For everything else, forget it. Reading some of the reviews, I must have a different camera. I would say out of all the pictures I taken, I was happy with about 20% of them. I changed it for an olympus e-300. Now that's a camera!!! For anyone thinking of buying an a200, please buy a digital slr - they wipe the floor with with the a200 at very little extra cost and I wouldn't like to see you waste your money like I nearly did.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Everything in a small package (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Excellent!! That is what I have to say for this camera. My wife and I purchased the Sony DSC-P200 about four months ago and we were pleased, but limited in shoot at a distance. As a wedding present my mother gave us the Dimage A200 and I have not let go of it since!! We have a 4GB Hitachi microdrive in the unit to allow us to take pictures as we want. My only issue with the camera are that for a "big" guy the controls are tight, and you do need to upgrade the flash if you are doing some advanced photography (the 2500 by Konica Minolta is just fine). All in all after the learning curve (1 hour) you will enjoy this wonderful small package.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good results in general (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I chose this over a DSLR for size and weight reasons — my bag carries a laptop, still and DVcam: if it's too big it doesn't go. I've now taken more than 1000 shots in all weathers and can report that I'm pleased with the A200. The only real downside is the slightly wayward autofocus, but I've learned to cheat the system! The real star is image-stabilization which gives 2-3 stops extra in lowlight and makes telephoto shots worry-free. Simply put, I'd never buy a camera without it in future.

  • 5.0 out of 5
It's Magic (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am in Kuala Lumpur, the center for Digital Photography in Asia. I have owned my Camera for a month now. I did full study before buying and after a long homework, I selected the Dimage A200 over Nikon Coolpix 8700 and the 8800 model and also the Fuji S7000. Since I bought this Camera and since then I think that I am professional. the pictures are sharp, the software is excellent and pictures are so good that even our company is buying one and trading the Sony 5Megapixel out. I rec ommend this Camera to all who want to enter the world of Digital Photography. Konica Minolta is the best choice. Remember that it was the best choice for John Glenn when he orbited the earth.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Piece of Junk? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Before buying the A200, I asked a dealer if he carried it. He said, "That piece of junk? I wouldn't have my name associated with it!" I shook that off as thinking he couldn't get a sufficient profit margin,...but was he right?! I have now had my camera 7 months and most recently took it to Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 2 weeks into my 3 week trip, the camera stopped working. Further, as I tried to download the pics from the card, it locked up my computer, ...twice. Upon calling Konica Minolta, I was told it would be my expense to ship it to them, which I did. My experience while they had it was less than perfect, as I once found they thought there was nothing wrong, confusing it with the flash unit. Told it would be reviewed again, I waited until it arrived, tonight. 10 minutes into testing it, the same problem occurred, the camera shutting down while taking a picture and refusing to restart. Battery dead? Nope, I recharged it and found little charging was needed. So now I'm faced with sending it back again (after first going through the distasteful discussions with the service representatives, who seem to point immediately to the memory card, or anything else to blame).
Now here's the rub for me. I am totally disgusted with the quality, but love the features of size (fits well in my hand), wide angle lense (the best feature and one I cannot find on a similar style camera), and the awesome number of features/options. The 5600 HS D flash has been less than impressive, being inconsistent and not particularly powerful. It also seems to wobble a bit but the service rep said that was normal (anyone else know that?). So life's full of trade-offs, but I think I've just found the one that suits me: never buy another Dimage product!

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Ideal Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned my A-200 for over 6 months and have really put it to the test, and I have to say, I'm very happy with it. Bear in mind I have been photographing with a film-type SLR for over 30 years, and when I went digital I wanted something to equal or surpass my old Olympus OM-1. From portraits to those back country Cascade mountain shots, it does the job quite well. I noticed, in manual mode, it does a superior job, but if you aren't up to snuff on apertures and f-stops, aperture priority is a second best. Now that summer is here, I'm looking forward to lots of good images from this camera. All without the smell of stop bath and fixer. Hallelujah!

  • 5.0 out of 5
nice! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

just bought it but I like the manual zoom and focus a great camera for a reasonable cost, one great function is the steadyshot gives great pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Work at it - and its great! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I read good reviews of this camera on-line and in magazines before buying. I've now used it in a variety of situations, including a trip to Paris where I wanted to photograph everything! My conclusion? Be patient, overlook a couple of niggles, and the image quality will more than satisfy.

The mechanical zoom lens and manual focus are excellent and the creative control is very rewarding. I have not been frustrated by the caveats in some reviews about slowness of response - although I don't take 'action' shots. I found the EVF fine and clear.

I've been very impressed by image quality, quite apart from RAW images I've worked on with the excellent Raw Shooter. Little or no purple fringing, and printing out even cropped images to A3 on an HP CP1700 has produced very pleasing results. The comments about the autofocus hitting the wrong spot I can understand, but I've found it very easy to engage the flex focus control which allows you to put the focus where you want.

Niggles? The digital zoom buttons are badly placed and all too easily activated by mistake, and I wish there was a cord on the lens cap - it doesn't fit easily and could be all too easily lost.

Overall I've been delighted with this camera, and it's one I'm going to be using for a long time to come. Thoroughly recommended!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Some truth in all the reviews (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I use Minolta cameras and like their design although I did read the reviews of the Canon and Nikon as well. What Minolta had going for it over the other two similarly priced models was the stabilizer, slightly faster lens 2.8/3.5 versus straight 3.5, and full movie mode.

Two design problems however are the flimsy compartment doors for the battery and output jacks. They should, but do not, click into a secure closed position. Instead it seems that a weak type of spring or friction holds them in place.

There is a shutter lag but after my first shoot of cross country runners I did not find it to be a major problem. Sunny days tend to over-exposure and dark shadows but on-camera adjustments (11 for contrast) allow easy compensation. I was surprised that the built in flash lit up a totally dark room without any indication of focus problems. Reviews indicate a noise problem at 400 and 800 ISO but with noise reduction on camera, it was not as serious as I had seen in the smaller cameras and post processing would totally eliminate it. The stabilizer is great and permits shooting in lower lighting conditions.

Bottom line is that picture quality is excellent and is most obvious in reasonably evenly lit situations. The more difficult situations such as sports require some experimentation and tweaking of the myriad of options but that is what makes the difference between a photographer and a simple point and shoot type.

There is also a potential for a lot of information on screen, which means that if you are the perfectionist type, it is necessary to keep track of the icons and what they mean. Movie mode apparently allows in camera editing but I have not looked at that yet as well as saving of individual frames as photos.

All in all, a very good camera with some great features that could use a little more speed in shooting and recording raw images.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Minolta A200 - Great for travelers (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the camera a couple of weeks before a trip to Thailand and Cambodia. I took a couple of 512mg CF memory cards and a spare battery and of course the charger and a voltage transformer/adapter. The camera took great pics although I'm a real beginner at digital photography. The telephoto zoom lens and the image stabilizer feature came in real handy many times. The stabilizer allowed clear pics from a speeding, bouncing river boat, a swaying suspension foot bridge, while on an elephant ride and when bumping along on an unpaved road in an SUV in the mountains near Chiang Mai. The only feature that did not work too well was the nite/low lite setting, if the subject was moving the pic got blurry but I guess this was to be expected so I'm ok with that. Still subjects came out ok in the low lite setting (flash was not appropriate under the circumstances), btw the flash works great. I took about 825 pics and they easily fit on a single card at moderate resolution. Menu is very easy to navigate, the camera is light and compact, ideal for travelers although I also took along a pocket camera.
I highly recommend the A200, it's got enough bells and whistles and yet is easy to use.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Elegant and packed with features (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been taking pictures for around 30 years and have moved through the ranks of quality cameras from the Olympus OM1 (still the best of them all for my money) to my first proper digital, the Fuji S5000 (an absolute cracker).
I did miss the ability to use a more powerful flash and having a manual zoom. This made me start to look around at a good quality addition to my outfit and I looked at the current 8mp cameras including the Olympus and Canon SLRs.

Having always owned SLRs I seriously gave the current models some serious thought and believed that, at my time of life, I couldn't justify the huge financial outlay after I bought the additional lenses. Experience has taught me that the focal lengths that I use most often are included in the A200's zoom range so I narrowed it down to the high spec. models from Canon, Minolta, Olympus, Sony and Nikon.

The price, quality and features combination of the A200 is impossible to beat. Everything about the camera oozes quality and it is both complicated yet straight forward to use. The manual zoom ring has just the right amount of friction and the whole camera has a nice balance about it and it fits well in the hand. The lens is fast even though it only has a 49mm filter thread.

All controls and options make sense and are easy to access, there are no strange menus meaning that the instruction book (on disc) is there to confirm operations, although those who are new to photography will want to spend more time inside the pages.

I will need to spend time taking more pictures under a variety of situations so that I can assess things like shutter delay, the need for lens add ons and which exposure modes I prefer. I had positive reasons for opting for the A200 rather than the other models but would not want to state those reasons and I have no doubt that many people will be swayed by the Canon or Nikon brand name. This is my first Minolta and have been thrilled by the results so far.

PS Part of me still wishes that I had bought the E300 or the EOS 350D but they would have only been 'male jewellery' as I do not take the number of pictures that I once did. I have a feeling that the A200 could well get me shooting everything and everywhere like I did with my first OM1.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Getting the hang of it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Just bought the camera, here in Lanzarote, am still experimenting with it, but being a sunny day have taken lots of shots and am very happy to date........... More to follow as I play with it. Certainly one of the best cameras available for the money, on today's market.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Nice camera a good balance of easy to use auto features (so my wife is happy to use it) Plus all the manual settings and special features that I like to play with. Takes great pictures too! I guess I still need a few more weeks to get the hang of it completely but I am very impressed. Downsides? personal criticism only- Lack of a lens cap tether, lack of rubberized area on back side of LCD monitor. All in all very happy with it
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