A2C_FRONT.jpg (17429 bytes) Minolta DiMAGE A2

by Bob Atkins

Las Vegas, NV (February 12, 2004) – Konica Minolta introduces the DiMAGE A2 SLR-type digital camera, a camera that inherits the excellent image quality and performance of the original DiMAGE A1 while being able to provide photographers with quality digital photographs comparable to an SLR camera. The DiMAGE A2 incorporates a high-quality 8-megapixel CCD and Super Fine Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) outperforming the previous model’s resolution by 4 times to achieve extremely clear VGA-level images when both shooting and viewing.

Featuring a fast, innovative new 3D autofocusing (AF) system (1.5 times faster than the DiMAGE A1) with 3D Predicative Focus Control and Movement tracking, a fast built-in f/2.8 – 3.5 7x optical zoom lens, Anti-shake function for still images and VGA quality movies, CxProcess II Image Processing technology, the world’s first VGA-resolution Viewfinder (approximately 922,000 pixels), UHS Continuous Advance rate of 7 frames per second, high-speed USB 2.0 support and compatibility with portable and studio flash systems, the DiMAGE A2 provides the tools digital photographers need to express their creativity and solve visual problems. In addition, Konica Minolta has also introduced new remote imaging software for use with the DiMAGE A2, the new DiMAGE Capture software, for enhanced creative capabilities.

"The new DiMAGE A2 digital camera represents a new generation of high-end digital camera quality and performance from Konica Minolta," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Konica Minolta’s Camera Division. "The DiMAGE A2 provides creative digital photographers with excellent image quality in virtually any photographic situation. And multiple professional-type functions which fully utilize the camera’s optical and image-processing technologies will please even the most demanding photographer."

The DiMAGE A2 comes equipped with an 8-megapixel 2/3-inch progressive primary-color CCD with 8.0 million effective pixels for super-high-resolution, making even individual hairs or the threads of a suit stand out in sharp detail. The 7x optical Konica Minolta GT APO lens ensures that light reaches the CCD sensor with maximum fidelity. Plus, Konica Minolta’s CxProcess™ II image-processing technology ensures that the colors reproduce just the way the photographer sees them.

The DiMAGE A2’s Super Fine electronic viewfinder (EVF) is sharp and clear thanks to a high-density display composed of 922,000-pixels, 4 times as many as the previous model. The EVF has also evolved to make digital photography even more of a pleasure. Precise focusing is amazingly easy, allowing the photographer to see the tiniest details in the most realistic colors. Switching into Smooth Mode provides 60 frames per second, making it a easy to focus on fast moving subjects.

As in the DiMAGE A1, the new DiMAGE A2 is equipped with an Anti-Shake function. The camera incorporates CCD shifting technology to minimize the effect of camera shake up to 800%. Konica Minolta’s proprietary Anti-Shake function delivers a highly effective way to take high-quality images with hand-held shooting under telephoto and low lighting situations, even when a relative novice is handling the DiMAGE A2.

The DiMAGE A2’s fast f2.8 – f3.5 7x optical zoom lens features an advanced apochromatic (APO) lens design employing anomalous dispersion (AD) glass to minimize chromatic aberration at all focal lengths and produce sharp, contrasty images. With a focal range of 7.2mm to 50.8mm, it is equivalent to a 28mm to 200mm zoom lens in 35mm format.

Konica Minolta’s 3D AF provides seamless subject tracking as it focuses on moving subjects to capture sharp, high-quality images, even when they are coming straight toward the camera along the X-, Y-, and Z-axes of the picture frame. Pressing the shutter release button launches the 3D Predictive Focus Control, which calculates exactly where the subject will be and accurately focuses on that point at the time of exposure. The AF speed outstrips anything in its class for any SLR-type digital camera with non-interchangeable lens 5x or greater optical zoom.* The 3D AF and the focus speed combine to give hassle-free focusing.

*As of December 1st, 2003

The DiMAGE A2 also features high-quality movie recording at 544 x 408 pixels with audio at 30 frames per second, a resolution that looks great even when viewed on a TV screen. And the bundled video editing software turns users into movie makers.

Specifications

Number of effective pixels 8.0 million
CCD 2/3-type interlaced primary-color CCD
Total pixels: 8.3 million
A/D conversion 12 bit
Camera sensitivity Auto, ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800 equivalents
Focal length 7.2 – 50.8mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 - 200 mm)
Lens construction 16 elements in 13 groups (includes two AD glass elements and two aspheric elements)
Maximum aperture f/2.8 – f/3.5
Minimum focus distance 1.6 ft. (0.5m) from CCD
Macro focus range At 7.2mm:11.8 – 23.6 in. (30 – 60 cm) from CCD 8.3 – 20 in. (21 – 51 cm) from front of lens
At 42.7 – 50.8mm: 9.8 – 23.6 in. (25 – 60 cm) from CCD 5.1 – 19.7 in. (13 – 50 cm) from front of lens
Maximum magnification 0.177x (1: 5.65) Equivalent to 0.7x (1: 1.43) in 35mm format
Area covered at maximum magnification 2.05 x 1.54in. (52 x 39 mm)
Optical zooming control Manual zooming ring
Filter diameter 49mm
Viewfinder type EVF (Electronic viewfinder)Variable-position: 0-90
Viewfinder LCD 11mm (0.44 inch) TFT liquid-crystal microdisplay
Total pixels: 922,000 pixels
LCD monitor 46mm (1.8 inch) low-temperature polysilicon TFT colorVariable-position: -20- 90
Total pixels: 118,000
Automatic monitor amplification Activates in low light.
Field of view EVF: Approximately 100% External LCD monitor: Approximately 100%
Display-mode switch Auto-display, Electronic-viewfinder display, External LCD-monitor display
Diopter control – 3.5 ~ +1.5 m-1
Eye relief 19.5 mm at -1 m-1
Shutter CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed range 30 - 1/4000 seconds Bulb (maximum 30 seconds)
Autofocus system Video AF
Autofocus areas Wide focus area, Spot focus pointFlex Focus Point control is available with the spot focus point.
Focus modes Autofocus: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Full-time AF, Subject Tracking AF. Manual focus with 3.3x or Flex Digital Magnifier (FDM) with 3.3x
Full-time AF With the spot focus point or Flex Focus Point.Full-time AF can be disabled.
Subject Tracking AF With continuous AF. Subject Tracking AF can be disabled.
Focus lock By pressing shutter-release button partway down.
Subject lock With Subject Tracking AF by pressing shutter-release button partway down.
Metering Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot (center or with Flex Focus Point)
Multi-segment metering 300 segments
Exposure control range Programmed AE and aperture-priority modes:Wide: EV –1.7 – 20 Telephoto: EV –1.2 – 20.7
Shutter-priority and manual modes: Wide: EV – 2 – 19 Telephoto: EV – 1.4 – 19
Exposure modes Programmed AE (with program shift), Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual
Digital Subject Programs Portrait, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait
Exposure compensation 2 EV in 1/3 increments
AE lock With AE-lock button or by pressing the shutter-release button partway down
Flash control ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control
Flash range Wide: Approximately 1.6 – 12.5 ft. (0.5 - 3.8m)Telephoto: Approximately 1.6 – 9.8 ft. (0.5 – 3.0m) (Camera sensitivity: auto)
Flash modes Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear flash sync, Wireless/Remote flash
Flash recycling time Approximately 5 seconds
Flash compensation 2 EV in 1/3 increments
Flash-sync speed All shutter speeds
External flashes Auto-flash metering with Program/Maxxum Flash 2500 (D), 3600HS (D), 5600HS (D), Macro Twin Flash 2400,* Macro Ring Flash 1200.* *Macro Flash Controller is necessary. Non-dedicated off-camera flash units can be used using the camera’s flash-sync terminal.
- UHS continuous advance: 7 frames per second (640x480) - High-speed continuous advance: Maximum 2.7 frames per second - Standard continuous advance: Maximum 1.8 frames per second Actual speed may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings. Approximate number of frames that can be captured at one time:
3264x2448 2560x1920 2080x1560 1600x1200 640x480
RAW 3 frames - - - -
TIFF - - - - -
Extra fine 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames
Fine 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames
Standard 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames
*Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings.
Interval recording 2 – 240 frames
Interval time: 30 seconds, 1 – 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes.
Start time: 0-24 hours in 0.5 hour increments.
Exposure bracketing Three-frame bracket in 0.5 and 0.3 EV increments
Digital Enhanced Bracketing Three-frame contrast, color saturation, or filter bracket in fixed increments.
Self-timer Approximately 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Movie - Standard movie mode: Maximum 15 minutes at 30 frames per secondwith monaural audio - Night movie mode: Maximum 15 minutes at 30 frames per second with monaural audio Automatic selection function between standard and night movie modes available. - Time-lapse movie mode: no audio and played back at 4 frames per second
Audio

Voice memo: Maximum 15 seconds monaural audio with still image

Color modes

Natural Color (sRGB), Vivid Color (sRGB), Adobe RGB, Embedded

Adobe RGB, Black and white (neutral and toned), Solarization

Camera color spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
White-balance control AutomaticPreset (Daylight, Tungsten, Shade, Cloudy, Flash, and Fluorescent settings) with fine adjustments in seven levels. Custom (three settings)
Sharpness settings Three levels (Soft, Normal, Hard)
Digital Effects Control Color saturation, Contrast compensation, Filter
Noise reduction User selectable dark noise reduction
Digital zoom 2x with still images
Data imprinting Year/month/day (Format can be changed.)Month/day/hour:minute Text Text and serial numbers Imprinting can be disabled.
Custom functions Control dial customization.
User-selectable function can be assigned to the function dial.
Image-quality modes RAW, TIFF, Extra fine, Fine, Standard
Number of recorded pixels (Still images) 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176(in 3:2 mode), 2560 x 1920, 2080 x 1560, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Number of recorded pixels (Movie clips)

320 x 240 in standard and night movie modes

544 x 408 in standard and night movie modes 640 x 480 in time-lapse movie mode

Approximate storage capacity of a 16 MB CompactFlash card:
3264x2448 3264x2176 2560x1920 2080x1560 1600x1200 640x480
RAW 1 frame - - - - -
RAW + JPEG 0 frames 0 frames 1 frame 1 frames 1 frame 1 frame
TIFF 0 frames 0 frames 1 frame 1 frames 2 frames 15 frames
Extra fine 1 frame 1 frame 2 frames 4 frames 7 frames 35 frames
Fine 3 frames 4 frames 5 frames 8 frames 14 frames 47 frames
Standard 6 frames 7 frames 10 frames 14 frames 23 frames 64 frames
Movie 33 seconds with 320x240 images at 15 frames per second
* Still images recorded without voice memo.** Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and memory card used.
File formats DCF 2.0-compliant
DPOF-compliant (Supported by printing functions in version 1.1)
Exif 2.21
Printing output control Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II
Recording media Type I and Type II CompactFlash cards IBM Microdrive (170MB, 340MB, 512MB, 1GB)
Computer interface USB (*2.0 High speed)
Direct print PictBridge
AV output NTSC, PAL (selected on the camera)
Batteries One NP-400 lithium-ion battery
Battery performance (Playback) Approximate continuous playback time: 240 minutes with NP-400 lithium-ion battery, External LCD monitor on, EVF off.
Battery performance (Recording) Approximate number of recorded images: 280 frames with NP-400 lithium-ion battery, EVF off, External LCD monitor on, Full-size images (3264 x 2448), Fine image quality, No instant playback, No voice memo, Flash used with 50% of the frames.
External power source 6V DC with specified AC adapter (sold separately)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.61 x 3.35 x 4.47 in.(117 x 85 x 113.5mm)
Weight Approximately 19.9 oz. (565 g) without batteries or recording media
Operating temperature 32-104 F (0-40 C)
Standard accessories Neck Strap NS-DG4000, Lens Cap (49mm) LF-1349, Accessory Shoe Cap, AV Cable AVC-400, USB Cable USB-500, DiMAGE Viewer, ULEAD Video Studio 7 SE, Lens Shade DLS-2, Lithium-ion Battery NP 400, Lithium-ion Battery Charger BC-400
Optional accessories AC Adapter AC-1L, Camera Case CS-DG7, Leather Neck Strap NS-DG1000, Holding Strap HS-2, Accessory Shoe Cap SC-1000, External High Power Battery Pack Kit EBP-100, Remote Cord RC-1000S, Remote Cord RC- 1000L, Step Up Adapter 49mm – 62mm, CompactFlash, Adapter for SD Memory Cards SD-CF1, Vertical Control Grip Battery Pack BP-400, Telephoto, Converter ACT-100, Wide-angle Converter ACW-100, DiMAGE Capture

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