Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
Review Date: February 3rd 2005
(out of 5 stars)
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 is a good camera at a great price. £450 for a digicam with this much functionality and cutting edge technology is amazing value. The wealth of configurable options on offer, the anti-shake feature, that great mechanical zoom ring, full aperture and shutter speed modes, a great twistable LCD screen and even a supplied wireless remote all add up to make the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 an attractive proposition. Not forgetting the 8 megapixel sensor that delivers great image quality, with hardly any sign of the purple-fringing problems that plagued early 8 megapixel models. Having said all that, there are a couple of things, however, that stop me from giving the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 a higher rating than 4 stars. The first is the electronic viewfinder, which I felt compelled to use because it was the most natural way to handle the camera (given the mechanical zoom ring on the lens), but which I found to be grainy, dim and not particularly easy or comfortable to use. The second is the poor autofocus and general slow operational speed in low-light conditions, which means that this camera is only really suited to outdoor, non-action photography. So in summary, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 undoubtedly offers a lot of functionality in a well built, well-priced package, but has a couple of important flaws that may or may not put you off the camera, depending on what kind of photography you are interested in.
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