|Konica Minolta A1 5.0MP Digital Camera w/128MB Card New CCD Unit|
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|Put simply, 3D AF is a revolution in digital photography. Because now you can capture sharp, high-quality images of a moving subject, even if it's coming right at you. The DiMAGE A1 features Konica Minolta's innovative subject tracking algorithm, which continues focusing on your subject as it moves along the X, Y, and Z-axes of the picture frame. Then, when you fully press the shutter release button, predictive focus control takes over. It compensates for the time lag between shutter release and image capture to further ensure accuracy. This entire autofocusing process is extremely fast, thanks to a specialized ASIC chip.The DiMAGE A1 offers not only a wide shooting range, but outstanding color as well. One key to this is Konica Minolta's new image processing LSI. As shooting conditions change, the incoming CCD signal is precisely calibrated for white balance, contrast, color reproduction, and other factors. The LSI delivers excellent results with noise reduction, especially in the flat areas of an image, and leads to shots that appear strikingly natural. In addition to improved color processing, the new LSI also has the advantages of lower power consumption and faster processing - the DiMAGE A1 records JPEG images on a CompactFlash card at 1.5x the speed of the DiMAGE 7i/7Hi.Konica Minolta's Anti-Shake system gives you a highly effective way to deal with camera shake - a major cause of substandard images, especially with telephoto shots and in dim lighting. The DiMAGE A1 is the world's first digital still camera featuring a CCD-shift mechanism to stabilize images. To turn on Anti-Shake you simply press a button, which then lights up to let you know that the function is on. Activation is immediate, thanks to a specialized integrated circuit. Anti-Shake is driven by an exclusive algorithm that offers stability over a wider range than conventional systems (up to 3 shutter speeds slower than the standard estimate for a scene, depending on shooting conditions). The CCD-shift mechanism helps keep the camera compact.White balance not only helps you obtain accurate coloration under different types of lighting, but it also lets you experiment with the overall tone of your images. Auto control is supplemented by 6 preset options, which can be selected right away, and 3 customizable settings. For even greater control over white balance, you can use the rear control dial to adjust 5 of the presets within a +/-3 level range. For the sixth preset, Fluorescent, you are given several types of fluorescent light to choose from.The DiMAGE A1 offers movie recording with a variety of scenes and lighting conditions. For example, if your subject is at a distance, you can use 7x optical zoom to capture the action. And, to ensure that the picture stays steady during recording, Anti-Shake technology is available at all focal lengths. Movie clips are captured at 320 x 240 resolution, with audio, and may be up to 15 minutes long. Capture rate is 24 fps.|
|UPC||0043325993824, 043325993824, 43325993824|
|Camera Type||Point & Shoot|
|Sensor Resolution||5.0 MP|
|Macro Focus Range||25-60cm|
|Focus Adjustment||Autofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||28 - 200mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800|
|Light Sensitivity Max||800|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Effective Flash Range||0.5 m - 3.8 m|
|Camera Flash Features||Fill-in Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Flash Off, Rear Sync Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||CompactFlash, CompactFlash Card Type I|
|Viewfinder Type||Digital, Electronic|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.44"|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-5 to +2|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - mono|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Mono|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS 9, Apple Mac OS 9.1, Apple Mac OS 9.2, Apple Mac OS 9.2.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.3, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.4, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.1, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.3, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.4, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.5, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.6, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98SE, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional|
|Digital Video Format||MJPEG, QuickTime|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW, Raw Image, TIFF|
|Max Video Resolution||320 x 240,640 x 480 (VGA)|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||Audio Recording, Auto Power Save, Built-In Speaker, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Not Interchangeable Lenses, PRINT Image Matching, Progressive Scan CCD System, USB, With Tripod Mount|
|Shooting Programs||Night portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode, Sundown|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Solarization, Vivid|
|White Balance||Auto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Shade (Preset), Tungsten (Preset)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.8 frames per second|
Average review score based on 8 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
Great collectible for the Minolta fan. High end camera 10 years ago still takes good to great pictures. Known to have a recalled CCD and does not focus well even in moderate light. Manual focus is painful and not mechanically linked. Minolta ( now Sony ) support is all but non-existent. Great telephoto control and one of the best lenses ever on a 5MP point and shoot. Has great color, contrast and saturation when all the stars line up. Well worth 100 bucks or so if you get a good one with the extras that go along with the camera like the tulip lens shade, cap, battery, charger, software, cables, manuals ect. Spending much more than that on this camera is money that would be better spent on a modern camera that blows this old dog out of the water. But its a very cool old camera and if you give it some value for that, its worth picking up. You can control almost every aspect of this camera or let it do all the work for you. Its a bit noisy in some situations also. Even at 100 ISO. Not really a good camera for the beginner. Its more of a collectors camera now. It is definitely dated but timeless in its own right to some.
The DiMAGE A1 is a wonderful camera that takes terrific photos at an unbelievable price.
-Price ($100-$200 today, $1,100 at debut)
-Shutter Speed 1/16,000
-Manual focus if needed
-RAW image format
-Everything that can be manually managed, can be
-Awesome battery life
-5.0 MP (everything is 10 and up today)
-ISO 800 is maximum
I have been very satisfied with this purchase. Even at 10 years old, it shoots circles around most cameras for sale today.
The A1 looks, feels and performs like a "real" camera. Right down to the full manual controls (which is why I got it). The unique anti-shake extends your slow speed handheld shots. And where else are you going to find a 5MP non-pro digicam with a shutter speed of 1/16000? Enough to stop humming bird wings. Noise is a problem at 800ISO too much even to cover up in post. Otherwise great shots and a lot of latitude in processing in RAW mode.
The only two accessories I've gotten are the remote and the 3600HS flash.
Anyway, my A1 has given me no trouble in 2 years, though for some reason, I feel I'm "on borrowed time" like the Mars rovers since KM abandoned the A1 less than 2 years after intro. Only 1 firmware upgrade and that's it.(One of my main beefs with digicams and the reason it only got a 4.)The A1 is the last in the Minolta series that started with the DiMage 5.
In 2007,a class action suit had KM making up for a faulty imager in the A1 and other models that shared it. They were required to fix the thing until March 2008.
If you get one now, be prepaired to have it pass in an untimely and painful way.
Some warm-up time will be the first sign.
That said, though, it was a killer cam for it's time. BTW, a good replacement would be the Canon S3 IS
I was looking for a camera that could take a remote shutter release for copy work. What I found was so much more!
This great camera is built like a 35mm film camera. To zoom, just turn the ring on the lens barrel. Refine focus, a handy ring on the lens lets the old camera buff feel at home.
Its got a great picture, you get to control color saturation, (like picking your film) for intense vivid colors ala Kodachrome or softer muted colors, or no color at all. The interval timer can be set to take pictures delaying start time up to 24 hours, so you don't have to stay up late for that night shot of the moon on the rise. You can make a time lapse movie! Really expensive DSLRs have features like this, but "The Minds of Minolta" were onboard with this early digital camera.
Be sure your camera has had it's ccd replaced. There was a recall, now expired. A new ccd from sony is a several hundred dollar investment.
One not so favorite feature is the Memory card it came with. It is only 256mb and can take 9 seconds of video. I found a compact flash adapter for $12 that allows me to put an SDHD card which my other cameras (Fuji and Panasonic) use.
The ability to shoot in RAW mode is attractive, but only if you have enough memory.
Minolta no longer makes cameras like this, so if you can find a good one like I did, you'll enjoy a great camera for the photographer that wants to get a hands on connection like the old days.
Well I bought a used Minolta Dimage A1, and when I recieved it I turned it on and started taking pictures immediately. It took very sharp pics. and for a novice with this camera, it was very easy to figure out without even going through the book.But I must admit this is probably because I already own a couple of Sony digital cameras, and am familiar with their workings, and could apply that knowledge to the Dimage.But by my reading sooo... much aboutthe camera I had to try it for myself.I was sooo.... impressed after the first day, that I bought another one on ebay, just for a back up...lol, anyway it is a great camera,and originally priced around $900.00.....now it's a steal to buy and own.It would have been nice if the seller,whom I gave positive feedback to would have at least left positive feedback for me, especially after I wrote him a e-mail, and brought it to his attention, and he still didn't leave feedback....go figure.