The Good New standard in EVF quality; fast-shooting design and performance; Anti-Shake image stabilization; manual zoom ring; excellent manual focus system.
The Bad Inefficient controls for white balance and ISO; 30-second RAW+JPEG shot-to-shot time; nonstandard hotshoe; lackluster continuous-shooting specs; LCD doesn't swivel.
The Bottom Line Generally efficient design, top-tier performance, and features galore make the A2 a top choice for resolution-hungry enthusiasts.
Konica Minolta Dimage A2
With an 8-megapixel CCD and an improved electronic viewfinder (EVF), the Konica Minolta Dimage A2 surpasses its highly regarded predecessor, the 5-megapixel Dimage A1. The new model retains the A1's high-quality 7X zoom lens, top-notch performance, and comprehensive feature set, and its new EVF is the best we've yet seen. Though the A2's images aren't the greatest for its class, the sum of its parts adds up to more than any of its competitors. Konica Minolta used the same design for the A2 as it did for the Dimage A1, which is mostly, though not completely, a good thing. We're still not enamored of its clunky looks, but the black magnesium-alloy body, which weighs a bit more than 1 pound, 7 ounces with a battery and media installed, is very sturdy and easy to grip securely.
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