Minolta A1 complaints

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by cc0112453, Jan 5, 2004.

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    cc0112453 Guest

    I have had my A1 for three weeks now. The weather has been crappy with lots
    of rain and snow so I haven't had much opportunity to get out and do any
    shooting. I did try a few shots indoors at ISO 800. Very disappointing
    results but I expected lots of noise from the reading I had done. I then
    did some indoor shots of my wife at her riding lessons. I shot at close
    range at an ISO of 400. The shots were still pretty noisy and not that good
    in other respects. Today was bright and partly sunny so the wife and I went
    out cross country skiing. I set the A1 at and ISO of 100 and I'm still
    getting noise. In fact the shots don't have much detail. The camera is set
    for the largest image size and a setting of Fine. I'm beginning to wonder
    if I made a mistake purchasing this camera? My previous digital was an
    Olympus 3030 which had pretty much convinced me to ditch my old 35 mm SLR.
    I'm ready to put the A1 up for sale on eBay and take what ever I can get for
    it. Anyone having better results with it? I would hate to think that this
    is all the latest 5 mp $800 digital camera is capable of.

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    cc0112453, Jan 5, 2004
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    Michael Guest

    The Minolta forum over at dpreview.com is full of people talking about their
    noisy A1's. Phil Askey's review did not reveal noise levels signifficantly
    worse than similary priced cameras, so it is a bit of a mystery. No word
    from Minolta yet.

    Some people have had their cameras swapped with good results. Some notice
    repeating noise patterns only to find that the origin may be electronic
    interference from, for example, a mobile phone. This may sound kind of
    silly, but try taking a few shots without any mobile phones nearby. Also,
    try taking photos in different cities or areas - there may be an UMTS (3G)
    mast close by where you live.

    The A1 is one of the most impressive cameras with respect to features and
    especially it's superb lens. It's the kind of camera that is almost as
    fascinating as an SLR, but at half the price and without the whole lens
    business. A great camera overall.

    Well. Except for the noise .. :)

    Michael, Jan 5, 2004
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    Aardvark Guest

    The A1 is one of the most impressive cameras with respect to
    features and
    I agree with your assessment of the A1 ( I have one ). I've been
    impressed by its handling, feature set, and image quality. Hate
    to nitpick, but it's not really half the price of a SLR. It's
    very close to the price of a 300D and the upcoming D70 ( or
    whatever Nikon calls their entry level DSLR).
    Aardvark, Jan 5, 2004
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    Mike S Guest

    I paid $687 for my A1, delivered. With equivalent focal length ranges, it
    would be pretty close to half the price of the 300D.
    Mike S, Jan 5, 2004
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