Minolta A2 users

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Bill, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. Bill

    Bill Guest

    How do you like your camera? How do you get the best picture quality?

    I find FFP helps and software correction.

    I'm trying to decide if this camera is right for me. I love it's features!
    Who wouldn't?

    Bill, Nov 23, 2004
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  2. The picture quality on my A2 was worse than on the 5MP Nikon Coolpix 5700
    it might have replaced! They hadn't even fixed the faults from the A1. I
    sent the camera back and got a refund.

    David J Taylor, Nov 23, 2004
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  3. Morton Klotz wrote:
    Unlikely - the image quality problems were reported on the A1 and were NOT
    fixed on the A2. Poor - can't they be bothered to update the firmware?
    Identical problems, reported by more than one user, concerned with the
    in-camera conversion to JPEG. OK if you use raw. These problems were
    also reported in the reviews of the camera, so I'm not just making it up.
    Subjectively, images of the same subject from the 5MP Panasonic FZ20 and
    the Nikon Coolpix 5700 were better.

    I did not like the tinny construction of the LCD viewfinder, the fact that
    the image stabilisation didn't work at low shutter speeds, and the highly
    misleading statements (which I would call lies) made about the viewfinder.
    It is NOT, as described on the box, 900,000 pixels. It is 300,000 pixels
    (VGA resolution).

    I'm glad you get excellent results, but Minolta have a huge credibility
    gap to rebuild with me. It seemed to be fundamental design problems
    rather than just bad quality control. It was a most disappointing camera.

    David J Taylor, Nov 23, 2004
  4. Bill

    Magnus W Guest

    Just a note on this -- the JPEG writing algorithms might be hardwired in
    the processor, and thus can't be upgraded by firmware.
    Magnus W, Nov 24, 2004
  5. Yes, that's possible. If not the whole algorithm, then perhaps some key
    arithmetic part.

    So avoid all Minolta cameras with that chip!

    David J Taylor, Nov 25, 2004
  6. Bill

    conj Guest

    I really enjoy mine. It's a pleasure to bring with you, change settings
    (especially recall you favorites from custom-programmed dial), zoom... I
    really like how it handles. I shoot in RAW and have done fabulous 13 x 19"
    prints from my last trip where I made about 2000 shots.
    Get a spare battery as I find that one is sometimes not enough for a full
    day out.
    I brought 2.5 GB worth of CF cards and downloaded them on my laptop when we
    got to our hotel room.


    conj, Nov 25, 2004
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