Terrfic new Minolta on the way

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Roger, Aug 10, 2003.

  1. Roger

    Roger Guest

    Hi, all,
    Look at this link:

    http://www.dimage.minolta.com/

    The new Dimage A1 sounds like a fantastic new digital camera, what with low
    light focus, high speed focus, 5 MP, and it being an SLR. Well, SLR-Type.
    Which means: the "optical" viewfinder is actually an electronic one like you
    find in Camcorders, except it will be much higher resolution. A staff member
    on the CompuServe photo Forum told me that the Minolta electronic viewfinder
    is pretty good. (I'm not talking about the LCD screen which the A1 also
    has).

    Its not in any stores yet..but I can't help but think about selling my Canon
    G3 and getting one of those!! I overall like the G3 a lot, but its low light
    focus sucks, and I keep forgetting to set the focus point on the subject, so
    some of my pics wind up off focus.
    Roger
     
    Roger, Aug 10, 2003
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    GCW Guest

    Looks impressive. Wonder what the street price will be?

    GCW
     
    GCW, Aug 10, 2003
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    Opentoe Guest

    A new anti-shake feature. This camera won't be under $2k.
     
    Opentoe, Aug 11, 2003
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    Todd Walker Guest

    Todd Walker, Aug 11, 2003
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    Ian R Walker Guest

    If priced over 2k it will lose to the Canon 10D which has the advantage
    of interchangeable lenses and a proper viewfinder for less. It does
    however look quite good, if I can not get the money for a Canon 10D I
    might get the Minolta A1 (I like a Canon 1D but can not justify that
    expenditure)
     
    Ian R Walker, Aug 11, 2003
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    Maureen Guest



    There is a decent review of it in "What Digital Camera" magazine. The
    reporter had it on test for a day and seemed very impressed and the
    image stabilisation seemed to work well. They are quoting the beginning
    of September for availability and a list price of £999.99. There is
    also a great improvement on the length of time the batteries last. In
    the test the guy stated "the A1 was still displaying a full charge even
    after filling a 512MB card with a whole day`s enthusiastic shooting".


    Maureen
     
    Maureen, Aug 11, 2003
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  7. That'll be 999 USD then......
     
    Andrew Davidson, Aug 11, 2003
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    ajacobs2 Guest

    Just the hard facts of marketshare and the game now... not having a DSLR
    means you build more advanced point and shoots.

    It all depends on where you put your R&D dollars and they'll sell thousands
    more of these than they would sell dslrs since many of their folks sold out
    and dumped Minolta for Canon or Nikon....

    Financially speaking, Konica is very smart and is guiding Minolta to stay
    fiscally alive with some solid ideas. Building on the 7 series which had
    some success was one. Building for the amateur market is another. Niche
    selling.

    At this point they can't chase Nikon or Canon. To many converts went away
    from them. Taking the dead Konica Camera name and calling them Minolta's
    was another good point. Good business plan for them unless you got a roomful
    of Minolta glass. I had three medium format systems, I waited too long to
    dump, did Ok on two , the third is maybe a wallet breaker but thats the
    market. Bet a dollar they join the 3/4 club and that means new lenses. Why?
    Because they have nothing to lose. Look at whose in the 3/4 game. KODAK -
    FUJI - ( not to mention OLY, soon to be joined by another BIG player like
    SamXXX or SAMYYY. Why should Konica/Mitsubishi not be in digital film game
    too?. They manufacture film and do well in the third world and discount
    markets. But that puts them in a fresh new area, again the niche market.

    Survival of assets and a good marketing plan. and oh, getting rid of some
    dead wood and egos in the merger. Some smart thinking at KON-NOLTA
     
    ajacobs2, Aug 11, 2003
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    Magus Guest

    you just did ...

    :)
     
    Magus, Aug 13, 2003
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