The A2 is faster AF than the A200, according to 3rd party tests. Refer to imaging-resource.com and dprevie.com review measurements.
The AF is reported by some to have problems on the 1st released A2 units. However, I did not buy a *new* unit, instead, I bought a Minolta Factory Reconditioned unit that exhibited no such AF problems. Indeed, I have not found any complaints of the AF problems from purchasers of reconditioned units[apparently they are corrected].
As for image quality differences, the only difference of real note is the noise reduction system. On the A2, the NR is more aggressive as ISO is increased. It is very aggressive, and works partially by what appears to be 'blurring' of image detail. Resolution[extinction point] in ISO64, for example, is about 1900-2000LP/PH. At just ISO 100, it lowers to about 1600-1700 LP/PH. This refers to JPEG mode. The RAW mode does not suffer this problem. The A200 appears to use a more typical type of NR system that does not have this level of aggressiveness.
The real reason I prefer the A2[besides the excellent lens] is the EVF. I have a problem, in that lesser resolution EVFs make me dizzy after a while of use; the A2 EVF does not give me this problem[and I hate optical finders for other reasons, and a DSLR is not something I have a use for in most circumstances--it would be a burden for me]. Fortunately, ISO 64 to ISO100 are the only ISO settings that I need. If you require higher ISO in JPEG mode that is useful, I absolutely can not recommend the A2. A200 defintely better in that regard. But S7000 is still the[far] superior prosumer choice if higher ISO is required.
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Re: Based on A2 vs. S7000....
I have an S7000 and I love the camera.
Still, there are other grear buys today in the stores.
Prices are falling down for some great cams.
One of these cameras is the KM A200 that is at a reachable price category for me.
I am thinkink about changing my S7000 to an A200 and would like to ask your opinion of this idea.
I know all the physical data and specs and the A200 simply meet my needs.
There are some things that the specs sheets don't reveal:
- General operation - how responsive in use?
- Low light / indoor AF
- Flash recharge time (shot to shot speed with flash)
The advantages I see for the A200 are (compared to my S7000):
- Wider angle lens (28mm)
- Flip-out and twist LCD
- Cleaner low ISO performance, usable ISO800 at full CCD resolution
- 8mp for cropping
- Larger sensor, less noise
- 800x600 video (though 15fps)
- Manual zoom ring
- More manual settings, user memories on mode dial
And these are the pros for the S7000 (compared to the A200):
- Better shot-to-shot speed based on test numbers
- Better battery life
- Faster lens at tele
- More flash power
- Accepts 3rd party external flashes
- Less barrel distortion at wide angle
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If there is any of you used (or tried) both cameras, pls share your experiences with me.
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If the lines are reproduced in the pictures taken, then the image sensor located behind the lens is starting to fail. The problem will usually get progressively worse until you won't be able to shoot regular pictures anymore.
Call Fuji and ask about repair. You can get a quote from a third party here: Repair.
AF single or AF continuous can be selected. In AF single mode, focus is calculated and set when the shutter-release button is pressed partway down. This mode is mainly useful for a stationary subject. In AF continuous mode, camera continues to focus on a moving subject even when the shutter-release button is pressed partway down. It is convenient to capture the moving subject. Full Time AF that continues focusing without pressing the shutter-release button can be used in both AF modes.
The speed is selectable from 3 types at the continuous advance.
Continuous advance: Single shot AF: max. 1.8 fps (live view and anti-shake are activated for each frame. TIFF image cannot be taken), continuous AF: max. 1.9 fps (live view, AF, AE, anti-shake are activated for each frame. TIFF image cannot be taken.)
Hi-Speed continuous advance: max. 2.7 fps (Anti-shake is activated for each frame. AF, AE, WB, and live view are fixed at the first frame. TIFF image cannot be taken.)
UHS continuous advance: 7 fps. (Image size is fixed at 640x480. AF, AE, and WB are fixed at the first frame. TIFF and RAW image cannot be taken. Digital zoom disabled.)
Actual speed may vary depending on the subjects and shooting conditions.
* Three frames can be taken continuously in normal and Hi continuous mode.
*In UHS mode, the images can be taken as much as possible to the limitation of the storage capacity. For reference, STD: 180 frames, FINE: 160 frames, X. FINE: 100 frames (approx.).
AF single or AF continuous can be selected. In AF single mode, focus is calculated and set when the shutter-release button is pressed partway down. This mode is mainly useful for a stationary subject. In AF continuous mode, camera continues to focus on a moving subject even when the shutter-release button is pressed partway down. It is convenient to capture the moving subject. When setting spot focus point in AF continuous mode, subject tracking can be used.
(Subject tracking can be turned on/off by the recording menu. )
When selecting the Spot Focus Point, Full Time AF can be used*.
* Full Time AF can be turned on/off on the setup menu.
* Sensors mounted on the grip and on the eyepiece detect when the camera is held.
Approximate number of recording images :
AA size Alkaline batteries: 240 frames *1
AA size Ni-MH batteries (2500mAh): 420 frames *1
Test condition Conforming to CIPA(Camera & Imaging Products Association):
*1: LCD monitor on, Full-size images: 2560x1920, Standard image quality, No instant playback, Flash used with 50% of the frames, No full-time AF, one image at every 30 sec., turning the power on/off at every ten images.
Approximate period of playback images:
Test condition Based on Konica Minolta's standard test method:
AA size Alkaline batteries: 240 min.
AA size Ni-MH batteries (2500mAh): 330 min.
*Since the performance may vary depending on conditions, recording mode, and subjects, these are approximate values only.
As stated on page 145 of the A2 manual:
"When using this camera with the optional supplementary lenses, the accessory must be
specified in section 5 of the setup menu. For more information on the Wide-angle
Converter ACW-100 or Telephoto Converter ACT-100, contact your local Konica Minolta
dealer. A firmware update is provided with these products to activate this option."