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Is it possible to use the transformer when using DiMAGE A1 abroad?
Here are trans transformer and electric transformer (small model is mainly for overseas travel). There is no problem when using trans transformer, however when using electric transformer, there are many models which cannot be used with battery charger, precision instruments and so on.
Sell your camera for spare parts, the fault requires a professional repair costing far more than the camera is worth. Note that you'll get more by selling the battery, body caps (hotshoe cover, sync socket cover, lenscap) and camera body as separate items.
When i try to upload
Consider NOT connecting your camera to your computer.
The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo cataloging program, such as Windows Photo Gallery or Picasa ( http://picasa.google.com ).
Hiya, When I turn my
a "system error" message is not something that you will be able to fix. This error indicates a system failure and requires the
camera to be sent in for servicing and repair.
However, since Minolta is out of business, you may be hard pressed to actually get this camera repaired.
A1 Dimage rubber eye piece for viewfinder?
I've had the same problem. You simply can't get them new, but you can salvage them from the many scrap A1's and A2's which have suffered circuit board failures. Take care as you peel it off the old camera though as it's very easy to tear. Best reglued with a few very carefully applied smears of superglue. If you want your camera to last, then afterwards use a bit of double-sided foam based sticky pad to secure the viewfinder in the down position: leave it free to move and it WILL fail (I'm amazed it hasn't done so already). Basically there's a poor design which causes the flexible circuit board to crack and once it goes it usually cannot be repaired.
A whole scrap camera is usually quite cheap on auction websites, but ask questions to ensure that the item is supplied to you before the previous owner has harvested all the all the useful bits, such as batteries and caps.
There is an ebay seller in the USA who sells an alternative eyecup which will just about fit, but it interferes with the viewfinder's ability to lay flat and also looks very amateurishly applied afterwards. The original item is by far the best.
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My Dimage A1 camera has
Have you tried the reset on the 1st menu page? Are you clicking the right button on the 4 way directional pad? use left and right to highlight and up and down to change. Hope this helps.
Dimage a1 switches on, can view photos on play
Hi prune_muffin, my Konica Minolta A1 camera failed during 2007 with those exact symptoms. The sensor used in the A1 and many other cameras/camcorders of that vintage were made by Sony and have been recognised as subject to failure due to an Integrated Circuit packaging failure. Sony bought the KM company and from April 2006 have aranged support for KM products. Sony have generously offered to repair failed cameras of that era, at no charge, when the failure is due to a failed Sony sensor. My camera was repaired by the appointed Australian service company and returned within 3 weeks - I only paid the postage to send it in for repair.
You should make enquiries re your camera problem with the Sony Camera Support Center in your location.
Viewfinder shows only streaks
if the pictures are like that as well, chances are your CCD sensor is on the way out.
if only on the viewfinder (so pictures are OK) it may well be the display of the viewfinder that is also known to give problems although much less... however, if the viewfinder is the problem you should be OK to use the cam. in case you did not replace the CCD, i would be careful spending any money. i am now trying to get the 3rd CCD in my cam... they are really a problem....
I have 2 of these and they seem to keep on failing on the CCD's. pity, since i really love this camera...
Battery Fully charged but camera
Check the contacts on the battery case. As the camera is jolted up and down it sometimes weakens the metal that holds the battery securely in the case. The easiest way I find to test this is to open the battery door, push the battery(s) into place and hold a piece of metal against the open contacts on the other side to bridge the circuit. If the camera starts, that is your problem. You can possibly raise the tension of the metal contact on the door by stuffing paper under it.
How do you find and use the self-timer setting?
Turn the function dial to the drive mode position.
Press the function button in the center of the dial.
Turn the front control dial to select the self-timer drive mode.
Use the rear control dial to to switch between a ten-second and a two-second delay.
Press the shutter-release button partway down or press the function button to set the mode.
When you are ready to take the picture.
Press the shutter button partway down to set the focus and exposure.
Press the shutter button all the way down to start the timer.
Hope this helps.
We have a Minolta Dimage A1 the CCD is broken and
It's a faulty 5MP Sony CCD and there was a massive problem with them failing due to a manufacturing defect. Sony issued a "soft recall" on their own cameras whereby customers complaining of the fault outside of the warranty were being told to return the camera to Sony for a free repair. I sent two back last year which I'd bought in 2004 and they still repaired them free (it would have been cheaper for them to send me newer, later models in exchange!)
Minolta (later Konica Minolta) had a similar arrangement but have now been taken over by Sony, they are honouring some claims for Konica Minolta branded products, but not for Minolta products. I understand that this is both for practical purposes as the additional spare parts needed when the sensor is replaced are not readily available and also because the Minolta products affected have all now reached the end of their original design lifespan.
In short, you've left it too late and should have pursued the problem at the time it occurred.
Good, used A1's typically sell for £40-£50 in the UK but unless they've had a replacement sensor fitted under warranty are a big risk. Don't accept the seller's assurance that the sensor has been replaced unless they can show the sales docket. A2's have the 8MP sensor which did not have the same problem and have a far better viewfinder go for around £80-£100. Prices are somewhat lower in North America so repairs are clearly not cost effective.
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