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Based on A2 vs. S7000....

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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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 That's it. Waiting to hear what you say. If there is any of you used (or tried) both cameras, pls share your experiences with me.

Posted on Sep 07, 2005

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