The Model F200 is an "arithmetic mean" of Minolta's DiMAGE F line. A capacious buffer and other electronic components (like in F300) together with a smaller matrix (like in F100) allow the camera shoot as many video as the memory card can house and batteries can handle.
The design is softer due to new decorating elements. The management conception has changed a little. Now the multiselector doesn't control the focal length; instead, there is an additional cylindrical column with a lever.
Beside unlimited clips, F200 supports the new Direct Video function which allows the camera to be connected directly to a VHS or DVD recording deck. However, earlier it was also possible to shoot video onto an external device via TV-out.
The specs are very similar to F100 except the unlimited video, center-weighted metering and a bit more powerful flash. But the design differs noticeably. Since F100 and 300 have the same shape, below you can see fragments of F300 and F200.
Front view. The newer model has a cylindrical jut instead of the spherical one, and the self-timer LED is shifted to the base.
Back view. Unlike of the multiselector of F100/300 which also controls the zoom, F200 has a separate lever. The multiselector now controls exposure correction without a necessity to enable it with a button, which (on the left of F200 zoom lever on top) switches between the drive modes (single, series, bracketing).
The same good old lens - Minolta GT 7.8 - 23.4mm
Softer straps and outline of the information display.
The same battery compartment and memory card slot.
Finally, the same stylish design of the aluminum case.
Here is the full 1.3MB shot
This is how the zoom works. Above the focal length is minimal (7.8mm), below is the maximum (23.4mm).
Fragment of the second shot 1:1. Chromatic abberations are hardly noticeable on the frame's edge (red edging).
Resolution chart. Shot center. F=12.5 mm, f/d = 8
Resolution chart. Shot edge (upper left). F=12.5 mm, f/d = 8. The geometrical distortions are moderate, the chromatic ones are insignificant
Twice increased (in HTML) fragments of the resolution chart for long
exposure and with noise reduction.
The noise reduction mode makes images less grainy and sandy and, unfortunately, less sharp (at the file size of 100%). As you can see, the camera shoots excellently at long exposures and high sensitivity even without the noise reduction.
The petty changes in the design of DiMAGE F200 in comparison with DiMAGE
F100 and utilization of a smaller matrix of 4Mp instead of 5Mp in DiMAGE
F300 shouldn't perplex you. There are not many digital cameras out
there with unlimited video coupled with sound, and the focal length which
can be changed during shooting.
Sergei Sherbakov (email@example.com)
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