Thread: A2...or A1?
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Old Mar 31, 2004, 1:01 AM   #22
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As far as I'm concerned, image stabilisation is such an important feauture that I wouldn't now consider buying a camera without it. OK it's less important for wide angle shots but for a general purpose camera I think it's essential. Anyone who's familiar with shooting handguns knows how incredibly difficult it is to hold a gun absolutely steady, and the most minute movements have big effects. The same is true for photography. You can minimise the problem by using a short shutter speed, but that typically means that a 200mm shot needs 1/200sec or less. With the A2 I've taken perfectly acceptable 200mm shots at 1/30sec. The only cameras I considered were the Panasonic DMC FZ10 and the A2. I'd like the new Minolta DSLR but I think it's going to be too much money.
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