I am seriously thinking about getting the Minolta A2, the new 8mp, 2/3 CCD, fixed lens camera. It seems to top the features of all the rest of the 8mp contenders. Using Minolta's factory supplied image, in Bitmap, I decided to treat the image in Photoshop the way I normally treat all of my portrait images. The result is totally acceptable for my use. The image that Minolta supplied was soft, with neutral settings (and it shows). I have gotten better results with raw images out of D-SLRs, but since I need to put in the time in Photoshop in post processing anyway, whether the image is from D-SLR or fixed lens doesn't make too much of a difference. The softness and lack of contrast of the original image is bothersome, but all in all, I am OK with the results. A2 is acceptable and can do the job. It passed the test.
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