Displaytech's QVGA Display Module is the basis of Minolta's Digital Hyper Viewfinder (EVF). The EVF functions as an information center, showing a full array of shooting information and monitoring effects of image manipulation and control. Displaytech's microdisplay provides photographers with clear images, even under bright light, and delivers a visual resolution equivalent to almost 220,000 pixels. The variable position viewfinder can be tilted up to 90 degrees, and allows photographers to simultaneously monitor the image and camera settings.

Displaytech Microdisplays Featured as Viewfinders in Minolta Digital Cameras

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Displaytech Inc., the leader in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) microdisplays, today announced at SID that two new Minolta digital still cameras will feature Displaytech's LightView(TM) QVGA microdisplays as viewfinders.

"Displaytech is extremely proud of being included in these new Minolta cameras,'' said Haviland Wright, Displaytech's CEO and chairman. "The design of these cameras shows how serious Minolta is about digital photography, and makes serious use of our microdisplay as an integral part of their photographic system.''

Minolta will be using Displaytech's LightView(TM) QVGA Display Module in its single-lens reflex (SLR)-type DiMAGE7 and DiMAGE5 digital still cameras. The DiMAGE7 features an image capture capacity of 5.24 megapixels, and the DiMAGE5 captures 3.34 megapixels. Many of the features on these cameras were previously only available on professional-quality digital cameras.

Displaytech's QVGA Display Module is the basis of Minolta's Digital Hyper Viewfinder (EVF). The EVF functions as an information center, showing a full array of shooting information and monitoring effects of image manipulation and control. Displaytech's microdisplay provides photographers with clear images, even under bright light, and delivers a visual resolution equivalent to almost 220,000 pixels. The variable position viewfinder can be tilted up to 90 degrees, and allows photographers to simultaneously monitor the image and camera settings.

"Displaytech's microdisplay makes our newest DiMAGE7 more attractive by its small form factor, FLC's quick response and digital input,'' said a spokesperson at Minolta Corporation. "This display's high fill factor realizes smooth images unlike other EVFs, resulting in a natural image in conjunction with our superimposed digital effect and 100 percent image capturing.''

Displaytech's LightView QVGA Display Module uses the company's proprietary FLC material, which switches faster than common liquid crystals, translating to smoother, more accurate image reproduction. With a resolution of 400 X 225, the tiny 0.19" screen easily displays full-color images and accurately represents text. Because of its size, the QVGA uses significantly less power than conventional displays, meaning the battery life of digital cameras is greatly extended.

The Minolta DiMAGE7 will be commercially available in July 2001, and the DiMAGE5 will be available in August 2001.