Minolta has today announced a new accessory for the DiMAGE 5 / 7 digital cameras. The Minolta PC Flash Adapter PCT-100 enables the 5 or 7 to be attached directly professional studio and location flash systems. The small unit slots onto the DiMAGE 5 / 7 flash hotshoe, weighs in at just 30 g (1.1 oz) and the small internal CR2032 battery should last for 10,000+ releases.

Press release:

NEW HIGH QUALITY LIGHTING MEETS HIGH RESOLUTION DIGITAL IMAGING WITH MINOLTA'S PC FLASH ADAPTER

The Minolta PCT-100 flash adapter expands the versatility of Minolta's DiMAGE 7 and DiMAGE 5 digital cameras

Ramsey, NJ (November 16, 2001) - Professional and advanced photographers will now have access to high quality lighting for their digital imaging needs with the introduction of the PC Flash Adapter PCT-100 from Minolta Corporation.

"The development of Minolta's PC Flash Adapter PCT-100 offers photographers using the Minolta DiMAGE 7 and DiMAGE 5 digital cameras the ability to connect to professional studio and location flash systems," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president, digital imaging products, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "Now more than ever, the DiMAGE family of Minolta digital cameras provides virtually everything that a photographer could possibly want."

The self-powered PC Flash Adapter slides into the DiMAGE 7 and the DiMAGE 5 accessory shoe and the flash's PC cord plugs into the adapter's standard PC terminal. Designed for center-negative and center-positive polarities, the PC Flash Adapter PCT-100 is compatible with most studio and location lighting systems.

Minolta DiMAGE 7 and DiMAGE 5

The new Single-Lens Reflex (SLR)-type Minolta DiMAGE 7 (5.0 megapixel effective) and DiMAGE 5 (3.2 megapixel effective) digital cameras feature 7x optical and 2x digital zoom, as well as macro capabilities.

Fundamental to the design of these new cameras are core technologies of ultra high resolution apochromatic lenses (Minolta GT LENS), Minolta's innovative CxProcess(TM) Image Processing System, plus a high speed Large Scale Integration (LSI) chip for quick response and operation and the world's first Flex Focus Point autofocus control, which enhances creative picture-taking.

The new DiMAGE 7 and DiMAGE 5 feature Minolta's new technological developments designed to provide high-quality images as well as a wide array of digital functions for creative photography. Many advanced features that were found only on high-end professional digital cameras are now offered at more affordable prices. The DiMAGE 7 is equipped with a 2/3 inch-type CCD with a total of 5.24 million pixels. The DiMAGE 5 features a 1/1.8 inch-type CCD with a total of 3.34 million pixels.

Both digital cameras feature a lightweight magnesium alloy body and built-in flash. These cameras also take advantage of Minolta's acclaimed ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) flash metering when used in conjunction with Minolta's Program Flash 5600HS (D) and 3600HS (D).