12:00 PM EST: The second camera in Minoltas new camera announcements is the DiMAGE G500. The G500 has a five megapixel CCD sensor and a three times optical zoom lens. This camera appears to be the first which has come out of the union of Konica and Minolta, it looks an awful lot like the Konica KD-510 Zoom. "This new digital camera is a high quality image maker in a sleek, metal wrapper," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "The easy-to-use DiMAGE G500 is the perfect companion for any photographic occasion."

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MINOLTA INTRODUCES THE NEW 5.0 MEGAPIXEL DiMAGE G500

Sleek and stylish compact digital camera provides high quality images and dual memory-card slots for increased memory capacity

New York, NY (August 7, 2003) - Minolta Corporation introduces the new DiMAGE G500 - a responsive, easy-to-use digital camera that provides high-quality 5 megapixel images. In spite of the small size of this stylish compact camera, the DiMAGE G500 packs powerful imaging controls for beautiful pictures and a dual memory-card slot for flexible storage solutions.

"This new digital camera is a high quality image maker in a sleek, metal wrapper," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "The easy-to-use DiMAGE G500 is the perfect companion for any photographic occasion."

The new Minolta DiMAGE G500 can produce 5 megapixel high-resolution images. The pixel resolution of the CCD will produce 13" x 17" 150dpi prints or 6.5" x 8.5" photo-quality prints.

The DiMAGE G500 uses a high-quality 3x aspheric zoom lens employing seven elements in six groups to provide sharp, contrasty images. The zoom range is equivalent to a 39 - 117mm lens on a 35mm camera. This range is perfect for wide-angle landscape photography and telephoto portraits.

With a fast 1.3-second startup time, The DiMAGE G500 can capture the action at a moment's notice. The ergonomic control layout makes making settings quick and simple. The three most used controls are conveniently placed on the top of the body.

Despite its small size, the Minolta DiMAGE G500 is packed with creative image-making features. Exposures can be set manually. The color saturation, contrast, and sharpness of an image can easily be controlled by the user to create the pictures they want. And the color balance function allows creative users to change the relative proportions of the red, green, and blue channels to shift the overall color of an image.

The Minolta DiMAGE G500 has a dual card-slot system for flexible image storage. Both Memory Sticks and SecureDigital (SD) Cards can be used alone or in combination. When both memory card types are used with the camera at the same time, up 640MB of data can be saved depending on the capacity of the cards. This eliminates the worries of running out of memory.

Dressed in an elegantly styled metal case, the Minolta DiMAGE G500 measures only 3.7 x 2.2 x 1.2 inches and weighing a mere 7 ounces, and can be easily slipped into a pocket or bag.

Minolta DiMAGE G500 Specifications


Sensor 1/1.76" type CCD (5.4 million pixels total)
Effective pixels 5.0 megapixels
Image sizes • 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Image quality • Fine
• Normal
Image formats • JPEG EXIF 2.2 (Still)
• AVI Motion JPEG (Movies)
Movie clips • 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 30 secs (with audio)
Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Lens • 3x optical zoom
• 39 - 117 mm equiv.
• F2.8 - F4.9
Digital zoom 2x, 3x
Focus range • Wide: 6 cm - Infinity (2.4 in - Infinity)
• Tele: 50 cm - Infinity (19.7 in - Infinity)
Shutter speed • Program AE: 1- 1/2000 sec
• Manual exposure: 15 - 1/1000 sec
Metering • Center-weighted average
• Spot
Exposure modes • Program AE
• Manual exposure
Exposure compensation +/-1.5 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Flash • Built-in
• Range: 3.5 m (11.5 ft) at wide angle, 2.0 m (6.6 ft) at telephoto
• Modes: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill, Slow sync
Shooting mode • Normal
• Macro
• Distant view
• Self-timer
• Fixed focus
Continuous drive Yes
White balance • Auto
• Sunny
• Cloudy
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
Image parameters • Contrast: 5 levels
• Sharpness: 5 levels
• Saturation: 5 levels
• Color balance: 5 levels for each channel (RGB)
Print compliance • Exif Print (EXIF 2.2)
Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor • 1.5" TFT LCD
• 118,000 pixels
Storage • 2 MB internal flash memory
• SD / MMC / Memory Stick slots
Power • NP-500 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
• Charger supplied
Connectivity USB 1.1
Dimensions 94 x 56 x 30 mm (3.7 x 2.2 x 1.2 in)
Weight (no batt) 200 g (7.1 oz)