Minolta US has today announced an underwater ("Marine") case for the DiMAGE X or DiMAGE Xi digital camera. We actually covered this new accessory when it was announced by Minolta Japan back in May and also in our Photokina 2002 show report, today Minolta made it official and announced a list price of $249. "This new durable housing allows users involved in virtually any outdoor activity to bring their DiMAGE X or DiMAGE Xi camera with them anywhere they go to document their day-to-day activities or special adventures," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing.

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Press Release:

MINOLTA TAKES THE DiMAGE X AND DIMAGE Xi DIGITAL CAMERAS TO EXTREMES WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW UNDERWATER HOUSING

Ramsey, NJ (November 15, 2002) - Minolta Corporation announces the availability of the new Minolta Marine Case, an easy to use underwater housing designed specifically to perfectly fit the super slim profile of the award-winning Minolta DiMAGE X and new DiMAGE Xi digital cameras. Finally, digital photographers can have the flexibility to photograph what they want when they want to, regardless of weather conditions. From approximately 100 feet under the surface of the ocean to the summit of a rugged peak, this extremely compact Marine Case will protect the DiMAGE X and DiMAGE Xi from all the elements.

"This new durable housing allows users involved in virtually any outdoor activity to bring their DiMAGE X or DiMAGE Xi camera with them anywhere they go to document their day-to-day activities or special adventures," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "Although specifically designed for diving down to depths of approximately 100 feet, this case provides protection against the elements involved in outdoor adventures such as scuba diving, mountain and rock climbing, camping, snow boarding and skiing, kayaking and white-water rafting, as well as a rainy or snowy day on vacation. And it's great for the backyard pool too."

Like the DiMAGE X and DiMAGE Xi cameras, the new all-weather housing exemplifies the synthesis of function and design. The smoothly contoured, compact shell easily slides into the pocket of a buoyancy control jacket or ski jacket. The chrome-plated, metal control buttons make using the camera simple, even when wearing gloves. And the elegantly curved polycarbonate surfaces give the Marine Case its strength while eliminating unnecessary bulk and weight. The Marine Case is available at the suggested list price of $249.

Minolta Marine Case MC-DG100 Specifications

Maximum depth (underwater) 30 m (98.4 ft)
Weight 250 g (8.8 oz)
Dimensions

125.5 x 99 x 50.5 mm (4.9 x 3.9 x 2.0 in)

Standard accessories Hand strap, O ring , O-ring grease , Desiccant
Optional accessories O-ring Set