Konica Minolta has announced a new series of cameras today with the launch of the Dimage E50. The slim 5 million pixel model has a large 2.5-inch LCD and is a simple point and shoot device aimed at the beginner. It boasts a 640 x 480-pixel movie mode, limited only by the capacity of the card, a 3x optical zoom and macro down to 6cm. The Dimage E50 is available now for £199 in Europe only.

Press Release:

Thin, with Large LCD monitor — New E Series with 5.0 Megapixel CCD

DiMAGE E50 Outstanding value for money

17th January 2005 - Konica Minolta proudly introduces the DiMAGE E50, a digital camera that boasts an amazing combination of 2.5 inch type LCD monitor, thin and stylish design, and intuitive operation in an affordable, 5 Megapixel, entry-level model.

DiMAGE E50 is a user-friendly, compact digital camera equipped 3x optical zoom lens whilst achieving thin, pocketable dimensions.

DiMAGE E50 has a compact, 27.5mm thick body, weighing as little as 130 grams, easily fitting into a handbag, even trouser or shirt pocket to accompany you wherever you go. You can also use the 4x digital zoom in combination with the 3x optical zoom to take shots at up to 12x total zoom.

The DiMAGE E50 for even greater creativity, movie recording lets you record movie clips in 640x480 resolution at 15fps, up to the duration of your card’s remaining storage capacity.

The DiMAGE E50 delivers dependable basic performance, and the ability to take photos as close as 6 cm to the subject using macro mode.

With fast startup, ease of operation, an outstandingly large monitor and unprecedented enjoyment in a compact and stylish package, the DiMAGE E50 offers an affordable chance to jump into the exciting world of digital photography.

It is priced £199 and is available now.

Konica Minolta E50 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 5 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2560 x 1920
• 2048 x 1536
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 15 fps
• 320 x 240 @ 15 fps
• Limited only by the size of the memory card
File formats

• Still: JPEG
• Movie: AVI
• Sound: Unknown

Lens • 32 - 96 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.8 - F 4.8
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus distance • Standard: 0.5 m
• Macro: 0.06 m wide / 0.35 m tele
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed 1/2 - 1/1000th sec
Modes • Fine
• Standard
• Economy
White balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
• Cloudy

Self timer

• 2 or 10 sec
• 10 + 2 sec

Flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Night Scene
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD
• pixels
Connectivity • USB
• AC adapter
• AV out
Print compliance • DPOF
• DCF
Storage • SD card
Power • Lithium ion rechargeable battery charged in-camera
Weight (no batt) 130 g (4.6 oz)
Dimensions 89 x 55 x 28 mm (3.5 x 2.1 x 1.1 in)