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Minolta DiMAGE S414

Feb 10, 2003 at 22:27 GMT

Minolta have today announced the new DiMAGE S414 featuring a 4.1 megapixel CCD (4.0 million effective), a Minolta GT 4x optical zoom lens. "The new DiMAGE S414 combines high quality images and automatic features, allowing users to obtain the best photographic results with easy camera operation," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of Marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "It's the ideal digital camera for a variety of applications and users -- personal or business, from novice to enthusiasts."

Press Release:

Minolta Introduces The New DiMAGE S414 Compact Digital Camera

4-Megapixel consumer digital camera offers high performance with fast, simple operation

Ramsey, NJ (February 10, 2003) – Minolta Corporation announces the new easy-to-use DiMAGE S414 featuring a 4.1 megapixel CCD, a high-quality Minolta GT 4x optical zoom lens, Minolta’s CxProcess, and additional versatile features. With a design based on the highly-regarded DiMAGE S404 and DiMAGE S304, the stylish new DiMAGE S414 also features a built-in flash, video recording capability, USB interface and Compact Flash card compatibility.

"The new DiMAGE S414 combines high quality images and automatic features, allowing users to obtain the best photographic results with easy camera operation," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of Marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "It's the ideal digital camera for a variety of applications and users -- personal or business, from novice to enthusiasts."

The Minolta DiMAGE S414’s high-precision electro-optical system is built around a 4.1 megapixel 1/1.8-type interline primary-color CCD with 4.0 million effective pixels for fine high-resolution images. The DiMAGE S414’s built-in Minolta GT lens is a versatile apochromatic 4x zoom with anomalous dispersion (AD) glass for color accuracy and dual aspherical elements which, combined with a 2.2x digital zoom, provides a compact lens design with a wide image capture range. The optical zoom lens range is from 7.15mm to 28.6mm, equivalent to 35mm -140mm in 35mm photography, and with digital zoom, the range is equivalent to 35mm - 308mm in 35mm.

The image formed on the CCD is enhanced by Minolta’s exclusive CxProcess image processing technology to optimize sharpness, color reproduction, tonal gradation and noise to create clear and natural images. The wide dynamic range is provided by 12-bit A/D (analog to digital) conversion to ensure natural color and tonal reproduction.

In addition, the high-speed LSI with 32-bit RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) CPU and expanded SDRAM buffer memory allows the camera to be highly responsive with faster operation. The capturing interval time of 0.8 seconds and brisk continuous advance speed of 1.3 frames per second with up to 7 frames (full size images in fine image quality mode) can transform a passing moment into a priceless memory.

The DiMAGE S414 offers flexible and accurate autofocus, auto exposure and an optical zoom viewfinder. Its stylish aluminum body features an easy-to hold grip and simple control layout. A versatile camera, the DiMAGE S414 features fully automatic white balance and video recording with audio as well as ease of use features like Digital Subject Program Selection and creative functions such as histogram display of recorded images, exposure compensation and bracketing, custom white balance and digital effects control, that give the photographer control over the final image.

Specifications

Number of effective pixels 4.0 million
CCD 1/1.8-type interline primary-color CCD
Total pixels: 4.1 million
A/D conversion 12-bit
Camera sensitivity Auto and 64, 100, 200, and 400 ISO equivalents
Focal length 7.15 � 28.6mm (35mm equivalent: 35 � 140mm)
Lens construction 11 elements in 9 groups (includes one AD glass element and two double-sided aspheric elements)
Maximum aperture f/3.0 � f/3.6
Minimum focus distance Wide: 1.6 ft. / 0.5 m from CCD
Telephoto: 3 ft. / 0.9 m from CCD
Macro focus range 3.9 � 21.3 in. / 10 � 54 cm from front of lens
6.3 � 23.6 in. / 16 � 60 cm from CCD
Maximum magnification 0.1x (1:10)
Equivalent to 0.465x (1:2.15) in 35mm format
Area covered at maximum magnification 2.93 x 2.19 in./ 74.3 x 55.7mm  
Filter diameter 35.5mm
Viewfinder type Optical real-image zoom viewfinder
Monitor LCD 1.8 inch (4.6 cm) TFT color 
Total number of pixels: 122,000
Shutter CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed range 4 - 1/1000 second, Bulb (maximum 15 seconds )
Autofocus system Video AF
Autofocus areas Wide focus area
Spot focus areas with Focus Area Selection
Focus modes Autofocus (Full-time AF is available in the autofocus mode),
Manual focus
Metering Multi-segment, Spot
Multi-segment metering 270 segments
Exposure modes Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Manual
Digital Subject Programs Macro, Portrait, Landscape, Night portrait, Text, Macro & text
Exposure compensation �2 EV in 1/3 increments
Flash metering ADI
Flash range Wide: Approximately 1.6 � 11.5 ft./0.5 � 3.5m 
Telephoto: Approximately 3 � 9.8 ft /0.9 � 3.0m
(Camera sensitivity: auto)
Flash modes Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Fill-flash with red-eye reduction, Flash cancel 
Continuous advance Available
Exposure bracketing Three frame bracket in 1.0, 0.5, 0.3 EV increments
Self-timer Approximately 10 seconds
Remote control IR Remote Control RC-3 (sold separately)
Movie recording Recording time: Maximum 60 seconds with monaural audio
Frame rate: 15 frames per second
Audio Voice memo: 5 seconds or 15 seconds monaural audio with still image
Color modes Natural Color, Vivid Color, Black and white, Sepia, Solarization
White balance control Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy), Custom
Digital effects controls Contrast compensation, Sharpness, Filter
Contrast compensation Three levels (High, Normal, Low)
Sharpness settings Three levels (Soft, Normal, Hard)
Filter Three levels (Cool, Normal, Warm)
Digital zoom 2.2 x
Date imprinting Month/day/year(Format can be changed.)
Imprinting can be disabled 
Image-quality modes TIFF, Fine, Standard, Economy
Number of recorded pixels (Still images) 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Number of recorded pixels (Movie clips) 320 x 240  
Storage capacity Approximate storage capacity of a 16 MB CompactFlash card:
   2272 x 1704  1600 x 1200   1280 x 960  640 x 480 
Super Fine  1 frame  2 frames  3 frames  13 frames
Fine Mode  6 frames  12 frames  17 frames  34 frames
Standard  11 frames  19 frames  26 frames  42 frames
Economy  17 frames  27 frames  33 frames  48 frames
Movie         51 seconds (320 x 240) 
     
* Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and memory card used.
** Still images are recorded without voice memo.
 Total number of seconds that can be stored.
File formats JPEG, TIFF, Motion JPEG (MOV), WAVE 
DCF 1.0-compliant
DPOF-compliant (Supported by printing functions in version 1.1)
Folder name formats Standard, Date
Printing output control PRINT Image Matching II, Exif Print
Recording media Type I CompactFlash card 
Computer interface USB 1.1
AV output NTSC, PAL (selected on the camera)
Batteries Four Ni-MH or AA alkaline batteries 
Use of Ni-MH batteries is recommended.
Battery performance(Playback) Approximate continuous playback time: 120 minutes 
Based on Minolta�s standard test method with 1,850 mAh Ni-MH batteries.
Battery performance(Recording) Approximate number of recorded images: 160 frames
Based on Minolta�s standard test method: 1,850 mAh Ni-MH batteries, LCD monitor on, Full-size images (2272x1704), Standard image quality, No instant playback, No voice memo, Flash used with 50% of the frames.
External power source 6V DC with specified AC adapter (sold separately)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.47 x 2.54 x 2.3 in.
113.5 x 64.5 x 58.5mm
Weight Approximately 11.8oz./335g without batteries or recording media 
Operating temperature 32-104�F / 0-40�C 
Standard accessories Four AA Alkaline Batteries, Neck Strap NS-DG304, Lens Cap LF-236, AV Cable,  AVC-100, USB Cable USB-600, CompactFlash Card, DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM
Optional accessories Camera Case CS-DG304, IR Remote Control RC-3, External High Power Battery Pack Kit EBP-100, AC Adapter AC-1L

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