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Konica Minolta G600

By dpreview staff on Mar 18, 2004 at 13:03 GMT

CeBIT 2004: The latest camera on the compact six megapixel band wagon is Konica Minolta's G600, a resolution upgrade from from the G500 (which itself was based on the Konica KD-510 Zoom before the K-M merger). That out of the way the G600 does appear to have a new Signal Processing Engine and algorithm coined 'A*IPS'. "The new compact and fully-featured DiMAGE G600 is a value-packed, high performance digital camera at an affordable price," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Konica Minolta's Camera Division. "This new compact camera is ideal for every day snapshots as well as a second camera for serious amateur or professional photographers."

Press Release:

KONICA MINOLTA INTRODUCES THE NEW DiMAGE G600 DIGITAL CAMERA

Extremely compact and powerful 6-megapixel camera is quick and easy to use

Mahwah, NJ (March 18, 2004) - Konica Minolta introduces the new DiMAGE G600 - a fast and easy to use 6 megapixel digital camera designed to enable photographers to produce high-quality images to last a lifetime. This new addition to the DiMAGE camera line features Rapid Response with a 1.3-second start-up time, an ergonomic and easy-to-use design and this new digital camera is packed with features that appeal to both beginners and advanced amateurs alike.

"The new compact and fully-featured DiMAGE G600 is a value-packed, high performance digital camera at an affordable price," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Konica Minolta's Camera Division. "This new compact camera is ideal for every day snapshots as well as a second camera for serious amateur or professional photographers."

High picture quality is obtained through the camera's GT HEXANON lens that's designed to produce stunningly accurate images. These images are then received by the1/1.76-inch 6.40-megapixel CCD, which provides high-resolution picture quality unexpected from such a compact camera. The result is beautifully detailed images across the entire zoom range in a slim, pocketable design. Completing the process, high-resolution images are assured with precision processing provided by the newly developed A*IPS - using Konica Minolta's proprietary algorithm, which instantly calculates optimum exposure, focus and white balance.

The DiMAGE G600's newly developed Signal Processing Engine enables a speedy 1.3-second start-up time that has the camera ready to use at a moment's notice. This is further enhanced through speedy image processing that greatly reduces the interval between pictures. In addition, pictures can be magnified up to twelve times on the camera's LCD panel by using the high-speed scroll feature. By magnifying a portion of a picture after shooting, photographers can conveniently and quickly double check focus or subtle expressions while the subject is still present.

As a third addition to the Konica Minolta DiMAGE G series of digital cameras, the DiMAGE G600's exterior design and placement of controls has been redesigned. Stainless steel and aluminum design elements combine to create a modern, yet timeless design, with ergonomically placed controls that users will feel right at home with - all efficiently packaged in a pocketable 3.7 (W) x 2.2 (H) x 1.16 (D) inches.

And the new DiMAGE G600 is PictBridge* compatible for printing pictures without having to use a computer. The camera's dual card slots (Memory Sticks and SD Memory Cards) facilitate transferring of both still and moving images to other media, and Memory Sticks can be plugged directly into Sony computers. Advanced users can fine-tune colors and create special effects with the camera's many functions, allowing photographers to fully express their artistic vision. The camera's macro mode allows photographing objects just 2.4 inches away (on the widest angle setting).

*PictBridge is an industry standard established by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 Specifications


Sensor 1/1.76" type CCD (6.4 million pixels total)
Effective pixels 6.0 megapixels
Image sizes • 2816 x 2112
• 2272 x 1704
• 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)
Lens • 3x optical zoom
• 39 - 117 mm equiv.
• F2.8 - F4.9
Digital zoom 2x, 3x
Normal focus range • Wide: 50 cm - Infinity (1.6 ft - Infinity)
• Tele: 80 cm - Infinity (2.6 ft - Infinity)
Macro focus range • Wide: 6 cm - Infinity (2.4 in - Infinity)
• Tele: 50 cm - Infinity (19.7 in - Infinity)
Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Metering • Center-weighted average
• Spot
Shutter speed • Program AE: 1- 1/2000 sec
• Manual exposure: 15 - 1/1000 sec
Exposure modes • Program AE
• Manual exposure
Exposure compensation +/-1.5 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Flash • Built-in
• Range: 3.0 m (9.9 ft) at wide angle, 1.7 m (5.7 ft) at telephoto
• Modes: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill, Off, Slow sync
Shooting mode • Normal
• Macro
• Distant view
• Self-timer
• Fixed focus
Continuous drive Yes
Self timer 3 or 10 secs
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)
• PictBridge
Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor • 1.5" TFT LCD
• 118,000 pixels
Storage • SD / MMC slot (16 MB SD card supplied)
• Memory Stick slot
Power • NP-600 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) 195 g (6.8 oz)
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