News tagged with "konica-minolta"
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."
PMA 2004: Konica Minolota today made a development announcement about a new digital version of their Maxxum 7 / Dynax 7 SLR. The Maxxum 7 Digital will have a six megapixel APS sized CCD, will have body integrated anti-shake (just like the DiMAGE A1/A2) which will work with all lenses and will be fully system compatible. This camera should be available in 'Fall 2004'. We, along with a few others had an opportunity to take a few pictures of an early pre-production camera.
PMA 2004: Konica Minolta today placed its chips on the eight megapixel roulette table with the DiMAGE A2. Clearly based around the DiMAGE A1 the A2 has the same seven times optical zoom lens and Anti-shake system achieved by moving the CCD rather than a lens element. Other new features include a '3D Auto Focus system' which Konica Minolta claim to be 1.5 times faster than the AF system in the DiMAGE A1, a new high resolution electronic viewfinder and a higher resolution and higher frame rate video mode.
PMA 2004: In the second of three announcements, Konica Minolta have revealed a new version of the slightly odd looking DiMAGE Z1, the four megapixel, ten times optical zoom DiMAGE Z2 (it still looks a bit Buck Rogers to me.) The DiMAGE Z2 squeezes its four megapixels out of a tiny 1/2.5" CCD, has a brand new ten times optical zoom lens (38 - 380 mm equiv.), predictive focus control and streaming SVGA or VGA movies with audio. The only thing I feel this camera lacks is Image Stabilization.
PMA 2004: Konica Minolta today announced the DiMAGE Xg, an updated version of the DiMAGE Xt, the Xg has a new lens design,a larger LCD monitor, streaming 30 fps movies, a faster startup time (claimed 0.8 sec, a third of a second faster than the Xt), PictBridge direct printing support and of course wears the new Konica Minolta name and logo. "The DiMAGE Xg packs the popular features that today's consumers are seeking into an inviting take-anywhere design that's already a proven winner. said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Konica Minolta's Camera Division.
According to a 'report from Japan' on the Popular Photography website Minolta will be introducing a digital SLR next year and that it's highly possible that an operational sample will be shown at PMA 2004. In addition to the report also reveals that Olympus will have two more digital SLR's next year as will Pentax and that other manufacturers are looking at putting vibration reduction technology in the camera rather than the lens (just like Minolta did with the DiMAGE A1). For lots more gossip from Japan why not read the article in full...
Konica Minolta Europe has recently posted a firmware update for the DiMAGE A1. This firmware upgrade, version 101e, resolves a problem when using DiMAGE Capture, the camera stops while interval recording, and when using a 2GB or larger storage media, the camera cannot record movies. As usual please read carefully the firmware installation information before installing the DiMAGE A1 firmware!
Just posted! Our full in-depth review of Minolta's DiMAGE A1 digital camera. The A1 is the sucessor to the popular DiMAGE 7 series, it is Minolta's new flagship prosumer digital camera and carries one of the widest range of features of any digital camera on the market. The DiMAGE A1's vital specs are a wide angle seven times optical zoom lens, a five megapixel CCD sensor, Anti-Shake image stabilization, a metal body, tilting LCD monitor, tilting EVF, Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, a wide range of manual controls and an almost endless selection of customizable settings. See how the new DiMAGE A1 performed in our tests.
Konica Minolta has today announced support for PictBridge in their new DiMAGE Z1 and DiMAGE E323 digital cameras. PictBridge is the new industry standard for direct printing of images and allows a user to print directly from a PictBridge compatible digital camera connected via a cable to a PictBridge compatible printer without the use of a PC. "PictBridge support provides consumers with more options for sharing their digital photos than ever before," says Hidenori Toyoda, General Manager Photo Division, Minolta Europe.
Minolta has today introduced the new DiMAGE G400 which looks very Konica Revio in origin. The DiMAGE G400 has a newly designed signal-processing engine with a 0.7 second startup time. You can turn the camera on, focus, set the exposure, capture an image, and turn the camera off in 1.5 seconds. It takes less than a second from turning the camera on to being ready to capture a sharp, well-exposed image. It has a 4.2 megapixel CCD and a 3x GT Hexanon zoom lens which has seven elements in six groups to provide sharp, high-contrast images. It has a dual card-slot system for flexible image storage. Both Memory Sticks and SD Memory Cards can be used singly or in combination.
I have just posted a gallery of 27 sample images from a production Minolta DiMAGE A1. This is in advance of completing our full review which should be up within the next three weeks. I have to say that I was surprised at how well the DiMAGE A1 performed, it's clearly a step ahead of the DiMAGE 7Hi in terms of image quality and is most certainly in the running to be labelled the best five megapixel prosumer digital camera. Resolution, sharpness, tonal balance (with good dynamic range) and color response are all improved. Add to this the A1's unique image stabilzation which allows you to shoot at much slower shutter speeds and the A1 is a very impressive 'all in one' package.
Konica (Japan) has today announced the DG-3Z digital camera, aimed at industrial use this rugged digital camera with its rubberised case and dustproofing can be used almost anywhere, it follows in the footsteps of the DG-2 of 2001 and the DG-1 of 1998. The DG-3Z has a 3.2 megapixel CCD and a 3x zoom (35-105 mm 35mm equiv.). It will cost approx. 99,800 YEN and should be available in September. At this stage we are not sure if this is a domestic only (Japan) product or will be available worldwide.
Software: Minolta has today announced Minolta DiMAGE Messenger 2.0. Minoltas new DiMAGE Messenger 2.0 software program allows users to automatically link written text, additional images or an audio track to specific portions of digital images, share the combination with others via e-mail or printed copy, and invite related comments to be added from the receiver all in just a few, simple steps. In addition, a new search feature allows specific comments to be located quickly. Searches can be made by word, date of entry, or user name.
PM EST: Minolta has today announced the all new DiMAGE A1. The
A1 is the replacement for the DiMAGE 7 series, it has a new body design,
new control layout, enhanced feature set, new Lithium-Ion rechargeable
battery, flip-out tilting LCD monitor and many more new features. It's
biggest new improvement however must be the new anti-shake system implemented
by stabilizing the CCD instead of a lens element. This unique approach
is a first in the digital camera world and it will be interested to see
how it performs in the field. We have a fully detailed
preview available along with a comparison to the DiMAGE 7Hi and a video
of the anti-shake system in action. 12:00
PM EST: Minolta has today announced a new Program/Maxxum Flash
2500(D) designed to complement the new DiMAGE A1 and DiMAGE Z1 digital
cameras. "The new Minolta Program/Maxxum Flash 2500 (D) is the perfect
complement to Minolta's Maxxum SLR film cameras and DiMAGE digital cameras,"
said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's
Consumer Products Group. "This new programmed flash unit is an accessory
designed to obtain maximum compatibility between our film and digital
cameras. It provides photographers with the most reliable flash exposure
and the creative freedom they need to capture their visions on film or
digital media, regardless of the existing lighting conditions." 12:00
PM EST: The new DiMAGE Z1 is a rather odd looking ten times optical
zoom, three megapixel digital camera. The Z1 looks as though it has dropped
out of a science fiction movie with its rounded body and separate hand
grip. The camera is powered by four AA batteries and stores images on
SD/MMC cards. It has a unique LCD monitor with a very impressive 60 frames
per second refresh rate. It also provides an electronic viewfinder by
blanking out the LCD and mirroring the image up through the eyepiece,
this does away with needing a separate EVF LCD. We
have some exclusive hands-on images of this camera. 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
PM EST: As part of four new camera announcements Minolta has
introduced the entry level DiMAGE E323. The E323 has a three megapixel
sensor and three times optical zoom lens. "The new DiMAGE E323 provides
fabulous digital images with point-and-shoot simplicity," said Jon
Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer
Products Group. "This camera adds diversity to Minolta's digital
camera lineup ensuring more choices for users of today's digital cameras."
Konica and Minolta have announced that they will be launching the new holding company "Konica Minolta" tomorrow (5 August). This comes after the two companies agreed on a merger back in early January 2003. The reorganization of the two groups is targetted to be completed 1 October 2003. In addition the two companies have also announced a new logo which takes the familiar Minolta logo but restlyes the lettering and adds the Konica prefix. "The oval form is an expression of the trust and feeling of security given to customers and the harmony of the wide spectrum of technology. The five lines represent light and express the wide range of technical capabilities in the field of imaging. The blue color of this symbol mark expresses ingenious innovation, and the color has been named 'Innovation Blue'."
Minolta has today announced the new DiMAGE X20 digital camera. According to Minolta the X20 is "the world's smallest and lightest 2-megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom". The camera is clearly based on the 'folded optics' lens design first seen in the DiMAGE X, that is a 3x optical zoom mechanism which is 'laid' inside the camera body and views the world through a mirrored prism. This entry level camera is powered by two AA batteries and stores images on SD card. The X20 also has a 'self-portrait mirror' on the front of the camera to help you take those all important pictures of yourself!