News tagged with "konica-minolta"
Minolta has today announced an upgrade kit for the DiMAGE 7. This kit contains new firmware for the camera and an updated version of the DiMAGE Viewer software. The firmware upgrade implements a large number of the new features available on the new DiMAGE 7i. The most interesting improvements are those made to AF speed, drive speed, live view histogram and the addition of Direct Manual Focus. The upgrade kit will be available for $79.95 (including DiMAGE Viewer) or $49.95 (just firmware) from the Minolta USA website soon.
Minolta Japan has today announced the MC-DG100 Marine Case for the Ultra-Slim DiMAGE X digital camera. We note that this product was on display at the Photo Expo 2002 show back in March but at that time there were no details available. The MC-DG100 allows the DiMAGE X to be used at depths of up to 30m and adds just 260 g (9.2 oz) to the weight of the DiMAGE X. The MC-DG100 has an expected Japan retail price of 25,000 YEN (US$195). We have no details at this time of when this product is expected to reach other shores.
Minolta Japan has announced that it will soon be making available a firmware upgrade for the DiMAGE 7. This new firmware incorporates several of features found in the new DiMAGE 7i such as improved AF speed, improved continuous shooting, Ultra High Speed (UHS) 1280 x 960 shooting mode, direct manual focus (manual focus after AF) and the real time histogram display (plus some others). Minolta Japan are offering this upgrade for 6,000 YEN (approx. $50), a new version of DiMAGE Viewer is also priced at 6,000 YEN (approx. $50) or a bundle of the two for 10,000 YEN (approx. $80). It's unclear at this stage whether this upgrade service will be available in other regions of the world.
The DiMAGE F100 was announced last month at CeBIT, this four megapixel, three times optical zoom ultra-compact is aimed squarely at the Canon PowerShot S40, Sony DSC-P9 and Pentax Optio 430. It takes its place in this new class of high-end, high resolution ultra-compacts. The F100 has a good set of credentials, a wide set of manual controls and other features. We have had a pre-production F100 for a week or so now and while we won't be reviewing the F100 until we can get a full production model I have prepared a fairly lengthy First Look along with a gallery of sample images.
Just posted! Our full in-depth review of Minolta's four megapixel, four times optical zoom DiMAGE S404. At $500 the S404 is one of the cheapest four megapixels (apart from Kodak's DX4900 - only two times zoom). The S404 is an evolution on last years three megapixel S304, it features the same four times optical zoom lens and extensive set of manual controls, additionally you now have four megapixels of resolution, improved buffering, a shifted ISO sensitivity range and histogram playback. So how did the S404 stand up to our tests? Also: updated DiMAGE X production review now posted.
Steve Sanders over at Steves-Digicams has just posted a first look of a pre-production Minolta DiMAGE F100 digital camera. The F100 is an ultra-compact, metal bodied, four megapixel, three times optical zoom digital camera which stores images on SD/MMC cards. This is prime competition for Canon's PowerShot S40. At this stage Steve has no conclusion about the F100 but has been allowed to post sample images from the camera.
CeBIT 2002: 0800 GMT: Minolta has today announced the DiMAGE 7i as an update to its popular DiMAGE 7. The DiMAGE 7i keeps the same 7x optical zoom lens and 5 megapixel sensor. Major improvements are a re-styled hand grip, improved 'wide AF' with faster AF response and manual adjustment AFTER auto focus, LCD/viewfinder grid overlay, LCD/viewfinder live histogram, improved LCD viewfinder, maximum 1/4000 sec shutter speed, Ultra High Speed continuous mode (7 fps, 1280 x 960), two macro positions, wireless / remote slave control over Minolta flash units, improved saturation, contrast and exposure control and three new movies modes.
CeBIT 2002: 0800 GMT: Minolta has today announced the ultra-compact four megapixel, 3x optical zoom DiMAGE F100 digital camera. This is the first consumer digital camera to feature "Subject Tracking autofocus", the camera has a wide AF area and once the AF is locked the camera will automatically track the subject within the bounds of the scene. Another new feature on the F100 is automatic subject program selection (scene mode) which analyses the scene and decides which pre-defined exposure program to use. To my eye this camera has strong echos of Sony's DSC-P5 / P9.
PMA 2002: Konica has just announced two new digital cameras; the Digital Revio KD-400Z and the KD-310Z. What's totally unique about these two digital cameras is that they support both SD/MMC Memor Cards and Sony Memory Stick. As far as I know these are the first non-Sony digital cameras to support Memory Stick. The KD-400Z has a 4 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom lens, the KD-310Z has a 3 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom lens. Both cameras are designed to be ultra-compact and are styled in a metallic case.
CES 2002: 9 PM EST: Minolta has today announced the ultra-compact DiMAGE X digital camera. The DiMAGE X features a 2.1 megapixel CCD and an innovative new 'folded optics' 3x optical zoom lens. What's so unique about the lens is that it's mounted on its side and shoots through a prism. This enables the camera to maintain its slim dimensions but also provide a 3x optical zoom. The X comes with a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and takes SD/MMC cards. REVIEW ONLINE.
CES 2002: 9 PM EST: Minolta has today announced an updated version of the DiMAGE S304. The S404 has a 4 megapixel CCD, 4x optical zoom lens and shifted ISO sensitivity range (ISO 64, 100, 200, 400). We've had a prototype S404 for two days now, however as Minolta don't want us to post samples from this camera we won't be reviewing this model until a production unit is available.
Minolta US has today posted A1v121u English firmware for the DiMAGE 7 digital camera. This new firmware has been available on the Minolta Japan server for a few days and is now available on the Minolta US server. This version is for US DiMAGE 7's only. The installation documents say "Firmware version A1v121u was developed for general improvement in exposure performance (particularly for flash photography)." It's also worth noting that Minolta has also posted a new version of the DiMAGE Image Viewer Utility (required for proper colour space mapping).
Minolta yesterday announced that it will halt production and development of APS cameras in favour of attacking the ever expanding digital camera market. This comes as no surprise to dpreview as we have observed the dramatic shift in market share (and production) between 35 mm, APS and digital over the last two years. "Investors welcomed the news, sending shares in Minolta up 8.39 percent to 155 yen on Wednesday morning. The Nikkei average dipped 0.1 percent."
Konica (Japan) has today announced the DG-2 digital camera, aim squarely at the construction industry this rugged digital camera with its rubber case and oversized controls can be used almost anywhere. The DG-2 has a 2 megapixel CCD and a fixed focal length (38 mm) F2.8 lens. Additionally there's also a wide angle conversion lens. The DG-2 weighs in at 79,800 YEN (approx. $650) and should be available (in Japan) in March 2002.
Minolta has today announced a new accessory for the DiMAGE 5 / 7 digital cameras. The Minolta PC Flash Adapter PCT-100 enables the 5 or 7 to be attached directly professional studio and location flash systems. The small unit slots onto the DiMAGE 5 / 7 flash hotshoe, weighs in at just 30 g (1.1 oz) and the small internal CR2032 battery should last for 10,000+ releases.
Minolta is to shift its camera production from Japan and Malaysia to Shanghai in two years. The move is designed to boost profits for the camera maker who manufactured their first camera back in 1928. This follows the announcement made in September of 2,500 job cuts over three years. No jobs are scheduled go in Japan following the move but workers in Malaysia may not be so fortunate. "We will reduce the number of workers at our domestic camera division in Japan from 900 to 500, but all will be moved to other divisions," Maruyama said. "Although we have not reached any final decision, we cannot help but ask some workers at our Malaysian plant to leave," the spokesman said.
We've just posted our full in-depth review of a production Minolta DiMAGE 5. The DiMAGE 5 is the three megapixel 'cousin' to the five megapixel DiMAGE 7. It features the same 7x optical zoom lens which, because of the slightly smaller sensor size produce an equiv. focal length range of 35 - 250 mm. The camera weighs in with a list price of $999, although can be found around the web at approximately $900. Come in and see how it did in our tests.
Minolta Europe (and Japan) has announced the compact, DiMAGE E203. This 2 megapixel is a step up from the E201 as it adds a F2.8 - F4.6, 3x optical zoom lens. What's also significant about the E203 is its storage format. Unlike the E201 which has a Compact Flash slot, the E203 has an SD/MMC slot and is provided with an 8 MB SD card. Power comes from one CR-V3 Lithium or two AA batteries. As far as we know this camera will not be available in the US.
Another DiMAGE reviewed! Minolta's S304 was announced at the same time as the DiMAGE 5 and 7. Probably overshadowed by them at the time the S304 is a more than capable camera in its own right. With a 4x optical zoom lens and 3 megapixel CCD it offers a good range of both easy-to-use auto & scene modes as well as more creative manual settings and full control over internal processing algorithms. All this at a lower price point than its major competition, the Nikon Coolpix 995. See how it faired in our tests...