Pre-PMA 2005: The first of two new Z cameras announced today by Konica Minolta is the Z20, a follow-on to the Z10 this five megapixel, eight times optical zoom digital camera is aimed at a lower price point than its bigger brother the new Z5. The main differences to the more expensive Z5 are the zoom range, a fixed rather than pop-up flash, no flash hot-shoe, hybrid AF, a smaller LCD, the 'switch finder' viewfinder, built-in storage and no Anti-Shake.
KONICA MINOLTA INTRODUCES THE SPEEDY NEW
DiMAGE Z20 DIGITAL CAMERA
Featuring Fastest-in-Class*1 Startup, 8x Optical “Mega Zoom” lens, 5.0-Megapixel CCD, and Energy Efficient Design*2
Mahwah, NJ (January 24, 2005) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces the new DiMAGE Z20 5.0-megapixel digital camera. Featuring a built-in 8x optical zoom lens, the DiMAGE Z20 is perfect for taking high quality close-up portraits as well as distant scenic landscapes. And with the camera’s Rapid AF with Predictive Focus Control and a 0.5-second (approx.) fastest-in-class startup*1, photographers will be sure to captures those unexpected photographic opportunities.
“In creating the new DiMAGE Z20 digital camera, Konica Minolta engineers have succeeded in producing the ideal solution for both first-time digital photographers and those consumers upgrading from earlier generations of digital cameras,” said Todd Schrader, vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. “Nearly all consumers share a common expectation of unparalleled ease-of-use and images of the highest quality. Thanks to the DiMAGE Z20’s powerful built-in optical zoom lens plus its large 1.5-inch LCD screen, composing and taking terrific digital pictures has never been easier or more effective.”
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20’s 8x optical Mega Zoom lens and 4x digital zoom combine for a total 32x zoom, allowing users to capture everything from sporting events to panoramic scenery. The optical lens system consists of 11 elements in nine groups and includes two aspheric lenses, a construction that adds up to sharp, high-quality images. The new DiMAGE Z20 combines a 5.0-megapixel primary-color CCD with proprietary CxProcess™ III image processing technology for pictures that are exactly the way the photographer sees them.
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20’s Rapid AF combines a passive AF sensor with the video AF system, giving a fast focusing time of approximately 0.3 second *3 in both the wide-angle and telephoto positions. The Rapid AF also has Predictive Focus Control, which predicts where a moving subject is heading and focuses accordingly. To round out the list of quick-response features, the DiMAGE Z20 has the fastest startup in its class*1 (approximately 0.5 seconds), a short shutter-release time lag, and continuous shooting.
Not only is the DiMAGE Z20 a sprinter with its fast startup – it’s also a marathon champ with power efficiency that allows users to take up to approximately 450 frames with the four included AA alkaline batteries. This is more shots than any other digital camera in its class*2.
The DiMAGE Z20 has a Macro mode that allows photographers to bring the lens as close as 0.4 inches from the subject. Capture the smallest subjects—flowers, insects, or jewelry—with the greatest detail.
In addition to all its still shooting features, the DiMAGE Z20 can also take high-quality movie clips in VGA (640x480) size.
Despite its large 8x optical zoom lens, the DiMAGE Z20 weighs just approximately 10.6 ounces. Its ergonomic form gives users a steady grip while its intuitive control button layout makes it easy even amateur photographers to enjoying all the benefits of digital photography.
*1 Approximately 0.5 second, from when main switch is turned on until LCD monitor comes on. As of November 20, 2004, for 5.0-megapixel-class digital cameras with built-in lens system and 8x or greater zoom.
*2 As of November 20, 2004, for 5.0-megapixel-class digital cameras with built-in flash running on AA alkaline batteries. Up to approximately 450 frames with the four included AA alkaline batteries and SD memory card. Based on Konica Minolta’s standard test method and compliant with the CIPA standard.
*3 Approximately 0.3 second, based on Konica Minolta’s Standard test method.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 specifications
|Sensor|| 1/2.5" Type CCD
5.2 million pixels total
5.0 million effective pixels
|Image sizes|| 2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480 Fine (15 / 30 fps)
640 x 480 Standard (15 / 30 fps)
320 x 240 Standard (15 / 30 fps)
Limited only by storage space
Night capture mode available
|File formats|| Still: JPEG (EXIF 2.2) - Fine, Standard, Economy
Movies: MOV (Motion JPEG)
|Lens|| 36 - 290 mm equiv. (8x optical zoom)
F3.2 - F3.4
|Focus distance|| Normal: (wide) 0.5 m - Infinity, (tele) 1.5 m - Infinity
Macro: (wide) 1 cm, (tele) 60 cm
|Auto focus||Hybrid external passive AF and video AF|
|Focus modes|| Single shot AF
Continuous AF (with predictive focus control)
Full time AF
|Auto focus areas|| 3-point Wide Focus Area
Spot focus area
|Digital zoom||Up to 4.0x (0.1x steps)|
|Metering|| Multi-segment (256 segments)
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
|Exposure compensation|| +/- 2.0 EV
1/3 EV steps
|Shuttter speed||4 - 1/2000 sec|
|Noise reduction|| Automatic|
|Exposure modes|| Programmed AE
|Scene modes|| Auto (Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Sunset, Standard)
|Exposure bracketing|| 3 frames
0.3 or 0.5 EV steps
|White balance|| Auto
|Self timer||2 or 10 sec|
|Continuous shooting|| Normal: 1.0 fps (4 frames @ 2560 x 1920; Standard)
Progressive mode: (stores last frames captured instead of first)
|Image parameters|| Contrast (3 levels)
Sharpness (3 levels)
Color mode (2 levels, b&w, sepia)
|Flash|| Built-in fixed
Modes: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Slow sync
Compensation: +/-2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
External flash: Hot-shoe
|Viewfinder||Switch finder (LCD image is projected through viewfinder)|
|LCD monitor|| 1.5 " TFT LCD
|Languages||Japanese, English, Germany, French, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified character), Italian, Swedish|
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 (Full-speed only; USB 1.1 equiv.)
|Storage|| Internal flash storage (14.5 MB)
|Power|| 4 x AA batteries
NiMH recommended (Alkaline supplied)
|Print compliance|| Exif Print
PRINT Image Matching III
|Weight||340 g (12 oz)|
109 x 82 x 94 mm (4.3 x 3.2 x 3.7 in)
|Standard accessories||Neck Strap NS-DG800, Lens Cap LF-243B, Video Cable VC-400, USB Cable USB-3, DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM, Four AA Alkaline batteries|
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