Konica Minolta has today announced the Dynax / Maxxum 5D digital SLR. This new digital SLR is Konica Minolta's answer to the Nikon D50 and Canon EOS 350D (Rebel XT), a more affordable digital SLR aimed more at the beginner market. It's both smaller and lighter than the Maxxum 7D and has fewer external controls (although those which are left are the most useful; WB, ISO, etc.). The 5D of course still features Konica Minolta's unique in-camera Anti-Shake system which stabilizes the sensor rather than a lens element.
KONICA MINOLTA Dynax 5D / Maxxum 5D
High-Performance Digital SLR Camera Unites Body-Integral Anti-Shake
Technology and Smooth Operation into a Lightweight Design
Following the release of the highly acclaimed Konica Minolta Dynax7D/ Maxxum7D comes the new Konica Minolta Dynax5D/Maxxum5D, a high-performance interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera that combines Konica Minolta's advanced technologies and greater ease of use into an even smaller and lighter design.
The Dynax5D/Maxxum5D ensures photo-imaging excellence using Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake technology, which employs an exclusive CCD-Shift mechanism to compensate for blurring caused by camera shake - even when taking photos in dimly lit scenes, in natural light with a telephoto lens, or in macro shots where extra stability is vital for a sharp shot. This innovative Anti-Shake technology not only provides the equivalent correction effect with a shutter speed 2 to 3 stops slower*2, but also compatibility with any Dynax/Maxxum system lenses*1.
Boasting more than high performance, this digital SLR camera also features an ideal, compact design with a high-quality, stylish, and lightweight construction. Rubberized grips make it highly tactile and easy to handle and hold.
The Dynax7D/Maxxum7D ensures images of exceptional quality with a large, 6.1-megapixel (effective) CCD sensor, an Advanced LSI engine for high-speed image processing, as well as Konica Minolta's CxProcess™ III image processing technology, an original technology highly acclaimed for rendering fine image detail and stunning color rendition.
Offering a better view for better pictures, the camera boasts a large 2.5-inch color LCD that provides simple navigation through easy-to-use on-screen menus and set-up options. The LCD makes camera control even easier, displaying detailed camera settings as well as captured images.
For even greater convenience and ease of use, the Dynax5D/Maxxum5D includes an Digital Subject Program Selector, which automatically designates an optimum exposure and image-processing program for five commonly used photo scenes.
The Dynax5D/Maxxum5D also offers a comprehensive range of easy-to-use functions that allow precision adjustments of all camera settings whatever the shooting situation. While high-performance functions satisfy the demanding and creative techniques of photography enthusiasts, the camera has at its core ease of use and simple operation with a basic level of control that makes it ideal even for novice users.
- Body-integral Anti-Shake performance with all Dynax/Maxxum system lenses*1 ensures steady shots for superb image quality
- Simple operation in a stylish, compact and lightweight package
- 6.1-megapixel CCD and Konica Minolta's original image processing technology CxProcess™ III renders images in amazing detail
- A large, 2.5-inch color LCD monitor provides clear image viewing and data display
- Comprehensive image adjustment and control for creative
- Easy and Intuitive Operation
Built-in Anti-Shake Performance with All Dynax/Maxxum System Lenses*1
The Dynax5D/Maxxum5D inherits the revolutionary technology of the Dynax7D/Maxxum7D – the world’s first*3 digital SLR with built-in Anti-Shake technology and CCD Shift mechanism that is compatible with all Dynax/Maxxum system lenses*1.
This award winning Anti-shake technology was selected as “European Photo Innovation of the Year 2004 – 2005” by EISA*4 and provides the equivalent compensation effect with a shutter speed 2 - 3 stops slower*2
Now it's possible to reduce blur caused by camera shake, even when taking photos in dimly lit or twilight scenes, in natural light with a telephoto lens, as well as macro shots - without relying on a higher ISO setting, the aid of a flash or tripod. Anti-shake responds quickly to both broad, slow-swaying motion of the camera body and the higher frequency shaking typical of camera shake caused by the photographer's hands.
The Anti-shake technology can be switched on or off via a dedicated switch on the camera's back, and an Anti-shake indicator is displayed on the viewfinder to keep the user informed when it's active.
Durable, Compact Body and High-Quality Texture
The Dynax5D/Maxxum5D enhances camera reliability through its strong build quality. The body is constructed using sturdy glass fiber plastic, making it lighter and smaller than the Dynax7D/Maxxum7D by about 22% in volume, while a functional rubber grip based on new ergonomic design research provides an ideal hand fit.
Large CCD and Advanced Image Processing Technology
Integrating Konica Minolta's advanced technologies for photo-imaging excellence, the Dynax5D/Maxxum5D boasts an advanced LSI (image processing engine) and CxProcess™; III technology designed to provide stunning, natural-looking images.
As Konica Minolta's original image processing technology, CxProcess™; III optimizes four essential elements:
1)sharpness to take full advantage of the advanced optical technologies incorporated into the lens, presenting rich detail and realism without losing the quality of defocused images,
2)color reproduction to ensure that colors are rendered just as the human eye perceives them such as the subtle hues of natural blue, red, and skin tones,
3)gradation reproduction to render both clearness and deep presentation of gradations for both shadows and highlights, and 4) noise reduction to achieve a natural, impressive presentation of textured images.
Big, Bright 2.5-inch LCD with Navigation Display
Providing a better view for better photos, the Dynax5D/Maxxum5D incorporates a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor that also works as a Navigation Display for camera settings. For even greater convenience, the display automatically switches from horizontal to vertical format when shooting in upright “portrait” format and lets you adjust size of the on-screen text.
Comprehensive image adjustment and control for creative
a) Digital Subject Program Selector
The Digital Subject Program Selector offers five convenient options: portrait, sports, landscape, evening sunset view, and night view. Using the exposure mode dial, simply select an appropriate option for your chosen scene, and the Dynax5D/Maxxum5D will automatically select an appropriate exposure control, AF mode, and image-processing program. This function makes it quick and easy for anyone to take beautiful shots without the need for complicated settings.
b) Digital Effect Control
Adding a step of creative flexibility above the Digital Subject Program Selector, the Digital Effect Control lets you select an option among ten scene types, edit the parameters to your preferences, and then store the settings. Once a scene is selected, the Dynax5D/Maxxum5D automatically sets appropriate image processing and image quality parameters. The exposure can then be manually selected so you can customize the contrast and sharpness saturation parameters within five steps from the default values to create the exact look you want.
c) Color temperature setting:
In addition to AWB (auto white balance), PWB (preset white balance), custom white balance and color temperature settings, the Dynax5D/Maxxum5D offers added creative freedom with CC (Color Compensation) filter effects and Color Temperature fine-tuning in 100K increments. And, the camera's G9 (Green) to M9 (Magenta) range enables precise white balance adjustments for difficult lighting situations.
d) White-Balance Bracketing:
Offering a new level of convenience and efficiency, this function lets you take a shot in differing color temperature settings with two options for your desired color temperate range. Based on the range, the Dynax5D/Maxxum5D simultaneously records three frames per shutter so you can manually select your favorite frame after the shot.
e) Zone Matching:
An inherited feature of the acclaimed Dynax7D/Maxxum7D, high-key and low-key tone capture extend CCD dynamic range and adjust tone curves to ensure precise reproduction of gradations and suppress noise in low-lighting shots. For example, using high-key mode to take wedding photos under direct sunlight, the fine details of a brideÁÃs white flowers, gown, and train can be reproduced authentically. In comparison, using low-key mode, the texture of a black dress in a dark room can be captured in detail without noise interference.
Easy and Intuitive Operation
a) High-performance, high-speed AF
The Dynax5D/Maxxum5D's high-performance AF system offers exceptional accuracy with a central, cross hair type, 9-point and 8 line AF sensor array that enables high-precision Predictive Focus Control as well as high-speed Subject Tracking for accurately focusing on moving subjects - an indispensable asset in action and sports photography.
b) Smooth, Responsive Continuous Shooting
The Dynax5D/Maxxum5D lets you capture up to 10 frames at a speed of approximately 3 frames per second (in Large/Fine JPEG mode). The camera's high recording speed enables you to continue shooting smoothly afterwards.
c) User-friendly dials and controls
The Dynax5D/Maxxum5D offers a simple, user-friendly configuration of dials and controls that even beginner SLR camera users will quickly feel familiar with. Added functions provide users who are moving up from more basic models with intuitive control; for example, the exposure mode dial also operates the five options of the Digital Subject Program Selector, and an independent lever ensures quick and easy white balance control. Electronic menus display adjustable parameters to meet the demands of advanced photographers, and a menu call button simplifies menu navigation. Enhancing ease of use further still, operating procedures that use common keys have been standardized across functions/screens so that users can navigate intuitively without having to refer the instructions.
d) High-performance viewfinder
A bright, clear viewfinder displays essential shooting parameters at the bottom of the frame, providing users all the information they need to make creative adjustments quickly. It also incorporates a spherical acute matte focusing screen for accurate, bright critical focusing assessment. And, to accommodate the camera's smaller design, the Dynax5D/Maxxum5D employs a newly developed forward-bend finder optical system and roof-mirror type of pentaprism.
*1 With the camera's AF macro-zoom 1X to 3X specialist lenses and Anti-Shake function turned off
*2 The Anti-Shake technology correction effect varies with the shooting conditions and lens used
*3 As an Interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera
*4 The European Imaging and Sound Association, publishing 50 major photography and AV magazines in 20 European countries
|Sensor|| 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD sensor
RGB Color Filter Array
Interline interlaced CCD
Built-in fixed low-pass filter
6.31 million total pixels
6.1 million effective pixels
3008 x 2000
|File formats|| RAW (12-bit)
RAW + JPEG (Fine)
JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - (Extra Fine, Fine, Standard)
|Color space|| sRGB
|Lenses||Minolta A-type bayonet mount|
|Anti-Shake|| CCD-Shift Anti-shake system with LED indicator in viewfinder
Anti-shake effect: Equivalent to 2 – 3 steps in shutter speed
|Auto Focus|| TTL CCD line sensors (9-points, 8 lines with center cross-hair sensor)
Wide focus area, any area selectable (of 9)
EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100) detection range
Predictive focus control for moving subjects
Auto-tracking focus point display
|Focus modes|| Single-shot AF
|AF assist|| Yes, via flash
5.0 m range
|Metering modes|| 14-segment Honeycomb pattern
|Metering range|| EV 1 to 20 (at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens) *|
|Exposure modes|| Auto
|AE Lock|| AE-L button
Half-press shutter release
|AE Bracketing|| 3 frames *
0.3 or 0.7 EV steps *
|Exposure compen.|| -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps *|
|Exposure steps|| 0.5 EV
Auto (100 - 400)
|Shutter||Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type|
|Shutter Speed|| 30 to 1/4000 sec
|Flash X-sync|| 1/160 sec (with AS off)
1/125 sec (with AS on)
|Aperture values||Depends on lens|
|DOF preview||Yes, button|
|WB Fine tuning||19 levels|
|Image parameters|| Contrast (-2 to +2)
Saturation (-2 to +2)
Sharpness (-2 to +2)
Hue (-2 to +2)
|Color modes|| Natural
Black & White
Embedded Adobe RGB
(Except for Adobe RGB and Embedded Adobe RGB, all other color modes use the sRGB color space)
|Noise reduction||On / Off (exposures longer than 1 sec)|
Eye-level system with roof mirror type pentaprism *
|LCD monitor|| 2.5" TFT LCD
115,000 pixels *
|Playback modes|| Single image
Single image with information
Histogram with highlight indication
Index (4, 9 or 16 frames)
Magnification (up to 5x)
|Flash|| Built-in pop-up flash (manual release)
Metering: ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control
Guide number 12 (ISO 100/m), 17 (ISO 200/m)
Angle of coverage 24 mm (35 mm equiv.)
Flash sync 1/160 sec (AS off), 1/125 sec (AS on)
|Flash compensation||-2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps *|
|External flash||Program Flash 5600HS(D), 3600HS(D), 2500D, Macro Ring Flash 1200
with flash sync. terminal
|Continuous shooting|| RAW: 3 fps, up to 5 frames *
RAW / RAW+JPEG: 3 fps, up to 3 frames *
JPEG Extra Fine: 3 fps, up to ?? frames
JPEG Fine: 3 fps, up to ?? frames
JPEG Standard: 3 fps, up to ?? frames
|Self-timer|| 10 sec
|Interval timer|| Interval time: 30 seconds/1-10, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 minutes
2 -240 frames
Start timer is equipped. (Setting: 0.5 to 24H, in 0.5 increments)
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Full-Speed (equiv. USB 1.1 speed) *
|Video out||Selectable NTSC or PAL|
|Storage||Compact Flash Type I/II|
|Power|| NP-400 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Battery charger included
Optional AC adapter
|Dimensions||131 x 93 x 67 mm (5.2 x 3.7 x 2.6 in) *|
|Weight (no batt/lens)||590 g (1.3 lb) *|
* Updates or changes compared to the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
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