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Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Xg digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Konica Minolta announces DiMAGE Xg
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, February 13, 2004 - 03:02 EST)

Wrapping up its digicam announcements for PMA, Konica Minolta has announced an update to the DiMAGE Xt digital camera, the new Konica Minolta DiMAGE Xg.

The DiMAGE Xg offers a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels coupled with a 37-111mm equivalent 3x optical zoom lens. Changes include a slightly larger LCD display (1.6 vs. 1.5 inches), improved startup time (now 0.8 seconds), improved burst speed (1.5 frames per second instead of 1.3), PictBridge support, and a selection of scene modes. Full specifications are listed below:

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Xg
Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Xg digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Number of Effective Pixels 3.2 million
CCD
1/2.7-type interline primary-color LCD
Total pixels: 3.3 million
Camera Sensitivity Automatic (between ISO 50 - 160 equivalent), ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
Focal Length 5.7 - 17.1mm (35mm equivalent: 37 - 111mm)
Lens Construction 9 elements in 8 groups
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 - f/3.6
Minimum Focus Distance 5.9 in. (0.15m) from front of camera
Maximum Magnification
0.1x (1:10)
Equivalent to 0.58x (1:1.72) in 35mm format
Area Covered at Maximum Magnification 2.17 x 1.63 in. (55.2 x 41.4mm)
Viewfinder Type Optical real-image zoom viewfinder
Monitor LCD
1.6 inch (4.0cm) digital-interface TFT color monitor with anti-reflection coating
Total pixels: Approx. 85,000
Shutter CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed Range 4 - 1/1000 seconds
Autofocus System Video AF
Autofocus Areas
Wide focus area (five-point AF)
Spot focus area
Metering Multi-segment, Spot
Multi-segment Metering 256 segments
Exposure Control Programmed AE
Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, or Sunset is automatically selected (Manual selection is also possible) Night portrait/Night view is set manually only
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 increments
Flash Range
Wide: Approximately 0.5 - 10.5 ft. (0.15 - 3.2m)
Telephoto: Approximately 0.5 - 8.2 ft. (0.15 - 2.5m)
(Camera sensitivity: auto)
Flash Modes Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-Flash, Flash cancel
Continuous Advance
Available, Speed: Approximately 1.5 frames per second*
*Actual speed may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings
Self-timer Approximately 10 seconds
Multi frame To capture 9 sequential images in a 3x3 grid in a single frame
Image Pasting Embeds an image within another image
Movie Recording
Recording time dependent on memory card capacity
Frame rate: 15 frames per second, 30 frames per second
Night Movie, Movie frame capture, Movie clip capture
Audio
Audio recording: Maximum 180 min.*
*128MB memory card is required
Voice memo: Maximum 15 seconds
Audio caption: Maximum 15 seconds
Monaural audio only
White Balance Control Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent)
Color Modes Color, Black and white, Sepia
Noise Reduction User selectable
Digital Zoom
Maximum 4x
Digital zoom can be disabled
E-mail Copy Function Creates a compressed 640 x 480 or 160 120 JPEG image for transmission
Crop Frame Trims part of captured still pictures and saves the image as a separate file
Date Imprinting
Year/month/day (Format can be changed)
Month/day/hour:minute (Format can be changed)
Imprinting can be disabled
Image-quality Modes Fine, Standard, Economy
Number of Recorded Pixels (Still Images) 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Number of Recorded Pixels (Movie Clips) 320 x 240, 160 x 120
File Formats
JPEG, Motion JPEG (MOV), WAV
DCF 1.0-compliant
DPOF-compliant (Supported by printing functions in version 1.1)
Exif 2.2
Folder Name Formats Standard, Date
Printing Output Control Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II
Recording Media SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards, MultiMediaCards
Computer Interface USB, Full-speed 12Mbps data transfer with USB 2.0 compatible computer
Direct Print PictBridge
Remote Camera Live images without audio viewed with a computer
Battery One NP-200 lithium-ion battery
Battery Performance (Playback)
Approximate continuous playback time: 240 minutes
Based on Konica Minolta's standard test method with NP-200 lithium-ion battery and 320 x 240 pixels images
Battery Performance (Recording)
Approximate number of recorded images: 220 frames
Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) measurements, when using standard battery (Lithium-ion battery) and standard memory card (SD, 16MB)
External Power Source 4.7V DC with specified AC adapter (sold separately)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.37 x 2.64 0.79 in. (85.5 x 67 20 mm)
Weight Approximately 4.2 oz. (120g) without battery or recording media
Standard Accessories Lithium-ion Battery NP-200, Battery Charger BC-700, Hand Strap HS-DG130, USB Cable USB-500 SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card (16MB), DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM
Optional Accessories AC Adapter set AC-401 or AC-501, Deluxe Case, Casual Case, Metal, Chain Neck Strap NS-DG100
More Photos
Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Xg digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
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Original Source Press Release:

KONICA MINOLTA INTRODUCES 3.2 MEGAPIXEL DiMAGE Xg DIGITAL CAMERA

Thin, stylish and featuring the world’s fastest start-up time*, this new DiMAGE lets photographers take beautiful pictures anywhere, anytime

Las Vegas, NV (February 12, 2004) – Konica Minolta introduces the new 3.2 megapixel DiMAGE Xg digital camera. Based on the stylish design of the DiMAGE Xt digital camera, the new DiMAGE Xg is a thin, compact and lightweight camera that allows photographers on the go to take high-quality pictures in any place and at anytime. But differing from the DiMAGE Xt, this camera features an even faster start-up time of approximately 0.8 seconds, so photographers will never miss a photographic moment. In addition, the DiMAGE Xg features automatic digital subject program modes, a larger LCD monitor (1.6-inches), a continuous advance of 2 frames per second, multi-frame drive, image pasting, night movie mode and is PictBridge compatible.

“We combined the best features of Konica Minolta's award-winning DiMAGE Xt and the fun and ease-of-use characteristics of our popular DiMAGE X20 to create a dynamic new model that further enhances our line of compact yet powerful digital cameras," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Konica Minolta's Camera Division. "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.”

Features

Slim Design with Folded Optical Zoom
The DiMAGE Xg weighs only 4.2 oz. and, at just 0.79 inches thick, boasts a compact body, even during zooming thanks to the sophisticated folded optics which eliminate the standard protruding zoom lens and keep the DiMAGE Xg’s design ultra-slim. The 3x optical zoom lens is adjusted internally and quickly gets photographers extremely up close to their subject, while the 4x digital zoom lets users seamlessly extend their shooting range to 12x zoom.

Fast Start-Up
With the world’s fastest start-up time* of approximately 0.8 seconds, users will never miss a photographic moment. Just turn on the DiMAGE Xg and it’s ready to take great pictures immediately.
* As of January 1, 2004, for 3.2-megapixel, 3x optical zoom models.

Simple, Beautiful Photography
With the Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection function, the DiMAGE Xg automatically judges the situation and selects the most suitable photo mode, allowing users to shoot a variety of subjects in various conditions with optimal results. For example, the camera automatically controls color reproduction, contrast, and sharpness according to the scene. Program Selection can be used to choose from four scenes: portrait, sports action, landscape, and sunset. In addition, users can select night portrait/night view settings.

  • Portrait: For beautiful portrait shots with softer skin color reproduction; even hair and eyelashes come out sharp.
  • Sports Action: Faster shutter speed ensures that a moving subject stays in focus.
  • Landscape: The entire frame, from foreground to distant background, stays in sharp focus.
  • Sunset: Faithfully reproduces the subtle hues of red at sunrise and sunset.
  • Night Portrait/Night View: Night View is great for nighttime illuminated scenes such as city lights. Night Portrait effectively photographs people against a nighttime backdrop.

Superbly Clear Images
Konica Minolta’s CxProcess™ II image processing technology incorporates characteristics like smooth gradations, natural skin tones, and brilliantly clear colors for images that are more natural and lifelike. The DiMAGE Xg’s 3.2 megapixels capture fine lines and intricate details for stunning digital images, and unique folded optics maximize the capability of the CCD. The slow shutter speed and Dark-Noise Reduction combine to prevent graininess and give exceptional night photos with clearly contrasted dark tones.

Wide 5-Point AF (Autofocus)
A Wide 5-Point AF area allows for flexible, accurate focusing. The wide AF area is composed of 5 local focus areas, and users can switch between wide focus area and spot focus point, which allows photographers to focus on a central area. Macro lets users get up close and personal with their subjects. In fact, photographers can get as close as 5.9 inches at all focal lengths, without changing shooting mode, for crisp, detailed shots.

Versatile Movie Shooting and Editing
In Movie mode, the DiMAGE Xg can record longer movie clips, at resolutions of 160 x 120 or 320 x 240 pixels, onto the SD memory card for as long as its capacity will allow. Added to the standard frame-rate of 15 frames per second is a 30 frames per second mode for smoother moving images. The Night Movie function allows users to video even in dimly lit locations. The DiMAGE Xg boasts a Movie Editing function, meaning photographers can both shoot and edit their digital movie on the camera. Photographers can also cut out unwanted parts of a video clip, as well as extract still images.

Easy to Operate
The DiMAGE Xg has a number of convenient, easy-to-use functions. The Mode Dial allows easy, stress-free still, movie, and audio recording operation. The Quick View/Delete button allows users to play back or delete images they’ve just taken. Key Customization lets users register their most frequently used settings by setting from 4 features on the recording mode menu for right and left key operation during shooting.

Low Power Consumption
The DiMAGE Xg is designed to be power efficient, so photographers can take up to 220 frames* or up to approximately 2300 frames** in continuous advance speed on a single battery charge.
* Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) measurements, when using standard batteries (lithium-ion) and a memory card (SD, 16 MB).
** Based on Konica Minolta’s standard test method:
Drive mode: Continuous, NP-200 lithium-ion battery, LCD monitor off, 640 x 480 image size, Standard image quality, no instant playback, no voice memo, no flash.

Direct Camera-to-Printer Printouts
The DiMAGE Xg can printout photos directly to a PictBridge*-compliant printer without having to go through a personal computer.
* PictBridge is an industry standard established by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

More Functions for More Ways to Enjoy
To give photos a nostalgic touch, users simply select either vivid black & white images or delightfully eye-catching sepia pictures. In addition, user will enjoy the enhanced functionality of Image Pasting for overlaying selected parts of a recorded image in their choice of 9 picture frames, and Multi-Frame Shot for transforming 9 consecutive multi-frame images into one.

Voice Memo and Audio Caption can record up to 15 seconds of sound: Voice Memo records immediately after a shot has been taken and Audio Caption records simultaneously during playback. Users can also record 180 minutes of audio. With Remote Camera Function, photographers can use standard Windows® programs like Microsoft NetMeeting to teleconference with users anywhere in the world by simply connecting the DiMAGE Xg to their PC with a USB cable. The DiMAGE Xg can be used to convert high-resolution images to a lower resolution, either 640 x 480 or, for e-mail attachments, 160 x 120. Photographers can also reposition and enlarge part of a captured image and save it as a separate file using Crop Frame.

The Date Imprinting feature eliminates the need to turn on the date code by automatically imprinting the date that pictures were taken. Photographers can use the DPOF* settings to choose whether to have these dates on the photo prints.
* DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) is a standard developed by Canon, Kodak, Fuji Film, and Matsushita Electric, intended to record information such as images to print in memory media.

Upgraded Optional Accessories
The water- and dust-proof marine case—the smallest and slimmest* of its kind—makes the DiMAGE Xg perfect for taking climbing, fishing, camping, or skiing. With the Marine Case MC-DG300, adventurous photographers can take the camera down as far as 98 feet underwater.
* As of January 1, 2004, for a water- and dust-proof 3x zoom digital camera good for depths as far as 98.4 ft.

About Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc., headquartered in Mahwah, NJ, is the North American sales and marketing subsidiary of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan). On August 5, 2003 Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. was formed to enhance both the competitive business capabilities and earning capacities of Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd.

Consumers around the world have come to know and trust the Konica and Minolta brands for all their imaging needs. Since the earliest days of the photo industry, Minolta and Konica have applied their talents and resources to create products and services that are essential to the world of imaging. Today, these efforts concentrate on the most important aspects of imaging: the quality of the images, the tools and methods for creating images, and the creation of environments for the application of images.

This focus on the essentials of imaging ties together the company’s key business and consumer product lines. Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of 35mm and Advanced Photo System film, single-use cameras, digital and 35mm film cameras, accessory lenses, binoculars, photographic and color measurement meters. In addition the company offers color print photo papers, Inkjet photo paper, digital minilabs, digital film scanners, optical instruments, software and advanced imaging and sensing technologies. Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. also provides wholesale photofinishing services and Internet imaging services. It is a complete imaging company, from input through output.

For more information about Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc., its products and services, visit www.ph.konicaminolta.us.

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