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Minox: New 6mpix ultracompact
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 6, 2006 - 14:51 EST)

For its second announcement at the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow, German camera brand Minox unveiled a new ultracompact digital camera.

The Minox DC 6011 offers six megapixel resolution coupled to a MINOCTAR-branded 3x optical zoom lens. Other features include power from a proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery (which is charged in-camera via a bundled camera docking station), as well as a built-in four mode flash strobe, 2.5" LCD display (but no optical viewfinder), NTSC/PAL and USB connectivity, and an SD card slot. ISO sensitivities range from 50 to 200, shutter speeds from 1/2 to 1/1000 second, and five preset white balance modes are available.

Minox DC 6011
General
Camera Type Ultra Compact
Manufacturer Minox
Model Number DC 6011
Dimensions 3.4 x 2.1 x 0.7"
87.0 x 54.0 x 18.0mm
Weight 125.0 g
4.4 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type CCD
6.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2272 x 1704 (3.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5"
Lens
Lens Type MINOCTAR lens
3x optical zoom
Focal Length 5.8 - 17.4mm (actual)
35 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele) - ???
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200
Shutter Speed 1/2 - 1/1000 second
White Balance Auto, daylight, cloudy, sunset, fluorescent, incandescent light
Internal Flash Modes: auto, fill-in, red-eye-reduction, off
Creative
Digital Zoom 4x
Self Timer Yes, 2/10/2+10 seconds
Movie Format Max. frame-rate: 0 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other Docking Station, DC In
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary
Product Bundle
Software Photo Explorer 8.0, Photo Express 5.0
Battery / Charger Proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 32.0MB SD Memory card
Other
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
 

Original Source Press Release:

MINOX DC 6011 slim, sleek and very trendy

This new compact digital camera from MINOX with its 6-megapixel sensor and 2.5 inch screen shows modern technology at its best!

With dimensions of just 87x54x18mm, the new MINOX digital DC 6011 slim boasts an ultra sleek and very slender design, making it barely larger than the world famous Minox spy camera of years gone by. Contrary to what its outward appearance may suggest, the performance of the DC 6011 slim is not at all small! With an image resolution of up to six million pixels this new MINOX ranks in the top league of ultra-flat and highly compact digital cameras. A 3x optical zoom, large 2.5” TFT color monitor set in a smooth and elegantly designed stainless steel body, providing a stylish, attractive and modern camera that fits almost any purse or pocket.

Because of its compact dimensions the DC 6011 slim is "pocket friendly" making it the perfect take anywhere camera. The large 2.5” TFT display is really practical and takes up almost the whole of the camera back. This makes mode selection easy and allows more than one person to view the results from different angles after shooting the picture.

The core features of the MINOX DC 6011 slim are a 6-megapixel CCD image sensor as well as a proven multi-coated MINOCTAR lens. Working perfectly together and combined with the electronic signal processing of the camera, they guarantee good sharp images with brilliant and natural color rendition. With its 3x optical zoom the lens is versatile enough to cope with numerous photographic situations. The autofocus feature, which is fast and precise, and the minimal shutter release delay both allow spontaneous snapshots and a fast image sequence. The high resolution of the sensor enables top quality printouts such as small posters as well as highly enlarged detail of the image. Included with the cameras is a docking station for the convenient transfer of image files. This can simultaneously be used as a charging station. The automatic white balance guarantees optimum exposure even under changing light conditions so that the user can rely on getting images with natural color rendition every time. Four different flash functions and the possibility to adjust the ISO sensitivity of the sensor in three stages also allow optimum adjustment of the shot in any light.

With the new DC 6011 slim the user can additionally make video clips and voice recordings to accompany the images taken, therefore the camera can be used as a video camera or voice recorder. For the recording and playback function this new MINOX camera has an integrated microphone and a built-in loudspeaker. Image data is stored inside the camera on a SD card with a capacity of up to one gigabyte. The power supply is provided by a lithium ion battery.

Featuring a PictBridge interface the DC 6011 slim can be directly connected at home or when traveling to the appropriate peripheral equipment to print out photos without using a computer, if needed. The MINOX DC 6011 slim has a digital USB 2.0 interface for fast and uncomplicated transfer of image files to a computer.

Included with the new MINOX DC 6011 slim is a power supply unit, docking station, USB and video cable, a lithium ion battery, a 32 MB SD card, wrist strap, ever-ready case as well as an Operator’s Manual and CD-ROM with software and drivers.

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