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Konica's KD-510Z digital camera. Courtesy of Konica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Konica announces the KD-510Z digital camera (UPDATED)
(Tuesday, June 3, 2003 - 02:12 EDT)

We told readers on Friday of last week that Japanese camera manufacturer Konica Corp. was planning to release a new digital camera shortly, and on schedule the company has unveiled the new Konica KD-510Z.

Unfortunately the company's server is absolutely crawling at the moment, doubtless deluged with people trying to find information on the new model (a measure of the success of their teaser campaign, we're sure - although an uncontactable web server is hardly the image you want to present to your potential customers!)

We have managed - with great difficulty - to get access to one product photo, which you can see below:

Konica's KD-510Z digital camera. Courtesy of Konica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Product Highlights as translated from the press release:

  • Claimed to be the world's smallest five megapixel, 3x optical zoom digital camera (29.5mm thick) as of May 2003
  • Update to the existing KD-500Z model
  • 1/1.8" 5,360,000 pixel CCD imager, 2592 x 1944 pixel image size
  • 3x optical zoom HEXANON lens with smooth, high-speed zoom
  • Uses Konica's proprietary Hybrid Adaptive A*IPS technology to determine exposure, focus and white balance. A*IPS stands for "AF [Auto Focus] / AE [Auto Exposure] / AWB [Auto White Balance] Image Processing System".
  • Start-up time of 1.3 seconds
  • New manual exposure mode allows shutter speeds from 15 to 1/1000 second, and a choice of two apertures (which vary depending on focal length)
  • New noise reduction function on exposures longer than 1/2 second
  • Variable ISO (50, 100, 200, 400)
  • Variable flash strength
  • Variable contrast, saturation, sharpness and tone
  • Possible to lock focus at 1, 2 or 4 meters
  • +/-1.5EV of exposure compensation in 1/3EV steps
  • Macro focusing to 6 centimeters at wide angle, for minimum area of 8cm x 6cm photo
  • Sepia and monochrome modes
  • Movie mode, clip length limited to 30 seconds with sound
  • Audio clip / voice memo mode, 30 seconds clip length
  • Compatible with both Secure Digital cards and Sony's Memory Stick
  • Can copy data between both card slots, and set the priority of slots to choose which card will be written to first
  • 2MB of built-in memory
  • Green LED bar under the lens illuminates to indicate power-up, or self-timer
  • Recorded sound of the Konica HEXAR RF film camera's shutter is played when shutter is released
  • 12x digital zoom (it isn't clear if this is on top of the 3x optical, or a combined value indicating a 4x digital zoom)
  • High-speed scroll function in playback mode
  • Can resize images in-camera to appropriate size for printing, web or email
  • On-screen menus can be set to English, French, German or Japanese, as well as using graphic icons and allowing background color to be changed for ease of use and visibility
  • Brightness and tone of LCD display can be adjusted
  • Complies with USB mass storage class and Exif Print
  • Package in Japan includes 32MB SD memory card, rechargeable battery, charger, power cord, USB cable and software CD-ROM
  • Goes on sale in Japan at the end of June 2003, with a suggested price of ¥88,000 / US$742 / £453 / €631 ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties
  • Monthly production of 20,000 units
  • Made in Malaysia

Once we have managed to access the specifications page, we'll post another news item with full specifications from Konica. Check back soon!

UPDATED 2003-06-03 03:26ET: Product photos, info garnered from an initial translation of the Japanese press release added...

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