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Konica Minolta's logo. Courtesy of Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. Konica Minolta announces DiMAGE G400 digital camera
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(Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 08:00 EDT)

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging USA Inc. has today announced the new DiMAGE G400 digital camera.

Looking to be a rebadging of Konica's KD-420Z digital camera, the new G400 is a 4 megapixel, 3x optical zoom unit that (as with those earlier cameras) features not only SD / MMC card storage, but also supports Sony's Memory Stick media. Other features include a 1.5" LCD display, hybrid AF system, and power from a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery.

Pricing and availability have not been announced at this time, but full specifications courtesy of Konica Minolta follow:

Minolta DiMAGE G400
Minoilta's DiMAGE G400 digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Number of effective pixels 4.0 million
CCD

1/2.5-type interline primary-color CCD

Total pixels: 4.2 million

Camera sensitivity Auto, ISO 50, 100, 200, 400 equivalents
Focal length 5.6 - 16.8mm (35mm equivalent: 34 - 101mm)
Lens construction 7 elements in 6 groups
Maximum aperture f/2.8 - f/4.9
Minimum focus distance

Wide: 1.6 ft. (0.5 m) from front of lens

Telephoto: 2.6 ft. (0.8 m) from front of lens

Wide: 1.8 ft. (0.54 m) from CCD

Telephoto: 2.8 ft. (0.84 m) from CCD

* at telephoto position only

Macro focus range
  Super Macro Standard macro
Focal length Telephoto* Wide Telephoto
From front of lens 7.9 - 15.7 in. (20 - 40 cm) 2 in. to infinity (5 cm) 19.7 in. to infinity (50 cm)
From CCD 9.4 - 17.3 in. (24 - 44 cm) 3.5 to infinity (9 cm) 21.3 in. to infinity (54 cm)
Area covered at maximum magnification Approximately 3.1 x 2.4 in. (8 x 6 cm)
Viewfinder type Optical real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD monitor

1.5 inch (3.8cm) TFT color monitor

Total number of pixels: 76,800

Automatic monitor amplification

Shutter CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed range

1 - 1/2000 second in programmed AE and aperture-priority modes

15 - 1/1000 second in manual exposure mode

Autofocus system Rapid AF: a combination of a passive AF sensor with the video AF system.
Metering Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure modes Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Manual
Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV in 0.3 increments
Flash range

Wide: Approximately 1.6 - 7.5 ft. (0.5 - 2.3 m)

Telephoto: Approximately 2.6 - 4.3 ft. (0.8 - 1.3 m) (Camera sensitivity: auto)

Flash compensation +/- 1 EV in 0.5 increments
Scene selection Portrait, Scenery, Night, Sports, Snap, Angel
Continuous advance

- Super Continuous: Approximately 2.5 frames per second

- Standard Continuous: Approximately 1.1 frames per second

* Actual speed may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings. A maximum of 3 frames can be captured at one time with the Super Continuous drive mode. The number of frames with the standard-continuous drive mode is only limited by the memory card capacity.

* Actual number of images may vary depending on the subject and camera settings.

Auto bracketing

Exposure, Focus

Exposure: Three-frame bracket in 0.3 EV increments

Focus: Three-frame bracket

Self-timer Approximately 10 seconds, 3 seconds
Movie recording

Recording time dependent on memory card capacity and image quality.

Frame rate: 15 frames per second

Audio recording

Recording time dependent on memory card capacity.

Monaural audio only.

White-balance control Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluourescent)
Contrast compensation Five levels
Color saturation compensation Five levels
Sharpness settings Five levels
Color balance Five levels for each RGB channel
Color modes Standard, Cold, Warm, Black and White, Sepia
Digital zoom 2x
Resize Creates a VGA (640 x 480) or QVGA (320 x 240) image for transmission.
Image quality modes

4M Fine (2272 x 1704)

4M Normal (2272 x 1704)

2M (1600 x 1200)

VGA (640 x 480)

Number of recorded pixels (Still images) 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Number of recorded pixels (Movie clips) 320 x 240
Storage capacity

Approximate storage capacity of a 16 MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card.

4M Fine 4M Normal 2M VGA
8 frames 16 frames 33 frames 133 frames

* Movie clips recorded with audio.

* Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and memory card.

File format

JPEG, Motion JPEG (AVI), WAVE

DCF-compliant

DPOF-compliant (Supported by printing functions in version 1.1)

Exif 2.2

Printing output control

Exif Print

Recording media SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards, MultiMedia Cards, Memory Stick
Computer interface Full-speed 12Mbps USB
Battery One NP-600 lithium-ion battery
Battery performance (Playback) Approximate continuous playback time: 200 minutes
Battery performance (Recording) Approximate number of recorded images: 185 frames with LCD monitor on, 4M Normal quality (2272 x 1704) and flash used with 50% of the frames.
External power source 4.7 V DC with specified AC adapter (sold separately)
Dimensions

Width: 3.68 in. / 93.5 mm

Height: 2.19 in. / 55.5 mm

Depth: from 0.91 in. (23 mm) to 1.02 in. (26 mm) at the LCD monitor

Weight Approximately 6.3 oz. (180 g) without batteries or recording media
Operating temperature 32 - 122°F (0 - 50ºC)
Standard accessories Neck Strap NS-DG130, USB cable USB-810, 16 MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card, Lithium-ion Battery NP-600, Lithium-ion Battery Charger BC-600U, DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM
Optional accessories AC Adapter AC-9U
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Original Source Press Release:

KONICA MINOLTA INTRODUCES STYLISH NEW DiMAGE G400 DIGITAL CAMERA

Easy to use 4.0 megapixel camera features fully automatic operation as well as creative capabilities for enhanced picture taking

Mahwah, NJ (October 14, 2003) - Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc., announces today the new high-performance compact DiMAGE G400 4.0 megapixel digital camera. The ergonomically designed Konica Minolta DiMAGE G400 creates beautiful images at the touch of a button. Featuring a built-in 3x optical zoom lens, sleek metal exterior with an impressive 0.7-second startup time, autofocusing, autoexposure, auto white-balance, and other creative capabilities this new compact camera is ready to go at a moment's notice.

"It's appropriate that this fashionable and easy-to-use DiMAGE G400 digital camera is the first to be introduced by our newly formed company," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Konica Minolta's Camera Division. "The new fully-featured DiMAGE G400 is the perfect companion for any photo enthusiast."

The DiMAGE G400 features a 4.2 megapixel CCD for sharp, clear pictures as well as a 3x GT Hexanon optical zoom lens incorporating seven elements in six groups to provide sharp, high-contrast images. The lens is designed to minimize flare and unwanted aberrations so that the tonal range and detail in the scene are apparent in the final image.

A newly designed signal-processing engine makes this compact camera twice as fast as the DiMAGE G500. In fact, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE G400's rapid startup (0.7 seconds) and fully-automatic picture taking and shut down cycles in only 1.5 seconds. This allows users to take a properly exposed and in focus picture in the blink of an eye.

The new Konica Minolta DiMAGE G400 has the technology needed to capture any photographic moment. The camera can automatically focus and determine the exposure in approximately 0.2 seconds and the shutter-release time lag is approximately 0.03 seconds. Konica Minolta's Hybrid Adaptive A*IPS (Image Processing Software) system optimizes autofocus, autoexposure, and auto white-balance processing for fast response. The DiMAGE G400 also employs Rapid Autofocus (AF) to ensure sharp images quickly. Rapid AF uses a passive AF sensor to instantly estimate the distance to the subject and the camera's CCD to determine the precise focus point.

The DiMAGE G400 provides equally impressive performance during playback. Playback mode starts up in approximately 0.2 second. A still image can be seamlessly enlarged from 1x to 12x in 1.5 seconds. Following the tried and true design of traditional film cameras the new DiMAGE G400 is easily slipped into a pocket or bag and taken anywhere.

Despite its small size, the DiMAGE G400 is packed with features. The Super Continuous mode takes a series of three images at a rate of 2.5 frames per second. Six scene-select modes allow a user to quickly optimize camera operation for specific subjects. Auto bracketing makes a three-frame exposure or focus bracket of a scene to ensure the best results. Exposures can also be set manually if desired. The camera can store and recall two sets of frequently used camera settings.

Advanced amateur photographers will also appreciate the DiMAGE G400's creative image-making features. Color, sharpness, and contrast can be controlled to create the desired image. And the camera's color-balance function allows users to change the relative proportions of the red, green, and blue to shift the overall color of an image.

Dark noise, an ever-present problem in electronic systems, presents itself as a grainy or sandy appearance to digital images taken with long exposures. The new DiMAGE G400 combats this problem with a noise-reduction function, which automatically activates for exposures of 1/2 second or longer.

The camera's built-in lens cover not only protects the optical zoom lens, but also turns the camera on and off in one smooth movement. Buttons and controls are ergonomically placed to facilitate operation. And the familiar click of a film-camera shutter sound confirms that an image has been captured.

The DiMAGE G400 can focus as close as 2 inches allowing close-up photographs to be taken of small objects. And, at its maximum magnification, an area of 3.1 x 2.4 inches is covered.

The DiMAGE G400 has a convenient dual card-slot system for flexible image storage. Both Memory Sticks and Secure Digital (SD) Memory Cards can be used alone or in combination. When both memory card types are used with the camera at the same time, up 640MB of data can be saved depending on the capacity of the cards. This eliminates the worries of running out of memory during important photographic events.

The DiMAGE G400 is not restricted to only taking still photographs. 320 x 240 XR (Extended Recording) movies with audio can also be made. The length of the movie clip is only limited by the storage capacity of the memory cards in use. Likewise, audio can be recorded by itself or attached to a recorded still image.

Still images can easily be shared electronically. Favorite images can be conveniently resized to 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 in the camera. Simply connect the camera to a computer with the supplied USB cable to transfer the data so that it can be attached to an e-mail or posted on the Web.

The DiMAGE G400 is supplied with a high-performance, rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The DiMAGE G400 is Exif Print compatible. Menus can be displayed in seven languages: Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese.

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.konicaminolta.net.

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