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Konica Minolta's DG-4W digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Konica Minolta announces 3mpix ruggedized digicam
(Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 14:26 EST)

Japanese digicam manufacturer Konica Minolta has announced a new digital camera targeted at the construction and engineering fields.

Offering compliance with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport's CALS standard (an abbreviation of "Continuous Acquisition and Life-cycle Support") which defines specific requirements for digital images including resolution, the Konica Minolta DG-4W is a three megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens that ranges from a wide 28mm to 85mm. Images are stored on Secure Digital cards, and power comes from AA batteries or an optional proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the DG-4W will go on sale from March 19th with a monthly production of 1,500 units.

Konica Minolta DG-4W
Konica Minolta's DG-4W digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Image Capture
Effective Pixels 3.24 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.7 type 3.34 megapixel CCD, primary color filter
Sensitivity (ISO) Auto (ISO 125), ISO125 / 200 / 400 / 800
White Balance Auto, outdoor, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent, one push (manual), white balance bracket function
Shutter Combined electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed 8, 4, 2, 1 - 1/2000 seconds
Lens Construction 8 elements in 7 groups
Maximum Aperture F2.6 - F4.3
Focal Length 4.2 - 12.7mm (28 - 85mm equivalent with 35mm film camera)
Focusing Distance
Normal: Approximately 0.3m - Infinity (from lens)
Macro: Approximately 0.01m - 0.6m (from lens)
Tele macro: Approximately 0.04m - 0.6m (from lens)
Record Media SD Memory Card / MultiMediaCard
Built-in Memory 8MB
File Type
Still picture: JPEG DCF conformity, DPOF correspondence and Exif2.2
Letter mode: TIFF (MMR system
PictBridge Compliant
Image Size
Still image: 2048×1536, 1280×960, 640×480 and CALS mode 1280×960
Letter mode: 1280×960 and 2048x1536
Image Quality Fine (F), Normal (N)
Image Quantity (using 8MB SD card)
2048×1536 fine: 4, normal: 8
1280×960 fine: 8, normal*: 14
640×480 normal: 43
* Using CALS mode
Viewfinder Real image optical zoom type
Liquid Crystal Display 1.6" transmissive type amorphous silicon TFT liquid crystal, total pixels: Approximately 80,000 pixels
Display Information
Record mode: Live view, verification indication and various image recording indications
Playback mode : Playback picture (single image and 6 thumbnails), enlargement (to maximum of 3.4 times), slide show, movie
Focusing System Normal: External passive CCD system, Macro: CCD system
Focusing Mode Automatic focusing, manual focusing , snapshot, infinity
Focus Lock Possible (when shutter release is half-pressed)
Metering TTL-CCD light metering [Multi (256 segment), center-weighted, spot]
Exposure Compensation
Manual compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps)
Automatic exposure bracketing function (-0.5EV / ±0 / +0.5EV)
Flash Modes Automatic (fill flash), red eye reduction, forced, slow synchro, off
Flash Range (when using Auto sensitivity)
Wide: Approximately 0.17 - 5.0m (from lens),
Tele: Approximately 0.09 - 3.3m (from lens)
Record Functions
Record Mode Still Image, Burst Mode, S (stream) Burst Mode, M (memory) Burst Mode / Scene (Movie, High Sensitivity, Portrait, Landscape, Night, Letter) / Presentation / Sound
Interval Photography Interval of 30 seconds - 3 hours in 30 second steps
Digital Zoom Still image: 3.4 times (maximum of 10.2 times inclusive of optical zoom)
Self-timer Time: 2 or 10 seconds
Date Imprinting Yes
File Format AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG format compliant), audio attachment
Total Pixels 320×240 and 160×120
Frame Rate 15 frames / second
Record Time 320×240: up to approximately 30 seconds, 160×120: up to approximately 120 seconds
File Format WAVE (Exif 2.2)
Record Time 267 minutes 17 seconds (when using 128MB SD memory card)
Power Source
Proprietary rechargeable battery (Lithium Ion DB-G3, optional)
AA (Alkaline disposable, NiCad / NiMH rechargeable)
External Power Source DC 6V (using AC adapter)
Record Battery Life
Approximately 400 photographs
CIPA conforming (Proprietary Lithium Ion battery DB-G3, using SD memory card)
Approximately 120 photographs
CIPA conforming (AA alkaline batteries, using SD memory card)
CIPA is the Camera & Imaging Products Association
Playback Battery Life Approximately 370 minutes when using Lithium Ion battery DB-G3, Konica Minolta standard test conditions
PC Interface USB
Video Output NTSC / PAL selectable
Size 135 (width) × 75.1 (height) x 69.5 (depth) mm
Weight Approximately 355g (including battery, record media, and strap)
Included Accessories Neck strap NS-DG600, AV cable AVC-600, USB cable USB-1, LCD hood LMS-1, AA alkaline batteries, DG-4W CD-ROM and Easy Share CD-ROM
Optional Accessories Lithium Ion battery DB-G3, charger DG-BC
Water / Dust proofing
Waterproofing: JIS class 7*, dustproof: JIS class 6
* Underwater photography not possible
Operating Temperature Range 0 - 40°C
More Photos
Konica Minolta's DG-4W digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

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