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Konica Minolta's DiMAGE X50 digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Konica Minolta: 5mpix DiMAGE X-series camera
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(Wednesday, July 7, 2004 - 08:00 EDT)

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A. Inc. has today announced its new DiMAGE X50 digital camera, a five megapixel model that brings a new resolution high, and a sliding lens barrier to an X-series camera for the first time.

The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 features a 2.8x optical zoom lens - which, unlike other cameras in the X-series, is mounted horizontally - featuring a prism to fold the optical path. The different orientation of the prism means that the lens opening isn't at the very top corner of the camera as in past models, and the new lens barrier will offer protection against accidental damage or smudges from a misplaced finger. The advantages of the prism design - an extremely slim body, less moving parts that could potentially fail or come out of alignment, and a faster startup time thanks to the fact that there's no lens to extend are all retained, of course.

Other features of the DiMAGE X50 include a 2.0-inch LCD monitor, five-point autofocus system, selection of scene modes, PictBridge compatibility for making prints without the need for a computer, movie and audio recording modes, a new optional marine housing waterproof to 40 meters, and more. Pricing and availability for the new model haven't been announced at this time. Full specifications, product photos, press release and a "backgrounder" document courtesy of Konica Minolta all follow:


New Konica Minolta X-Series Digital Camera:

The DiMAGE X50

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc.'s DiMAGE X50 5.0 megapixel digital camera offers an array of high-end features and functions, to give photographers all they really need in a fast and easy-to-use digital camera.

Product Highlights

  • Thin, stylish camera body—the camera is less than an inch thick, even with its non-protruding 2.8x optical zoom, which can be combined with 4.3x digital zoom for up to 12x zoom.

  • Even faster operation with an approximate 0.5-second startup time, the fastest in its class*. ( * As of April 2004, for 3x optical zoom digital cameras.)

  • Easy operation and easy menu navigation with a large 2-inch LCD monitor.

  • Konica Minolta's proprietary CxProcess™ II high-quality image processing technology and the camera's 5-megapixel CCD combine to provide superb images.

  • Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically chooses the best shooting mode for your images.

  • Shots in focus as near as 4 inches from the subject at all focal lengths without the need to change modes. Plus, a Super Macro mode for stunning close-ups as close as 2.4 inches from the subject.

  • Photos can be output directly to PictBridge-compliant printers.

  • Optional Marine Case for creative underwater photography.

Features

2.8x Optical Zoom in a Super-Slim Body

Featuring Konica Minolta's proprietary non-protruding zoom lens, the DiMAGE X50 keeps its cool outward appearance even when the zoom is activated. The revolutionary design using internal folded optics technology means that the camera stays slim even while the user is taking zoom shots. The slim 0.93-inch-thick body (0.79 inches excluding the LCD monitor) houses a 2.8x optical zoom and weighs just 4.4 ounces. And, the convenient sliding cover adds a practical feature to this camera's stylish design, safeguarding the lens while the DiMAGE X50 is placed inside a pocket or purse.

World's Fastest* Startup Time

The DiMAGE X50 boasts an amazingly fast and fluid startup – switch the camera on and the camera is ready to start taking great pictures in about 0.5 second. This and the approximately 0.06-second shutter-release time lag time ensures that photographers will never miss capturing those unexpected photographic moments. (* As of April 2004, for 3x optical zoom cameras.)

UHS (Ultra High-Speed) Continuous Advance

UHS Continuous Advance captures 1280 x 960 images at 11 frames per second regardless of the image quality setting, making it ideal for capturing subjects in motion.

Easy and Convenient Operation

The DiMAGE X50 incorporates a large 2-inch LCD monitor for easy and convenient operation. With no complicated settings to be made and enough controls to make operation intuitive, the DiMAGE X50 is easy and fun to use.

The camera's Key Customization allows users to register settings for their most-frequently-used functions. A users just designates the settings most often used to the left or right side of the controller to make operation even more simple and user-friendly. The DiMAGE X50 also has an independent playback button that displays images instantly.

Extraordinary Image Quality

The DiMAGE X50's 5-megapixel CCD and newly developed optical system combine to deliver sharp, high-resolution images for photo-quality prints as large as 5” x 6.5” at 300dpi, as well as enlargements up to 13.5” x 10” at 150dpi.

The CxProcess™ II image processing technology enables image characteristics like smooth gradations, natural skin tones, and brilliantly clear colors for photos that are more natural and lifelike. And the DiMAGE X50's 5 megapixels capture fine lines and intricate details for stunning digital images.

The Best Shooting Modes—Automatically Selected

Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode. Or, users can choose from Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view modes* and text* mode. Either way, this advanced function enables them to take fabulous photos with ease. (*Activated via manual selection only.)

5-Point Multi Autofocus (AF)

The wide 5-Point Multi AF enables flexible focusing that allows users to compose their pictures with more freedom and accuracy.

Multi-Segment Metering/Spot Metering

Multi-Segment metering automatically measures light readings over the entire frame to provide the best exposure for each subject. And Spot metering measures light in the center of the frame, which enables users to measure the brightness of a particular spot on the subject.

Noise Reduction

Noise Reduction automatically prevents the blemishes and graininess associated with slow-shutter shots (up to 4 seconds). This gives exceptional night scene images.

Take Extreme Close-ups

The DiMAGE X50 requires no macro mode to take close-ups that are clearly focused as near as 4 inches from the subject. This means users can fill the frame with the incredible detail of small and beautiful subjects such as colorful flowers. And since users don't have to take the time to change the camera's shooting mode, they can take these close-ups right away. The DiMAGE X50 also features a Super Macro mode to take close-ups as close as 2.4 inches.

Direct Camera-to-Printer Printouts

Forget all about complicated connections with a PC. Get fast, beautiful prints directly from the camera by connecting the DiMAGE X50 to a PictBridge*-compliant printer. Simply select which images to print from the DiMAGE X50's LCD monitor for fast and fun printouts instantly.

* PictBridge is an industry standard established by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

Versatile Functions

• XR Movie

The XR (Extended Recording) Movie mode lets users record longer movie clips onto the SD memory card at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The camera will keep on recording until the memory card is full. Movie Editing lets users isolate and capture clips from captured movie data, while Movie Frame Capture lets them isolate and capture individual frames from captured movie data.

• Audio Recording

Audio Recording allows users to record any sound for up to 180 minutes. Voice Memo lets them record sound immediately after they've taken a shot and Audio Caption enables users to record sound simultaneously during playback. (Both Voice Memo and Audio Caption record up to 15 seconds of sound.)

• Slide Show/Image Rotation

The DiMAGE X50 gives users exciting viewing capabilities. Slide Show Playback, which lets users experience still images or movies with captivating dissolve effects, can be viewed either on the DiMAGE X50's LCD screen or on a TV screen. With Image Rotation, users can change settings to rotate their vertical images from their horizontal position for easier viewing.

• Multi-Frame Function

Transform 9 consecutive images into one extraordinary print with the Multi-Frame function. Press the shutter release once to shoot a sequence of 9 shots. The images are shown as thumbnails in a single frame.

• Crop Frame

With Crop Frame, trim unwanted parts of captured still pictures and save the image as a separate file, while keeping the original image intact in its file

• Image Pasting

The DiMAGE X50 lets users create custom photos and cards by selecting part of a saved image and overlaying it in their choice of nine picture frames on any chosen photo.

• Color Mode

Color mode adds either black & white or sepia colors to photographs.

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50
Konica Minolta's DiMAGE X50 digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Number of effective pixels

5.0 million

CCD

1/2.5-type interline primary-color CCD
Total pixels: 5.4 million

Camera sensitivity

Automatic (between ISO 50 - 160 equivalent), ISO 50,100, 200, 400

Focal length

6.1 – 17.1mm (35mm equivalent: 37 – 105mm)

Lens construction

11 elements in 9 groups

Maximum aperture

f/2.8 – f/5.0

Minimum focus distance

4 in. ( 0.10m) from front of camera

2.4 in. (0.06m) (Super Macro)

Maximum magnification

0.1x (1:10)

Equivalent to 0.82x (1: 1.22) in 35mm format

Area covered at maximum magnification

1.63 x 1.25 in. (42.3 x 31.8mm)

 

Viewfinder type Optical real-image zoom viewfinder

Monitor LCD

2.0 inch (5.2cm) digital-interface TFT color monitor with anti-reflection coating

Total pixels: Approximately 115,000

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, Super Macro, Text is set manually only.

Exposure compensation

±2 EV in 1/3 increments

Flash range

Wide: Approximately 0.7 – 10.5 ft. (0.2 – 3.2m)

Telephoto: Approximately 0.3 – 5.9 ft. (0.1 – 1.8m)
(Camera sensitivity: auto)

 

Flash modes

Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Flash cancel

Continuous advance

Available, Speed: Approximately 1.9 frames per second*

UHS (Ultra High Speed)

Available, Speed: Approximately 11 frames per second*(1280 x 960)

* 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 minutes*

*128MB MB 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 4.3 x

Digital zoom can be disabled.

E-mail Copy function

Creates a compressed 640x480 JPEG image for transmission.

Crop frame

Trims parts of captured still pictures and save 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)

2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480, 1280 x 960 (UHS Continuous advance)

Number of recorded pixels (Movie clips)

320 x 240

Storage capacity

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

Still images

2560 x 1920

2048 x 1536

1600 x 1200

640 x 480

1280 x 960 (UHS)

Fine*

5 frames

8 frames

14 frames

68 frames

21 frames

Standard*

11 frames

17 frames

27 frames

99 frames

38 frames

Economy*

21 frames

31 frames

47 frames

148 frames

68 frames

Movie (320 x 240)

15 frames per second: 41 seconds

30 frames per second: 21 seconds

Audio Recording

30 minutes 28 seconds

* Still images recorded without voice memo or audio caption

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

File formats

JPEG, Motion JPEG (MOV), WAVE

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

Menu languages Japanese, English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese (Simplified)

Recording media

SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards, MultiMediaCards

Computer interface

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-700 lithium-ion battery

Battery performance (Playback)

Approximate continuous playback time: 170 minutes
Based on Konica Minolta's standard test method with NP-700 lithium-ion battery

Battery performance (Recording)

Approximate number of recorded images: 150 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)

3.28 x 2.44 x 0.93 inches

(83.5 x 62 x 23.5mm)

Weight

Approximately 4.4 oz. (125 g) without battery or recording media

Operating temperature

32-104°F (0-40ºC)

Standard accessories

Lithium-ion Battery NP-700, Lithium-ion Battery Charger BC-800, Hand Strap HS-DG130, USB Cable USB-3, 16MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card, DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM

Optional accessories

AC Adapter set AC-4, Metal Chain Neck Strap NS-DG100, Deluxe Case for DiMAGE X Series, Casual case for DiMAGE X Series, Marine Case MC-DG400, O-Ring set OR-GS400 (Replacement for MC-DG-400)

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Konica Minolta's DiMAGE X50 digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
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Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 Marine Case

Maximum depth (underwater)

131 ft. ( 40m)

Weight

8.5 oz. (240g) (Case only)

Dimensions (WxHxD)

4.82 x 3.52 x 2.13 in. ( 122.5 x 89.5 x 54mm)

(excluding protrusions)

Standard accessories

Hand strap , O-ring grease , Desiccant

Optional accessories

O-ring set

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Original Source Press Release:

Konica Minolta Introduces the DiMAGE X50 Digital Camera

New compact and stylish 5.0 megapixel camera features a large 2.0-inch LCD screen, enhanced speed and other design improvements

Mahwah, NJ (July 7, 2004) – Konica Minolta introduces the new DiMAGE X50 5-megapixel digital camera that takes the DiMAGE X series' concept of “thin, fast and stylish” and adds increased speed. Compact and lightweight enough to take anywhere and stylish enough to show everyone, the DiMAGE X50 adds the fastest-in-class* startup time, 2.8x non- protruding optical zoom, 5-megapixel CCD, and large 2-inch LCD, to a high quality digital camera in a sleek, compact package.

“The idea behind the design of the new DiMAGE X50 digital camera is to make it fast, easy and fun for anyone to take beautiful, high-quality pictures anywhere, anytime,” said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Konica Minolta's Camera Division. “The camera's 5 megapixel resolution ensures that even amateur photographers can share their casual snapshots as great enlargements.”

With its non- protruding zooms lens, the compact Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 fits neatly in a shirt pocket and is ready in an instant—thanks to the approximately 0.5-second startup time—to take those spur-of-the-moment shots and ensure that users never miss a photo opportunity. The camera's Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically selects the optimum-shooting mode for the subject at hand, allowing photographers to take beautiful photos that match the needs of the particular photographic scene.

The DiMAGE X50's 5-megapixel CCD and proprietary Konica Minolta CxProcess™ II image processing technology combine to provide photographers with high quality images— pictures that reproduce the natural colors as faithfully as they see them with their own eyes. The camera's zoom lens range covers everything from wide-angle shots to close-ups that are clearly focused as near as 4 inches from the subject, without the need to switch to macro mode. If a photographer needs to get even closer, the DiMAGE X50 also features a Super Macro mode to take extreme close-ups as near as 2.4 inches.

While still as thin and light as previous X-series Konica Minolta cameras, the new DiMAGE X50 incorporates a larger 2-inch LCD screen with easy-to-view menus for greater ease of operation. And the camera's new sliding cover protects the lens, so there's no need to worry about putting the camera inside a pocket or purse.

* As of April 2004, for 3x optical zoom digital cameras.

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.us.

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