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Minolta's DiMAGE E201 digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta. Minolta announces new DiMAGE for European market!
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(Wednesday, May 23, 2001 - 03:00 EDT)

DiMAGE E201 updates the existing Dimâge 2300 with new features; camera won't sell in the USA...

Minolta has today announced a new digital camera on the European marketplace, in the form of the Minolta DiMAGE E201. The camera is an update to the Dimâge 2300, and adds movie capability, a new processor and simplified computer connectivity... Pricing and availability information have not yet been released.

Full specifications for the Minolta DiMAGE E201 are in our database. Specifications highlights are as follows:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Minolta DiMAGE E201
Minolta's DiMAGE E201 digital camera, front view.  Courtesy of Minolta. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Model Number: E-201
Camera Format: Compact
Price: Unknown
Date Available: Unknown (will not sell in USA)
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.571" 2.3 megapixel RGBG CCD
Image Resolution: 1792x1200, 800x600
Lens
Focal Length (effective): 38mm (fixed focal length)
Digital Zoom: 1.4x, 2x
Auto Focus: Yes, Video AF
Manual Focus: No
Normal Focus Range: 60 cm to Infinity; 24.5 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 30 - 60 cm; 12.2 - 24.5 in
Aperture Range: f/3 to f/13, in 14 steps
Display
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Reversed galilean)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch, 77000 pixel)
Exposure
ISO Settings: 85, 340
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 2 - 1/500 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/2EV steps
Metering Modes: Center-weighted
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer (seconds): 10
Flash
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Fill, Off, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, On w/ Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Range Description: 0.6 - 2.5 (ISO 85) / 5 (ISO 340) meters
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash Type 1
Memory Included (MB): 8
File Formats: TIFF, JPEG, AVI (MotionJPEG)
More Information
Weight: 210 g; 7.3 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 114 x 64 x 45mm; 4.5 x 2.5 x 1.8in
Notes & Features: Flash automatically disabled in macro mode. Lens has 5 elements in 4 groups, including 3 elements with 4 aspheric surfaces. Flash recharges in 10 seconds. Has three sharpness settings. Battery life claimed as 120 minutes playback or recording with LCD on, flash used 50% of time, on Alkaline batteries. USB Mass Storage Class compliant (allows use on Windows 2000/ME and Mac OS 8.5+ without drivers). Bundled with hand strap, camera case, USB cable, video cable, 8MB CompactFlash card, batteries and software CDs. Optional IR remote control and AC adapters available. European-only model.
More Photos
Minolta's DiMAGE E201 digital camera, rear view.  Courtesy of Minolta. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Source: Minolta Corp.

Original Source Press Release:

Minolta’s 2.3 Million-Pixel High-Quality Compact Digital Camera More Advanced and More Capable

Minolta is pleased to introduce a new addition to its digital camera lineup, the DiMAGE E201. A new movie recording feature, a responsive new processor, and a simplified computer connection has taken the high-quality entry-level Dimâge 2300 and prepared it for the 21st century. The E201 inherits its predecessor’s effortless high-quality images and sleek compact body.

Simply press the shutter button, and the DiMAGE E201 will deliver impressive, crisp, detailed images. The camera boasts a 2.3 million-pixel CCD*, and quality optics with aspheric elements. A new responsive processor powers the E201. The carefree operation comes from the camera’s automatic control over focus, exposure, white balance, and flash. Although many people are intimidated by digital technology, the camera-like controls will be familiar to all users. With all of its sophisticated automation, the DiMAGE E201 still allows users control over exposure, white balance, image quality, and image size. It is a fun and flexible camera bursting with features such as movie recording and a digital zoom.

Effortless recording is complemented by simple in-camera viewing and editing. Transferring images to a personal computer is just as easy with a USB cable and the camera acting as a mass-storage device. Simply install the bundled Adobe PhotoDeluxe to retouch and manipulate images to create impressive presentations limited only by imagination: web pages, personalized calendars, postcards, etc.

With high-quality images, effortless operation, and simple PC connection, the DiMAGE E201 is an ideal compact digital camera for entry-level users, and those who care about quality and value.

* total number of pixels

Main Features
The DiMAGE E201 allows users to capture high-quality images simply, download them onto a personal computer quickly, and display them as printouts or on the net easily.

High-Quality Imaging in a Compact Package

A Compact Body Packs a 2.3 Million-Pixel CCD and All-Glass Aspheric Lens
The sleek compact body fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Although compact, the DiMAGE E201 produces crisp, detailed images with a 2.3 million-pixel CCD that delivers impressive 150 dpi printouts as large as 30 cm x 20 cm. Bring out the best of the 2.3 million-pixel CCD, the quality all-glass optics include four aspheric surfaces that minimize chromatic and spherical aberration.

Movie Recording

Not only can still images be made of important moments, but also the entire moment can be captured with the DiMAGE E201. Movie clips of up to 60 seconds can be recorded. The 320 x 240 pixel (QVGA) motion JPEG files can be sent to friends by e-mail or used to add spice to web pages.

Smooth Operation

The DiMAGE E201 is fun and easy to use. It can be powered by inexpensive, readily-available AA-size alkaline batteries, or rechargeable Ni-MH batteries. The traditional camera-like control layout and the high-tech LCD displays make camera operation natural and intuitive, even for novices. Thanks to the new responsive processor, the camera operates smoothly from start up to viewing.

Recording
- Completely Automated for Best Results
With the DiMAGE E201, capturing a great-looking picture cannot be easier. Simply set the camera to a recording mode, frame the picture, and press the shutter-release button; the autofocus and programmed autoexposure system, and automatic white balance control will accurately produce sharp, clear, colorful images. Under low-light conditions, the built-in flash fires automatically.

- Exif 2.1 (JPEG, TIFF) universal file format
The camera’s Exif 2.1 (JPEG, TIFF) universal file format saves the uncompressed, high-quality super-fine images in a TIFF file format. The other image-quality settings produce JPEG files with varying rates of compression. The image files have an Exif tag that provides data on when the image was taken and the camera settings used.

- A Model to Grow With
The DiMAGE E201 is a model that users can grow with. Users can take control of the final image by using a simple combination of buttons. Changes to settings and their result on the image are displayed instantaneously on a color LCD monitor at the back of the camera.

Exposure, white balance, image quality, image size, and camera sensitivity can be changed if users want to take charge of the camera’s settings. The calculated camera exposure can be compensated by +/– 2Ev’s in 0.5 increments. The white balance can be matched to daylight, tungsten, or fluorescent light sources. Four image-quality settings (super fine, fine, standard, and economy) and two file-size settings (full and half) give control over the final image and recording capacity of the CompactFlash card. The sensitivity of the camera can be enhanced from an 85 to a 340 ISO equivalent, extending the flash range, or reducing camera shake when not using the flash in low-light conditions.

The simple controls offer a range of possibilities over different shooting conditions. Users can select five versatile flash settings, which include fill flash, red-eye reduction, and flash cancel. The digital zoom magnifies the image by 1.4X or 2X to provide vivid shots of distant subjects. Getting close to your subject is possible with the macro mode. From as close as 30 cm, an area about the size of a sheet of A4 paper can be captured as a full-frame image. Self-portraits are easy with the built-in self-timer or the optional IR Remote Control RC-3.

Viewing and Editing
Images can be viewed and edited directly on the camera’s color LCD monitor. Images can be viewed singularly or on a nine-image index display. For closer examination, a single image can be enlarged by up to three times with the press of a button. The images can also be presented in an automated slide show; they can be displayed in order, in reverse order, or randomly. Deleting or locking images as well as formatting CompactFlash cards can be done quickly and easily on the camera.

By simply connecting the television to the camera, images can be played back to family and friends. The camera is compatible with the NTSC and PAL standards, making it an international traveler.

Because the camera is supported by DPOF, images can be printed without the need of a computer. Simply create a print-order file on the camera and take the CompactFlash card to a photofinisher or service bureau to get standard-size photographs or index prints. Prints can also be made with DPOF-compliant printers.

Simple PC Connectivity

Quick and Simple Connection --- USB Mass Storage
The supplied USB cable allows quick and simple access to images. Simply plugging the USB cable between the camera and the computer enables the camera to be recognized as an external storage device; users can directly open image files, or drag and drop them into the computer’s hard disk.
* See System Requirements for more information.

Fun Photo-Retouching Software --- PhotoDeluxe
Included on the supplied CD-ROM is Adobe PhotoDeluxe. This easy to use software allows novices to use their pictures in many ways. The program provides simple but powerful retouching tools as well as effects to transform images beyond the ordinary. PhotoDeluxe Version 2.0 is available for Macintosh users, and Home Edition 4.0 is provided for Windows users.

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