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Minolta's Dimage E223 digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: The new 2.0 megapixel DiMAGE E223

Osaka, Japan, March 2nd, 2003: The new DiMAGE E223 is an entry-level digital camera. It offers high-quality images, carefree operation, and value-added features such as digital video at an attractive price.

The DiMAGE E223's precision electro-optical system is built around a 2.1 megapixel 1/2.7-type interline primary-color CCD with 2.0 million effective pixels for high-resolution images. This pixel resolution will produce A4 size 150dpi prints or postcard size photo-quality prints.

The DiMAGE E223's lens is a 3X optical zoom. The resolution of the nine-element, six-group design will guarantee the best results from the 2.1 megapixel CCD. The maximum aperture of f/2.9 - 3.0 allows the camera to be used in less than ideal lighting conditions without the need of the flash. With a focal range of 6.2mm to 18.6mm, the 3x optical zoom is equivalent to a 38 - 114mm lens on a 35mm camera. It can range from wide angle for landscapes to telephoto for intimate portraits. This range of focal lengths is the most commonly used today.

DiMAGE E223's digital zoom can extend the optical zoom's performance by three times in 0.2x increments giving the E223 an equivalent a 342mm lens on a 35mm camera. The combined optical and digital zooms give this compact digital camera an amazing 9x zoom range.

The camera's macro mode allows small objects and details to be captured. The lens can focus down to 8cm for close-up photographs.

The DiMAGE E223 could not be easier to operate. Exposure, focus, white balance, and flash are all controlled automatically for beautiful color pictures. Just simply point and shoot, the camera will do the rest.

Images can be saved to a tiny, removable SD Memory card or MultiMediaCard, or to the camera's built-in 8MB memory. Images can also be copied between the memory card and camera memory. To transfer the data from the camera, simply connect the USB cable, and drag and drop the images into a computer.

The DiMAGE E223 is not limited to recording still images. Movie clips up to 60 seconds in length with audio can be captured. The 320 x 240 size (QVGA) images can be played back with the camera's color monitor and built-in speaker.

The DiMAGE E223 is an affordable camera offering high-quality images, carefree operation, and fun, value-added features. It has never been easier to enter the digital age.

Technical Specifications

Number of effective pixels: 2.0 million
CCD: 1/2.7-type interline primary-color CCD
Total pixels: 2.1 million
Camera sensitivity: ISO 100 equivalent
Focal length: 6.2 – 18.6mm (35mm equivalent: 38 - 114mm)
Lens construction: 9 elements in 6 groups (including four aspheric surfaces)
Maximum aperture: f/2.9 – f/3.0
Minimum focus distance: 0.6 m from front of lens
Macro focus range: 8 - 60 cm from front of lens at the 6.2mm focal length
40-60 cm from front of lens at the 18.6mm focal length
Viewfinder type: Optical real-image zoom viewfinder
Monitor LCD: 3.8cm (1.5 inch) TFT color monitor
Total number of pixels: 62,000
Shutter: CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed range: 1 - 1/1000 s
Autofocus system: Video AF
Metering: Center-weighted
Exposure control: Programmed AE
Program recording mode: Macro, Portrait, Landscape, Night portrait, Self-timer
Exposure compensation: ±2 Ev in 1/3 increments
Flash range: 0.6 – 2.5 m (approx.)
Flash modes: Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Flash cancel
Self-timer: 10 s (approx.)
Movie recording: Recording time: 60 s (max.) with monaural audio
Frame rate: 15 fps
White-balance control: Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy)
Digital zoom: 3x (max.) in 0.2x increments
Copy function: To copy single or all images between the camera memory and memory card.
Image-quality modes: 2048 x 1536 Super (interpolated)
1600 x 1200 Fine
1600 x 1200 Normal
800 x 600 Fine
800 x 600 Normal
Number of recorded pixels (Still images): 2048 x 1536 (interpolated), 1600 x 1200, 800 x 600
Number of recorded pixels (Movie clips): 320 x 240
Storage capacity:

Approximate storage capacity of the 8 MB camera memory :

2048 x 1536 Super 1600 x 1200 Fine 1600 x 1200 Normal 800 x 600 Fine 800 x 600 Normal Movie
7 frames 7 frames 16 frames 27 frames 60 frames 23 seconds

* Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject.
File format: JPEG, Motion JPEG (AVI)
DCF 1.0-compliant
DPOF-compliant (Supported by printing functions in ver. 1.1)
Exif 2.2
Printing output control: PRINT Image Matching II, Exif Print
Recording media: SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards, MultiMediaCards
Computer interface: USB 1.1
AV output: PAL, NTSC (selected on the camera)
Batteries: Two Ni-MH or AA alkaline batteries
One CR-V3 lithium battery
Use of Ni-MH or CR-V3 battery is recommended
External power source: 3V DC with specified AC adapter (sold separately)
Dimensions: 107(W) x 67(H) x 38(D) mm
Weight: 200 g (approx.) without batteries or recording media
Operating temperature: 0-40ºC
Standard accessories: Hand strap, AV cable, USB cable, Two AA batteries, DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM
Optional accessories: AC Adapter AC-3 or AC-6

Specifications and accessories are based on the latest information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.

Compatible computers

IBM PC/AT compatible computers with Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98*, or Windows 98 Second Edition* and with a USB port as standard interface.

Apple Macintosh computers with preinstalled Mac OS

  • The computer and operating system must be guaranteed by their manufacturers to support USB interface.
  • Problems may be encountered depending on what other USB devices are being used in parallel with this product.
  • Only a built-in USB port is supported. Problems may be encountered when the camera is connected to a USB hub.
  • Normal operation may not be possible even when all the system requirements are met.

* Users with Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition operating systems must install dedicated driver software included in the DiMAGE E223package.

System requirements are based on the latest information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.

* Windows is either a registered trademark or a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
* Macintosh is a trademark or registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc.
* Other corporate names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Minolta's Dimage E223 digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

(First posted on Sunday, March 2, 2003 at 05:33 EST)

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