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Minolta's DiMAGE G500 digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Minolta rebadges the Konica KD-510Z
(Thursday, August 7, 2003 - 09:42 EDT)

12pm EST: In Minolta's fourth and final announcement of the day, the company shows its close ties with Konica through a rebadging of the latter company's flagship digital camera.

The Minolta DiMAGE G500 is, with the exception of the logos on the camera body, identical to Konica's Digital Revio KD-510Z. Regular readers will be aware that Konica and Minolta agreed to a merger back in January of this year, several days ago unveiling their new holding company and joint logo. We're told that the Konica KD-510Z will remain available alongside the Minolta variant.

Minolta has not announced pricing or availability for its version of the camera. Several photos of the Minolta DiMAGE G500 follow, alongside the specifications provided by Konica when the KD-510Z was announced last June.

Our apologies to readers who've been waiting patiently for the last few hours for our coverage of this announcement. Unfortunately as noted in our coverage of the DiMAGE A1 announcement, the time we were given by Minolta did not match the correct announcement time.

Minolta DiMAGE G500
Minolta's DiMAGE G500 digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
Type Digital still camera with zoom lens
Record Resolution 5.0 megapixel
Image Sensor 1/1.8" 2,690 x 1,944 pixel (5.36 megapixel CCD)
Image Size
2,592 x 1,944 pixel
2,048 x 1,536 pixel
1,600 x 1,200 pixel
640 x 480 pixel
Movie w/ sound (max. 30 sec.): 320 x 240 pixel
Compression Fine / Normal
File Format
Still Image: JPEG (Exif v2.2)
DCF* (Version 1.0); DPOF** (Version 1.1)
Movie: AVI (MotionJPEG compatible)
Sound: WAVE compatible
Storage Medium
Internal Storage: 2MB
SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick
Hexanon Zoom Lens F2.8 (wide) / F4.9 (tele)
8 - 24mm (equivalent to a 39 - 117mm zoom lens on a 35mm film camera)
Aperture Range F2.8 / 4.7 (wide angle); F4.9 / 8.2 (telephoto)
Focusing and Metering CCD AF, center-weighted, spot. Focus can be fixed at 1, 2 or 4 meters.
Focusing Range
0.5m - infinity (wide angle), 0.8m - infinity (tele)
Macro: 0.06m - infinity (wide angle), 0.5m - infinity (tele)
Exposure Control
Program Exposure (Wide: EV3 - EV15.5; Tele: EV4.5 - EV17). Exposure lock possible.
Manual Exposure (3EV steps)
Adjustable ISO sensitivity (Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400)
Program AE: 1 - 1/2000 second. +/-1.5EV exposure compensation in 0.3EV steps.
Manual Exposure: 15 - 1/1000 second (noise reduction on exposures longer than 1/2 second)
Movie: 1/30 - 1/5000 second
Viewfinder Real-Image Optical Zoom viewfinder
Flash Built-in flash with automatic control of intensity, recharge time: approx. 5 sec., range approx. 0.5 - 3.5m (wide), 0.5 - 2.0m (tele); red LED in the viewfinder lights when charging. Slow synchro mode added.
White Balance Automatic white balance; manual: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Record Functions Single (1.3 seconds between photos), Red-eye reduction, manual flash, night portrait, flash off, macro, infinity focus, self-timer (3 or 10 seconds), manual exposure (LCD on, displays shutter speeds), monochrome (black and white or sepia), fixed focus (1, 2 or 4 meters), digital zoom (2x, 3x), movie (320 x 240 pixels, max. 30 seconds with sound)
Customisation ISO, flash strength, contrast, sharpness, tone, white balance, exposure compensation (10 steps)
LCD Monitor 1.5" Poly-silicon TFT LCD display with 118,000 pixels (low-temperature polysilicon), backlit. Brightness can be adjusted separately for red, green and blue channels to correct tone.
Playback Single, Index, Slideshow, Digital Zoom; Movie, Audio, Copy Function, Format
Image Deletion Single image, selected images, all images, format
LEDs LED for self-timer, focus assist
Sound Shutter, warning beep (can be disabled, front warning LED is also disabled)
Automatic Data Recording Minute, Hour, Day, Month, Year, up to the year 2050
Power Supply 3.6V Lithium Ion Battery Pack, bundled AC adapter
Input / Output USB
Operating Environment 0° - 50°C (Humidity: 20% - 80%)
Dimensions 94 x 56 x 29.5mm (excluding projections)
Weight 198 grams (without battery / flash card)
Standard Accessories Lithium-Ion battery, charger, AC adapter, USB cable, strap, 32MB memory card
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Minolta's DiMAGE G500 digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
Minolta's DiMAGE G500 digital camera. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.

Original Source Press Release:


Sleek and stylish compact digital camera provides high quality images and dual memory-card slots for increased memory capacity

New York, NY (August 7, 2003) - Minolta Corporation introduces the new DiMAGE G500 - a responsive, easy-to-use digital camera that provides high-quality 5 megapixel images. In spite of the small size of this stylish compact camera, the DiMAGE G500 packs powerful imaging controls for beautiful pictures and a dual memory-card slot for flexible storage solutions.

"This new digital camera is a high quality image maker in a sleek, metal wrapper," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "The easy-to-use DiMAGE G500 is the perfect companion for any photographic occasion."

The new Minolta DiMAGE G500 can produce 5 megapixel high-resolution images. The pixel resolution of the CCD will produce 13" x 17" 150dpi prints or 6.5" x 8.5" photo-quality prints.

The DiMAGE G500 uses a high-quality 3x aspheric zoom lens employing seven elements in six groups to provide sharp, contrasty images. The zoom range is equivalent to a 39 - 117mm lens on a 35mm camera. This range is perfect for wide-angle landscape photography and telephoto portraits.

With a fast 1.3-second startup time, The DiMAGE G500 can capture the action at a moment's notice. The ergonomic control layout makes making settings quick and simple. The three most used controls are conveniently placed on the top of the body.

Despite its small size, the Minolta DiMAGE G500 is packed with creative image-making features. Exposures can be set manually. The color saturation, contrast, and sharpness of an image can easily be controlled by the user to create the pictures they want. And the color balance function allows creative users to change the relative proportions of the red, green, and blue channels to shift the overall color of an image.

The Minolta DiMAGE G500 has a dual card-slot system for flexible image storage. Both Memory Sticks and SecureDigital (SD) 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.

Dressed in an elegantly styled metal case, the Minolta DiMAGE G500 measures only 3.7 x 2.2 x 1.2 inches and weighing a mere 7 ounces, and can be easily slipped into a pocket or bag.

Minolta Corporation
Minolta Corporation, headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, is the largest subsidiary of Minolta Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, a leading manufacturer of cameras, business equipment, radiometric instruments and planetariums. Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group (CPG) markets 35mm film and Advanced Photo System cameras, digital cameras, binoculars, accessory lenses, photographic light meters, 35mm and Advanced Photo System film scanners and other consumer products.

The corporation's Business Products Group (BPG) markets digital and analog office equipment. Products include black-and-white copiers, digital black and white printer/copiers, plain-paper laser facsimile machines, digital color printer/copiers, micrographic systems, document management software, and related office equipment.

For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located at www.minoltausa.com or access Minolta's PHOTOFAX at 800-528-4767.

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