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Konica Minolta's DiMAGE A200 digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Konica Minolta announces DiMAGE A200
(Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 02:00 EDT)

Alongside the announcement of its Maxxum 7 Digital SLR, Konica Minolta has today announced the DiMAGE A200, an eight megapixel digital camera with electronic viewfinder and 7x optical zoom lens.

The DiMAGE A200 includes the CCD shift-based anti-shake mechanism we've seen in past A-series cameras, and has a newly designed body which forgoes the grip sensor of the A2, and now includes a 1.8" tilt/swivel LCD display, which at 134k pixels is slightly higher res than in the DiMAGE A2. The minimum ISO rating has been extended from ISO 64 in the A2 model to ISO 50 in the A200, and the new model returns to a lower-resolution (although still comparitively high-res compared to many of its rivals) 235k pixel electronic viewfinder. The new viewfinder also has a higher 22mm eye relief, and a greater diopter range of –5 ~ +2 m-1. The maximum shutter speed has dropped from 1/4000 second to 1/3200 second in the A200, and the multi-segment metering system has 256 segments instead of 300. The A200 is a couple of ounces lighter than the A2, and has almost the same dimensions. Most other features are similar to that camera.

Pricing and availability have not been announced at this time. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, we have a "backgrounder" document on the A200 below, as well as full specs, product photos and the official press release.

New Konica Minolta 8.0-Megapixel Digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR)-Type Camera: The DiMAGE A200

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc.'s new DiMAGE A200 digital camera joins the award-winning DiMAGE A line of digital cameras – delivering clear, crisp images with the intricate detail that DiMAGE photographers have come to expect.

Product Highlights

  • 8.0-megapixel resolution and Konica Minolta all-glass GT APO lens give photographers high-quality pictures

  • Anti-Shake technology with CCD shift mechanism enables even novices to capture clearly focused pictures without a tripod, and with an approximately 3-step slower shutter speed

  • Vari-angle LCD monitor allows you to easily take self-portraits as well as high- and low-angle shots with freer and easier angles

  • Newly advanced LSI and CxProcess™ III image-processing technology give high-speed image processing and sharp, true-to-life-color images

  • Fast 60-frames per second live view for incredibly smooth viewing of recorded images

  • Included wireless remote control adds convenience for both shooting and viewing

  • 28x digital/optical zoom and Konica Minolta Anti-Shake technology make it possible to shoot high-quality moving pictures

  • Sure-grip, ergonomic body makes it easy to carry and use anywhere

  • Extensive optional accessories: wide-angle converter, telephoto converter, close-up lens, and external flashes

8.0-Megapixel 2/3- inch Interlace Scan CCD

The new Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 has an 8.0-megapixel, 2/3- inch interlace scan CCD. With 8 million effective pixels, photographera can take subtle, expressive images that capture even individual hairs or the stitches of a suit in sharp detail. These incredibly detailed images can then be transferred and printed onto 10.9 x 8.1 inch paper at 300 dpi.

CCD Shift-Type Anti-Shake Technology
Konica Minolta's Anti-Shake technology gives photographers a highly effective way to deal with handheld shaking – a major cause of substandard images, especially with telephoto and dimly lit shots. Users can expect better images in low light conditions without relying on a higher ISO setting or a tripod. The new DiMAGE A200 features a CCD-shift mechanism to stabilize images by offsetting the shaking pattern of the user's hand. This gives unrivalled stability at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than on digital cameras without Anti-Shake technology. The CCD shift mechanism also allows for more freedom in the mechanical layout of the camera's interior, which keeps it compact. Anti-Shake technology can offset two kinds of shaking—high-frequency shaking of muscles and low-frequency shaking of the body.

Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
The 1.8-inch TFT LCD monitor rotates 270° vertically and 180° horizontally, allowing photographers to hold the camera in a comfortable position at high- and low-angle shots while still viewing the LCD straight on. And, because photographers can view the LCD while they get in just the right position for a self-portrait, the DiMAGE A200 is great for taking shots from a variety of different angles.

Newly Advanced LSI and Konica Minolta CxProcess™ III Image Processing
The advanced LSI engine reduces power consumption and suppresses camera noise, while optimizing color reproduction with exceptional accuracy. Konica Minolta's CxProcess™ III image-processing technology helps reproduce shadows and highlights with outstanding accuracy, so images look natural and true-to-life. The new DiMAGE A200 also introduces a new sRGB color mode (Portrait sRGB) that brings out beautiful skin tones in portraits.

Konica Minolta GT Lens and Anomalous Dispersion (AD) Glass
Designed specifically for digital photography, the GT lens is an all-glass apochromatic (APO) zoom lens. The benefits for the user include sharp and clear pictures absent of any color aberration, even when using the large aperture setting. The lens is the heart of the camera and this GT lens has 16 elements in 13 groups. The anomalous dispersion (AD) glass contributes to things like suppressed distortion, and reduced flare and chromatic aberration, while aspheric glass elements work to make the lens compact. The camera's improved optical low pass filter and the logical arrangement of the lens make for higher productivity and quality-assurance in the manufacturing process, ensuring that the lens is suitable for an 8.0-megapixel CCD.

60 Frames Per Second High Speed Live View
Both the LCD and EVF give a fast 60-frames per second live view (for still recording; 30 frames per second for movie recording), making for incredibly smooth viewing of recorded images. It also reduces the time lag in tracking moving subjects so users can easily capture those crucial fleeting moments.

Included Wireless Remote Control
Photographers can also take self-portraits using the camera's remote control. And, they can also connect the DiMAGE A200 to a TV and control the images with the remote control. This allows users to sit back and enjoy the pictures and movies they took that same day.

Digital Zoom
The 4x digital zoom gives up to a 28x total zoom when combined with the optical zoom, providing a maximum focal length of 800mm (35mm equivalent), which is perfect for distance shots or sporting events. And, even shots at a focal length of 800mm are free of jerky movements thanks to Konica Minolta's Anti-Shake technology. Photographers can choose from two digital zoom modes: image interpolation (in which the number of pixels doesn't change) digital zoom and normal mode (cropped into 2 megapixels) . The digital zoom can also be accessed from any point of the optical zoom using the handy digital zoom lever on the rear panel.

High-Quality Movie Recording
The DiMAGE A200 incorporates a true VGA movie (640 x 480 pixels) mode. This allows users to record high-quality movies at 30 frames per second giving images rivaling those seen on TV. Users can also take high-quality SVGA (800 x 600 pixels) movies at 15 frames per second, which look good even on a large PC screen. The DiMAGE A200 lets photographers use both the digital and optical zoom when recording movies, allowing them to capture images at a maximum focal length of 800mm (35mm equivalent). And, the Night Movie function makes subjects highly visible even in dark settings. The DiMAGE A200 also comes bundled with fun-to-use video software, Video Studio 8 SE by ULEAD, which lets users import and edit images and then output them to video CDs.

Sure-Grip, Ergonomic
Despite its pro-level picture quality and features, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 is compact and weighs just 17.8 ounces, making it easy to take on vacations and day-trips. And although it's small, the DiMAGE A200's grip makes it easy to hold when taking pictures.

Various Autofocus (AF) Mode
Wide Focus Area mode informs photographers of focused points by flashing them when the shutter is pressed halfway down. Predictive Focus Control keeps moving subjects in focus.11-Point Focus Area is perfect for switching the AF point instantaneously on the main positions in the frame. Flex Focus Point is perfect for higher-precision auto-focusing. These features are very effective for capturing action in unusual lighting.

Ultra High-Speed Continuous Shooting
When photographers really need to fire off as many shots as possible in a limited amount of time, select the UHS (Ultra High Speed) mode on the menu to set the camera to capture images at a continuous advance of 40 frames at 10 frames per second. For convenience, these images can be captured in VGA format.

Real-Time Histogram Display
The LCD monitor is equipped with a convenient histogram function that will help the user see the overall brightness of the scene when it's difficult to determine the exposure compensation within the image. The histogram supplies the information users need to adjust the exposure more accurately. It also incorporates a luminance limit display on the playback screen.

Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
DMF allows users to frame their shot. By simply turning the focusing ring on the lens barrel while the shutter is half-pressed, photographers can control the focus on a particular shot even when the AF is locked. Try using DMF during macro imaging to be sure that a specific part of a subject stays in focus. When users target an image area, it is automatically enlarged for easy focusing.

Easy Operation from the Rear Panel
The buttons used most often are set on the DiMAGE A200's rear panel, where users can access them easily without looking away from the camera's LCD monitor. A digital zoom lever on the rear panel allows photographers to easily operate the digital zoom from any focal point. A shift button provides operational shortcuts, while function buttons on the rear panel make it easy to adjust color mode, metering mode, ISO, and digital effect settings.

Optional Converter Lenses for Additional Range (sold separately)
The 1.5x Telephoto Converter gives users an optical zoom range to 300mm and the 0.8x Wide-angle Converter gives provides an optical zoom range of 22mm. The Close-up lens renders even better pictures at close range. And, the Anti-Shake technology covers all focal lengths to ensure that photographers always get clearly focused pictures.

DiMAGE Viewer
As part of the DiMAGE series of digital cameras, the DiMAGE A200 is equipped with the user-friendly Konica Minolta DiMAGE Viewer software. This intuitive software makes it easy to manage, edit, and perform many other tasks with digital images. It displays thumbnails for quick confirmation, plus Exif data and any comments the photographer has included. Users can copy, move, or rename images as they please. Image compensation tools include tone curve and histogram for still images and flicker reduction for movie clips. RAW data can be imported, giving users the option to make fine adjustments on uncompressed image data. The DiMAGE Viewer also supports various color spaces and Color Management using an ICC Profile.

Direct Printer Connection
By directly connecting the DiMAGE A200 to a PictBridge*-compliant printer, printouts can be made easily without going through a computer. Photographers can check the camera's LCD monitor for the image they want to print.

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

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
Konica Minolta's DiMAGE A200 digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Number of Effective pixels

8.0 million


2/3-type interlaced primary-color CCD

Total pixels: 8.3 million

A/D Conversion

12 bit

Camera Sensitivity

Auto, ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 equivalents

Focal Length

7.2 – 50.8mm (35mm equivalent: 28 - 200mm)

Lens Construction

16 elements in 13 groups (includes two AD glass elements and two aspheric elements)

Maximum Aperture

f/2.8 – f/3.5

Minimum Focus Distance

1.6 ft. (0.5m) from CCD

Macro Focus Range

Wide-angle position:

11.8 – 23.6 in. (30 – 60 cm) from CCD

8.3 – 20 in. (21 – 51 cm) from front of lens

Telephoto position:

9.8 – 23.6 in. (25 – 60 cm) from CCD

5.1 – 19.7 in. ( 13 – 50 cm) from front of lens

Maximum Magnification

0.18x ( Equivalent to 0.7x in 35mm format)

Area Covered at Maximum Magnification

2.05 x 1.54 in. (52 x 39 mm)

Optical Zooming Control

Manual zooming ring

Filter Diameter


Viewfinder Type

EVF (Electronic viewfinder)

Viewfinder LCD

0.44-inch TFT liquid-crystal microdisplay

Total pixels: 235,000 pixels

LCD Monitor

1.8-inch TFT color, Vari-angle LCD monitor

Total pixels: 134,000

Automatic Monitor Amplification

Activates in low light.

Field of View

EVF: Approximately 100%

External LCD monitor: Approximately 100 %

Display-mode Switch

Electronic-viewfinder display, External LCD-monitor display

Diopter Control

–5 ~ +2 m-1

Eye Relief

22 mm at -1 m-1


CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter

Shutter Speed Range

30 - 1/3200 second (30 – 1/1600 second in S, M - mode)

Bulb (maximum 30 seconds)

Autofocus System

Video AF

Autofocus Areas

Wide focus area, 11 point selectable, Spot focus point

Flex Focus Point control is available with the spot focus point.

Focus Modes

Autofocus: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Full-time AF, Manual focus orFlex Digital Magnifier (FDM), Automatic-magnification

Focus Lock

By pressing shutter-release button partway down.


Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot (center or with Flex Focus Point)

Multi-segment Metering

256 segments

Exposure Control Range

Programmed AE and aperture-priority modes:

Wide: EV –1 – 18

Telephoto: EV –0.5 – 18

Shutter-priority and manual modes:

Wide: EV – 2 – 18

Telephoto: EV – 1.5 – 18

Exposure Modes

Programmed AE (with program shift), Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual

Digital Subject Programs

Portrait, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait/Night View

Exposure Compensation

± 2 EV in 1/3 increments

AE Lock

With AE-lock button or by pressing the shutter-release button partway down

Flash Control

Automatic and Manual flash control

Flash Range

Wide: Approximately 1.6 – 12.5 ft. (0.5 - 3.8m)

Telephoto: Approximately 1.6 – 9.8 ft. (0.5 – 3.0m)

(Camera sensitivity: auto)

Flash Modes

Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear flash sync, Slow sync

Flash Recycling Time

Approximately 5 seconds

Flash Compensation

± 2 EV in 1/3 increments

Flash-sync Speed

All shutter speeds

External Flashes

Auto-flash metering with Program/Maxxum Flash 2500 (D), 3600HS (D),

5600HS (D), Macro Twin Flash 2400,* Macro Ring Flash 1200.*

*Macro Flash Controller is necessary.

Continuous Advance

- UHS continuous advance: 10 frames per second (640x480)

- High-speed continuous advance: Maximum 2.3 frames per second

- Standard continuous advance: Maximum 2.0 frames per second

Actual speed may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings.

Approximate number of frames that can be captured at one time in standard continuous advance:

3264 x 2448

2560 x 1920

2080 x 1560

1600 x 1200

640 x 480


5 frames




Extra fine

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames


5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames


5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

*Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings.

Exposure Bracketing

Three-frame bracket in 0.5 and 0.3 EV increments

Digital Enhanced Bracketing

White balance
*changeable increments


Approximately 10 seconds, 2 seconds




- Standard movie mode: Maximum 15 minutes

- Night movie mode: Maximum 15 minutes

Color Modes

Natural Color (sRGB), Vivid Color (sRGB), Portrait (sRGB), Adobe RGB (ICC), Black and white (neutral and toned)

White-balance Control

Automatic Preset; Daylight, Tungsten, Shade, Cloudy, Flash, and Fluorescent( 1, 2 ) settings, Custom (two settings)

Sharpness Settings

Three levels (Soft, Normal, Hard)

Digital Effect Control

Color saturation, Contrast compensation, Filter

Noise Reduction

Available (ON/OFF selectable)

Digital Zoom

Normal mode and interpolate mode selectable. Normal mode: 2x (maximum) / Interpolate mode : 4x (maximum)

Data Imprinting

Year/month/day (Format can be changed.)

Image-quality Modes

RAW, RAW +JPEG, Extra fine, Fine, Standard

Number of Recorded Pixels (Still Images)

3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176 (in 3:2 mode), 2560 x 1920, 2080 x 1560, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480

Number of Recorded Pixels (Movie Clips)

320 x 240 in standard and night movie modes (15 frames per second / 30 frames per second selectable )

640 x 480 in standard and night movie modes (15 frames per second / 30 frames per second selectable )

800 x 600 in standard and night movie (15 frames per second)

Menu Languages

Japanese, English, German, French, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Swedish

File Formats


DCF 2.0-compliant

DPOF-compliant (Supported by printing functions in version 1.1)

Exif 2.21

Printing Output Control

Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II, PictBridge

Recording Media

Type I and Type II CompactFlash cards, Microdrive

Computer Interface

USB (Full-speed 12Mbps data transfer available with USB 2.0 compatible computer)

AV Output

NTSC, PAL (selected on the camera)


One NP-800 lithium-ion battery

Battery Performance


Approximate continuous playback time: 330 minutes with NP-800 lithium-ion battery, External LCD monitor on, EVF off.

Battery Performance


Approximate number of recorded images: 260 frames (Conforming to CIPA, included NP-800 lithium-ion battery)

External Power Source

6V DC with specified AC adapter (sold separately)

Dimensions (WxHxD)

4.49 x 3.15 x 4.53 in. ( 114 x 80 x 115 mm )


Approximately 17.8 oz. (505 g) without batteries or recording media

Operating Temperature

32-104 ºF (0-40 ºC)

Standard Accessories

Neck Strap NS-DG8000, Lens Cap (49mm) LF-1349, Accessory Shoe Cap SC-10, AV Cable AVC-500, USB Cable USB-3, DiMAGE Viewer, ULEAD Video Studio 8 SE, Lens Shade DLS-3, Lithium-ion Battery NP-800, Wireless Remote Control RC-D1, Lithium-ion Battery Charger BC-900

Optional Accessories

AC Adapter AC-11, Leather Neck Strap NS-DG1000, DiMAGE Neck Strap (Indigo) NS-DG2000, DiMAGE Neck Strap (Gray) NS-DG3000, Accessory Shoe Cap SC-1000, External High Power Battery Pack Kit EBP-100, Step Up Adapter 49mm – 62mm, CompactFlash Adapter for SD Memory Cards SD-CF1, Telephoto Converter ACT-100, Wide-angle Converter ACW-100, Close-up Lens CL49-200, DiMAGE Master DMA-100

System Requirements

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

Apple Macintosh computers with Mac OS 9.0 – 9.2.2, Mac OS X v10.1.3-10.1.5, or v10.2.1 – 10.2.8, v10.3 – 10.3.4 and with a USB port as standard interface.
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Konica Minolta's DiMAGE A200 digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Konica Minolta's DiMAGE A200 digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Konica Minolta's DiMAGE A200 digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Konica Minolta's DiMAGE A200 digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
  • 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 must install dedicated driver software included in the DiMAGE A200 package.

Original Source Press Release:

Konica Minolta Adds to the Award-Winning Line of DiMAGE A Digital Cameras

The new high performance 8.0 megapixel SLR-Type DiMAGE A200 provides superb image quality and features Konica Minolta's Anti-Shake Technology, unique new Vari-Angle LCD monitor, and built-in 7x optical zoom lens

Mahwah, NJ (September 15, 2004) - Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces today the new DiMAGE A200 8.0-megapixel Single Lens Reflex (SLR)-type high-performance digital camera that is perfect for all levels of photographic experience from advanced amateur to creative beginner. Equipped with Konica Minolta's Anti-Shake technology featuring a unique CCD-shift mechanism that offsets handheld shaking, it is easy to capture sharp images with the DiMAGE A200, even in low lighting and without the use of a tripod.

In addition, the camera's rotating 1.8-inch TFT Vari-angle LCD monitor allows photographers to get a clear viewpoint for shooting artistic angles or taking flawless self-portraits. And, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200's simplified operation means that all photographers can benefit from its advanced specifications, thus maximizing their photography experience.

“The new DiMAGE A200 digital camera is designed to meet the needs of even the most discriminating photographers,” said Todd Schrader, vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc . “Thanks to the built-in Anti-Shake technology and other innovations, this versatile new model allows even novice photographers to transform ordinary snapshots into professional looking photographs that they'll treasure for years.”

The camera's 2/3- inch CCD with 8.0 million effective pixels and the high-performance Konica Minolta GT APO lens combine to produce incredibly faithful smooth-toned colors. With its proprietary new advanced LSI engine and CxProcess™ III image-processing technology, the DiMAGE A200 provides high-speed and stress-free image processing with low power consumption. And, its ability to suppress noise and provide exceptionally accurate color reproduction means that users get high-quality images every time.

And, thanks to Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake technology that employs a unique CCD-shift mechanism, even entry-level photographers can avoid blurry pictures. This internal stabilizing system is connected directly to a CCD sensor that quickly responds to camera shake, thus rendering sharper images in dim lighting as well as hand-held telephoto shots. Especially helpful when using the 4x digital zoom (28 to 800mm) and high-performance built-in 7x optical zoom (28 to 200 mm) for landscapes, close-ups, and at sporting events, the DiMAGE A200's Anti-Shake technology is activated with the simple touch of a button. Combined with its three focusing areas – wide focus area, 11-point selectable AF area, and flex focus point – the DiMAGE A200 ensures that photographic subjects are always in perfect focus.

The camera's newly employed vari-angle, TFT color LCD monitor can be rotated up to 270° vertically and 180° horizontally, allowing photographers unrestricted shooting at high and low angles. The included multi-functional wireless remote control makes it easier to take self-portraits and movies whenever and wherever. And, because the LCD provides high-speed, real-time viewing at 60 frames per second, there is minimal lag time between the on-screen display of moving images and the press of the shutter release, so there's no need to worry about missing a photo opportunity.

The new DiMAGE A200 enables users to record movies in VGA mode (640 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second) for smooth, true-color playback that rivals TV quality, and SVGA mode (800 x 600 pixels at 15 frames per second), which is ideal for viewing movies or movie stills on large PC screens. This gives users the freedom to choose the screen size and frame rate that suits their needs. Recording high-quality movies is even easier when the camera's Anti-Shake technology is enabled to minimize image blurring.

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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