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Press Release - January 21, 2005
Konica Minolta Introduces The Speedy New DiMAGE Z20 Digital Camera
Mahwah, NJ (January 21, 2005) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces the new DiMAGE Z20 5.0-megapixel digital camera. Featuring a built-in 8x optical zoom lens, the DiMAGE Z20 is perfect for taking high quality close-up portraits as well as distant scenic landscapes. And with the camera’s Rapid AF with Predictive Focus Control and a 0.5-second (approx.) fastest-in-class startup*1, photographers will be sure to captures those unexpected photographic opportunities.
"In creating the new DiMAGE Z20 digital camera, Konica Minolta engineers have succeeded in producing the ideal solution for both first-time digital photographers and those consumers upgrading from earlier generations of digital cameras," said Todd Schrader, vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. "Nearly all consumers share a common expectation of unparalleled ease-of-use and images of the highest quality. Thanks to the DiMAGE Z20’s powerful built-in optical zoom lens plus its large 1.5-inch LCD screen, composing and taking terrific digital pictures has never been easier or more effective."
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20’s 8x optical Mega Zoom lens and 4x digital zoom combine for a total 32x zoom, allowing users to capture everything from sporting events to panoramic scenery. The optical lens system consists of 11 elements in nine groups and includes two aspheric lenses, a construction that adds up to sharp, high-quality images. The new DiMAGE Z20 combines a 5.0-megapixel primary-color CCD with proprietary CxProcess™ III image processing technology for pictures that are exactly the way the photographer sees them.
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20’s Rapid AF combines a passive AF sensor with the video AF system, giving a fast focusing time of approximately 0.3 second *3 in both the wide-angle and telephoto positions. The Rapid AF also has Predictive Focus Control, which predicts where a moving subject is heading and focuses accordingly. To round out the list of quick-response features, the DiMAGE Z20 has the fastest startup in its class*1 (approximately 0.5 seconds), a short shutter-release time lag, and continuous shooting.
Not only is the DiMAGE Z20 a sprinter with its fast startup – it’s also a marathon champ with power efficiency that allows users to take up to approximately 450 frames with the four included AA alkaline batteries. This is more shots than any other digital camera in its class*2.
The DiMAGE Z20 has a Macro mode that allows photographers to bring the lens as close as 0.4 inches from the subject. Capture the smallest subjects—flowers, insects, or jewelry—with the greatest detail.
In addition to all its still shooting features, the DiMAGE Z20 can also take high-quality movie clips in VGA (640x480) size.
Despite its large 8x optical zoom lens, the DiMAGE Z20 weighs just approximately 10.6 ounces. Its ergonomic form gives users a steady grip while its intuitive control button layout makes it easy even amateur photographers to enjoying all the benefits of digital photography.
8x Optical Mega Zoom
The new DiMAGE Z20 offers photographers a wide shooting range – the 8x optical zoom lens provides focal lengths from 36-290mm (35mm equivalent) while providing focal lengths up to 1160mm (35mm equivalent) when combined with the 4x digital zoom. With the 8x optical zoom and the 4x digital zoom combining for a 32x total zoom, the DiMAGE Z20 is ideal for taking distance shots at sporting events or capturing far-away landscapes.
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 incorporates a high performance 8x optical lens consisting of 11 elements in nine groups that includes two aspheric lens elements. With two aspheric lenses, the DiMAGE Z20 corrects various kinds of optical aberrations in the zoom range and renders beautiful, homogenous, distortion-free images from the center to the edges.
5.0-Megapixel CCD for Beautiful Prints
The 5.0-megapixel, 1/2.5 inch CCD produces plenty of detail for creating high-quality enlargements—as big as 6x8 inches at 300-dpi print resolution. In addition, the CCD's primary color filter offers high color fidelity.
Superbly Detailed Images with CxProcess™ III
The DiMAGE Z20 incorporates CxProcess™ III, the latest evolution of Konica Minolta’s proprietary image processing technology. This means even higher resolution and the ability to capture the subtlest details of texture, resulting in photos that look as natural as the subject itself.
Fastest Startup in Its Class*1
The DiMAGE Z20 boasts an amazingly fast and smooth startup. Just switch the camera on and it’s ready to start taking great pictures in just approximately 0.5 second*1 .
Rapid Autofocus (AF) with Predictive Focus Control
Thanks to a hybrid rapid AF combining a passive AF sensor with the video AF system, focusing takes approximately 0.3 second*3. The DiMAGE Z20 includes Predictive Focus Control, which allows users to capture sharper images of moving subjects—like a child running in the backyard.
Up to Approximately 450 Frames on Four AA Alkaline Batteries
The DiMAGE Z20’s power-saving design allows users to take up to approximately 450 pictures before the four AA alkaline batteries run out. This is more images than any other digital camera in its class*2.
Get as Close as 0.4 inches with Macro Mode
Using the camera’s Macro mode, users can shoot amazing close-ups by bringing the lens as close as 0.4 inches from their subject.
PASM Exposure Control and Metering Modes
The DiMAGE Z20 offers incredible control over exposure. There are four modes: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. The DiMAGE Z20 has three metering modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, and Spot. Multi-segment metering uses 256 segments to determine exposure.
Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection
Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically chooses the best recording mode for images. Users can also manually select from Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset and Night portrait modes.
The DiMAGE Z20’s Switch Finder function allows users to view the LCD monitor images through the viewfinder (Viewfinder display) or on the LCD monitor itself (Monitor display). There is no color, contrast, or resolution difference between the images on the viewfinder and the LCD monitor because both are the same image. The viewfinder was designed with a large apparent angle of view so the image is large and clear.
The DiMAGE Z20 allows users to take high-speed consecutive shots at approximately 1 frame per second. Hold down the shutter release and the DiMAGE Z20 captures consecutive images onto the buffer memory (SDRAM). Release the shutter and the last six shots are recorded onto the memory card. This function is handy for shooting sports events or for recording and improving form in personal sports training situations.
For added flexibility and convenience, the flash button can be customized to handle different settings. This means that instead of going through the menus on the LCD, users can use the flash button to change settings like the drive mode, white balance, focus mode, color mode, or sensitivity.
Forget all about complicated connections with a PC. Get fast, fun printouts directly from the camera by connecting the DiMAGE Z20 to a PictBridge*4-compliant printer. Users can check which images they want to print on the DiMAGE Z20’s LCD monitor and then print out their favorites in no time at all.
VGA Movie Recording
The DiMAGE Z20 can record movies without sound. It records 15-frames per second VGA-size (640x480) movies, which are much easier to view during playback than conventional QVGA-size (320x240) movies. It also records 320x240 movies at either 30 frames per second or 15 frames per second. The XR (Extended Recording) Movie mode lets users record longer movie clips onto the SD memory card until the memory card is full. Night Movie uses high camera sensitivity to record under extreme low-light conditions. And Movie Frame Capture lets users select their favorite scenes from a movie and save them as still images.
Compact and Easy to Operate
The DiMAGE Z20’s design is advanced yet familiar and easy-to-use. Despite its large 8x zoom range, it weighs just approximately 10.6 ounces. It’s also easy to tote and operate even for camera novices. The ergonomic form makes it easy to keep on holding even for those steady zoom shots.
Approximately 14.5MB of Internal Storage
The DiMAGE Z20 has approximately 14.5MB of internal storage. So if a user happens to fill up their memory card, they can still capture and play back images.
Optional Wide Converter(ZCW-200 Wide-angle Converter)
The optional Wide-angle Converter Kit allows users to fit more of the scene into each shot. The lens has a 26mm wide angle that is ideal for capturing indoor or outdoor architecture and panoramic landscape shots.
*1 Approximately 0.5 second, from when main switch is turned on until LCD monitor comes on. As of November 20, 2004, for 5.0-megapixel-class digital cameras with built-in lens system and 8x or greater zoom. 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.kmpi.konicaminolta.us.
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.kmpi.konicaminolta.us.
DiMAGE Z20 Specifications
|Number of effective pixels||Approx. 5.0 million|
|CCD||1/2.5-type interline primary-color CCD with a total of approx.|
5.2 million pixels
|Camera sensitivity||AUTO and 50 /100 /200 /320 ISO equivalents|
|Lens||6 - 48 mm (35mm equivalent: 36 - 290mm), |
f/ 3.2 - f/ 3.4, 11 elements in 9 groups
|Recording media||SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card / MultiMediaCard|
|Storage||Approx. 14.5MB (Internal storage)|
|File format||JPEG, Motion JPEG (MOV) with Audio, DCF2.0 compliant, DPOF (ver. 1.1), Exif 2.2|
|Number of recorded pixels||2560x1920, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 640x480|
|Image file size||Economy: 660 KB, Standard: 1260 KB, Fine: 2460 KB,|
(approx. at 2560 x 1920)
(Approx. No. of frames using 14.5 MB internal storage at 2560 x 1920)
|Autofocus system||A combination of a passive AF sensor with the video AF system|
|Autofocus area||3-Point Wide Focus Area|
Focus area is selectable from Wide focus area and Spot focus areas with Focus Area Selection
|Focus modes||Autofocus: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF (with predictive focus control), Full-time AF.|
Manual focus is selectable.
(from front of the lens)
|Wide / Tele: 0.5 m (1.6 feet) / 1.5 m (4.9 feet) to infinity|
Macro: Wide: 0.01 m (0.03 feet) - 1.0 m (3.3 feet)
Tele: 0.6 m (2.0 feet) - 2.0 m (6.6 feet)
|White-balance control||Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash), Custom|
|Metering||Multi-segment (256 segments), Spot, Center-weighted|
|Shutter speed||4 seconds – 1/ 2000 seconds|
|Exposure mode||Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual|
|Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset, Standard|
|Exposure compensation||± 2 Ev with 1/3 Ev step|
|Exposure bracketing||0.5 / 0.3 Ev increments; No. of bracket: 3 frames|
|Flash mode||With AUTO, Programmed AE and Digital Subject Program selection:|
Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Slow-shutter sync,
Flash cancel With Aperture priority, Manual exposure, or Shutter priority:
Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Slow-shutter sync., Flash cancel
|Flash GN||(ISO 100 equivalent) 12 (m) / 39.3 (ft.)|
|Diopter control||-3 - +1m-1|
|LCD monitor||3.8 cm (1.5-type) low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD with anti-reflection coating|
Total pixels: 113,000 (approx.) Field of view: 100% (approx.)
|Self-timer||Approx. 10 seconds / 2 seconds delay|
|Color mode||Vivid Color, Natural Color, Monochrome, Sepia|
|Movie recording||No. of recorded pixels: 640x480, 320x240|
Frame rate: 30 fps* / 15 fps
*not available at 640 x 480
|Sharpness / Contrast control||Adjustable in 3 levels|
|Printing output control||Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching III, PictBridge|
|Interface||USB: Full-Speed 12Mbps data transfer with a USB2.0 compatible computer|
Video output NTSC / PAL (selected on the camera)
|Battery||Camera body: 4 AA batteries (alkaline batteries, rechargeable Ni-MH batteries)|
|External power source||6V DC (with specified AC adapter)|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||Approx. 109 x 82 x 94 mm / 4.3 x 3.2 x 3.7 inches|
|Weight||Approx. 300 g / 10.6 ounces (without batteries and recording media)|
|Standard Accessories||Battery (four AA alkaline batteries), Neck Strap (NS-DG800), Video Cable (VC-400), USB Cable (USB-3), Lens Cap (LF-243B), DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM|