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Press Release - January 21, 2005




Konica Minolta Introduces The Speedy New DiMAGE Z20 Digital Camera


Featuring Fastest-in-Class*1 Startup, 8x Optical "Mega Zoom" lens, 5.0-Megapixel CCD, and Energy Efficient Design*2

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20

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.


Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20



DiMAGE Z20 Backgrounder

Product Highlights

  • 8x optical Mega Zoom and 4x digital zoom combine for 32x total zoom

  • Rapid AF with Predictive Focus Control

  • Fastest startup in its class*1—the DiMAGE Z20 is ready to shoot in approximately 0.5 second *1

  • High performance lens and 5.0-megapixel CCD with CxProcess™ III high-quality image processing technology

  • Four AA alkaline batteries power the DiMAGE Z20 for an amazing 450 frames, the most in its class*2

  • Macro mode for close-ups as near as 1 cm from the subject

  • Approximately 14.5MB of internal storage allows recording and playback without removable storage media

  • 26mm wide-angle shooting (35mm equivalent) with the optional Wide-angle Converter ZCW-200

Features

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.

Switch Finder

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.

Progressive Capture

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.

Key Customize

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.

PictBridge*4-Compliant

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.
*2 As of November 20, 2004, for 5.0-megapixel-class digital cameras with built-in flash running on AA alkaline batteries. Up to approximately 450 frames with the four included AA alkaline batteries and SD memory card. Based on Konica Minolta’s standard test method and compliant with the CIPA standard.
*3 Approximately 0.3 second, based on Konica Minolta’s Standard test method.
*4 PictBridge is an industry standard established by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

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 pixelsApprox. 5.0 million
CCD1/2.5-type interline primary-color CCD with a total of approx.
5.2 million pixels
Camera sensitivityAUTO and 50 /100 /200 /320 ISO equivalents
Lens6 - 48 mm (35mm equivalent: 36 - 290mm),
f/ 3.2 - f/ 3.4, 11 elements in 9 groups
Recording mediaSD (Secure Digital) Memory Card / MultiMediaCard
StorageApprox. 14.5MB (Internal storage)
File formatJPEG, Motion JPEG (MOV) with Audio, DCF2.0 compliant, DPOF (ver. 1.1), Exif 2.2
Number of recorded pixels2560x1920, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 640x480
Image file sizeEconomy: 660 KB, Standard: 1260 KB, Fine: 2460 KB,
(approx. at 2560 x 1920)
Movie(15fps, 320x240):340KB/s(approx.)
Storage capacity
(Approx. No. of frames using 14.5 MB internal storage at 2560 x 1920)
FineStandardEconomyMovie recording
(15 fps, 320 x 240)
61122approx. 43 seconds
* The actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and media used.
Autofocus systemA combination of a passive AF sensor with the video AF system
Autofocus area3-Point Wide Focus Area
Focus area is selectable from Wide focus area and Spot focus areas with Focus Area Selection
Focus modesAutofocus: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF (with predictive focus control), Full-time AF.
Manual focus is selectable.
Focusing range
(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 controlAutomatic, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash), Custom
MeteringMulti-segment (256 segments), Spot, Center-weighted
Shutter speed4 seconds – 1/ 2000 seconds
Exposure modeProgrammed AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual
Digital Subject
Program Selection
Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset, Standard
Exposure compensation± 2 Ev with 1/3 Ev step
Exposure bracketing0.5 / 0.3 Ev increments; No. of bracket: 3 frames
Flash modeWith 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.)
FinderElectronic viewfinder
Diopter control-3 - +1m-1
LCD monitor3.8 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-timerApprox. 10 seconds / 2 seconds delay
Color modeVivid Color, Natural Color, Monochrome, Sepia
Movie recordingNo. of recorded pixels: 640x480, 320x240
Frame rate: 30 fps* / 15 fps
*not available at 640 x 480
Sharpness / Contrast controlAdjustable in 3 levels
Noise reductionAutomatic
Printing output controlExif Print, PRINT Image Matching III, PictBridge
InterfaceUSB: Full-Speed 12Mbps data transfer with a USB2.0 compatible computer
Video output NTSC / PAL (selected on the camera)
BatteryCamera body: 4 AA batteries (alkaline batteries, rechargeable Ni-MH batteries)
External power source6V DC (with specified AC adapter)
Dimensions (WxHxD)Approx. 109 x 82 x 94 mm / 4.3 x 3.2 x 3.7 inches
WeightApprox. 300 g / 10.6 ounces (without batteries and recording media)
Standard AccessoriesBattery (four AA alkaline batteries), Neck Strap (NS-DG800), Video Cable (VC-400), USB Cable (USB-3), Lens Cap (LF-243B), DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM




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