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Press Release - February 12, 2004




Konica Minolta Announces Development of New Maxxum 7/Dynax 7 Digital SLR


Konica Minolta Interchangeable-Lens Digital SLR Camera

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7 / Dynax 7

Langenhagen, February, 2004 - Konica Minolta is very proud to announce the development of the interchangeable-lens digital single lens reflex cameras Dynax 7 Digital/Maxxum 7 Digital*. Both models are slated to go on sale in autumn of 2004.

The Dynax 7 Digital/Maxxum 7 Digital will accept the Minolta A mount, compatible with the full range of Minolta AF lenses, as well as Dynax/Maxxum system accessories. Combining the best of established 35mm system photography with digital photography affords photographers the ability to more fully express themselves than ever before.

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7 / Dynax 7

The Dynax 7 Digital/Maxxum 7 Digital is also equipped with the same technically sophisticated and highly effective CCD Shift-type Anti-Shake function, which has earned an excellent reputation in the DiMAGE A1 (SLR- type digital camera with built-in lens). As the Anti-Shake function is built into the camera body and not the lens, it is effective for the entire range of Minolta AF lenses. Thanks to the intuitive control layout being carried over from the three-time international award winning** and popular 35mm film AF SLR camera Dynax 7/Maxxum 7, the Dynax 7 Digital/Maxxum 7 Digital is both a user-friendly and compatible design for 35mm film SLR camera users, enabling a smooth shift over to digital. Utilizing an APS-C sized 6 mega pixel CCD and advanced image processing technology, the resulting exquisite detail from highlights to shadows will satisfy even the most demanding photographers.

Konica Minolta is committed to develop additional digital SLR camera bodies, more interchangeable lenses, and other accessories to grow with both users' needs and the progress of technology.

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7 / Dynax 7




Note from Steve: Last night in a private meeting at the PMA 2004 Convention Konica Minolta showed us their upcoming Maxxum 7 Digital SLR camera which is due in "Fall 2004." This interchangeable lens dSLR features a 6-megapixel APS size sensor with an integrated anti-shake system that works with all lenses. Many details are still "in development" at this time but we do know that it will have a 9-point AF system with selectable AF modes, a 14-segment honeycomb-pattern metering system, a 2-inch color LCD, exposure mode and drive mode dials, front and rear command dials, eye-start sensor, and is compatible with lenses made for the Maxxum series of Minolta 35mm film cameras.


Konica Minolta Maxxum 7 / Dynax 7


*The Maxxum 7 Digital is for the North American market, and the Dynax 7 Digital is for Europe and other all regions outside North America and Japan.

About Konica Minolta Photo Imaging

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging Europe GmbH is a leading provider of consumer and commercial photographic materials, photographic equipment such as analog and digital cameras, and measuring instruments including 3D-scanning. With operative bases within Europe the company covers the three business areas of photo imaging, cameras and industrial instruments. Konica Minolta Photo Imaging Europe is a subsidiary of Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Building on its strong core of optical technologies developed over 130 years, Konica Minolta Photo Imaging aims to be a corporation offering products and services that are essential to all areas of digital imaging.

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