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Press Release - May 9, 2005




KONICA MINOLTA INTRODUCES THE NEW 5 MEGAPIXEL DiMAGE X60 DIGITAL CAMERA


Slim, stylish and speedy digital camera features a large 2.5-inch LCD monitor, non-protruding 3x optical zoom lens, and 15MB internal memory

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60

Mahwah, NJ (May 9, 2005) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces the latest incarnation of its popular X-series digital cameras – the new DiMAGE X60. This slim, stylish and fast 5 megapixel digital camera features a large 2.5-inch LCD monitor, fastest-in-class*1 startup time, 3x optical and 4x digital zoom capability, automatic Macro and Super Macro capability, Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection, and 15MB internal memory.

"The stylish and very easy-to-use new DiMAGE X60 digital camera has been designed so today’s snap shooters won’t miss a single photographic opportunity," said Todd Schrader, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. "This camera is so lightweight and slim, it can be easily carried every day in a shirt pocket or a purse."

With its non-protruding zoom lens, the compact Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 is ready in an instant—thanks to the approximately 0.5-second startup time—to take those spur-of-the- moment shots and ensure that users never miss a desired photo. And the camera’s sliding cover protects the lens, so there’s no need to worry about putting the camera inside a pocket or purse. The camera’s Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically selects the optimum-shooting mode for the subject at hand, allowing photographers to take beautiful photos that match the needs of the particular photographic scene.

The DiMAGE X60’s 5-megapixel CCD and proprietary Konica Minolta CxProcess™ III image processing technology combine to provide photographers with high quality images— pictures that reproduce the natural colors as faithfully as they see them with their own eyes. The camera’s zoom lens range covers everything from wide-angle shots to close-ups that are clearly focused as near as 4 inches from the subject, without the need to switch to macro mode. If a photographer needs to get even closer, the DiMAGE X60 also features a Super Macro mode to take extreme close-ups as near as 2 inches.

More Features:

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60

Large 2.5-inch LCD

The DiMAGE X60 boasts a larger high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD monitor than its predecessor, the DiMAGE X50, allowing for excellent viewing of picture compositions during shooting, utilizing the camera’s menu options, or playing back already recorded images. Plus, with just one touch of the independent playback button, users can see recorded images instantly and more clearly than ever. The large anti-reflective LCD provides excellent clarity for on-the-spot playback, or for sharing images with others, even under bright lights or the sunny outdoors.

Fastest-in-class 0.5-Second Startup

The DiMAGE X60 offers an amazingly fast and smooth startup. Just slide the lens cover fully open, and it’s ready to go in approximately 0.5 seconds. What’s more, coupled with its approximate 0.08 shutter-release time lag, photographers won’t miss a fleeting photo opportunity. *1 As of April 2005 for 3x optical zoom cameras.

5.0 megapixels / CxProcess™III

The camera’s 5.0 megapixels create detailed, high-resolution images, while Konica Minolta’s exclusive CxProcess™ III imaging technology produces natural colors as faithfully as photographers see them with their own eyes. In addition, photos turn out beautifully when printed on ordinary home printers. And, Konica Minolta’s unique noise- reduction enables truly unforgettable shots, even when using a slow shutter speed (up to 4 seconds) and in darkened conditions.

15MB Internal Memory

As the first-of-its-kind in the DiMAGE X series, the DiMAGE X60 is equipped with 15MB of internal memory, so users can shoot photos without an SD Memory Card or MultiMediaCard, or continue shooting even after your memory card is full. This internal memory system also lets users keep and carry their favorite images with them anytime, anywhere.

Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection

Without the hassle of changing modes, this convenient function automatically selects the best recording mode. You can also manually choose an ideal subject program from Super Macro Mode, Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset, Night portrait* and Text mode*. *Activates via manual selection only

5-Point AF / Multi-Segment Exposure Metering

Konica Minolta’s wide and precise 5-Point autofocus (AF) enables flexible framing, which catches the action and composes the shot. Also, manual selection of Spot focus mode gives users more accuracy with the ability to focus on a specific point within the frame.

In addition, the camera’s Multi-segment (256) metering system automatically measures light over the entire image area and selects the best exposure for the subject. And Spot Metering measures light in the center of the frame, allowing users to measure the brightness of a particular spot on their subject.

Image Pasting

And it's easy to personalize pictures with the DiMAGE X60’s Image Pasting feature. On any chosen photo, users can just overlay parts of an image in one of the nine frames.

Direct Camera-to-Printer Prints

Connect the DiMAGE X60 directly to any PictBridge* compatible printer using a USB cable for easy, on-the-spot digital printing without using a PC. Users simply check which images they want on the DiMAGE X60’s LCD monitor and they’ve got fast and fun printouts instantly.

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

Applications for more imaging enjoyment

The Digital Camera Software CD-ROM supplied with the DiMAGE X60 includes the following imaging applications.

  • Kodak EasyShare software
  • Konica Minolta DiMAGE Master Lite
  • QuickTime Version 6 (Windows only)

Optional Marine Case

Perfect for active lifestyles, there is also an optional Marine Case available for use with the DiMAGE X60. This case is waterproof up to approximately 131 feet, as well as dustproof.

The DiMAGE X60 will ship at the end of May. Street price is .99.




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 X60 Specifications

Number of effective pixels

Approximately 5.0 million

CCD

1/2.5-type interline primary-color CCD 
Total pixels: 5.4 million 

Camera sensitivity

Automatic (between ISO 50 - 160 equivalent),
ISO50, 100, 200, 400

Focal length

6.3 - 18.9 mm (35mm format equivalent: 38 - 114 mm),

Lens construction

11 elements in 9 groups

Maximum aperture

f/3.3 – 4.0

Minimum focus distance

Wide-angle: 4 inches (0.1m) to infinity,
Telephoto: 20 inches (0.5m) to infinity (from front of camera)
Super Macro: 2 inches (0.05m) (Focal length fixed at: 12mm) 

Maximum magnification

0.21x (equivalent to 1.3x in 35mm format)

Area covered at maximum magnification

1.1 x 0.9 inches (27.3mm x 20.3mm) 

Monitor LCD

2.5-inch (6.4cm) digital-interface micro-reflection TFT color monitor 
Total pixels: Approximately 115,000 

Shutter                           

CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter

Shutter speed range

4 - 1/1000 seconds

Autofocus system

Video AF

Autofocus areas

Wide (five-point AF) or Spot selectable

Metering

Multi-segment (256 segments) / Spot selectable

Exposure control

Programmed AE

Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection

Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, or Sunset is automatically selected (Manual selection is also possible) 
Night portrait/Night view, Super Macro, Text is set manually only.

Exposure compensation

±2EV in 1/3 increments

Flash range

Wide-angle: Approximately 0.7 – 7.9 ft. (0.2 – 2.4m) 
Telephoto: Approximately 1.6 – 6.6 ft. (0.5 – 2.0m) 
(from front of camera, camera sensitivity: AUTO)

Flash modes

Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Flash cancel

Continuous advance

Approximately 1.6 frames per second* up to 4 frames 
* Actual speed may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings.

Self-timer

Approximately 10 seconds

Multi frame

To capture 9 sequential images in a 3x3 grid in a single frame

Image pasting

Embeds an image within another image.

Movie recording

Recording time dependent on memory card capacity.
Frame rate: 15 frames per second, 30 frames per second
Night Movie, Movie frame capture, Movie clip capture

Audio

Audio recording: 180 minutes (maximum)*
*128MB MB memory card is required.
Audio caption: 15 seconds (maximum) 
Voice memo: 15 seconds (maximum)
Monaural audio only

White-balance control

Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent)

Color modes

Color, Black and White, and Sepia

Noise reduction

Automatic 

Digital zoom

Maximum 4x. Digital zoom can be disabled. 

E-mail Copy function

Creates a compressed 640 x 480 JPEG image for data transfer

Crop frame

Trims parts of captured still pictures and save the
image as a separate file.

Date imprinting

Year/month/day (Format can be changed.)
Month/day/hour:minute (Format can be changed.)
Imprinting can be disabled.

Image quality modes

Economy, Standard, Fine

Number of recorded pixels (Still images)

2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480

Number of recorded pixels (Movie clips)

320 x 240

Storage capacity

Approximate capacity with 15MB internal memory:

 

2560x
1920

2048x
1536

1600x
1200

640x
480

Fine*

6 frames

9 frames

14 frames

71 frames

Standard*

11 frames

17 frames

28 frames

103 frames

Economy*

22 frames

33 frames

48 frames

155 frames

Movie
(320x240)

15 frames per second: 41 seconds
30 frames per second: 21 seconds

Audio recording

31 minutes 43 seconds  

*Still images recorded without voice memo or audio caption
**Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and memory card.

File formats

JPEG, Motion JPEG (MOV), WAVE
DCF 2.0-compliant
DPOF-compliant (Supported by printing functions in version 1.1)  
Exif 2.2

Folder name formats

Standard, Date

Printing output control

Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II, PictBridge

Menu languages

English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Russian, Chinese (Simplified and Complicated), Japanese, and Korean 

Recording media

Secure Digital (SD) Memory Cards, MultiMediaCards, 15MB internal storage 

Computer interface

USB: Full-speed 12 Mbps data transfer with a USB 2.0 compatible computer. 

Remote camera

Live images without audio viewed with a computer

Battery

One NP-700 Lithium-ion Battery

Battery performance (Recording)

Approximate number of recorded images: 150 frames.
Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) measurements, when using standard battery (Lithium-ion battery) and a SD memory card 

External power source

4.7V DC with specified AC adapter (sold separately)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.3 x 2.2 x 0.9 inches (83.5 x 56 x 22 mm)

Weight

Approximately 4.1 ounces (115g) (without battery and recording media)

Operating temperature

32-104°F  (0-40ºC) 

Standard accessories

Lithium-ion Battery NP-700, Battery Charger BC-800,
Hand Strap HSDG130, USB, Cable USB-3,
Digital Camera Software CD-ROM, AV Cable AVC-500

Optional accessories

AC Adapter set AC-4 or AC-5, Metal Chain Neck Strap
NS-DG100, Marine Case MC-DG500
*Availability varies with region.





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