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Press Release - July 7, 2004




Konica Minolta Introduces The Dimage X50 Digital Camera


New compact and stylish 5.0 megapixel camera features a large 2.0-inch LCD screen, enhanced speed and other design improvements

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50

Mahwah, NJ (July 7, 2004) – Konica Minolta introduces the new DiMAGE X50 5-megapixel digital camera that takes the DiMAGE X series’ concept of "thin, fast and stylish" and adds increased speed. Compact and lightweight enough to take anywhere and stylish enough to show everyone, the DiMAGE X50 adds the fastest-in-class* startup time, 2.8x non-protruding optical zoom, 5-megapixel CCD, and large 2-inch LCD, to a high quality digital camera in a sleek, compact package.

"The idea behind the design of the new DiMAGE X50 digital camera is to make it fast, easy and fun for anyone to take beautiful, high-quality pictures anywhere, anytime," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Konica Minolta’s Camera Division. "The camera’s 5 megapixel resolution ensures that even amateur photographers can share their casual snapshots as great enlargements."

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50

With its non-protruding zooms lens, the compact Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 fits neatly in a shirt pocket and 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 photo opportunity. 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 X50’s 5-megapixel CCD and proprietary Konica Minolta CxProcess™ II 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 X50 also features a Super Macro mode to take extreme close-ups as near as 2.4 inches.

While still as thin and light as previous X-series Konica Minolta cameras, the new DiMAGE X50 incorporates a larger 2-inch LCD screen with easy-to-view menus for greater ease of operation. And the camera’s new sliding cover protects the lens, so there’s no need to worry about putting the camera inside a pocket or purse.

* As of April 2004, for 3x optical zoom digital cameras.



Backgrounder

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc.’s DiMAGE X50 5.0 megapixel digital camera offers an array of high-end features and functions, to give photographers all they really need in a fast and easy-to-use digital camera.

Product Highlights

  • Thin, stylish camera body—the camera is less than an inch thick, even with its non-protruding 2.8x optical zoom, which can be combined with 4.3x digital zoom for up to 12x zoom.

  • Even faster operation with an approximate 0.5-second startup time, the fastest in its class*. (* As of April 2004, for 3x optical zoom digital cameras.)

  • Easy operation and easy menu navigation with a large 2-inch LCD monitor.

  • Konica Minolta’s proprietary CxProcess™ II high-quality image processing technology and the camera’s 5-megapixel CCD combine to provide superb images.

  • Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically chooses the best shooting mode for your images.

  • Shots in focus as near as 4 inches from the subject at all focal lengths without the need to change modes. Plus, a Super Macro mode for stunning close-ups as close as 2.4 inches from the subject.

  • Photos can be output directly to PictBridge-compliant printers.

  • Optional Marine Case for creative underwater photography.

2.8x Optical Zoom in a Super-Slim Body

Featuring Konica Minolta’s proprietary non-protruding zoom lens, the DiMAGE X50 keeps its cool outward appearance even when the zoom is activated. The revolutionary design using internal folded optics technology means that the camera stays slim even while the user is taking zoom shots. The slim 0.93-inch-thick body (0.79 inches excluding the LCD monitor) houses a 2.8x optical zoom and weighs just 4.4 ounces. And, the convenient sliding cover adds a practical feature to this camera’s stylish design, safeguarding the lens while the DiMAGE X50 is placed inside a pocket or purse.

World’s Fastest* Startup Time

The DiMAGE X50 boasts an amazingly fast and fluid startup – switch the camera on and the camera is ready to start taking great pictures in about 0.5 second. This and the approximately 0.06-second shutter-release time lag time ensures that photographers will never miss capturing those unexpected photographic moments. (* As of April 2004, for 3x optical zoom cameras.)

UHS (Ultra High-Speed) Continuous Advance

UHS Continuous Advance captures 1280 x 960 images at 11 frames per second regardless of the image quality setting, making it ideal for capturing subjects in motion.

Easy and Convenient Operation

The DiMAGE X50 incorporates a large 2-inch LCD monitor for easy and convenient operation. With no complicated settings to be made and enough controls to make operation intuitive, the DiMAGE X50 is easy and fun to use.

The camera’s Key Customization allows users to register settings for their most-frequently-used functions. A users just designates the settings most often used to the left or right side of the controller to make operation even more simple and user-friendly. The DiMAGE X50 also has an independent playback button that displays images instantly.

Extraordinary Image Quality

The DiMAGE X50’s 5-megapixel CCD and newly developed optical system combine to deliver sharp, high-resolution images for photo-quality prints as large as 5" x 6.5" at 300dpi, as well as enlargements up to 13.5" x 10" at 150dpi.

The CxProcess™ II image processing technology enables image characteristics like smooth gradations, natural skin tones, and brilliantly clear colors for photos that are more natural and lifelike. And the DiMAGE X50’s 5 megapixels capture fine lines and intricate details for stunning digital images.

The Best Shooting Modes—Automatically Selected

Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode. Or, users can choose from Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view modes* and text* mode. Either way, this advanced function enables them to take fabulous photos with ease. (*Activated via manual selection only.)

5-Point Multi Autofocus (AF)

The wide 5-Point Multi AF enables flexible focusing that allows users to compose their pictures with more freedom and accuracy.

Multi-Segment Metering/Spot Metering

Multi-Segment metering automatically measures light readings over the entire frame to provide the best exposure for each subject. And Spot metering measures light in the center of the frame, which enables users to measure the brightness of a particular spot on the subject.

Noise Reduction

Noise Reduction automatically prevents the blemishes and graininess associated with slow-shutter shots (up to 4 seconds). This gives exceptional night scene images.

Take Extreme Close-ups

The DiMAGE X50 requires no macro mode to take close-ups that are clearly focused as near as 4 inches from the subject. This means users can fill the frame with the incredible detail of small and beautiful subjects such as colorful flowers. And since users don’t have to take the time to change the camera’s shooting mode, they can take these close-ups right away. The DiMAGE X50 also features a Super Macro mode to take close-ups as close as 2.4 inches.

Direct Camera-to-Printer Printouts

Forget all about complicated connections with a PC. Get fast, beautiful prints directly from the camera by connecting the DiMAGE X50 to a PictBridge*-compliant printer. Simply select which images to print from the DiMAGE X50’s LCD monitor for fast and fun printouts instantly.

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

Versatile Functions

  • XR Movie - The XR (Extended Recording) Movie mode lets users record longer movie clips onto the SD memory card at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The camera will keep on recording until the memory card is full. Movie Editing lets users isolate and capture clips from captured movie data, while Movie Frame Capture lets them isolate and capture individual frames from captured movie data.

  • Audio Recording - Audio Recording allows users to record any sound for up to 180 minutes. Voice Memo lets them record sound immediately after they’ve taken a shot and Audio Caption enables users to record sound simultaneously during playback. (Both Voice Memo and Audio Caption record up to 15 seconds of sound.)

  • Slide Show/Image Rotation - The DiMAGE X50 gives users exciting viewing capabilities. Slide Show Playback, which lets users experience still images or movies with captivating dissolve effects, can be viewed either on the DiMAGE X50’s LCD screen or on a TV screen. With Image Rotation, users can change settings to rotate their vertical images from their horizontal position for easier viewing.

  • Multi-Frame Function - Transform 9 consecutive images into one extraordinary print with the Multi-Frame function. Press the shutter release once to shoot a sequence of 9 shots. The images are shown as thumbnails in a single frame.

  • Crop Frame - With Crop Frame, trim unwanted parts of captured still pictures and save the image as a separate file, while keeping the original image intact in its file

  • Image Pasting - The DiMAGE X50 lets users create custom photos and cards by selecting part of a saved image and overlaying it in their choice of nine picture frames on any chosen photo.

  • Color Mode - Color mode adds either black & white or sepia colors to photographs.




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.ph.konicaminolta.us.




X50 Specifications

No. of effective pixelsApprox. 5.0 million
CCD1/2.5-type interline primary-color CCD with a total of approx.
5.4 million pixels
Lens6.1 - 17.1 mm (35 mm format equivalent: 37 - 105 mm),
f/ 2.8 - f/ 5.0; 11 elements in 9 groups
Start-up timeApprox. 0.5 seconds
Digital zoom4.3X (Max.) in 0.1X increments (12X zoom range with optical zoom)
Viewfinder typeOptical real-image zoom viewfinder
Recording mediaSD Memory Cards / MultiMediaCards
File formatJPEG, Motion JPEG (MOV), DCF1.0, DPOF, Exif2.2
No. of recorded pixels2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480 /
1280 x 980 (UHS continuous advance), Movie: 320 x 240
Storage capacity*
(using 16 MB card)
(2560 x 1920) Economy: 21, Standard: 11, Fine: 5,
(Movie) 15fps: 40 seconds, 30fps: 21 seconds
* Numbers above are approx., and may vary depending upon the subject and the media used.
Autofocus systemVideo AF, Focus lock available
Autofocus areaSpot or wide (5-point AF)
Focusing range0.1 m (3.9 inches) to infinity, Super macro mode: 0.06 m
(2.4 inches) to infinity (from the front of the camera)
Exposure controlProgrammed AE, AE lock available
Exposure compensation±2Ev in 1/3 increments
MeteringMulti-segment (256 segments) / Spot
Camera sensitivityAuto (between ISO 50-160 equivalency), ISO 50, 100, 200, 400 equivalency
Shutter speeds4 - 1/1000 seconds
Drive modeSingle-frame advance, Continuous advance,
UHS Continuous advance, Self-timer, Multi-frame
Continuous advanceApprox. 1.9 frames per second
UHS Continuous advanceApprox. 11 frames per second with 1280 x 960 image size
Self-timerApprox. 10 second delay
Movie recordingFrame rate: 15fps, 30fps / Recording time: Until the memory card is full / With Monaural audio
White-balance controlAutomatic, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent)
Flash modeAutoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Flash cancel
LCD monitor2.0 inches (52 mm) digital interface TFT color monitor with anti-reflection coating
Printing output controlExif Print, PRINT Image Matching II
PC interfaceUSB*: Full-speed 12 Mbps data transfer with a USB 2.0 compatible computer.
AV outputNTSC/PAL (selectable on the camera)
BatteryOne NP-700 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery performanceContinuous playback time: approx. 170 minutes, based on Konica Minolta's Standard test method with NP-700 Lithium-ion Battery, Number of recordings: Approx. 150 frames, based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standard with an NP-700 Lithium-ion Battery and an SD Memory Card (16 MB)
External power source4.7V DC (with specified AC)
Automatic Digital Subject Program SelectionPortrait, Sports Action, Landscape or Sunset is automatically selected. Night portrait, Text, and Super Macro (manual selection only)
Color modeColor, B/W, and Sepia
Additional functionsMovie editing, Multi frame, Slide Show playback, Image Rotation, Image pasting, Crop Frame, PictBridge direct printing, E-mail copy, Date imprinting, Remote camera
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
83.5 x 62 x 23.5 mm / 3.3 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
WeightApprox. 125g / 4.4 ounces (without battery and recording media)
Standard accessoriesLithium-ion Battery (NP-700), Battery Charger (BC-800), Hand Strap (HG-DG130), USB Cable (USB-3), AC Cord, AV Cable (AVC-500), SD Memory Card (16 MB), DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM
Optional accessoriesMarine Case (MC-DG400), Metal Chain Neck Strap (NS-DG100), AC Adapter / AC Adapter set




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