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Press Release - July 15, 2005
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KONICA MINOLTA INTRODUCES MAXXUM 5D
Mahwah, NJ (July 15, 2005) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces the latest edition to the Maxxum line of digital Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) cameras – the Maxxum 5D. This high-performance interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera inherits the revolutionary technology of the award winning Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D – the world’s first*1 digital SLR with built-in Anti-Shake technology and CCD Shift mechanism that is compatible with all Maxxum autofocus (AF) lenses*2 including Konica Minolta’s soon to be introduced Digital Technology "DT" lenses.
"The new Maxxum 5D combines Konica Minolta’s advanced technologies and greater ease of use into an even smaller and more lightweight design," said Paul Zakrzewski, Director of Product Management for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. "While the camera’s high-performance functions will satisfy the demanding and creative techniques of photography enthusiasts, the core of this new camera is its ease of use and familiar lever and knob operation with a basic level of control that makes it ideal even for casual digital photographers looking for their first step up to digital SLR photography."
The Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D ensures photo-imaging excellence using Konica Minolta’s proprietary Anti-Shake Technology, which employs an exclusive CCD-Shift mechanism to compensate for blurring caused by camera shake – even when taking photos in dimly lit scenes, in natural light with a telephoto lens, or in macro shots where extra stability is vital for a sharp shot. This innovative Anti-Shake Technology not only provides the equivalent correction effect with a shutter speed 2 to 3 stops slower*3, but also compatibility with any Maxxum system AF lenses*2.
The new Maxxum 5D provides exceptional quality images with a large, 6.1-megapixel (effective) CCD sensor, an Advanced LSI engine for high-speed image processing, as well as Konica Minolta’s CxProcess™ III image processing technology, an original technology highly acclaimed for rendering fine image detail and stunning color rendition.
Offering a better view for better pictures, the camera also boasts a large 2.5-inch color LCD viewing screen that provides simple navigation through easy-to-use on-screen menus and set-up options. The LCD makes camera control even easier, displaying detailed camera settings as well as captured images.
And for even greater convenience and ease of use, the Maxxum 5D includes a Digital Subject Program Selector which automatically designates an optimum exposure and image- processing program for five commonly used photo scenes. The Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D also offers a comprehensive range of easy-to-use functions that allow precision adjustments of all camera settings whatever the shooting situation.
Boasting more than high performance, this new digital SLR camera also features a comfortably-contoured, compact design with a high-quality, stylish, and lightweight construction. Rubberized grips make it highly tactile and easy to handle and hold.
*1 As an interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera.
Built-in Anti-Shake Performance with All Maxxum System Lenses*1
The Maxxum 5D inherits the revolutionary technology of the Maxxum 7D – the world’s first*2 digital SLR with built-in Anti-Shake Technology and CCD Shift mechanism that is compatible with all Maxxum system lenses*1 including Konica Minolta’s soon to be introduced line of Digital Technology "DT" lenses.
This award winning Anti-Shake Technology was selected as "European Photo Innovation of the Year 2004 – 2005" by EISA*3 and the Maxxum 7D, which also features this technology, was chosen to receive the "Camera Grand Prix 2005" award by the Camera Press Club. This technology provides the equivalent compensation effect with a shutter speed 2 - 3 stops slower*4.
Konica Minolta’s Anti-Shake Technology makes it possible to reduce blur caused by camera shake, even when taking photos in dimly lit or twilight scenes, in natural light with a telephoto lens, as well as macro shots – without relying on a higher ISO setting or the aid of a flash or tripod. Anti-Shake responds quickly to both broad, slow-swaying motion of the camera body and the higher frequency shaking typical of camera shake caused by the photographer’s hands.
The Anti-shake Technology can be switched on or off via a dedicated switch on the camera’s back, and an Anti-shake indicator is displayed on the viewfinder to keep the user informed when it’s active.
Large CCD and Advanced Image Processing Technology
Integrating Konica Minolta’s advanced technologies for photo-imaging excellence, the Maxxum 5D boasts an advanced LSI (image processing engine) and CxProcess™ III technology designed to provide stunning, natural-looking images.
As Konica Minolta’s original image processing technology, CxProcess™ III optimizes four essential elements:
Big, Bright 2.5-inch LCD with Navigation Display
Providing a better view for better photos, the Maxxum 5D incorporates a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor that also works as a Navigation Display for camera settings. For even greater convenience, the display automatically switches from horizontal to vertical format when shooting in upright "portrait" format and lets users adjust the size of the on-screen text.
Comprehensive image adjustment and control for creative
a) Digital Subject Program Selector
The Digital Subject Program Selector offers photographers five convenient options: portrait, sports, landscape, evening sunset view, and night view. Using the exposure mode dial, users simply select an appropriate option for their chosen scene, and the new Maxxum 5D automatically selects an appropriate exposure control, AF mode, and image- processing program. This function makes it quick and easy for anyone to take beautiful shots without the need for complicated settings.
b) Digital Effect Control
Adding a step of creative flexibility above the Digital Subject Program Selector, the Digital Effect Control lets users select an option among ten scene types, edit the parameters to their preferences, and then store the settings. Once a scene is selected, the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D automatically sets appropriate image processing and image quality parameters. The exposure can then be manually selected so photographers can customize the contrast and sharpness saturation parameters within five steps from the default values to create the exact look they want.
c) Color temperature setting:
In addition to AWB (auto white balance), PWB (preset white balance), custom white balance and color temperature settings, the Maxxum 5D offers added creative freedom with CC (Color Compensation) filter effects and Color Temperature fine-tuning in 100K increments. And, the camera’s G9 (Green) to M9 (Magenta) range enables precise white balance adjustments for difficult lighting situations.
d) White-Balance Bracketing:
Offering a new level of convenience and efficiency, this function lets photographers take a shot in differing color temperature settings with two options for their desired color temperature range. Based on the range, the Maxxum 5D records three frames per shutter sequence so users can manually select their favorite frame after the shot.
e) Zone Matching:
An inherited feature of the acclaimed Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, high-key and low-key tone capture extend CCD dynamic range and adjust tone curves to ensure precise reproduction of gradations and suppress noise in low-lighting shots. For example, using high-key mode to take wedding photos under direct sunlight, the fine details of a bride’s white flowers, gown, and train can be reproduced accurately. In comparison, using low-key mode, the texture of a black dress in a dark room can be captured in detail without noise interference.
Easy and Intuitive Operation
a) High-performance, high-speed autofocus (AF)
The Maxxum 5D’s high-performance AF system offers exceptional accuracy with a central, cross hair type, 9-point and 8 line AF sensor array that enables high-precision Predictive Focus Control as well as high-speed Subject Tracking for accurately focusing on moving subjects – an indispensable asset in action and sports photography.
b) Smooth, Responsive Continuous Shooting
The Maxxum 5D lets users capture up to 10 frames at a speed of approximately 3 frames per second (in Fine JPEG mode). The camera’s high recording speed enables users to continue shooting smoothly afterwards.
c) User-friendly dials and controls
The Maxxum 5D offers a simple, user-friendly configuration of dials and controls that even beginner SLR camera users will quickly feel familiar with. Added functions provide users who are moving up from more basic models with intuitive control; for example, the exposure mode dial also operates the five options of the Digital Subject Program Selector, and an independent lever ensures quick and easy white balance control. Electronic menus display adjustable parameters to meet the demands of advanced photographers, and a menu call button simplifies menu navigation. Enhancing ease of use further still, operating procedures that use common keys have been standardized across functions/screens so that users can navigate intuitively without having to refer the instructions.
d) High-performance viewfinder
A bright, clear optical viewfinder displays essential shooting parameters at the bottom of the frame, providing users with all the information they need to make creative adjustments quickly. It also incorporates a spherical acute matte focusing screen for accurate, bright critical focusing assessment. And, to accommodate the camera’s smaller design, the Maxxum 5D employs a newly developed forward-bend finder optical system and roof-mirror type of pentaprism.
Durable, Compact Body and High-Quality Texture
The Maxxum 5D enhances camera reliability through its strong build quality. The body is constructed using sturdy glass fiber plastic, making it lighter and smaller than the Maxxum 7D by about 22% in volume, while a functional rubber grip based on new ergonomic design research provides an ideal hand fit.
*1 With the camera’s AF macro-zoom 1x to 3x specialist lenses and Anti-Shake function turned off
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.
MAXXUM 5D Specifications