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Press Release - February 10, 2003

Minolta Introduces New Dimage S414 Compact Digital Camera

4-Megapixel consumer digital camera offers high performance with fast, simple operation

Read our DiMAGE S414 review

Ramsey, NJ (February 10, 2003) - Minolta Corporation announces the new easy-to-use DiMAGE S414 featuring a 4.1 megapixel CCD, a high-quality Minolta GT 4x optical zoom lens, Minolta's CxProcess, and additional versatile features. With a design based on the highly-regarded DiMAGE S404 and DiMAGE S304, the stylish new DiMAGE S414 also features a built-in flash, video recording capability, USB interface and Compact Flash card compatibility.

"The new DiMAGE S414 combines high quality images and automatic features, allowing users to obtain the best photographic results with easy camera operation," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of Marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "It's the ideal digital camera for a variety of applications and users -- personal or business, from novice to enthusiasts."

The Minolta DiMAGE S414's high-precision electro-optical system is built around a 4.1 megapixel 1/1.8-type interline primary-color CCD with 4.0 million effective pixels for fine high-resolution images. The DiMAGE S414's built-in Minolta GT lens is a versatile apochromatic 4x zoom with anomalous dispersion (AD) glass for color accuracy and dual aspherical elements which, combined with a 2.2x digital zoom, provides a compact lens design with a wide image capture range. The optical zoom lens range is from 7.15mm to 28.6mm, equivalent to 35mm -140mm in 35mm photography, and with digital zoom, the range is equivalent to 35mm - 308mm in 35mm.

The image formed on the CCD is enhanced by Minolta's exclusive CxProcess image processing technology to optimize sharpness, color reproduction, tonal gradation and noise to create clear and natural images. The wide dynamic range is provided by 12-bit A/D (analog to digital) conversion to ensure natural color and tonal reproduction.

In addition, the high-speed LSI with 32-bit RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) CPU and expanded SDRAM buffer memory allows the camera to be highly responsive with faster operation. The capturing interval time of 0.8 seconds and brisk continuous advance speed of 1.3 frames per second with up to 7 frames (full size images in fine image quality mode) can transform a passing moment into a priceless memory.

The DiMAGE S414 offers flexible and accurate autofocus, auto exposure and an optical zoom viewfinder. Its stylish aluminum body features an easy-to hold grip and simple control layout. A versatile camera, the DiMAGE S414 features fully automatic white balance and video recording with audio as well as ease of use features like Digital Subject Program Selection and creative functions such as histogram display of recorded images, exposure compensation and bracketing, custom white balance and digital effects control, that give the photographer control over the final image.

For more detailed information on features and specifications of the Minolta DiMAGE S414, please refer to the specifications below.

Minolta Corporation

Minolta Corporation, headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, is the largest subsidiary of Minolta Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, a leading manufacturer of cameras, business equipment, radiometric instruments and planetariums. Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group (CPG) markets 35mm film and Advanced Photo System cameras, digital cameras, binoculars, accessory lenses, photographic light meters, 35mm and Advanced Photo System film scanners and other consumer products.

The corporation's Business Products Group (BPG) markets digital and analog office equipment. Products include black-and-white copiers, digital black and white printer/copiers, plain-paper laser facsimile machines, digital color printer/copiers, micrographic systems, document management software, and related office equipment.

For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located at or access Minolta's PHOTOFAX at 800-528-4767.

DiMAGE S414 Specifications

Number of effective pixels4.0 million
CCD1/1.8-type interline primary-color CCD
Total pixels: 4.1 million
A/D conversion12-bit
Camera sensitivityAuto and 64, 100, 200, and 400 ISO equivalents
Focal length7.15 – 28.6mm (35mm equivalent: 35 – 140mm)
Lens construction11 elements in 9 groups (includes one AD glass element and two double-sided aspheric elements)
Maximum aperturef/3.0 – f/3.6
Minimum focus distanceWide: 1.6 ft. / 0.5 m from CCD
Telephoto: 3 ft. / 0.9 m from CCD
Macro focus range3.9 – 21.3 in. / 10 – 54 cm from front of lens
6.3 – 23.6 in. / 16 – 60 cm from CCD
Maximum magnification0.1x (1:10)
Equivalent to 0.465x (1:2.15) in 35mm format
Area covered at maximum magnification2.93 x 2.19 in./ 74.3 x 55.7mm

Filter diameter35.5mm
Viewfinder typeOptical real-image zoom viewfinder
Monitor LCD1.8 inch (4.6 cm) TFT color
Total number of pixels: 122,000
ShutterCCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed range4 - 1/1000 second, Bulb (maximum 15 seconds )
Autofocus systemVideo AF
Autofocus areasWide focus area
Spot focus areas with Focus Area Selection
Focus modesAutofocus (Full-time AF is available in the autofocus mode),
Manual focus
MeteringMulti-segment, Spot
Multi-segment metering270 segments
Exposure modesProgrammed AE, Aperture priority, Manual
Digital Subject ProgramsMacro, Portrait, Landscape, Night portrait, Text, Macro & text
Exposure compensation±2 EV in 1/3 increments
Flash meteringADI
Flash rangeWide: Approximately 1.6 – 11.5 ft./0.5 – 3.5m
Telephoto: Approximately 3 – 9.8 ft /0.9 – 3.0m
(Camera sensitivity: auto)
Flash modesAutoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Fill-flash with red-eye reduction, Flash cancel
Continuous advanceAvailable
Exposure bracketingThree frame bracket in 1.0, 0.5, 0.3 EV increments
Self-timerApproximately 10 seconds
Remote controlIR Remote Control RC-3 (sold separately)
Movie recordingRecording time: Maximum 60 seconds with monaural audio
Frame rate: 15 frames per second
AudioVoice memo: 5 seconds or 15 seconds monaural audio with still image
Color modesNatural Color, Vivid Color, Black and white, Sepia, Solarization
White balance controlAutomatic, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy), Custom
Digital effects controlsContrast compensation, Sharpness, Filter
Contrast compensationThree levels (High, Normal, Low)
Sharpness settingsThree levels (Soft, Normal, Hard)
FilterThree levels (Cool, Normal, Warm)
Digital zoom2.2 x
Date imprintingMonth/day/year(Format can be changed.)
Imprinting can be disabled
Image-quality modesTIFF, Fine, Standard, Economy
Number of recorded pixels (Still images)2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Number of recorded pixels (Movie clips)320 x 240

Storage capacityApproximate storage capacity of a 16 MB CompactFlash card:

2272 x 1704 1600 x 1200 1280 x 960 640 x 480
Super Fine1 frame2 frames3 frames13 frames
Fine Mode6 frames12 frames17 frames34 frames
Standard11 frames19 frames26 frames42 frames
Economy17 frames27 frames33 frames48 frames
Movie   51 seconds (320 x 240)
File formatsJPEG, TIFF, Motion JPEG (MOV), WAVE
DCF 1.0-compliant
DPOF-compliant (Supported by printing functions in version 1.1)
Folder name formatsStandard, Date
Printing output controlPRINT Image Matching II, Exif Print
Recording mediaType I CompactFlash card
Computer interfaceUSB 1.1
AV outputNTSC, PAL (selected on the camera)
BatteriesFour Ni-MH or AA alkaline batteries
Use of Ni-MH batteries is recommended.
Battery performance(Playback)Approximate continuous playback time: 120 minutes
Based on Minolta’s standard test method with 1,850 mAh Ni-MH batteries.
Battery performance(Recording)Approximate number of recorded images: 160 frames
Based on Minolta’s standard test method: 1,850 mAh Ni-MH batteries, LCD monitor on, Full-size images (2272x1704), Standard image quality, No instant playback, No voice memo, Flash used with 50% of the frames.
External power source6V DC with specified AC adapter (sold separately)
Dimensions (WxHxD)4.47 x 2.54 x 2.3 in.
113.5 x 64.5 x 58.5mm
WeightApproximately 11.8oz./335g without batteries or recording media
Operating temperature32-104°F / 0-40ºC
Standard accessoriesFour AA Alkaline Batteries, Neck Strap NS-DG304, Lens Cap LF-236, AV Cable, AVC-100, USB Cable USB-600, CompactFlash Card, DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM
Optional accessoriesCamera Case CS-DG304, IR Remote Control RC-3, External High Power Battery Pack Kit EBP-100, AC Adapter AC-1L

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