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The RD 3000 is ideal for both handheld and tripod-mounted shooting. It looks large
and bulky but in reality it's fairly lightweight at around 1kg. The camera is
both sturdy and durable with a tough magnesium alloy exterior, the interior is
reinforced with stainless steel. Its rather unusual design gives you a stable
and secure grip of the camera and the controls are well placed and easy to
The RD 3000 is shown here with the optional Program (Maxxum) Flash 3500xi that has
an auto-zoom function, 3-beam AF illumination, and bounce head. The flash shoe
is dedicated for Minolta flashes but others may be used via a standard PC
sync connector on the side of the camera.
Four exposure modes are available: (1) Programmed AE mode automatically selects the
optimum exposure and shutter speed. (2) Aperture Priority, (3) Shutter Speed
Priority [2 to 1/2000 sec], or (4) Full Manual [30 to 1/2000 sec shutter speeds].
Light conditions are measured by a 14-segment honeycomb-pattern metering system
with a Spot metering option.
On the back is a 2-inch low-temp TFT color LCD used for image review only. It can
not be used as a viewfinder during record mode. The buttons around the LCD are
used to control the Playback functions.
The RD 3000 is a SLR (single lens reflex) "through the lens" system, you see
exactly what the lens sees in the finder. The viewfinder shows about 85% of the
full frame as captured in the final image. To accomodate all users there is a
diopter adjustment for the eyelevel finder.
Looking down on the top we find a Minolta-dedicated flash shoe (covered), the
various controls and the data LCD display.
The bottom is totally flat and has a metal tripod socket and the battery access door.
|Type||SLR Digital camera with interchangeable lens system|
|Lens mount||Minolta V mount|
|Image sensor||1/2 type progressive CCD with 1,500,000 pixels x 2|
|Final resolution||Approx. 2,700,000 pixels|
|Image size||1,984 x 1,360 pixels|
|Image capturing system||Hybrid Seamless Imaging System (Dual CCD)|
|File format||JPEG (Exif2.0), TIFF (Exif2.0)|
|Storage medium||CompactFlash Card Type I and II|
|Image compression ratio||SUPER FINE (TIFF): uncompressed, FINE (JPEG): approx. 1/5, STD. (JPEG): approx. 1/10, ECON. (JPEG): approx. 1/15|
|Storage capacity*||(30MB CompactFlash Card)
SUPER FINE: 3 images, FINE: 17 images, STD.: 33 images,
ECON.: 52 images
* Based on standard image-file size; the size differs depending on the subject.
|LCD monitor||5.1cm (2-inch) TFT LCD monitor made of low-temperature polysilicon|
|AF system type||Minolta's TTL (through-the-lens) phase-detection system with one CCD line sensor; Focus mode: automatic selection between single frame and continuous drive; auto / manual focus (selectable on the lens), AF control: predictive focus control for moving subjects|
|Metering system||TTL type, 14-segment Honeycomb-pattern metering / spot metering selectable; Range: 14-segment Honeycomb-pattern metering: EV 3 - 20, Spot metering: EV 6 - 20|
|Exposure modes||Programmed AE (P mode), Aperture-priority mode (A mode), Shutter-priority (S mode), Manual exposure (M mode)|
|Exposure compensation||+/-3 EV (in 1/2 EV increments)|
|Shutter||CCD electronic control and vertical-traverse focal plane shutter; Range: P/S/A mode: 1/2000 2 seconds, M mode: 1/2000 30 seconds*; Flash sync: 1/125 seconds or slower
* To avoid possible image deterioration due to increased noise, exposure of more than two seconds for single image is not recommended.
|Sensitivity||ISO 200 (In the Gain Up mode*, sensitivity becomes as high as ISO 800 equivalent.)
* This mode reveals certain noise as the brightness of the object increases. Depending on the subject, noise and color captured by the left and right CCDs may differ slightly.
|White balance||User-selectable white balance settings: Auto (outer metering), Manual (outdoor, indoor, flash), Custom (one-push auto)|
|Flash||External flash available (optional), Wireless / remote off-camera flash control available|
|Viewfinder||SLR type, TTL (through-the-lens) relay-optical finder, Field of view (vertical x horizontal): approx. 94% x 95%, Magnification: 0.8X|
|Drive mode||Single mode, Continuous mode: approx. 1.5 frames per seconds (in 1,984 x 1,360 pixels, up to 5 frames), Remote release and Self-timer available|
|Interface||SCSI-2, Video output, Accessory shoe: Minolta standard shoe, PC terminal: compatible with positive and negative polarities,
IR Remote control: RC-3
|Power source||AA Ni-Cd x 4 or AA Ni-MH x 4 batteries, AC adapter|
( W x H x D )
|150 x 101 x 117mm (5-7/8 x 4 x 4-5/8 inch)|
|Weight (without batteries)||Approx. 1kg (Approx. 35.3 ounce)|
|Standard accessories||AC Adapter, Ni-MH batteries, Ni-MH charger, SCSI Cable, Video Cable, CD-ROM, Holding Strap|
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