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Konica Minolta announce 8.0-Megapixel SLR-type DiMAGE A200

Konica Minolta announce 8.0-Megapixel SLR-type DiMAGE A200 - Digital Camera with handy Vari-Angle LCD Monitor and Anti-Shake Function with CCD-Shifting

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Konica Minolta announce 8.0-Megapixel SLR-type DiMAGE A200The DiMAGE A200 is a portable 8.0-megapixel SLR-type high performance digital camera that's perfect for everyone from novices to camera enthusiasts. Equipped with Anti-Shake technology, a CCD-Shift mechanism that can reduce handheld camera shake. Easy to capture sharp images, even in low lighting and without the use of a tripod.

With the rotating 1.8-inch TFT Vari-Angle LCD monitor, the photographer has always got a clear viewpoint for shooting artistic angles or taking flawless self-portraits. What's more, the DiMAGEA200's simplified operation means that everyone can make use of its advanced specifications that maximise picture taking opportunities and the fun of photography.

The 2/3-inch CCD with 8.0 million effective pixels and the high-performance Konica Minolta GT APO lens combine to give incredibly faithful smooth-toned colours. With its new advanced LSI engine and CxProcess III image-processing technology the DiMAGEA200 delivers high speed and stress free image processing with low power consumption. Its ability to suppress noise and give exceptionally accurate colour reproduction means that users still get high-quality images every time.

Even novice users can avoid blurry pictures thanks to the proprietary Anti-Shake technology that employs a unique CCD-Shift mechanism. This stabilising system is connected directly to a CCD sensor that quickly responds to camera shake thus producing finer images in dim light and with telephoto shots. Especially helpful when using the 4x digital zoom (maximum equivalent of 800mm) and high-performance 7x optical zoom (28 to 200mm). The DiMAGEA200's Anti-Shake technology is activated with the simple touch of a button. Its three focusing areas; Wide Focus Area, 11-point Selectable AF Area, and Flex Focus Point, combine in the DiMAGEA200 ensure that the subject is always in perfect focus.

Konica Minolta announce 8.0-Megapixel SLR-type DiMAGE A200A newly employed Vari-Angle TFT colour LCD monitor can be rotated up to 270 vertically and 180 horizontally, allowing unrestricted shooting at high and low angles. The multi-functional wireless remote control included with the DiMAGEA200 makes it easier to take self-portraits and movies whenever and wherever. And because the LCD gives a high speed, real-time view 60fps, there's minimal lag time between the on-screen display and the trigger of the shutter release. So there's no need to worry about missing a photo opportunity.

The DiMAGEA200 allows the recording of movie clips in VGA mode (640 x 480 pixels at 30fps) for smooth true-colour playback that rivals TV quality. SVGA mode (800 x 600 pixels at 15fps) which is ideal for viewing movies or movie stills on large PC screens. This gives users the freedom to choose the screen size and frame rate that suits their needs. Recording high-quality movies is even easier with Anti-Shake technology constantly minimising image blur.

Product Highlights
  • 8.0 Megapixel resolution and Konica Minolta all-glass GT APO lens give users the high-quality pictures they expect
  • Newly advanced LSI and CxProcess III image processing technology give high speed image processing and sharp, true to life colour images
  • Anti-Shake technology with CCD-Shift mechanism enables even novices to capture clearly focused pictures without a tripod, and with an approximately 3-step slower shutter speed
  • Vari-Angle LCD monitor allows you to easily take self-portraits as well as high and low angle shots with more interesting and easier angles
  • A sure grip ergonomic body makes it easy to carry and use anywhere
  • Wireless remote control adds convenience to both shooting and viewing
  • 28X digital/ optical zoom and Anti-Shake technology make it comfortable to shoot high-quality moving pictures
  • Optional extensive accessories; wide-angle converter, telephoto converter, close-up lens, and external flashes
Features

Konica Minolta announce 8.0-Megapixel SLR-type DiMAGE A2008.0-Megapixel 2/3-inch Interlace Scan CCD
The DiMAGE A200 has an 8.0-megapixel 2/3-inch interlace scan CCD. With 8 million effective pixels the photographer can take subtle, expressive images that capture even individual hairs or the stitches of a suit in sharp detail. These incredibly detailed images can then be transferred and printed onto 27.6 x 20.7-cm (10.9 x 8.1 inch) paper at 300 dpi.

Newly Advanced LSI and Konica Minolta CxProcess III Image Processing
The advanced LSI engine reduces power consumption and suppresses camera noise, while optimising colour reproduction with exceptional accuracy. The CxProcess III image processing technology helps reproduce shadows and highlights with outstanding accuracy, so images look natural and true to life. The DiMAGE A200 also introduces a new sRGB colour mode (Portrait sRGB) that brings out beautiful skin colours in portraits.

Konica Minolta GT Lens and Anomalous Dispersion (AD) Glass
Designed specifically for digital photography, the GT lens is an all glass apochromatic (APO) zoom lens. The benefits for the user are obvious; pictures come out sharp, clear, and absent of any colour aberration, even when using the large aperture applications. A camera has many uses; it has to capture shots of scenery, travel, sports, close-ups, and business settings. The lens is the heart of the camera and this GT lens has 16 elements in 13 groups. The anomalous dispersion (AD) glass contributes to things like suppressed distortion, and reduced flare and chromatic aberration, while aspheric glass elements work to make the lens compact. The camera's improved optical low pass filter and the logical arrangement of the lens make for higher productivity and quality assurance in the manufacturing process, ensuring that the lens is well matched to an 8.0 Megapixel CCD.

CCD-Shift type Anti-Shake Technology
Konica Minolta Anti-Shake technology provides a highly effective way to combat handheld camera shake a major cause of substandard images, especially with telephoto and dimly lit shots. Users can expect better images in low light conditions without relying on a higher ISO setting or a tripod. The DiMAGE A200 features a CCD-Shift mechanism to stabilise images by offsetting the shaking pattern of the user's hand. This gives unrivalled stability at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than on digital cameras without Anti-Shake technology. The CCD-Shift mechanism also allows for more freedom in the mechanical layout of the camera's interior, which keeps it compact. Anti-Shake technology can offset two kinds of shake; high frequency shaking of muscles and low frequency movement of the body.

Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
The 1.8-inch TFT LCD monitor rotates 270 vertically and 180 horizontally, allowing the holding of the camera in a comfortable position at high and low angle shots while still viewing the LCD straight on. Self-portraits are easy using the supplied remote control. The DiMAGE A200 is great for taking shots from a variety of angles as the LCD provides continuous viewing of the subject.

Sure-Grip and Ergonomic
Despite its pro-level picture quality and features the DiMAGE A200 is compact and weighs just 505 g (17.8 oz.

Included Wireless Remote Control
This included accessory makes taking self-portraits or movies easy. The user can also connect the DiMAGE A200 to a TV and control the images with the infrared remote control.

Digital Zoom
The 4X digital zoom gives up to a 28X total zoom when combined with the optical zoom, providing a maximum focal length of 800 mm (35mm equivalent), which is perfect for distance shots or sporting events. And, even shots at a focal length of 800 mm can be free of movement due to KonicaMinolta Anti-Shake technology. There is a choice of two digital zoom modes: Image Interpolation Digital Zoom (in which the number of pixels doesn't change) and Normal Mode (cropped into 2 Megapixels). The digital zoom can also be accessed from any point of the optical zoom using the handy digital zoom lever on the back of the camera.

High-Quality Movie Recording
The DiMAGE A200 incorporates a true VGA movie (640 x 480 pixels) mode. This allows users to record high-quality movies at 30fps, giving images rivalling those one see on TV. And High-Quality SVGA (800 x 600 pixels) movies at 15fps, which look good even on a large PC screen. The DiMAGE A200 allows the use of both the digital and optical zoom when recording movies, allowing the capture images at a maximum focal length of 800 mm (35mm equivalent). And, the Night Movie function makes subjects highly visible even in dark conditions. The DiMAGE A200 also comes bundled with fun-to-use video software, Video Studio 8 SE by ULEAD, which lets users import and edit movies and then output them to DVD.

60 fps High Speed Live View

Both the LCD and Electronic Viewfinder give a fast 60fps live view (for still recording; 30fps for movie recording), allowing smooth viewing of the subject. It also reduces the time lag in tracking moving subjects.

Various Autofocus (AF) Modes

  • Wide Focus Area Mode confirms focus points by illuminating the focused sensor point when the shutter is pressed halfway down.
  • Predictive Focus Control keeps moving subjects in focus.
  • 11-Point Focus Area is perfect for switching the AF point instantaneously between positions in the frame. Flex Focus Point is perfect for higher-precision autofocusing. These features are very effective for capturing focus in unusual lighting.

Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
DMF allows you to frame your shot. By simply turning the focusing ring on the lens barrel while the shutter is half-pressed, you can control the focus on a particular shot even when the AF is locked. Try using DMF during macro imaging when you want to be sure that a specific part of your subject stays in focus. When you target an image area, it is automatically enlarged for easy focusing.

Ultra High-Speed Continuous Shooting
When you really need to fire off as many shots as possible in a limited amount of time, select the UHS (Ultra High Speed) mode on the menu to set the camera to capture images at a continuous advance of 40 frames at 10 frames per second. For convenience these images can be captured in VGA format.

Real-Time Histogram Display
The LCD monitor is equipped with a convenient histogram function that will help the user see the overall brightness of the scene when it's difficult to determine the exposure compensation within the image. The histogram supplies the information needed to adjust the exposure more accurately. It also incorporates a luminance limit display on the playback screen.

Easy Operation from the Rear Panel
The buttons used most often are positioned on the rear of the DiMAGE A200's body, where you can access them easily without looking away from the LCD monitor. A digital zoom lever on the rear panel allows you to easily operate digital zoom from any focal point. A shift button provides operation shortcuts, while function buttons on the rear panel make it easy to adjust colour mode, metering mode, ISO, and digital effect settings.

Optional Converter Lenses for Additional Range (sold separately)
The 1.5X Telephoto Converter gives you an optical zoom range to 300mm and the 0.8X Wide-angle Converter gives you an optical zoom range of 22 mm. The Close-up lens renders even better pictures at close range. And, the Anti-Shake technology covers all focal lengths to ensure that you always get clearly focused pictures.

DiMAGE Viewer
Part of the award winning DiMAGE series of digital cameras, the DiMAGE A200 is equipped with the user friendly DiMAGE Viewer. This intuitive software makes it easy to manage, edit, and perform many other tasks. It displays thumbnails for quick confirmation, plus Exif data and any comments included. Images can be copied, moved, or renamed. Image compensation tools include tone curve and histogram for still images and flicker reduction for movie clips. RAW data can be imported, providing the option of making fine adjustments to uncompressed image data. The DiMAGE Viewer also supports various colour spaces and Colour Management using an ICC Profile.

Direct Printer Connection By directly connecting the DiMAGE A200 to a PictBridge*-compliant printer, printouts can be made easily without using a computer. The LCD monitor can be used to confirm the image to be printed.

Specifications
Number of effective pixels: 8.0 million
CCD: 2/3-type interlaced primary-colour CCD Total pixels: 8.3 million
A/D conversion: 12-bit
Camera sensitivity: Auto, ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 equivalents
Focal length: 7.2 50.8mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 - 200 mm)
Lens construction: 16 elements in 13 groups (includes two AD glass elements and two aspheric elements)
Maximum aperture: f/2.8 f/3.5
Minimum focus distance: 0.5m (1.6 ft.) from CCD
Macro focus range: Wide-angle position 30 60 cm / 11.8 23.6 in. from CCD 21 51 cm / 8.3 20 in. from front of lens
Telephoto position 25 60 cm / 9.8 23.6 in. from CCD 13 50 cm / 5.1 19.7 in. from front of lens
Maximum magnification: 0.18x Equivalent to 0.7x in 35mm format
Area covered at maximum magnification: 52 x 39 mm / 2.05 x 1.54 in.
Optical zooming control: Manual zooming ring
Filter diameter: 49mm
Viewfinder type: EVF (Electronic viewfinder)
Viewfinder LCD: 0.44 inch TFT liquid-crystal microdisplay
Total pixels: 235,000 pixels
LCD monitor: 1.8 inch TFT colour, Vari-Angle LCD monitor Total pixels: 134,000
Automatic monitor amplification: Activates in low light.
Field of view: EVF: 100% (approx.) External LCD monitor: 100 % (approx.)
Display-mode switch: Electronic-viewfinder display, External LCD-monitor display
Dioptre control: 5 ~ +2 m -1
Eye relief: 22 mm at -1 m -1
Shutter: CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed range: 30 - 1/3200s (30 1/1600s in S, M - mode) Bulb (max. 30 s)
Autofocus system: Video AF
Autofocus areas: Wide focus area, 11 point selectable, Spot focus point
Flex Focus Point control is available with the spot focus point.
Focus modes: Autofocus: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Full-time AF, Manual focus or Flex Digital Magnifier (FDM), Automatic-magnification
Focus lock: By pressing shutter-release button partway down.
Metering: Multi-segment, Centre Weighted, Spot (centre or with Flex Focus Point)
Multi-segment metering: 256 segments
Exposure control range: Programmed AE and Aperture-Priority modes:
Wide: Ev 1 18
Telephoto: Ev 0.5 18
Shutter- Priority and Manual modes:
Wide: Ev 2 18
Telephoto: Ev 1.5 18
Exposure modes: Programmed AE (with program shift), Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Digital Subject Programs: Portrait, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait/Night View
Exposure compensation: 2 Ev in 1/3 increments
AE lock: With AE-lock button or by pressing the shutter release button partway down
Flash control: Automatic, and Manual flash control
Flash range: Wide: 0.5 - 3.8m / 1.6 12.5 ft. (approx.)
Telephoto: 0.5 3.0m / 1.6 9.8 ft. (approx.)
(Camera sensitivity: auto)
Flash modes: Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear flash sync, Slow sync
Flash recycling time: 5 s (approx.)
Flash compensation: 2 Ev in 1/3 increments
Flash-sync speed: All shutter speeds
External flashes: Auto-flash metering with Program/Maxxum Flash 2500 (D), 3600HS (D), 5600HS (D), Macro Twin Flash 2400,* Macro Ring Flash 1200.Macro Flash Controller is necessary.
Continuous advance: -UHS continuous advance: 10 fps (640x480) High-speed continuous advance: 2.3 fps (max.) Standard continuous advance: 2.0 fps (max.) Actual speed may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings.

Approximate number of frames that can be captured at one time in standard continuous advance

3264x2448

2560x1920

2080x1560

1600x1200

640x480

RAW

5 frames

-

-

-

Extra fine

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

Fine

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

Standard

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

5 frames

*Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings.

Exposure bracketing: Three frame bracket in 0.5 and 0.3 Ev increments
Digital Enhanced Bracketing: White balance *changeable increments
Self-timer: 10s, 2s (approx.)
Remote-control Available
Movie: - Standard movie mode: 15 min. (max.) - Night movie mode: 15 min. (max.)
Colour modes: Natural Colour (sRGB), Vivid Colour (sRGB), Portrait (sRGB), Adobe RGB (ICC), Black and white (neutral and toned),
White-balance control: Automatic Preset ; Daylight, Tungsten, Shade, Cloudy, Flash, and Fluorescent settings Custom (two settings)
Sharpness settings: Three levels (Soft, Normal, Hard)
Digital Effect Control: Color saturation, Contrast compensation, Filter
Noise reduction: Available (ON/OFF selectable)
Digital zoom: Normal mode and interpolate mode selectable. Normal mode: 2X (max.) / Interpolate mode : 4X (max.)
Data imprinting: Year/month/day (Format can be changed.) Month/day/hour:minute
Image-quality modes: RAW, RAW +JPEG, Extra fine, Fine, Standard
Number of recorded pixels
(Still images): 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176(in 3:2 mode), 2560 x 1920, 2080 x 1560, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Number of recorded pixels (Movie clips): 320 x 240 in standard and night movie modes (15fps/30fps selectable) 640 x 480 in standard and night movie modes (15fps/30fps selectable) 800 x 600 in standard and night movie (15 fps)
Menu languages: Japanese, English, German, French, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Swedish
Storage capacity: Approximate storage capacity of a 128 MB CompactFlash card:

3264x2448

3264x2176

2560x1920

2080x1560

1600x1200

640x480

RAW

10 frames

-

-

-

-

-

RAW+JPEG

9 frames

9 frames

9 frames

9 frames

10 frames

10 frames

Extra fine

19 frames

22 frames

32 frames

49 frames

79 frames

390 frames

Fine

31 frames

35 frames

50 frames

78 frames

122 frames

558 frames

Standard

62 frames

69 frames

97 frames

150 frames

229 frames

781 frames

Movie

5 minutes 55 seconds with 320x240 images at 15 fps

** Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and memory card used.

File formats JPEG, Motion JPEG (MOV), RAW, WAV
DCF 2.0-compliant
DPOF-compliant (Supported by printing functions in ver. 1.1)
Exif 2.21
Printing output control: Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II PictBridge
Recording media: Type I and Type II CompactFlash cards IBM/Hitachi Microdrive
Computer interface: USB Full-speed 12Mbps data transfer available with USB 2.0 compatible computer
AV output: NTSC, PAL (selected on the camera)
Batteries: One NP-800 lithium-ion battery
Battery performance (Playback): Approximate continuous playback time: 330 min. with NP-800 lithium-ion battery, External LCD monitor on, EVF off.
Battery performance (Recording): Approximate number of recorded images: 260 frames (Conforming to CIPA, included NP-800 lithium-ion battery)
External power source: 6V DC with specified AC adapter (sold separately)
Dimensions: 114 (W) x 80 (H) x 115 (D) mm (4.49 (W) x 3.15 (H) x 4.53(D) in.)
Weight: 505 g (17.8 oz.) without batteries or recording media (approx.)
Operating temperature: 0-40 C (32-104 F)

Standard accessories: Neck Strap NS-DG8000
Lens Cap (49mm) LF-1349
Accessory Shoe Cap SC-10
AV Cable AVC-500
USB Cable USB-3
DiMAGE Viewer
ULEAD Video Studio 8 SE
Lens Shade DLS-3
Lithium-ion Battery NP-800
Wireless Remote Control RC-D1
Lithium-ion Battery Charger BC-900

Optional accessories*: AC Adapter AC-11
Camera Case CS-DG701
Leather Neck Strap NS-DG1000
DiMAGE Neck Strap (Indigo) NS-DG2000
DiMAGE Neck Strap (Grey) NS-DG3000
Accessory Shoe Cap SC-1000
External High Power Battery Pack Kit EBP-100
Step Up Adapter 49mm 62mm
CompactFlash Adapter for SD Memory Cards SD-CF1
Telephoto Converter ACT-100
Wide-angle Converter ACW-100
Close-up Lens CL49-200
DiMAGE Master DMA-100

System Requirements
IBM PC/AT compatible computers with Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98*, or Windows 98 Second Edition* and with a USB port as standard interface.
Apple Macintosh computers with Mac OS 9.0 9.2.2, Mac OS X v10.1.3-10.1.5, or v10.2.1 10.2.8, v10.3 10.3.4 and with a USB port as standard interface.

The computer and operating system must be guaranteed by their manufacturers to support USB interface.
Problems may be encountered depending on what other USB devices are being used in parallel with this product.
Only a built-in USB port is supported. Problems may be encountered when the camera is connected to a USB hub.
Normal operation may not be possible even when all the system requirements are met.

* Users with Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition must install dedicated driver software included in the DiMAGE A200 package.

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