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Konica Minolta announce DiMAGE Z10

Konica Minolta announce DiMAGE Z10 - 8X Zoom, Rapid-AF with Predictive Focus Control and a 0.5 second start up time

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Konica Minolta announce DiMAGE Z10The DiMAGE Z10: a digital camera that captures everyday fleeting moments exactly the way one wants to remember them. The energy efficient design delivers up to 500 frames from 4X AA batteries allowing extended periods of picture taking.

The DiMAGE Z10 with its 8X optical Mega Zoom and 4X digital zoom multiply up to a total 32X zoom, allowing the capture of everything from sport events to panoramic scenery. The optical lens system consists of 11 elements in nine groups and includes two aspheric lenses, a construction that adds up to sharp, high-quality images. The Z10 combines a 3.2-megapixel primary-colour CCD with CxProcess™ II image processing technology for pictures that are exactly as seen by the minds eye.

The Rapid Autofocus (AF) employed in the DiMAGE Z10 combines a passive AF sensor with the video AF system, giving a fast focusing time of approximately three tenths of a second at both wide angle and telephoto positions. The Rapid AF also has Predictive Focus Control that predicts where a moving subject is headed and focuses accordingly. To round off the list of quick-response features, the DiMAGE Z10 has the fastest startup in its class*1, a minimum shutter release time lag, and continuous shooting. Stress free, amid all the excitement, capture those decisive moments during a sports event or in any other action packed environment.

Not only does the DiMAGE Z10 respond like a sprinter with its fast startup; it's also a marathon champion with power efficiency that allows the taking of up to approximately 500 frames with four AA batteries.

In addition, the DiMAGE Z10 has a Macro mode that allows the positioning of the lens as close as 1 cm from the subject. Capture the smallest of objects-flowers, insects, or jewellery-in the greatest detail.

The DiMAGE Z10 sports a new, high-tech design. Despite its powerful 8X optical zoom, it weighs only 300 g. Its ergonomic form allows a steady grip while its intuitive control button layout allows even camera novices to be enjoying digital photography in no time at all.

Product Highlights

  • A wide ranging 8X optical Mega Zoom covers everything from landscape shots to extreme close-ups. Combining the optical zoom with the seamless 4X digital zoom gives an incredible 32X zoom.
  • A high performance lens and 3.2-megapixel CCD with CxProcess™ II high-quality image processing technology
  • Fastest startup in its class*1-the DiMAGE Z10 is ready to shoot in about half a second*1.
  • Rapid AF with Predictive Focus Control for ultra-high-speed focusing to capture even the most fleeting photo opportunities
  • Four AA batteries provide enough power to the DiMAGE Z10 for an amazing 500 frames
  • Macro mode for close-ups as near as 1 cm from the subject
  • Compact and easy to use

Features

Incredible 32X Total Zoom Range
The DiMAGE Z10 offers a wide shooting range. The 8X optical zoom gives focal lengths from 36-290mm (35mm equivalent) while giving focal lengths up to 1160mm (35mm equivalent) when combined with the 4X seamless digital zoom. With the 8X optical zoom and the 4X digital zoom combining for a 32X total zoom, the Z10 is perfect for taking distance shots at sports events or when capturing any far away subjects.

The Z10 incorporates a high performance 8X optical lens consisting of 11 elements in nine groups and includes two aspheric lenses. With it's two aspheric lenses, the Z10 corrects optical aberrations in the zoom range and renders beautiful, consistent, distortion-free images from the centre to the edges.

3.2-Megapixel CCD for Beautiful Prints
The 3.2-megapixel, 1/2.5 inch CCD produces rich detail for creating high-quality enlargements-as large as 34.7x26.0 cm at 150 dpi print resolution. In addition, the CCD's primary colour filter offers high colour fidelity.

Fastest Startup in Its Class*1
The DiMAGE Z10 boasts an amazingly fast and fluid startup. Just switch the camera on and it's ready to start taking great pictures in approximately half a second*1.

Rapid Autofocus (AF) with Predictive Focus Control
Thanks to a hybrid rapid AF combining a passive AF sensor with the video AF system, focusing takes just three tenths of a second. The DiMAGE Z10 includes Predictive Focus Control, which allows the capture of sharper images of moving subjects-like a child running full speed. When it comes to fast and reliable Autofocusing, the DiMAGE Z10 is clearly ahead of the pack.

Progressive Capture
The DiMAGE Z10 allows the taking of high-speed consecutive shots at 1.5 fps. (approx.) and the Z10 captures consecutive images onto the 16MB internal buffer memory. Release the shutter and the last six shots are recorded onto the memory card. This function is handy for shooting sports events or for recording and improving your form in the practice of sporting sequences.

Up to 500 Frames on Four AA Batteries
The DiMAGE Z10's power-saving design allows the taking of up to 500 frames before the batteries run out.

Superbly Detailed Images with CxProcess™ II
CxProcess™ II image processing technology defines smooth gradations, natural skin tones, and brilliantly clear colours for images that are natural and lifelike. The DiMAGE Z10's 3.2 Megapixels capture fine lines and intricate details for stunning digital images.

Noise Reduction
Noise Reduction gives exceptional night images by automatically preventing the blemishes and graininess associated with slow-shutter speed during low light picture taking.

P.A.S.M. Exposure Control and Metering Modes
The DiMAGE Z10 offers incredible control over exposure. There are four modes: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. Select manual exposure to enable up to 30-second time exposures. The DiMAGE Z10 has three metering modes: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, and spot. Multi-segment metering uses 256 segments to determine exposure.

Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection
Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically chooses the best recording mode. Alternatively Manually select from Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, and Sunset modes or set the DiMAGE Z10 to Night portrait mode from the available menu settings.

Get as Close as 1cm with Macro
Shoot amazing close-ups in Macro mode. The Konica Minolta superior image quality will make your close-ups look stunning and powerful. In Macro mode, position the lens as close as 1cm from the subject.

Switch Finder
The DiMAGE Z10's Switch Finder function allows you to view the LCD monitor images through the viewfinder (Viewfinder display) or on the LCD monitor itself (Monitor display). There is no colour, contrast, or resolution difference between the images viewed on the viewfinder or LCD monitor as both are generated from the same hardware. The viewfinder was designed with a large apparent angle of view so the image is large and clear.

Key Customise
For added flexibility and convenience, the flash button can be customised to handle different settings. This means that instead of going through the menus on the LCD, one can use the flash button to change settings like the drive mode, white balance, focus mode, colour mode, or CCD sensor sensitivity.

PictBridge*3-Compatibility
Forget all about complicated connections with a PC. Get fast, fun printouts directly from your camera by connecting the DiMAGE Z10 to a PictBridge*3-compliant printer. Simply check which images to print on the Z10's LCD monitor and then print out the favourites.

VGA Movie Recording
The DiMAGE Z10 can record movies without sound. It records 15-fps VGA size (640x480) movies; it also records QVGA 320x240 movies at either 30 fps or 15 fps. The XR (Extended Recording) Movie mode allows the recording of longer movie clips onto the SD memory card until the card is full. Night Movie uses high camera sensitivity to record under extreme low-light conditions. And Movie Frame Capture allows the selection of favourite scenes from a movie to save as still images.

New Design
The DiMAGE Z10 design is advanced yet familiar and easy-to-use. Despite its versatile 8X zoom range, it weighs just 300 g. It's also a pleasure to carry and operate, even for camera novices. The ergonomic form makes it easy to hold even for those long zoom shots.

Optional Wide Converter (Wide-Angle Converter ZCW-200)
The optional Wide Converter Kit when attached to the lens has the equivalent of a 26mm wide angle, which is ideal for capturing indoor groups or outdoor architecture and panoramic landscape shots.

*1 Approximately 0.5 second, from the main switch being turned on until LCD monitor comes on. As of May 20, 2004, for digital cameras with 8X or greater zoom.
*2 Up to approximately 500 frames with the four included AA alkaline batteries. Based on Konica Minolta's standard test method and compliant with the CIPA standard, with included AA alkaline batteries and included SD Memory Card.
*3 PictBridge is an industry standard established by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

Specifications

Number of effective pixels: 3.2 million
CCD: 1/2.5-type interline primary-colour CCD Total pixels: 3.3 million
Camera sensitivity: Auto and 64,100, 200, and 400 ISO equivalents
Focal length: 6-48mm (35mm equivalent: 36-290mm)

Lens construction:
11 elements in 9groups
Maximum aperture: f/3.2-3.4
Minimum focus distance: Wide: 0.5m/1.6ft from front of lens
Telephoto: 1.5m/4.9ft from front of lens
Wide: 0.57m / 1.9ft from CCD
Telephoto: 1.57m/ 5.1ft from CCD
Minimum macro distance: Macro Mode
Wide 0.01m / 0.4in
Tele 0.7m / 23.6in
Maximum magnification: 0.24x
Equivalent to 1.5x in 35mm format
Area covered at maximum magnification: 25 x 18mm
LCD monitor:

3.8cm (1.5 inch) TFT colour
Total number of pixels: 113,000 (approx.)
Automatic monitor amplification

Field of view: Viewfinder: 98% (approx.)
LCD monitor: 100 % (approx.)
Diopter control: - 3 ~ +1m-1
Eye relief: 18.8mm
Shutter: CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed range: 4 - 1/2000sec in programmed-AE and aperture-priority modes.
15 - 1/2000sec in shutter-priority and manual exposure modes.
time exposures (max. 30sec)
2 - 1/2000sec in auto-recording and Digital Subject Programs
Autofocus system:
Rapid AF a combination of passive AF sensore with the Video AF system
Autofocus areas: 3-Point Wide Focus Area
Spot focus areas with Focus Area Selection
Focus modes: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF with predictive focus control, Full-time AF, Manual focus.
Focus lock: By pressing shutter-release button partway down.
Metering: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Multi-segment metering: 256 segments
Exposure modes: Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual
Digital Subject Programs: Automatic (Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset, Standard)
Manual (Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset, Standard, Night portrait.)
Exposure compensation: ±2 Ev in 1/3 increments
AE lock: By pressing shutter-release button partway down
Flash metering: Pre-flash TTL
Flash range: Wide: 0.5 - 5.2m . (approx.) from front of lens
Telephoto: 1.5 - 5.2m (approx.) from front of lens
(Camera sensitivity: auto)
Flash modes: Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Slow-shutter sync. Autoflash not available with aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual exposure modes.
Flash recycling time: 4 s (approx.)
Flash compensation: ± 2 Ev in 1/3 increments
Flash-sync speeds: All shutter speeds
Continuous advance: 1.5 fps (approx.)
* Actual speed may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings.
Progressive Capture: Stores images from the built-in memory to the memory card from the latest frame captured with the continuous advance. Maximum number of images that can be recorded with the Progressive Capture mode:
6 frames (1.5 fps)
Exposure bracketing:
Three frame bracket in 1.0, 0.5, 0.3 Ev increments
Self-timer: 10 s, 2s (approx.)
Movie: Recording time dependent on memory card capacity, image size, and frame rate.
Frame rate: 15fps, 30 fps
Movie frame capture
Night movie (automatic selection or disabled)
White balance control: Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent,
Flash), Custom
Digital Effects Control: Contrast compensation, Sharpness
Contrast compensation: Three levels (Low, Normal, High)
Sharpness settings: Three levels (Soft, Normal, Hard)
Colour modes: Natural Colour, Vivid Colour, Black and white, Sepia
Noise reduction: User selectable dark noise reduction
Digital zoom: 4x (max.) in 0.1x increments
Copy function: To copy single or multiple images to the same or another memory card.
E-mail Copy function: Creates a compressed 640x480 JPEG image for transmission.
Date imprinting: Year/month/day (Format can be changed.)
Imprinting can be disabled
Key customization: The function activated by the flash-mode button can be changed.
Image-quality modes: Fine, Standard, Economy
Number of recorded pixels

Still images:
2048x1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
1280 x 960 in UHS continuous-advance mode

Movie clips:
640x480, 320x240

Storage capacity: Approximate storage capacity of a 16MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card:
Still images
  2048x1536 1600x1200 1280x960 640x480
Fine 9 frames 14 frames 22 frames 69 frames
Standard 17 frames 27 frames 39 frames 100 frames
Economy 32 frames 47 frames 69 frames 150 frames
Movie clips
640x480 320x240
30 fps 21sec
15 fps 26sec 42sec

* Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and memory card used.
File formats: JPEG, Motion JPEG (MOV)
DCF 2.0-compliant
DPOF-compliant (Supported by printing functions in ver. 1.1)
Exif 2.2
Folder name formats: Standard, Date
Printing output control: Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II, PictBridge
Recording media: SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards, Multimedia Cards
Computer interface:
Full-speed 12Mbps data transfer with USB 2.0 compatible computer
AV output:
NTSC, PAL (selected on the camera)
Batteries Four AA batteries: Alkaline, Ni-MH
Battery performance Playback: Approximate continuous playback time: 600 min. (approx.) with alkaline batteries.
Recording: Approximate number of recorded images: 500 (approx.) Conforming to CIPA (included AA alkaline batteries, included SD memory card)
External power source: 6V DC with specified AC adapter (sold separately)

Dimensions:
109 (W) x 82(H) x 94(D) mm
4.3(W) x 3.2 (H) x 3.7 (D) in.
Weight:
300g / 10.6oz. (Approx.) without batteries or recording media
Operating temperature: 0-40ºC / 32-104°F
Standard accessories: Neck Strap NS-DG800
Lens Cap LF-243B set
Video Cable VC-400
16MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card
USB Cable USB-3
DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM
Four AA Alkaline batteries
Optional accessories AC Adapter AC-1L or AC-11
Camera Case CS-DG1000
Leather Neck Strap NS-DG1000
Wide-Angle Converter ZCW-200 kit

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