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Konica Minolta announce DiMAGE Z5

Konica Minolta announce DiMAGE Z5 - 5.0 Megapixel CCD Digital Camera with CCD-Shift Anti-Shake System and 12x optical zoom

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5The DiMAGE Z5 offers 12x optical Mega Zoom, a proprietary Anti-Shake system, 5.0 Megapixel CCD, fast response including Rapid AF, and a large 2.0 inch LCD to ensure you see everything clearly. All of these features combine to ensure that you wont miss a picture opportunity and that the subject of your photos are big, beautiful, and shake free.

The DiMAGE Z5s 12x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom combine in a total 48x zoom. The Konica Minolta proprietary CCD-Shift Anti-Shake systemthe same as used on the flagship Dynax 7D, and DiMAGE A200 modelsis particularly effective at high zoom factors. It allows the photographer to shoot with shutter speeds four to eight times longer (2-3 stops*2) than when shooting without the assistance of similar technology. It also works to give steady, shake free images of evening or other low light subjects, that are susceptible to shake because of the required slow shutter speed. This means significantly less shake without a flash or tripod.

To ensure that you dont miss those beautiful images, the DiMAGE Z5 has Rapid AF, the fastest*1 Autofocus system for digital cameras with predictive focus control. Focusing in a mere 0.2 second (approx.) at wide angle and only 0.3 second (approx.) at telephoto, its ideal for capturing any subject, moving or static.

The DiMAGE Z5 has everything you need to take high-quality pictures: 5.0 Megapixel CCD, high-performance GT APO lens, and the Konica Minolta proprietary CxProcess III image processing technology, that produces images as beautiful as those you see with your own eyes.

The DiMAGE Z5 boasts a large, easy-to-view 2.0 inch LCD monitor. This makes navigating menus easier and allows you to see exactly what youre shooting.
In addition to Rapid AF, the DiMAGE Z5 has fast startup, short shutter release time lag, Ultra-High-Speed Continuous Advance, Progressive Capture, and Real Motion monitor for smooth display on the LCD. All of these combine to let the user capture any subject, no matter how fleeting, on the spur of the moment, and not miss any photo opportunities.

In addition to beautiful stills, the DiMAGE Z5 takes high-quality, high-resolution VGA movies that look as good as TV images. These movies are also shake-free thanks to the Anti-Shake function.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5Features

48x Total Zoom Range
Combining the 12x optical zoom with the 4x digital zoom gives you a 48x total zoom, ideal for taking distance shots at sports events or when capturing distant scenery. This incredible optical zoom delivers a focal range equivalent to a 35-420mm range on a 35mm camera lens. With the digital zoom, total zoom is equivalent to 35-1680mm (35mm equivalent).

CCD-Shift Anti-Shake Function
The DiMAGE Z5 uses the Konica Minolta proprietary CCD-Shift Anti-Shake function, useful for telephoto shots and low light situations. Anti-Shake compensates to minimise the effect of camera shake, allowing you to shoot with shutter speeds four to eight times longer (2-3 stops) than on other cameras without an image stabilisation function. The DiMAGE Z5 can correct shake without increasing shutter speed or raising ISO sensitivity, factors that increase image noise. The CCD-Shift method doesnt require extra correction lenses like optical stabilisation systems, so the DiMAGE Z5s body remains compact and lightweight. The Anti-Shake system is effective in correcting both sudden, harsh movement such as pressing of the shutter-release button or the larger and slower movements of the users body.

Rapid AF is Fastest in Class*1 for Autofocus (AF)
The DiMAGE Z5 focuses in a mere 0.2 second (approx.) at wide angle and only 0.3 second (approx.) at telephoto. In Continuous AF, the DiMAGE Z5 includes Predictive Focus Control, which allows you to capture sharper images of moving subjectslike a child running at full speed. When it comes to fast and reliable Autofocusing, the DiMAGE Z5 is clearly ahead of the pack.

The DiMAGE Z5 also offers improved AF accuracy through 5-point Area AF, which gives five focus areas that overlap horizontally and thus reduce AF failures that occur when subjects appear in between focus areas and cause a perspective conflict.

5.0 Megapixel CCD for Beautiful Prints
The 5.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5-inch CCD produces plenty of detail for creating high-quality enlargements as big as 21.7x16.3 cm at 300dpi print resolution. In addition, the CCD's primary colour filter offers high colour fidelity.

Konica Minolta GT APO Lens
The DiMAGE Z5 employs a high-performance lens system to maximise the 5 million pixel CCD. The lens consists of 13 elements in 10 groups and includes two AD (anomalous dispersion) glass lenses and two aspheric elements, a construction that helps produce sharp, high-quality images. Multi-coating on 14 lens surfaces ensures minimal flare and ghosting at all magnifications. A 5 blade iris diaphragm beautifully reproduces a near-circular defocused effect.

Superbly Detailed Images with CxProcess III
The DiMAGE Z5 incorporates CxProcess III, the latest evolution of the Konica Minolta proprietary image processing technology. This means even higher resolution and the ability to capture the subtlest details of texture, resulting in photos that look as natural as the subject itself.

High-quality Movies as Beautiful as TV Images
The DiMAGE Z5 records movies in VGA resolution (640x480) at 30fps for smooth video with sound rivalling TV images. You can also choose from other, lower resolution movie image sizes. The Anti-Shake function works with the movie function to give steady telephoto movies. The XR (Extended Recording) Movie function lets you record movie clips onto the SD memory card as long as its available capacity. Activate Night Movie, and the DiMAGE Z5 can record in extreme low-light conditions. The Select Shot function provides stills from pre-recorded movie clips, while the Movie Editing function allows you to cut unwanted parts from movie files. All in camera.

Large, Easy-to-View 2.0 inch LCD
The DiMAGE Z5s 2.0 inch LCD gives you the big picture. The large screen makes it easier to take pictures, easier to play back stills and movie clips, and easier to navigate menus.

Get as Close as 1 cm with Super Macro
Shoot amazing close-ups in either Macro or Super Macro modes. Whichever mode you choose, the Konica Minolta superior image quality will make your close-ups look stunning and powerful. In Super Macro mode, you can position the lens as close as 1 cm from your subject.

Real Motion LCD Monitor
The DiMAGE Z5 features the Real Motion LCD monitor, which delivers crystal clear images. The smooth, realistic movement displayed on the monitor makes it ideal for shooting moving subjects.

UHS (Ultra High Speed) Continuous Shooting
The DiMAGE Z5 captures 20 images at 10 fps (approx.) at an image size of 1024x768 in UHS (Ultra High Speed) continuous shooting. This function is convenient for situations where you need to capture and study your form in continuous movement, such as a golf swing.

Progressive Capture
With the DiMAGE Z5 in Progressive Capture mode, the last several images in the sequenceas many as 20 images at 10 fps (approx.) at an image size of 1024x768 are stored when you release pressure from the shutter-release button. So when shooting fast-moving subjects, Progressive Capture ensures that they are recorded when and where you want them. These functions are handy for shooting sports events or for recording and improving your form in personal sports training situations.

Noise Reduction
Noise Reduction gives exceptional night images by automatically preventing the blemishes and graininess associated with slow-shutter capture.

P.A.S.M. Exposure Control and Metering Modes
The DiMAGE Z5 offers incredible control over exposure. There are four modes: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. The DiMAGE Z5 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 for your images. You can also manually select from Portrait, Sports Action, Landscape, Sunset and Night Portrait modes. Either way, this convenient function enables you to take fabulous photos with ease.

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

PictBridge*3 Compatible
Forget all about complicated connections with a PC. Get fast, fun printouts directly from your camera by connecting the DiMAGE Z5 to a PictBridge*3 compliant printer. You can check which images you want to print on the Z5s LCD monitor and then print out your favourites in no time at all.

Ergonomic Design
The design of the DiMAGE Z5 is advanced yet familiar and easy-to-use. Even with its high 12x zoom range and large 2.0 inch LCD, it weighs just approximately 340 g. Its also easy to hold and operate even for camera novices. The ergonomic form makes it easy to keep on holding even for those powerful zoom shots.

Optional Wide Converter Wide Angle Converter ZCW-300 Kit
The optional Wide Angle Converter Kit allows you to fit more of the scene into each shot. The lens has an equivalent of 26mm wide angle thats ideal for capturing indoor or outdoor architecture and panoramic landscape shots.

Compatible with Optional Flashes
The DiMAGE Z5 is equipped with a flash unit that will literally light up your pictures. If you need even more flash power, consider the Konica Minolta Program Flash 2500(D), 3600HS(D), or 5600HS(D). All of these incredibly versatile and powerful flash units are compatible.

*1 As of November 20, 2004, for 5.0 Megapixel class digital cameras with built in 10x or greater zoom lens. Based on the Konica Minolta standard test method.
*2 Dependant on the shooting conditions.
*3 PictBridge is an industry standard established by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

Technical Specifications

Number of effective pixels: 5.0 million
CCD: 1/2.5-type interline primary-colour CCD Total pixels: 5.2 million
Camera sensitivity: Auto and 50,100, 200, and 320ISO equivalents
Focal length: 5.83 69.9mm (35mm equivalent: 35 420mm)
Lens construction: 13 elements in 10 groups
Maximum aperture: f/2.8 f/4.5
Minimum focus distance: Wide: 0.6m/2.0ft from front of lens Telephoto: 1.6m/ 5.2ft from front of lens
Minimum macro distance:

Super Macro

Standard macro

Focal length

10.45mm*

Wide

Telephoto

From front of lens

1 cm

0.4 in.

10cm

3.9 in

120cm

47.2 in

* at 10.45 mm only
Maximum magnification: 0.20x Equivalent to 1.2x in 35mm format
Area covered at maximum magnification: 31 x 23mm /1.2 x 0.9 in.
Viewfinder type: Electronic viewfinder 0.33-inch with a total of 114,000 pixels
LCD monitor: 2.0 inch digital-interface TFT colour Total number of pixels: 114,000 (approx.)
Automatic monitor amplification
Field of view: Viewfinder: 100% (approx.)LCD monitor: 100 % (approx.)
Dioptre control: 3 ~ +1m -1
Eye relief: 16.9mm
Shutter: CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed range: 4 - 1/1000sec
Autofocus system: Video AF system
Autofocus areas: 5 -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, Centre-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, 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: 0.2 3.6 m / 0.7 11.8 ft. (approx.) from front of lens
Telephoto: 1.2 2.2 m / 3.9 7.2 ft. (approx.) from front of lens
(Camera sensitivity: auto)
Flash modes: Autoflash, Autoflash with Red-Eye reduction, Fill flash, Slow-shutter sync. Autoflash deactivated with Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual exposure modes. Flash cancel by pushing the built-in flash down.
Flash recycling time: 7 s (approx.)
Flash compensation: 2 Ev in 1/3 increments
Flash-sync speeds: All shutter speeds
External flashes: Auto-flash metering withProgram/Maxxum Flash 2500 (D), Program 3600HS (D), Program Flash 5600HS (D)
Continuous advance: - UHS (Ultra High Speed) continuous advance: 10fps (approx.) (1024 x 768) - Standard continuous advance: 2.2fps (approx.)
* Actual speed may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings.
Approximate number of frames that can be captured at one time with the continuous-advance drive modes:

UHS continuous advance

1024x768

Fine

Max. 20frames

Standard

Economy


Standard continuous advance

2560x1920

2048x1536

1600x1200

640x480

Fine

* 3 frames

4 frames

6 frames

38 frames

Standard

6 frames

9 frames

17 frames

122 frames

Economy

8 frames

18 frames

38 frames

143 frames

*2.0 fps (approx.) 2560x1920 Fine
* Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings.

Progressive Capture: Stores images from the latest frame captured with the continuous advance.
Maximum number of images that can be recorded with the Progressive Capture mode: Max. 20 frames (approx. 10 fps) 1024x768
Exposure bracketing: Three frame bracket in0.5, 0.3 Ev increments
Self-timer: 10 s, 2s (approx.)
Movie: Recording time dependent on memory card capacity, image size, and frame rate. No. of recorded pixels: 640x480 Fine, 640x480 Standard, 320x240 Standard Frame rate: 15fps, 30 fps Audio: monaural Optical zoom is ON in recording Movie frame capture Movie editing 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: Available (Auto)
Digital zoom: 4x (max.) in 0.2x increments
Languages Japanese, English, Germany , French, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified character), Italian, Swedish
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 customisation: The function activated by the flash-mode button can be changed.
Image-quality modes: Fine, Standard, Economy
Number of recorded pixels (Still images):
2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480 1024x768 in UHS continuous-advance mode and Progressive Capture mode
Number of recorded pixels (Movie clips): 640x480, 320x240
Storage capacity: Approximate storage capacity of a 16MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card:

Still images

2560x1920

2048x1536

1600x1200

640x480

Fine

4 frames

7 frames

12 frames

67 frames

Standard

9 frames

15 frames

22 frames

101 frames

Economy

18 frames

26 frames

37 frames

142 frames

Movie clips

640x480 FINE

640x480 Standard

320x240

Standard

30 fps

9 s

14 s

29 s

15 fps

18 s

28 s

57 s

* Movie clips recorded with audio.
* Actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and memory card used.
File formats: JPEG, Motion JPEG (MOV): with audio 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 III , 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)
Anti- Shake system: CCD-Shift Anti-Shake system User selectable
Batteries: 4x AA batteries: Alkaline, Ni-MH
Battery performance (Playback):
Approximate continuous playback time: 240 min. (approx.) with alkaline batteries.
Battery performance (Recording): Approximate number of recorded images: 240 (approx.)
Conforming to CIPA (included AA alkaline batteries, included SD memory card)
External power source: 6V DC with specified AC adapter (sold separately)
Dimensions: 108.5 (W) x 80.0(H) x 84(D) mm 4.3(W) x 3.1 (H) x 3.3 (D) in.
Weight: 340g / 12.0oz. (Approx.) without batteries or recording media
Operating temperature: 0-40C / 32-104F

Standard accessories:
Neck Strap NS-DG7000
Lens Cap LF-243 set
Accessory Shoe Cap SC-1000
AV Cable AVC-700
16MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card
USB Cable USB-2
DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM
Four AA Alkaline batteries

Optional accessories:
AC Adapter AC-11
Camera Case CS-DG1000
Leather Neck Strap NS-DG1000
Wide-angle Converter ZCW-300 kit
Adapter ring for attaching filter/converter ZCA-300
Program Flash 3600HS (D), 5600HS (D), 2500(D)

Specifications and accessories are based on the information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.

System Requirements
The following operating systems are compatible with the camera:
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 preinstalled Mac OS 9.0 9.2.2, Mac OS X v10.1.3 10.1.5, and v10.2.1 10.2.8, v10.3-10.3.6 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 Z5 package.

System requirements are based on the latest information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.

DiMAGE, CxProcess are trademarks or registered trademarks of KONICA MINOLTA Photo Imaging, Inc.

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