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Konica Minolta announce Dynax 5D

Konica Minolta announce Dynax 5D - High-performance digital SLR camera uniting body-integral Anti-Shake Technology and smooth operation in a lightweight design

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Konica Minolta Dynax 5D
Konica Minolta announce Dynax 5D
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Konica Minolta announce Dynax 5D
Following the release of the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Konica Minolta announce the Dynax 5D, a high-performance interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera that combines Konica Minoltas advanced technologies and greater ease of use into a smaller and lighter design.

The Dynax 5D ensures photo-imaging excellence using Konica Minoltas proprietary awardwinning Anti-Shake technology, utilising an exclusive CCD-Shift mechanism to compensate for blurring caused by camera shake even when taking photos in dimly lit scenes, in natural light with a telephoto lens, or in macro shots where extra stability is vital for a sharpshot. This innovative Anti-Shake technology not only provides the equivalent correctioneffect with a shutter speed 2 to 3 stops slower*2, but also compatibility with any Dynax system lenses*1.

Boasting more than high performance, this digital SLR camera also features an ideal,compact design with a high-quality, stylish, and lightweight construction. Rubberised gripsmake it highly tactile and easy to handle and hold. The Dynax 5D ensures images of exceptional quality with a large, 6.1 Megapixel (effective) CCD sensor, an Advanced LSI engine for high-speed image processing, as well as Konica Minoltas CxProcess III image processing technology, an original technology highly acclaimed for rendering fine image detail and stunning colour rendition.

Offering an enhanced view for superior pictures, the camera boasts a large 2.5 Inch colour LCD thatprovides simple navigation through easy-to-use on-screen menus and set-up options. The LCD makes camera control even easier, displaying detailed camera settings as well as captured images.

For even greater convenience and ease of use, the Dynax 5D includes a Digital Subject ProgramSelector, which automatically designates an optimum exposure and image-processing program for five frequently photographed scenes.

The Dynax 5D also offers a comprehensive range of easy-to-use functions that allow precise adjustments of all camera settings whatever the shooting situation. While high-performancefunctions satisfy the demanding and creative techniques of photography enthusiasts, the camera has at its core ease of use and simple operation with a basic level of control that makes it idealeven for novice users.

Product highlights
1. Body-Integral Anti-Shake performance with all Dynax system lenses*1 ensures steady shots forsuperb image quality
2. Simple operation in a stylish, compact and lightweight package
3. 6.1 Megapixel CCD and Konica Minolta original image processing technology CxProcess IIIrenders images in amazing detail
4. A large, 2.5-inch colour LCD monitor provides clear image viewing and data display
5. Comprehensive image adjustment and control for creative
6. Easy and Intuitive Operation

Features
Body Integral Anti-Shake Performance with All Dynax System Lenses*1
The Dynax 5D inherits the revolutionary technology of the Dynax 7D the worlds first*3 digital SLRwith built-in Anti-Shake technology and CCD-Shift mechanism that is compatible with all Dynaxsystem lenses*1.

This award winning Anti-Shake technology was selected as European Photo Innovation of the Year2004 2005 by EISA*4 and provides the equivalent compensation effect with a shutter speed 2 - 3stops slower*2

Now its possible to reduce blur caused by camera-shake, even when taking photos in dimly lit ortwilight scenes, in natural light with a telephoto lens, as well as macro shots without relying on ahigher ISO setting, the aid of a flash or tripod. Anti-Shake responds quickly to both broad, slow-swaying motion of the camera body and the higher frequency shaking typical of camera-shakecaused by the photographers hands.

The Anti-Shake technology can be switched on or off via a dedicated switch on the cameras back,and an Anti-Shake indicator is displayed in the viewfinder LCD to keep the user informed whenmotion is detected.

Durable, Compact Body and High-Quality Texture
The Dynax 5D enhances camera reliability through its strong build quality. The body is constructedusing sturdy glass fibre plastic, making it lighter and smaller than the Dynax 7D by about 22% involume, while a functional rubber grip based on new ergonomic design research provides acomfortable and secure hold.

Large CCD and Advanced Image Processing Technology
Integrating Konica Minoltas advanced technologies for photo-imaging excellence, the Dynax 5Dboasts an advanced LSI (image processing engine) and CxProcess III technology designed toprovide stunning, natural-looking images.

Konica Minolta original image processing technology, CxProcess III optimises four essentialelements:
1) sharpness to take full advantage of the advanced optical technologies incorporated into thelens, presenting rich detail and realism without losing the quality of defocused images
2) colour reproduction to ensure that colours are rendered just as the human eye perceivesthem such as the subtle natural hues of skin tones,
3) gradation reproduction to render both clearness and deep presentation of gradations forboth shadows and highlights
4) noise reduction to achieve a natural, impressive presentation of textured images.

Big, Bright 2.5 Inch LCD with Navigation Display
Providing an enhanced view for your photos, the Dynax 5D incorporates a large, 2.5 Inch LCDmonitor that also works as a Navigation Display for camera settings. For even greater convenience,the display automatically switches from horizontal to vertical format when shooting in uprightportrait format and lets you adjust size of the on-screen text.

Comprehensive image adjustment and control for creative users
a) Digital Subject Program Selector

The Digital Subject Program Selector offers five convenient options: portrait, sports, landscape,evening sunset view, and night view. Using the exposure mode dial, simply select an appropriateoption for your chosen scene, and the Dynax 5D will automatically select an appropriate exposurecontrol, AF mode, and image-processing program. This function makes it quick and easy foranyone to take beautiful shots without the need for complicated settings.
b) Digital Effect Control
An additional creative control allow further user adjustment, the Digital Effect Control lets you selectan option among ten scene types, edit the parameters to your preferences, and then store thesettings. Once a scene is selected, the Dynax 5D automatically sets appropriate image processingand image quality parameters. The exposure can then be manually selected so you can customisethe contrast and sharpness saturation parameters within five steps from the default values to createthe exact look you want.
c) Colour temperature setting:
In addition to AWB (auto white balance), PWB (preset white balance), custom white balance andcolour temperature settings, the Dynax 5D offers added creative freedom with CC (ColourCompensation) filter effects and Colour Temperature fine-tuning in 100K increments. And, thecameras G9 (Green) to M9 (Magenta) range enables precise white balance adjustments for difficultlighting situations.
d) White-Balance Bracketing:
Offering a new level of convenience and efficiency, this function lets you take a shot in differingcolour temperature settings with two options for your desired colour temperate range. Based on therange, the Dynax 5D simultaneously records three frames in succession so you can manually selectyour favourite frame after the shot.
e) Zone Matching:
An inherited feature of the acclaimed Dynax 7D, High-key and Low-key tone capture extends theCCD dynamic range and adjust tone curves to ensure precise reproduction of gradations andsuppress noise in low-lighting shots. For example, using High-key mode to take wedding photosunder direct sunlight, the fine details of a brides flowers, white gown and train can be reproducedauthentically. In comparison, using Low-key mode, the subtle changes of shadows of a dark scenecan be captured in detail without noise interference.

Easy and Intuitive Operation
a) High-Performance, High-Speed AF
The Dynax 5D high-performance AF system offers exceptional accuracy with a central, cross hairtype, 9-point and 8 line AF sensor array that enables high-precision Predictive Focus Control aswell as High-Speed Subject Tracking for accurate focusing of moving subjects of indispensableasset in action and sports photography.
b) Smooth, Responsive Continuous Shooting
The Dynax 5D lets you capture up to 10 frames at a rate of approximately 3 frames per second (inLarge/Fine JPEG mode). The cameras high recording speed enables you to continue shootingquickly soon after.
c) User-friendly dials and controls
The Dynax 5D offers a simple, user-friendly configuration of dials and controls that even a beginnerSLR camera user will quickly feel familiar with. Added functions provide users who are moving upfrom more basic models with intuitive control; for example, the exposure mode dial also operatesthe five options of the Digital Subject Program Selector, and an independent lever ensures quickand easy white balance control. Electronic menus display adjustable parameters to meet thedemands of advanced photographers, and a menu call button simplifies menu navigation.Enhancing ease of use further still, operating procedures that use common keys have beenstandardised across functions and screens so that users can navigate intuitively without having torefer the instructions.

d) High-Performance Viewfinder
A bright, clear viewfinder displays essential shooting settings at the bottom of the frame, providingusers all the information they need to make creative adjustments quickly. It also incorporates aspherical acute matte focusing screen for accurate, bright critical focusing assessment. And, toaccommodate the cameras smaller design, the Dynax 5D employs a newly developed forward-bend finder optical system and roof-mirror type of pentaprism.

NOTES:
*1 Macro Zoom 1X to 3X specialist lenses the Anti-Shake function must be turned off
*2 The Anti-Shake technology correction effect varies with the shooting conditions and lens used
*3 As an Interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera
*4 The European Imaging and Sound Association, publishing 50 major photography and AV magazines in 20 European countries


Specifications
CAMERA TYPE
Digital SLR with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses
LENS MOUNT Minolta A-type bayonet mount

IMAGE CAPTURE
Image sensor Interline primary colour CCD (23.5 mm x 15.7 mm) with interlace scan
No. of pixels (approx.) Total: 6.3 million, Effective: 6.1 million
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 equivalent
White balance control Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), Custom, Colour temperature (2500 ~ 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation)

RECORDING
Recording media Type I and Type II CompactFlash Cards, Microdrive, SD Memory Card*, Multimedia Card* * with optional SD-CF1
File format
JPEG, RAW (DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF supported by printing functions in ver.1.1, Exif 2.21)
No. of recorded pixels
L: 3008 x 2000, M: 2256 x 1496, S: 1504 x 1000
Storage capacity (approx.) (L: 3008 x 2000 / M: 2256 x 1496 / S: 1504 x 1000) (with 512MB CF card in L / M / S size) STD: 277 / 470 / 926 FINE: 163 / 282 / 584 EXTRA-FINE: 82 / 145 / 314, RAW+JPEG: 39 / 44 / 48, RAW: 53
Colour modes
Natural, Natural Plus, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait, Black & White, Adobe RGB, Embedded Adobe RGB. Except for Adobe RGB and Embedded Adobe RGB, all other colour modes use the sRGB colour space.
Image quality modes Standard, Fine, Extra-Fine, RAW, RAW+JPEG
Contrast / Saturation / Sharpness
5 steps: +2, -1, +-0, +1, +2 Noise reduction Available at shutter speeds longer than 1sec
Delete function
Single, multiple, or all frames in a folder / memory card can be deleted. Folders can be deleted in the File Browser.

PLAYBACK LCD monitor 2.5-inch TFT colour, Total pixels: 115,000
Playback mode
Single-frame (Image only, Image and information), Histogram with luminance limit display, Index (4, 9, or 16 frames), Enlarged playback (up to approx. 5x), File Browser, Slideshow, manual and auto rotation

AF SYSTEM
Type
TTL phase-detection system
Sensor
CCD line sensors (9 points, 8 lines with centre cross-hair sensor)
Sensitivity range
-1 EV ~ 18 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent)
Main functions
Wide AF area, spot AF area, and 9 local AF areas with Focus Area Selection. AF-A / AF-S / AF-C / DMF. Predictive Focus Control (with moving subjects in AF-A and AF-C), auto-tracking focus-point display
AF illuminator
Available with built-in flash. Range: 1 m ~ 5 m

AE SYSTEM
Metering type
TTL metering; multi-segment metering, Centre-weighted metering, Spot metering
Metering cell
14-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Metering range
+1 EV ~ +20 EV (+4 EV to +20 EV with Spot metering), (at ISO 100 with f/1.4 lens)
Exposure modes
Auto recording / P (with program shift), A, S, M, and Portrait, Sports Action, Landscape, Sunset, and Night Portrait Digital Subject Programs
Exposure compensation
+2 EV in 1/3 EV increments
AE lock
Automatically activated with AF lock, available via AEL button

BUILT-IN FLASH
Flash metering system
ADI / Pre-flash TTL flash metering
Flash compensation
2 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Guide No.
GN 12 (in meters at ISO 100)
Recycling time
Approx. 3s
Control
Manual (raise the flash to activate)
Flash modes
Fill Flash, Red-eye reduction (via pre-flash), Rear Sync flash, Wireless / Remote off-camera flash, High-speed sync available with Program Flash 5600HS(D) / 3600HS(D), Slow sync activated via AE lock button

SHUTTER
Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Speed range
1/4000 s ~ 30 s, bulb exposures possible
Flash sync speed 1/160 s (with Anti-Shake off), 1/125 s (with Anti-Shake on)

VIEWFINDER Type Fixed eye-level system with roof mirror type pentaprism
Focusing screen
Spherical Acute Matte
Field of view
95 %
Magnification
0.83 x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1
Eye relief
Approx. 20 mm from the eyepiece, 16 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 Dioptre (-1m-1) Dioptre control -2.5 ~ +1.0 m-1

DRIVE
Drive mode
Single-frame advance, Continuous advance, 10 s and 2 s Self-timer, Single-frame advance bracketing, Continuous-advance bracketing. Continuous-advance rate: 3 frames per second (approx.), Max. 5 frames (RAW), max. 3 frames (RAW+JPEG)
Exposure bracketing
With 0.3 EV / 0.7 EV increments, 3 frames

ANTI-SHAKE
System
CCD-Shift mechanism
Anti-Shake display
Anti-Shake scale in viewfinder
Anti-Shake compensation
Approx. 2 EV ~ 3 EV decrease in shutter speed (Varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)

OTHERS
Other functions
Instant playback, Customisation, Zone Matching, Depth-of-field preview
PC interface USB: Full-Speed 12Mbps data transfer with a USB2.0 compatible computer
Video output
PAL / NTSC (selected on the camera)
Operating temperature
0-40C / 32-104F
Printing output control
Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching III, PictBridge
Battery
Lithium-ion battery NP-400
Battery performance
No. of frames recorded: approx. 550 (CIPA measurement), approx. 700 (Konica Minolta measurement)
External power source
6 V DC (with AC adapter AC-11)
Dimensions
(WxHxD) Approx. 130.5 mm x 92.5 mm x 66.5 mm
Weight
(approx.) Approx. 590 g* * without batteries, memory card and body accessories.

COMPATIBLE COMPUTERS IBM PC / AT compatible computers: Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP (Home / Professional), Windows 98, or Windows 98 Second Edition Apple Macintosh computers: Mac OS 9.0 ~ 9.2.2, Mac OS X v.10.1.3 ~ 10.1.5, v.10.2.1 ~ 10.2.8, v.10.3 ~ 10.3.9, v10.4 ~ 10.4.1

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