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Konica Minolta Dimage X1 announced

Konica Minolta Dimage X1 announced - The First X-Series Compact Digital Camera Equipped with 8 Megapixels, Anti-Shake and Desirable Design that inspires.

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Konica Minolta Dimage X1
Konica Minolta Dimage X1 announced
Aiming to create the ultimate digital camera for image quality, function,design, and size, Konica Minolta proudly announces the DiMAGE X1. A fusion of Konica Minoltas best imaging technologies combined with the DiMAGE Xseries sleek digital camera design, the new DiMAGE X1 offers you exquisitely beautiful images within a body that takes your breath away.

A camera of true expressive power, the DiMAGE X1 employs an 8 Megapixel,1/1.8-type CCD the highest resolution currently available in compact digital cameras. To take full advantage of this incredible resolution, the DiMAGE X1 integrates a newly designed optical system as well as CxProcess III image processing technology that renders images as natural-looking as they appear to your eye.

The DiMAGE X1 represents the 10th X series camera and the first toencapsulate Anti-Shake to help reduce the effects of camera shake. Thus ensuring clear, steady shots of scenes that are otherwise difficult to capture by hand holding such as in low light situations or indoors. Konica Minolta pioneered Anti-Shake through the DiMAGE A series, further models in the DiMAGE Z series delivering this unique technology to a greater number ofusers. In 2004 Konica Minolta released the Dynax 7D, providing Anti-Shake forthe first time with interchangeable lenses of any focal length.

The DiMAGE X1 boasts a newly developed type of Anti-Shake system that complement sits folded optics and allows for a more miniaturisation. Offering unrivalled stability, this new type of Anti-Shake system can provide the equivalent of up to 3 steps assistance to help compensate for camera shake, and is effective for taking pictures in low light conditions and using slow shutter speeds around 1/6th of a second at the Wide-Angle.

To accommodate the high image resolution while keeping the body as slim as possible, the DiMAGE X1 employs a newly designed non-protruding 3X optical zoom lens and delivers a lens focal length of 7.7 to 23.1 mm (equivalent to 37 to 111mm in 35mm format) and an aperture range from F3.5 to F3.8. Complementing this exceptional optical system, the X1 offers two ways to take close-ups: Auto Macro Mode*1, which takes macroshots without having to switch the mode, and Super Macro mode, which capture samazing close-ups as near as 5 cm.

On the reverse, the DiMAGE X1 is equipped with a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor that features a Bright LCD backlight function, which lets you adjust the LCD brightness asneeded with the simple touch of a button. The LCD monitor also offers enhanced easy cleaning thanks to a protective acrylic covering.

The design features of the DiMAGE X1 increase desirability for users who value not only amazing performance, but also sophisticated design. A sleek, metallic elegance makes theX1 impossible to resist, while smooth round edges fit neatly in your palm, giving you easeof use, familiarity and comfort.

The DiMAGE X1 is available in three coloured finishes. Models in silver resonate a futuristic and sophisticated look with a sensual satin finish that perfectly complements the elegant,genteel nature of the DiMAGE X1. Models available in wine red and black boast an exclusive, glossy mirror finish that evokes a sense of admiration whenever you see it, encouraging you to polish it before showing it to others.

The DiMAGE X1 is also the first Konica Minolta digital camera to come with a convenient, multifunction cradle, which provides quick and easy connectivity for TVs, playback via TV, download to PC or direct printing through PictBridge all whilst recharging the battery insitu. Alternatively recharge a spare battery by inserting it in the battery slot.

*1 Shortest shooting distance: 10 cm in Wide-angle and 40 cm in Telephoto positions

Product Highlights

  • 8 Megapixel, 1/1.8-type CCD captures images in smooth, ultra-high resolution
  • Konica Minolta proprietary CxProcess III image processing technology reproduces images as clearly and naturally as they appear to your eye
  • Newly developed, compact Anti-Shake system for clear, steady shots
  • New flat 3X Optical Zoom lens doesnt protrude even whilst zooming
  • Large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor ensures a clear view even under bright light Ultra-slim, sleek, and elegant body with a luxurious finish that is a joy to behold
  • Multifunction cradle offers ideal connectivity with your computer and TV

Features
The Peak in Resolution Among Compact Digital Cameras

Using a 1/1.8-type CCD, the DiMAGE X1 features approximately 8,300,000 pixels, the highest resolution in a compact digital camera currently available (as of June 2005). TheDiMAGE X1 enables you to take pictures with up to 3,264 x 2,448 pixels, creating crisp and detailed images for printed enlargements up to A3 in size.

The DiMAGE X1s size is also small. With folded optics technology, the size of a CCD unit dictates the cameras thickness. The slim and compact size of the DiMAGE X1s CCDallows for a body 19.5 mm in width, the first time for an X series model to achieve a profile less than 20 mm in size.

Konica Minoltas Proprietary CxProcess III Image Processing Technology
To achieve optimum compatibility with its new optics, 8 Megapixel resolution, and 1/1.8-type CCD, the DiMAGE X1 uses Konica Minoltas top image processing technology CxProcess III. With this combination, the DiMAGE X1 is able to reproduce images asclearly and naturally as they appear to your eye. With this combination, the DiMAGE X1 isable to reproduce images as clearly and naturally as they appear to your eye. You canenjoy genuine colour and tone straight on prints even without manipulation on computers.

A Completely New Type of Anti-Shake System
For the first time ever in the X series, the DiMAGE X1 offers an Anti-Shake system, whichmakes it easy to take clear, steady shots of scenes that are normally difficult to shoot byhand. Offering unrivalled stability, the Anti-Shake system can compensate up to 3 EVexposure stops lower, making it ideal for taking handheld, wide-angle shots in low light conditions indoors, or after sunset with shutter speeds at 1/6 of a second at wide-angle setting. For example, in dark settings, such as the light of a candle or tungsten bulb, youcan shoot without using a flash and retain the atmospheric look of the scene.

Differing from the DiMAGE A and Z series, which use the award winning CCD-Shift Anti-Shake, here a newly developed Anti-Shake is used that counters shaking by tilting the entire optical unit together with the CCD. It is designed to ideally complement the DiMAGEX1 folded optics technology that preserves the compact, thin body construction.

Both Konica Minolta Anti-Shake systems, achieve steady shots without moving any particular lens in the lens group. Ensuring these systems achieve Anti-Shake while retaining the performance of the lens that is designed to deliver optimum performance. Anti-Shake represents a dedication to camera technology and respects optical performance.

Newly Designed Non-Protruding 3X Optical Zoom Lens
To accommodate the high 8 Megapixel resolution CCD of the DiMAGE X1 while still keeping the body as slim as possible, the DiMAGE X1 introduces a newly designed, non-protruding 3X optical zoom lens. This new lens system achieves a focal length of 7.7 to23.1 mm (equivalent to 37 to 111 mm in 35 mm format) and an aperture range from F3.5 to F3.8.

The DiMAGE X1 is also equipped with a Super Macro mode. Using this amazing function with the zoom lens at the wide-angle setting, you can bring the lens within 5 cm of your subject and capture vivid, super close-ups that fill the entire frame. Auto Macro shooting (the shortest normal focus distance is 10 cm at wide-angle and 40 cm at telephoto), a customary feature of all the DiMAGE X series cameras, makes it easy to quickly take close-up shots without switching functions.

Large, Bright 2.5-inch Rear LCD Monitor
The DiMAGE X1 is equipped with a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor that gives you a bright, clear view for framing shots and reading the menu screen. Using the Bright LCD backlight function allows you to set the screen 1.5 times brighter, so you can easily see the monitor in bright outdoor locations. As with the DiMAGE X50 and DiMAGE X60, the surface of theDiMAGE X1 LCD monitor is protected with an easy-to-clean acrylic panel that is simply wiped clean of smeary finger prints.

Rounded, Ultra-Slim Polished Body
Without a single protruding part, the super-slim, flat body of the DiMAGE X1 measures just95 x 68 x 19.5mm(W x H x D), the first time the X series models have achieved a body profile less than 20mm in size.

Another key feature of the DiMAGE X1 is its sophisticated body design. Our designers encapsulated their artistic vitality into creating several key design concepts: 1) a newadvanced lifestyle that inspires users to think of the camera as more than a picture-taking tool, 2) a body design that is as irresistible to hold and touch as it is to admire, 3) a minimalist approach to controls that complements the clear and elegant appearance, 4) an extravagant approach to incorporating advanced technology, and 5) a sense of modernluxury, expressed definitively through the cameras elegant finish.

The sophisticated rounded form of the DiMAGE X1 exudes a sleek, metallic grace youllwant to hold in your hands. The rounded edges fit neatly in your palm, giving you quick familiarity and comfort in hand.

Multifunction Cradle Offers Ideal Connectivity with Your Computer, TV and Printer
The DiMAGE X1 is the first Konica Minolta digital camera to come with its own convenient multifunction cradle. Integrating flawlessly with the smooth lines of the DiMAGE X1, the cradle eliminates cumbersome cable arrangements and provides quick and easy connectivity for uploading and viewing images directly on your Computer or TV. TheDiMAGE X1 multifunction cradle can also operate as a battery charger, which can either charge the battery alone or the battery when its inside the camera. The cradle can even position the LCD monitor forward so you can use it as an image viewer to share with friends.

Digital Subject Program Selection
The DiMAGE X1 makes taking clear, high-quality shots effortless with a Digital Subject Program Selection that offers pre-programmed settings for seven popular photo scenes: Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Super Macro, Night Portrait, Night View, and Text. You simplychoose the mode best suited to your shooting conditions, and the X1 is ready in an instant with the optimum settings to turn that special moment into a beautiful memory.

Ultra High Speed Continuous Advance
UHS Continuous Advance captures 640x480-pixel images at up to 10 fps at any image quality setting, making it ideal for capturing fleeting action such as recording a tennis orgolf swing or a childs playful expression. The UHS Progressive Capture mode saves images from the last 1.5 seconds before releasing the shutter button (up to 15 images at 640x480), which means you wont miss photo opportunities during fast moving sporting events.

High-Resolution VGA Movie Clips Enhanced with Anti-Shake
For the first time in the X series, the DiMAGE X1 offers recording of smooth, high-resolution VGA (640x480 pixels) movie clips with sound. Anti-Shake technology and Autofocus combine to ensure amazingly clear images. While recording, you can even get even closer to the action using the 3X optical zoom without losing image quality. The DiMAGEX1 records movie in JPEG (MOV) format these are compatible with QuickTime for playing images back on a computer.

Easy-to-Use Bundled Software

  • DiMAGE Master Lite This Konica Minolta software for viewing and editing images allows you to carry outdetailed image editing, confirm image information (Exif) recorded when shooting, and carryout colour matching.
  • Kodak EasyShare This image management software has an intuitive interface ideal for beginners. It allows you to make beautiful prints easily. As well, you can quickly and easily share your favourite images with friends and family, make photo CDs, and attach photos to email.

DiMAGE X1 Specifications
Number of effective pixels
8.0 million (approx.) (**3296 x 2460)
CCD 1/1.8-type interline primary-colour CCD **Total pixels: approx. 8.3 million (3320 x 2496) Focal length 7.7 - 23.1mm (equivalent to 37 - 111mm in 35mm format) Max. aperture f/3.5 - f/3.8 Focusing range Wide-angle: 0.1m to infinity, Telephoto: 0.4m to infinity (from front of camera) Maximum magnification: 0.12 x (equivalent to 0.56x in 35mm format) (Focal length: 13.0mm, equivalent to 62mm in 35mm format, shooting distance: 10cm) Area covered at maximum magnification: 61 x 46mm Super Macro: 0.05m to infinity (from front of camera) (Focal length: 13.0mm, equivalent to 62mm in 35mm format)
Maximum magnification:
0.21x (equivalent to 1.02x in 35mm format) Area covered at maximum magnification: 34 x 25mm
Recording media
SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards, Multimedia Cards
File format
Still Image: JPEG, DCF2.0-compliant, DPOF-compliant (supported by printing functions in ver. 1.1) (On/off selectable on both index print and date imprinting), Exif 2.2. Movie: Motion JPEG (MOV) with monaural audio. Voice: WAVE (monaural audio only)
Number of recorded pixels 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Image quality modes Fine, Standard, Economy
LCD monitor
2.5-inch (**6.3cm) low-temperature polysilicon TFT colour, Total pixels: 118,000 (approx.), Field of view: 100% (approx.)
Autofocus system
Video AF
Autofocus area Changeable between spot and wide (five-point AF)
Exposure mode
Programmed AE
Metering
Multi-segment (300 segments), Spot metering
Exposure compensation
+/-2 Ev in 1/3 increments
Camera sensitivity
Automatic, ISO 50, 100, 200 equivalents. **Automatic: between ISO 50 - 160 equivalent. **When the flash fires, the automatic sensitivity gain is between ISO 50 - 160 equivalent. Shutter CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed range
1- 1/1250 s
Flash metering
Pre-flash TTL
Guide number
Approx. 6.5(in meters at ISO 100)
White balance control
Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent), Setting possible in movie recording mode (Same with still images) **Method: TTL
Continuous advance 0.5 fps (approx.) Number of frames: 3 frames (approx.) (3264 x 2448, Standard) Progressive capture selectable.
Colour modes / Colour space
Colour, B/W, and Sepia Image correction Contrast, Sharpness (3 levels)
Playback functions
Single-frame playback, Index playback (6 frames), Enlarged playback (6x (max.) in 1.1x increments, scrollable), Movie, Audio track indicator, Camera statuses, E-mail Copy function, Crop frame, Slide show, Rotate (manual)
Printing output control
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge
Movie recording functions (format)
Night Movie. Focusing and optical zooming during recording. Each settings are selectable (ON/OFF) in the menu. Default: OFF.
Number of recorded pixels (movie)
640 x 480, 320 x 240
Frame rate
20 fps
Movie recording time Until the Memory Card is full (dependent on memory card capacity and battery power.)
Audio
Audio recording, Audio caption
Battery
One lithium-ion battery (NP-1)
Battery performance (still)
150 frames (approx.) (Conforming to CIPA*1 (included Lithium-ion battery, included SD memory card)) *1CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association **CIPA test method: Image size: 3264 x 2448, standard image quality, no instant playback, Flash used with 50% of the frames, etc.
Battery performance (playback)
140 min.(approx.) (Based on KONICA MINOLTA's standard test method: with included lithium-ion battery)
PC interface
USB (with specified cradle)(Full-speed 12Mbps data transfer available with USB 2.0 compatible computer) ** High speed (480Mbps) is not supported.
AV output
NTSC/PAL (selectable on the camera)(with specified cradle)
Supported operating system
Data storage: Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000(Professional) XP (Home/Professional), Mac OS 9.0-9.2.2/Mac OS X v10.1.3-10.1.5/v10.2.1-10.2.8/v10.3-10.3.9/v10.4-10.4.1
Dimensions
(WxHxD) 95 (W) x 68 (H) x 19.5 (D) mm (Except projection)
Weight
135 g (approx.) without batteries or recording media Specifications are based on Konica Minolta testing.
Compatible Computers IBM compatible PCs with built-in USB port running Windows XP (Professional/Home Edition), Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98, Windows 98 SE Apple Macintosh computers with built-in USB port running Mac OS 9.0-9.2.2, Mac OS X ver. 10.1.3-10.1.5, 10.2.1-10.2.8, 10.3-10.3.9, and 10.4-10.4.1.

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Jeremy Hoare 11 32
16 Jul 2005 9:46AM
Where's the viewfinder then?

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Ade_Osman 11 4.5k 36 England
19 Jul 2005 6:29AM
Only 3x optical zoom....Hmmmm, won't be trading in nu SLR just yet then!

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