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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 5 Megapixel

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 5 Megapixel - Energy Efficient Design, 8x zoom and claimed to be the fastest-in-Class

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Konica Minolta Dimage Z20The DiMAGE Z20 will get that precious close-up of the expression on your childs face with the 8x optical zoom. It will capture your child doing something amusingly unexpected using the Rapid AF with Predictive Focus Control. And it wont miss these moments thanks to a 0.5-second (approx.) fastest-in-class startup*1.

The DiMAGE Z20s 8x optical Mega Zoom and 4x digital zoom combine for a total 32x zoom, allowing you to capture everything from sports 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 DiMAGE Z20 combines a 5 Megapixel primary-colour CCD with proprietary CxProcess III image processing technology for pictures that are exactly the way you see them.

The DiMAGE Z20s Rapid AF combines a passive AF sensor with the video AF system, giving a fast focusing time of approximately 0.3 second *3 in both the Wide Angle and telephoto positions. The Rapid AF also has Predictive Focus Control, which predicts where a moving subject is heading and focuses accordingly. To round out the list of quick-response features, the DiMAGE Z20 has the fastest startup in its class*1 (approx. 0.5 sec.) and continuous shooting. Now you can be stress free amid all the excitement when you capture those decisive moments during sports events or other continuous action.

Not only is the DiMAGE Z20 a sprinter with its fast startup; its also a marathon runner in power efficiency that allows you to take up to approximately 450 frames with the four included AA alkaline batteries. This is more shots than any other digital camera in its class*2.

The DiMAGE Z20 has a Macro mode that allows you to position the lens as close as 1 cm from the subject. Capture the smallest subjectsflowers, insects, or jewellerywith the greatest detail.

In addition to all its still shooting features, the DiMAGE Z20 can also take high-quality movie clips in VGA (640x480) resolution.

Despite its powerful 8x optical zoom; the DiMAGE Z20 weighs just approximately 300 g. Its ergonomic form gives you a steady grip while its intuitive control button layout allows even camera novices to enjoy digital photography in no time at all.

Features

8x Optical Mega Zoom
The DiMAGE Z20 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 digital zoom. With the 8x optical zoom and the 4x digital zoom combed gives a 32x total zoom, the DiMAGE Z20 is ideal for taking distance shots at sports events or capturing distant scenery.

The DiMAGE Z20 incorporates a high performance 8x optical lens consisting of 11 elements in nine groups that includes two aspheric lenses. With two aspheric lenses, the DiMAGE Z20 corrects various kinds of optical aberrations in the zoom range and renders beautiful, homogenous, distortion-free images from the centre to the edge.

5 Megapixel CCD for Beautiful Prints
The 5 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch CCD produces plenty of detail for creating high-quality enlargementsas big as 21.7x16.3 cm at 300-dpi print resolution. In addition, the CCD's primary colour filter offers high colour fidelity.

Superbly Detailed Images with CxProcess III
The DiMAGE Z20 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.

Fastest Startup in Its Class*1
The DiMAGE Z20 boasts an amazingly fast and reliable startup. Just switch the camera on and youre ready to start taking great pictures in just approximately 0.5 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 approximately 0.3 second*3. The DiMAGE Z20 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 Z20 is clearly ahead of the pack.

Up to Approximately 450 Frames on Four AA Alkaline Batteries
The DiMAGE Z20s power saving design allows you to take up to approximately 450 frames using four AA alkaline batteries. This is more shots than any other digital camera in its class*2.

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

P.A.S.M. Exposure Control and Metering Modes
The DiMAGE Z20 offers incredible control over exposure. There are four modes: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. The DiMAGE Z20 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.

Konica Minolta Dimage Z20 back viewSwitch Finder
The DiMAGE Z20s Switch Finder function positions the LCD monitor (Monitor Display) for use in the viewfinder (Viewfinder display). Meaning there is no colour, contrast, or resolution difference between the images on the viewfinder and the LCD monitor because both are from the same hardware source. The viewfinder was designed with a large apparent angle of view so the image is large and clear.

Progressive Capture
The DiMAGE Z20 allows you to take high-speed consecutive shots at 1.0 fps. (approx.) Hold down the shutter release and the DiMAGE Z20 captures consecutive images onto the buffer memory (SDRAM). Release pressure from 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 personal sports training situations.

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, you can use the flash button to change settings like the drive mode, white balance, focus mode, colour mode, or sensitivity.

PictBridge*4 Compatible
Forget all about complicated connections with a PC. Get fast, fun printouts directly from your camera by connecting the DiMAGE Z20 to a PictBridge*4 compliant printer. You can check which images you want to print on the DiMAGE Z20s LCD monitor and then print out your favourites in no time at all.

VGA Movie Recording
The DiMAGE Z20 records movies without sound. It records 15-fps VGA resolution (640x480) movies. It also records 320x240 movies at either 30 fps or 15 fps. The XR (Extended Recording) Movie mode lets you record longer movie clips onto the SD memory card until the memory card is full. Night Movie uses high camera sensitivity to record under extreme lowlight conditions. And Movie Frame Capture lets you select your favourite moments from a movie and save them as still images.

Compact and Easy to Operate
The DiMAGE Z20s design is advanced yet familiar and easy-to-use. Even considering its powerful 8x zoom range, it weighs just approximately 300 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 telephoto zoom shots.

14.5MB (approx.) of Internal Storage
The DiMAGE Z20 carries 14.5MB (approx.) of internal storage. This means that if you happen to fill up your memory card, you can still capture and play back images. Or use the e-mail copy function to create 640x480 duplicate images of your favourite pictures. Then store these within the 14.5MB on board memory for display to your family and friends, perhaps by connecting it to a TV. This leaves the maximum capacity of the card for capture of new images or movies.

Optional Wide Converter ZCW-200 Wide Angle Converter
The optional Wide Angle Converter Kit allows you to fit more of the scene into each shot. The lens has a 26mm Wide Angle that is ideal for capturing indoor or outdoor architecture and panoramic landscape shots.

*1 Approximately 0.5 second, from when main switch is turned on until LCD monitor comes on. As of November 20, 2004, for 5 Megapixel-class digital cameras with built-in lens system and 8x or greater zoom.
*2 As of November 20, 2004, for 5 Megapixel-class digital cameras with built-in flash running on AA alkaline batteries.
Up to approximately 450 frames with the four included AA alkaline batteries and SD memory card. Based on the Konica Minolta standard test method and compliant with the CIPA standard.
*3 Approximately 0.3 second, based on the Konica Minolta Standard test method.
*4 PictBridge is an industry standard established by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

Full specifications
Number of effective pixels: 5.0 million (approx.)
CCD: 1/2.5-inch interline primary-colour CCD Total pixels: 5.2 million (approx.)
Camera sensitivity: Auto and 50,100, 200, and 320 ISO equivalents
Focal length: 6 - 48mm (35mm equivalent: 36 290mm)
Lens construction: 11 elements in 9 groups
Maximum aperture: f/3.2 f/3.4
Minimum focus distance: Wide: 0.5m/1.6ft from front of lens Telephoto: 1.5m/4.9ft from front of lens
Minimum macro distance: Macro Mode: Wide:0.01m / 0.4in. Tele:0.6m / 23.6in.
Maximum magnification: 0.24x Equivalent to 1.5x in 35mm format
Area covered at maximum magnification: 25 x 18mm /1.0 x 0.7 in. (approx.)
LCD monitor: 1.5-inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT colour Total number of pixels: 113,000 Automatic monitor amplification
Viewfinder type: Electronic Viewfinder
Field of view: Viewfinder: 98% (approx.)LCD monitor: 100 % (approx.)
Display-mode switch: Viewfinder display, LCD-monitor display Switch Finder system allows the monitor to be viewed directly or through the viewfinder.
Diopter control: 3 ~ +1m -1
Eye relief: 18.8mm
Shutter: CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed range: 4 - 1/2000
Autofocus system: Rapid AF: a combination of a passive AF sensor 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, 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 Ev increments
AE lock: By pressing shutter-release button partway down
Flash metering: Pre-flash TTL
Flash range: Wide: 0.5 4.6 m / 1.6 15.1 ft. (approx.) from front of lens Telephoto: 1.5 4.6 m / 4.9 15.1ft. (approx.) from front of lens
Flash modes: Autoflash, Autoflash with Red-Eye reduction, Fill flash, Flash cancel, Slow-shutter sync. Autoflash disabled with aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual exposure modes.
Flash recycling time: 5 s (approx.) Flash compensation: 2 Ev in 1/3 Ev increments
Flash-sync speeds: All shutter speeds
Continuous advance: 1.0 fps (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:

continuous advance

2560x1920

2048x1536

1600x1200

640x480

Fine

3 frames

3 frames

5 frames

28 frames

Standard

4 frames

7 frames

11 frames

45 frames

Economy

9 frames

13 frames

20 frames

64 frames

* 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. 6 frames (approx.1 fps)
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.
Frame rate: 15fps (640x480, 320x240), 30fps (320x240) 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
Digital zoom: 4x (max.) in 0.1x increments
Languages Japanese, English, Germany , French, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified character), Italian, Swedish
Copy function: To copy single or multiple images 1) Card to card 2) Card to internal storage 3) Internal storage to 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):2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Number of recorded pixels (Movie clips):640x480, 320x240,

Storage capacity: Approximate storage capacity of a 14.5MB internal storage:

Still images

2560x1920

2048x1536

1600x1200

640x480

Fine

6 frames

9 frames

14 frames

71 frames

Standard

11 frames

17 frames

28 frames

103 frames

Economy

22 frames

33 frames

48 frames

155 frames

Movie clips

640 x 480

320 x 240

30 fps

-

21 s

15 fps

27 s

43 s

Approximate storage capacity of a 64MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card:

Still images

2560x1920

2048x1536

1600x1200

640x480

Fine

25 frames

38 frames

61 frames

297 frames

Standard

49 frames

74 frames

117 frames

430 frames

Economy

94 frames

138 frames

203 frames

645 frames

Movie clips

640 x 480

320 x 240

30 fps

-

1minute 31 seconds

15 fps

1 minute 56 seconds

3 minutes 3 seconds

* 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 III, PictBridge
Recording media: SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards, Multimedia Cards, Internal storage (approx. 14.5MB)
Computer interface: Full-speed 12Mbps data transfer with USB 2.0 compatible computer
AV output: NTSC, PAL (selected on the camera)
Batteries: 4x AA batteries: Alkaline, Ni-MH
Battery performance (Playback): Approximate continuous playback time: 700 min. with alkaline batteries. (approx.)
Battery performance (Recording): Approximate number of recorded images: 450 (approx.) Conforming to CIPA (included AA alkaline batteries and 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: 0-40C / 32-104F

Standard accessories:
Neck Strap NS-DG800
Lens Cap LF-243B
Video Cable VC-400
USB Cable USB-3
DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM
4x AA Alkaline batteries

Optional accessories: AC Adapter AC-11
Camera Case CS-DG1000
Leather Neck Strap NS-DG1000
Wide Angle Converter ZCW-200

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 Z20 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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