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Konica Minolta unveil the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D

Konica Minolta unveil the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D - The World's first Digital SLR camera with revolutionary, body-integral, Anti-Shake technology

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Konica Minolta unveil the Konica Minolta Dynax 7DThis groundbreaking 6.1 Megapixels resolution, interchangeable lens digital camera is the World's first interchangeable lens digital SLR camera to contain a body integral CCD-Shift, Anti-Shake (camera shake compensation) technology that enhances picture quality, performance and improved handling characteristics.

 

The Konica Minolta Dynax 7D is an interchangeable lens digital SLR camera that inherits many of the high specifications and much of the Award winning performance from the Dynax Series SLR cameras.It's compatible with the full range of Dynax AF lenses.

The unique built-in CCD-Shift type Anti-Shake technology endows the new camera the first digital SLR to feature body-integral Anti-Shake function. The key benefit of Anti-Shake is it can support all Dynax AF lenses. Anti-Shake technology allows photography with reduced blur due to camera shake, even when shooting dimly lit scenes or when using telephoto lenses and shooting macro subjects without the aid of flash or a tripod.

Other key contributors to the new camera's performance are its 6.1 million effective pixels, housed on an APS-C size CCD and the Konica Minolta proprietary CxProcess III image processing technology, that delivers high definition, natural looking images.

High speed image processing is achieved through the all new Advanced LSI Engine, designed to help provide fast data handling for improved camera responsiveness and control.

The camera also sports a large, easy to view, high definition, 2.5-inch colour LCD monitor housed on its rear panel. The large screen provides a large clear display for menu navigation and image display. It also displays relevant shooting information and camera settings.

In keeping with its acclaimed Dynax film SLR counterpart the Dynax 7D inherits a similar, simple to use Mode Dial and Lever Operation system. To enhance handling further the new model also features a superbly bright, easy to view, high performance optical viewfinder.

In addition, the new digital SLR offers a comprehensive function set designed to meet a diverse range of photographic challenges and user needs. The Konica Minolta Dynax 7D is complemented by a broad range of Dynax accessories that offers photographers a complete system back up.

Konica Minolta unveil the Konica Minolta Dynax 7DProduct Highlights

  • World's first* 1 digital SLR to be equipped with a body integral, CCD-Shift camera shake compensation. Anti-Shake technology that supports all genuine Dynax interchangeable AF lenses.
  • Excellent picture quality derived from a high resolution 6.1 million pixels (effective) APS-C size CCD and original CxProcess III image processing technology
  • A large easy to view 2.5-inch high-definition colour LCD monitor that combines menu navigation with image and data display.
  • Combines simple operation in a stylish, compact package inheriting the product ideals of the Dynax range of film SLRs. Versatile imaging functions designed to satisfy any photographer's needs, whether they are an amateur or enthusiast.
  • Excellent system back up and accessories to cater to a broad range of subject genres and conditions.
Dynax 7D Features

The World's first* 1 digital SLR with body integral Anti-Shake Technology and CCD-Shift Mechanism. Providing simple compatibility with Dynax A Mount optics and allowing all Dynax interchangeable AF lenses to be used.

Konica Minolta award winning Anti-Shake technology has been selected as European Photo Innovation of the Year 2004 2005 by EISA* 4 and provides an equivalent correction effect* 3 allowing the use of a shutter speed 2 - 3 steps slower.

Now it's possible to reduce blur caused by camera shake. Even when taking photos in dimly lit or twilight scenes or in natural light with a telephoto lens, as well as macro shots without relying on a higher ISO setting, the aid of a flash or tripod.

Anti-Shake responds quickly to both broad, low velocity slow-swaying motion of the camera body and the higher frequency movement typical of camera shake caused by a photographer's muscle.

The Anti-Shake technology can be switched on or off via a dedicated switch on the camera's back. When activated an Anti-Shake indicator is displayed in the viewfinder to keep the user informed how much shake is being detected.

Consistently high picture quality is ensured by the 6.1 Million (effective) pixel APS-C size CCD, the unique CxProcess III image processing technology. This is delivered by a combination of Konica Minolta's expertise in photosensitive materials and exposure control technologies. Each is integrated here in this new model to ensure superb picture quality and to help make the most of any attached Dynax AF lens.

A large 6.1 Million effective pixel APS-C size CCD allows shooting of high-resolution images that have a wide dynamic range but with reduced noise, in highlight and shadows.

A newly developed Advanced LSI image processing engine designed for the Dynax 7D enables high-speed processing of large quantities of data and has been designed to improve image processing at high-sensitivity settings, ensuring reduced image noise while retaining high picture quality. This combination also helps ensure a handling response similar to the smooth shooting rhythm associated with 35mm film SLRs.

CxProcess III is a Konica Minolta original, image processing technology designed to provide impressive and natural looking images. CxProcess III achieves these stunning, natural looking images by integrating a broad range of photographic technologies gained from the Konica Minolta experience in this area. It ensures clear and crisp pictures, natural skin tones and packs in detail ideal for recording faithfully landscapes or macro subjects.

Konica Minolta unveil the Konica Minolta Dynax 7DA large, easy to view monitor that works as both the menu Navigation Display and Image Review Screen.

Easy to view 2.5-inch High Definition LCD Monitor mounted on the camera's back-plate is the large, easy to view 2.5-inch, high resolution 207,000-pixel colour monitor. It quickly and clearly displays captured shots for fast image appraisal. Image histogram data can be overlaid without obscuring the displayed image Thanks to its large size, it can also display up to a 16-frame thumbnail index display.

Menu and Navigation Display

The LCD monitor works as a Navigation Display allowing seamless operation with clear and concise camera settings displayed with comprehensive shooting information, indicated with large and easy to read text. Aiding ease of use further, the display automatically switches from horizontal to vertical format when shooting in the upright portrait format.

Simple operation and a stylish design ethos inherits design features and ease of use from its Dynax 7, 35mm film SLR camera predecessor.

Intuitive Operation with Mode Dial and Lever System

The new model inherits the dial and lever operation system from the Dynax 7, a system highly regarded by owners or its user-friendliness. It offer's intuitive operation making it particularly familiar to users moving up to the new digital model from the silver halide SLR predecessor. The exposure compensation dial and easy to use exposure mode dial is also inherited from the Dynax 7, making it familiar and helping users respond quickly to changing shooting conditions or rapidly changing picture opportunities. A separate white balance lever is provided for fast white balance control, enhancing ease of use even further.

Easy to view High Performance Viewfinder

A spherical acute matte focusing screen is used in the viewfinder for accurate, bright, critical focusing assessment. The new model incorporates an optical glass pentaprism viewfinder with 0.9X Magnification Factor and 95% Field of View for easy scene assessment and composition.

Konica Minolta unveil the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D Highly Durable and Reliable Magnesium Alloy Body

The Dynax 7D has a robust build quality due to its magnesium alloy front body panel and base. The tough build also enhances camera reliability.

Enhanced shooting functions and versatile control designed to satisfy photographic enthusiast and amateur users.

High Performance - High Speed AF

The new model incorporates a central cross hair type 9-point and 8-line AF sensor array. This provides high precision AF and high performance subject tracking of moving subjects within the frame. The AF system enables both Predictive Focus Control and Subject Tracking for high speed focus adjustment of moving subjects making it ideal for capturing fleeting moments or use in sports photography.

RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording

You can choose to shoot either JPEG or RAW images or both combined with the simultaneous RAW + JPEG Dual-format Capture Mode for improved post-shoot workflow.

High-Speed Continuous Advance and Image Processing with Large Capacity Image Buffer

The new model allows high speed continuous shooting of up to 9 consecutive frames at up to 3-frames per second in both RAW or RAW+JPEG modes due to the inclusion of a high capacity image buffer. Additionally it also allows continuous shooting of up to twelve 3008x2000 JPEG images at the extra-fine image-quality setting and fifteen JPEG images the same size at the fine image-quality setting. These high-speed shooting capabilities are ideal for capturing momentary expressions, sports or fleeting action shots, while retaining high picture quality throughout.

comprehensive Image Adjustment and Control for Creative Picture Capture

a) Image correction 5-step fine control adjustment for sharpness, contrast, colour saturation and hue.

b) White balance (WB) setting In addition to the auto mode the new camera has six presets for WB plus a custom mode for precise white balance settings in difficult lighting conditions. This model also features numerical setting for colour temperature which gives photographers a higher degree of colour temperature matching. Fine-tuning is possible over a range from 2500K to 9900K in 100K increments providing a broader range than with the Auto White Balance or Preset White Balance alone. This feature also allows precise control when directly input from accurate measurements calculated by the Konica Minolta Colormeter IIIF.

c) Zone Matching A new technology that allows the precise reproduction of tonal gradations in highlights and shadows; essential in difficult shooting conditions with predominant highlights and helps ensure noise free lowlight images. The Zone Matching system permits effective control of high and low key tone capture; the former important for highlight capture in shots such as white of a wedding dress; the latter for low light situations.

A wide variety of system accessories are also available adding versatility for all shooting styles and adding flexibility for any photographer's needs.

The dedicated VC-7D Vertical Control Grip for Dynax 7D connects to the camera body and provides a reassuringly firm grip on the camera. It enhances, upright camera control and overall ease of use, particularly for portrait format shots.

a) Comfortable operation and handling for vertical shooting

The VC-7D's sure-hold grip gives confident handling characteristics. The grip has a dedicated shutter-release button, front and rear control dials, AF/MF control button, AE lock button and AF area selector button, thereby delivering comfortable and reassuring handling characteristics to the camera in either horizontal or vertical shooting situations.

Dual lithium-ion batteries can be inserted and used in tandem

The VC-7D allows two lithium-ion batteries to be used simultaneously for an enhanced power supply. This allows photographers to take advantage of shooting many more images without worrying about recharging batteries.

c) AA batteries can also be used

Adding still more versatility, high capacity AA Ni-MH batteries can also be used

A broad range of Dynax system accessories are available including D-Series flash units, remote cords and an angle viewfinder. The D-Series flash and D-Series lenses, which include built-in focus distance calculation, the new model gives improved exposure accuracy. Combined with high-precision ADI flash metering the camera provides high-precision lighting control that answers the most demanding and diverse needs.

DiMAGE Master is optional software to improve creative workflow for advanced users. Diversified tools for classifying and comparing images boost work efficiency in selecting the best shots. A newly developed RAW processing program enables more accurate colour reproduction.

Konica Minolta Dynax 7D Technical Specifications

Camera Type Interchangeable-lens Digital SLR camera
Lens Mount Minolta A-type bayonet mount
Image Capture Total pixels 6.3 million, APS-C size(23.5mm x15.7mm), Interline primary colour, interlace scan
Sensitivity Auto and 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 ISO equivalents
Aspect ratio 3:2

Recording

Recording Media Type I and Type II CompactFlash cards, Microdrive, SD Memory Cards and MultiMedia Cards with optional CompactFlash Adapter SD-CF1
File format JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG
(DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF(supported by printing functions in ver/1.1), Exif 2.2)
Number of recorded pixels L:3008x2000, M:2256x1496, S:1504x1000

Storage capacity Approximate storage capacity of a 256MB CompactFlash card

 

L

M

S

RAW

30 frames

-

-

RAW+JPEG

22 frames

25 frames

27 frames

Extra fine

43 frames

76 frames

165 frames

Fine

85 frames

147 frames

306 frames

Standard

1145 frames

1245 frames

485 frames

Colour mode Natural sRGB, Natural + sRGB, Adobe RGB
Image quality mode Standard, Fine, Extra-fine, RAW, RAW+JPEG (Fine)
Image correction Contrast, Colour saturation, Sharpness, Hue (5 levels)
Colour temperature setting available
Noise reduction Available (at shutter speed longer than 1 s, ON/OFF selectable)
Delete function Single frame, Marked frames or All frames in a single folder in card can be deleted.
White balance control Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), Custom, Colour temperature setting available
Playback LCD monitor 2.5-inch type TFT colour
  Total pixels 207, 000
  Navigation system (Enlarged display, Automatic rotate function)
  Number of frame(s) displayed Single, Index (4 frames, 9 frames,16 frames selectable)
  Display mode Image only, Image + text, Image + text + histogram
  Enlarged playback (Up to approx. 5x), Luminance limit Display (flashing), File browser, Slideshow, Instant bracket playback
Autofocus System Type Through-the-lens (TTL) phase-detection system

Sensor CCD line sensors (9 points, 8 lines with centre cross-hair sensor)

Sensitivity range EV-1 EV18 (ISO 100)
Autofocus area Wide focus area, any local focus area is selectable from 9-point sensors.

AF illuminator Available (with pre-flash) 1.0-5.0m/3.3-16.4 ft.

Autofocus mode Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Automatic Autofocus, Direct Manual Focus (DMF) is selectable in menu).
Predictive focus control for moving subjects. Auto-tracking focus point display
Focus lock Available (by pressing the shutter release button halfway down)
Focus mode Autofocus/Manual focus can be selected.
Auto Exposure System

TTL metering 14-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC (14-segment Honeycomb-pattern/Centre-weighted/Spot metering)
Metering range EV 0 - 20 (EV 3 - 20 in spot metering) *at ISO100 with f/1.4 lens
Exposure modes P/Full-auto program (Programmed AE with program shift), A (Aperture priority), S (Shutter priority), M (Manual)
Exposure-compensation +/ 3 EV in 1/2 increments +/ 2 EV in 1/3 increments
AE lock Automatically activated with AE lock, Available with AE lock button

Flash

Flash metering Advance Distance Integration (ADI), Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control
Guide number 12 (in meters at ISO 100), 17(in meters ISO 200)
Coverage 24mm
Recycling time 3s (approx.)
Control Manual switchover. Lift-up for Fill Flash, push down for Flash Cancel.
Flash modes Fill Flash, Flash Cancel, Red-eye Reduction (pre-flash), Wireless/Remote Off-camera Flash, Rear Flash Sync. , High Speed Sync.
Flash compensation +/ 2 EV in 1/2 stop increments

External-flashes

Program Flash 5600HS(D), 3600HS(D), 2500D,
Macro Twin Flash 2400*, Macro Ring Flash 1200* with flash sync. terminal.
*Macro Flash Controller is necessary.

Shutter

Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Range 30-1/4000s, Bulb
Flash sync speed 1/160 s (with Anti-shake OFF), 1/125s(with Anti-shake ON)

Drive

 

Drive modes Single, Continuous, 10s/2s self-timer, Single bracket, Continuous bracket
Continuous advance Approx 3 fps

  Approximate number of frames that can be captured at one time

 

L
(3008x2000)

M
(2256x1496)

S
(1504x1000)

RAW

9 frames

-

-

RAW+JPEG

9 frames

9 frames

(JPEG)

9 frames

(JPEG)

Extra fine

12 frames

14 frames

20 frames

Fine

15 frames

19 frames

30 frames

Standard

19 frames

26 frames

43 frames

 

Exposure bracketing With 0.3/0.5 EV increments, 3/5 frames
Interval recording Interval time 30s/1-10,15,20,30,45,60min. 2 -240 frames. Start timer is equipped. (Setting 0.5 to 24H, in 0.5 increments)
Other functions Instant playback, Customising, Zone matching

Anti-Shake

CCD-Shift Anti-Shake system with LED indicator in viewfinder
Anti-Shake effect Equivalent to 2 3 steps in shutter speed (Actual effect varies depending on shooting conditions and the lens used)

Viewfinder

Type Eye-level fixed pentaprism
Focusing screen Spherical Acute Matte (G-type as standard) *Interchangeable focusing screen is available (type M, L, ML) at service facilities.
Field of view Approx. 95%
Magnification 0.9X (with 50mm lens focused on infinity)
Dioptre control 3.0 to + 1.0 m -1
Eye-relief 25mm from the eyepiece, 21mm from the eyepiece cup in -1 m -1
Eyepiece cup removable

Video output NTSC / PAL
Audio signal Yes
Printing output control Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching , PictBridge
PC interface USB 2.0 High-Speed
Remote function Remote data storage TBC. (Remote-storage function software 'DiMAGE Transfer' for Dynax 7D to become available for free download .It is planned for release in January 2005.
Power Battery One NP-400 Li-ion battery
Battery condition indication 4-stage indicator appears when the camera is turned on.
External power source 6V DC (with specified AC adapter AC-11), Vertical Control Grip VC-7D
Battery Performance (with fresh batteries) Number of recording images
Approx 400 frames. (CIPA measurement*1)Conforming to CIPA standard test method with a CompactFlash card and an NP-400 lithium-ion battery.
Approx 600 frames (Konica Minolta measurement A*2)
Approx 2000 frames (Konica Minolta measurement B*3) Conditions Anti-Shake ON, Recording media :512MB CompactFlash Card, Battery Li-ion Battery NP-400, *1:CIPA:Camera & Imaging Products Association *2 Flash OFF, other conditions are same as CIPA measurement. *3 Drive mode 5 frames continuous shooting, Flash ;OFF, Instant Playback NO
Dimensions (W x H x D) 150 x 106 x 77.5mm (5.91 x 4.17 x 3.05 inches)
Weight 760 g (without batteries and recording media) 26.81 ounces
Operating temperature 0 - 40 C (32-104 F)
Standard accessories DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM, Li-ion Battery NP-400, Li-ion battery charger BC-400, Wide Strap WS-4, Shoe-Cap SC-1000, Eyepiece cap Ⅱ , Eyepiece cup EC-1400, Body Cap BDC-1000, Remote cord clip, LCD Monitor Protect Panel MPP-1000, USB Cable USB-2, Video Cable VC-500
Main Optional accessories Vertical Control Grip VC-7D, Camera Case CS-7D, AC adapter AC-11, SD-CF1 card adapter, Remote Cord RC-1000S, Remote Cord RC-1000L.
Compatible computers IBM PC/AT compatible computers : Windows 98/Me/2000(Professional)/XP(Home/Professional) , Macintosh OS9.0-9.2.2/OS X v10.1.3-10.1.5/v10.2.1-10.2.8/v10.3-10.3.5

 

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