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Minolta announce the Dimage S414 digital camera

Minolta announce the Dimage S414 digital camera - The new DiMAGE S414 has a 4.1 megapixel 1/1.8-type interline primary colour CCD with 4.0 million effective pixels and a GT lens with an apochromatic 4x zoom.

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Minolta Dimage S414The new DiMAGE S414 has a 4.1 megapixel 1/1.8-type interline primary colour CCD with 4.0 million effective pixels and a GT lens with an apochromatic 4x zoom. The f/3.0-f/3.6, eleven element, nine group design is equivalent to a 35-140mm lens on a 35mm camera. The 4x optical zoom employs two double sided aspheric elements and AD (anomalous dispersion) glass which Minolta says ensures sharp images at all focal lengths.

The S414 features CxProcess, which controls sharpness by balancing resolution with acutance. Which according to Minolta, allows fine detail to be preserved while adding depth to the image. Colour is critically controlled to prevent objects from appearing over saturated while remaining vibrant; the warmth of the human complexion or the rich subtleties of green foliage should be rendered as clearly as they were perceived. Contrast is regulated to bring out a luminous quality in the mid-tones and highlights, as well as to strengthen and enrich the shadows.

Employing the same LSI technology from Minolta’s top of the range DiMAGE 7Hi and a 32MB buffer, the S414 is a responsive photographic tool. Whether recording, viewing, or editing images, camera operation is smooth.

The DiMAGE S414 has an array of advanced functions and creative tools to achieve your inspiration. The autofocus system incorporates flexible dynamic functions that allow the DiMAGE S414 to perform flawlessly in any situation.

Wide AF makes accurate focusing simple. Within the large focus area are three sensitive AF sensors including a central crosshair sensor; the crosshair sensor guarantees accurate focusing regardless of subject contrast orientation. The camera automatically locates the subject within the wide frames and confirms the point of focus by briefly displaying the active AF sensor. Focus area selection allows photographers to select a spot focus area from a 5-point array; this is an attractive option for specific compositions with off-centre subjects. The DiMAGE S414 can also be manually focused.

The DiMAGE S414 has multi-segment and spot metering. Multi-segment metering uses 270 segments to determine exposure. Three exposure modes are available: program, aperture priority and manual. 15-second bulb exposures can be made in manual exposure. Camera sensitivity can be set to auto or to one of four ISO equivalent levels: 64, 100, 200 or 400 and to ensure the best exposure possible, an automatic three frame bracket can be made with 0.3, 0.5 of 1.0EV steps.

The DiMAGE S414’s real time histogram shows the luminance distribution of the image before it is captured. Displayed with the live image, the histogram allows the subject brightness and contrast to be evaluated to optimise the camera’s exposure and contrast controls.

Digital Subject Programs allow the camera’s exposure, white balance, and image processing controls to be optimised for specific scenes and subjects at the press of a button. Six subject programs are available:

Macro: for close-up photography.
Portrait: optimised to reproduce warm, soft skin tones and a slight defocusing of the background.
Landscape: optimised to take sharp images of expansive scenes.
Night portrait: the flash and ambient exposures are balanced to reveal the night scene behind the subject. This can also be used for night scenery.
Text: for crisp reproductions of black text or line art on a white back ground.
Text & Macro: to reproduce small text or line art.

The DiMAGE S414 can continuously record still images at a rate of approximately 1.6 frames per second. A ten second self timer is available for self portraits. The optional remote control RC-3 can used to record still images and movie clips from up to 5m away. The DiMAGE S414 is not limited to recording still images. Sixty seconds of digital video with audio can be captured. Voice memo allows up to 15 seconds of audio to be attached to an image when it is captured. The movie clips and audio tracks can be played back in the camera.

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