new Dynax 3L shares the same incredibly compact body design as the Dynax 5 and
Dynax 4 and it is the lightest in the series. The Dynax 3L provides the benefits
of high image quality and Minoltas range of interchangeable lenses and
accessories in a sophisticated SLR with the effortless operation of a compact
The Dynax 3L is designed to be extremely portable. While retaining the
classic appearance of a single lens reflex camera (SLR), the internal
configuration and components are designed to minimise the size of the
body while maximising the efficiency of the entire system. The simple
control layout and classic silver finish give the Dynax 3L a sophisticated,
Nothing is more highly prized than the cameras ability to focus quickly.
The Dynax 3L has a fast, responsive autofocus system. The autofocus is
driven by a high power motor and controlled by a fast microprocessor. The
AF system is 1.7 times faster than the Dynax 303si and its efficiency in
following moving subjects has been improved by a factor of 2x.
To be able to capture fast action, a camera is required not only to focus on
but also to follow that subject as it moves. All SLR cameras suffer from a delay
taking pictures because the mirror must be lifted out of the optical path. Especially
telephoto lenses, this slight delay can be significant with fast moving subjects
toward the camera. The Dynax 3L predictive focus control continues to track
approaching subject from when the shutter release button is pressed until the
exposure is made ensuring optimum focus.
Discerning photographers have always known the benefits of a bright, accurate
viewfinder. The Dynax 3L is equipped with the same high quality spherical acute
focusing screen found in the top end Dynax 9 and Dynax 7. This focusing screen
bright, clear images, which is very important when working under low-light
conditions or with slower lenses. The 0.75x viewfinder magnification allows
The Dynax 3L employs ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) metering, a sophisticated
system for controlling flash exposures. With conventional flash metering, dark
reflective subjects can deceive the metering system and cause over or underexposure.
To reduce any influence from subject or background reflectance, ADI metering
distance information from Minolta D series lenses with TTL metering to control
output. ADI metering is employed in the cameras built-in flash and the
5600HS(D) and 3600HS(D) accessory flash units.
The wireless/remote flash function gives even more control over flash photography
allowing multiple off-camera Minolta flash units to be fired simultaneously
by the camera.
Minolta 5600HS(D) and 3600HS(D) flash units can be placed around the subject
create attractive side lighting. By using the built-in flash, the camera controls
of the off-camera flash units for perfect exposures.
SLR photography has never been easier. The Dynax 3Ls focus and exposure
automated and the flash will automatically pop up and fire in low-light or back-light
situations. Just simply point and shoot.
For more demanding subjects, the exposure and focus systems can be instantly
set at the
press of a button. The subject program button simply and quickly optimises the
camera systems for specific situations. Five subject programs are available:
Portrait the camera controls the aperture to produce a shallow depth of field
to differentiate the subject from the background.
Landscape the camera controls the aperture to produce a wider depth of field
so that both the foreground and background are sharp.
Close-up the camera balances the depth of field with the image magnification
to produce a sharp image of the subject with a defocused back
Sports Action the AF system continually focuses to follow the subject, and
system maximises the shutter speed to freeze action.
Night Portrait the camera balances the flash exposure with the ambient back
ground exposure so that the subject and scene are both reproduced in the image.