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Konica Minolta Debuts Maxxum 5D Digital SLR

6-Mxpl camera features anti-shake technology

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Konica Minolta has announced its Maxxum 5D digital SLR camera, little brother of the Maxxum 7D. The 6-Mpxl Maxxum 5D incorporates the company's Maxxum Anti-Shake technology with CCD Shift mechanism to compensate for blurring caused by camera shake, both of which are compatible with all Maxxum AF (auto focus) lenses. The 5D offers resolutions up to 3008 x 2000, supports RAW and JPEG file formats, and is compatible with a variety of memory cards.

Its 2.5-in. LCD screen has easy-to-use screen menus and setup option. The 5D features an Advanced SLI engine for highspeed image processing as well as Konica Minolta's CxProcess III image-processing technology to render fine image detail and optimizes color saturation. Its Digital Subject Program Selector automatically designates an optimum exposure and imageprocessing program for five commonly used scenes (portrait, sports action, landscape, sunset, and night portrait).

Price on the Maxxum 5D digital SLR: $1449 MSRP; street price of $899 (body and lens) and $799 (body only).

Konica Minolta also has introduced three new DT (Digital Technology) interchangeable lenses for the Maxxum line of digital SLRs"?AF DT Zoom 18-70mm F3.5-5.6(D), AF DT Zoom 11-18mm F4.5- 5.6(D), and AF DT Zoom 18-200mm F3.5- 6.3(D). The three DT lenses employ a new optical system specifically designed for the Maxxum cameras, which incorporates an APS-C size CCD image sensor. The lenses will be available by the fall of 2005. Price: AF DT Zoom 18-70mm F3.5- 5.6(D): $269.99; AF DT Zoom 11-18mm F4.5-5.6(D): $849.99; and AF DT Zoom 18-200mm F3.5-6.3(D): $699.99.

In addition, Konica Minolta has reached an agreement with Sony Corporation to "begin joint development of advanced and feature-rich digital SLR cameras," and that these cameras will be based on and compatible with Konica Minolta's Maxxum/Dynax lens-mount system.

Konica Minolta brings to the table its autofocus and auto-exposure technologies nourished through development of its Maxxum/Dynax series, as well as mechanical electronics technologies for SLR cameras, and 16 million units of lenses shipped worldwide.

Sony, meanwhile, brings its own strengths to the deal, inclucing numerous technologies and devices for digital-imaging equipment, such as CCD and CMOS imaging sensors, image-processing technologies, and lithium ion batteries. The company also stresses its stengths in product planning, total design, and high-density mounting.



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