Konica Minolta has announced the DiMAGE X1 and the Maxxum 5D digital SLR cameras with built-in Anti-Shake technology.
Konica Minolta has announced the 8 Megapixel DiMAGE X1, the latest addition to its DiMAGE X line of digital cameras. The company also announced the Maxxum 5D, adding to the Maxxum family of digital Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) cameras.
The DiMAGE X1 employs an 8-megapixel 1/1.8-type CCD, integrates a newly designed "non-protruding" 3x optical zoom lens - with focal length of 7.7 to 23.1mm and aperture range of F/3.5 to F/3.8 and incorporates the CxProcess III image processing technology - which renders images as they appear to the photographer's eye.
It also has built-in Anti-Shake technology. Other features include; a 2.5-inch LCD monitor featuring a bright LCD backlight function and a multifunction cradle providing connectivity for TVs and computers, which also doubles as a battery charger.
The camera offers two ways of taking close-ups; Auto Macro Mode, which takes macro shots without having to switch the mode and Super Macro Mode, which according to Konica, captures close-ups from as near as 2 inches.
Paul Zakrzewski, director, product management, Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A. said, "The sophisticated design of the new DiMAGE X1 will appeal to consumers, who not only value amazing performance, but also appreciate ease of use, familiarity and comfort in hand. The sleek, metallic finish of the DiMAGE X1 makes it impossible to resist, while smooth round edges fit neatly in the palm of a hand and easily in a shirt pocket or purse, giving photographers on-the-go convenience."
The Maxxum 5D, as the company maintains, is the world's first digital SLR, with built-in Anti-Shake technology and CCD Shift mechanism, compatible with all Maxxum autofocus lenses, including Konica Minolta's soon to be introduced Digital Technology "DT" lenses.
The Maxxum 5D has a 6.1-megapixel CCD sensor, an advanced LSI engine for high-speed image processing and the CxProcess III image processing technology. It has rubberized grips, which make it tactile and easy to handle and also comprises a 2.5-inch color LCD viewing screen.
Zakrzewski said, "The new Maxxum 5D combines Konica Minolta's advanced technologies and greater ease of use into an even smaller and more lightweight design. While the camera's high-performance functions will satisfy the demanding and creative techniques of photography enthusiasts, the core of this new camera is it s ease of use and familiar lever and knob operation, with a basic level of control that makes it ideal even for casual digital photographers looking for their first step up to digital SLR photography".
The DiMage X1 will be available in late July, while the Maxxum 5D will be available in early August. Pricing has yet to be announced, for either camera.