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Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D Digital SLR Announced, New Lenses For Maxxum Line
by Ben Stafford -  7/15/2005

Mahwah, NJ (July 15, 2005) -- Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces the latest edition to the Maxxum line of digital Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) cameras -- the Maxxum 5D. This high-performance interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera inherits the revolutionary technology of the award winning Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D -- the world's first*1 digital SLR with built-in Anti-Shake technology and CCD Shift mechanism that is compatible with all Maxxum autofocus (AF) lenses*2 including Konica Minolta's soon to be introduced Digital Technology "DT" lenses.

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"The new Maxxum 5D combines Konica Minolta's advanced technologies and greater ease of use into an even smaller and more lightweight design," said Paul Zakrzewski, Director of Product Management for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. "While the camera's high-performance functions will satisfy the demanding and creative techniques of photography enthusiasts, the core of this new camera is its 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 Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D ensures photo-imaging excellence using Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake Technology, which employs an exclusive CCD-Shift mechanism to compensate for blurring caused by camera shake -- even when taking photos in dimly lit scenes, in natural light with a telephoto lens, or in macro shots where extra stability is vital for a sharp shot. This innovative Anti-Shake Technology not only provides the equivalent correction effect with a shutter speed 2 to 3 stops slower*3, but also compatibility with any Maxxum system AF lenses*2.

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The new Maxxum 5D provides exceptional quality images with a large, 6.1-megapixel (effective) CCD sensor, an Advanced LSI engine for high-speed image processing, as well as Konica Minolta's CxProcess III image processing technology, an original technology highly acclaimed for rendering fine image detail and stunning color rendition.

Offering a better view for better pictures, the camera also boasts a large 2.5-inch color LCD viewing screen that provides simple navigation through easy-to-use on-screen menus and set-up options. The LCD makes camera control even easier, displaying detailed camera settings as well as captured images.

And for even greater convenience and ease of use, the Maxxum 5D includes a Digital Subject Program Selector which automatically designates an optimum exposure and image-processing program for five commonly used photo scenes. The Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D also offers a comprehensive range of easy-to-use functions that allow precision adjustments of all camera settings whatever the shooting situation.

Boasting more than high performance, this new digital SLR camera also features a comfortably-contoured, compact design with a high-quality, stylish, and lightweight construction. Rubberized grips make it highly tactile and easy to handle and hold.

The Maxxum 5D kit with 18-70 mm DT lens will have a retail price of $899.99.

Konica Minolta Announces Development of Three New Lenses for Maxxum Line

Mahwah, NJ (July 15, 2005) -- Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc., announces the development of three new "DT" lenses -- interchangeable Digital Technology (DT) lenses designed for the Maxxum Series digital SLR cameras, including the new Maxxum 5D and Maxxum 7D.

These new zoom lenses will expand the lineup of Konica Minolta interchangeable lenses for Maxxum Series of digital cameras. The DT Lenses employ a new optical system that is specifically designed for digital SLR cameras, including the just announced Maxxum 5D, which incorporate an APS-C size CCD image sensor. Plans are to launch these Digital Technology (DT) Lenses worldwide in the summer/fall of 2005.

Developing interchangeable lenses for digital SLR cameras with an optical system optimized for the new Maxxum 5D and popular Maxxum 7D, meets the needs of users who would prefer to take ultra-wide-angle pictures, users who would like to take pictures with a compact standard zoom, and users who would like to easily take telephoto shots without changing the lens.

"Today's digital photographers require the same versatility and high quality images that they've come to expect with their Maxxum 35mm cameras in the past," said Paul Zakrzewski, Director of Product Management for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. "The announcement of these new DT lenses sends a strong message to photographers everywhere that Konica Minolta recognizes the importance of the Maxxum Series of digital SLR cameras as central building blocks for their digital camera systems."

Konica Minolta is committed to developing interchangeable lenses for the Maxxum Series based on the following principles:

1) To establish a lens lineup that covers both APS-C and 35mm formats.
Konica Minolta will develop both wide-angle lenses for APS-C size digital and conventional 35mm format lenses so as to meet wide variety of consumers' needs.
2) Develop lenses with unique features
Konica Minolta will develop lenses incorporating such features as seen in the large aperture "G lenses" and the innovative "STF" lens.
With its unique body-integral Anti-Shake function, Konica Minolta will develop a variety of lenses which enable users to expand their photo-shooting opportunities. 3) Always stay on the leading edge of researching and developing new technologies.
Research and develop new technologies such as noiseless activator drives incorporating new principles of operation.

Product Highlights of the new Maxxum DT Lenses
Delivers high performance owing to the optical system specially designed to correspond to the characteristics of digital SLR cameras.
Gains an anti-shake blur correction effect* with a shutter speed 2 - 3 steps slower when used with the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D and Maxxum 7D.
Enables high precision ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) flash metering when mounted on the Maxxum 5D and Maxxum 7D by incorporating a distance encoder (distance information internally provided in lens).
Beautiful defocused images thanks to a circular aperture. Using a round aperture not only ensures extremely sharp photos but even allows the defocused areas to show smooth gradations that depict natural scenes perfectly.

* Anti-shake picture blur correction effect amount varies with shooting conditions

Konica Minolta will continue to develop digital SLR camera bodies and interchangeable lenses, and sequentially upgrade systems.

Note 1: Optics have been optimized for a small diameter image circle in order to work with the APS-C size CCD, therefore the lenses cannot be used with 35mm AF SLR film cameras.
Note 2: Product name has been tentatively named for this release, with the final name to be announced at later date.