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PMA 2005 | Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 introduction
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 has been introduced. The new Konica Minolta Z20 features a 5.0 Megapixel CCD and offers a built-in 8x optical zoom lens. The DiMAGE Z20 is perfect for taking high quality close-up portraits as well as distant scenic landscapes. And with the DiMAGE Z20's Rapid AF with Predictive Focus Control and a 0.5-second (approx.) fastest-in-class startup, photographers will be sure to captures those unexpected photographic opportunities. "In creating the new Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 digital camera, Konica Minolta engineers have succeeded in producing the ideal solution for both first-time digital photographers and those consumers upgrading from earlier generations of digital cameras."

"Nearly all consumers share a common expectation of unparalleled ease-of-use and images of the highest quality. Thanks to the Konica Minolta Z20 's powerful built-in optical zoom lens plus its large 1.5-inch LCD screen, composing and taking terrific digital pictures has never been easier or more effective," said Todd Schrader, vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc.

The DiMAGE Z20 offers a 8x optical Mega Zoom lens and 4x digital zoom combine for a total 32x zoom, allowing users to capture everything from sporting events to panoramic scenery. The optical lens system consists of 11 elements in nine groups and includes two aspheric lenses, a construction that adds up to sharp, high-quality images. The new Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 combines a 5.0-megapixel primary-color CCD with proprietary CxProcess III image processing technology for pictures that are exactly the way the photographer sees them.

The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 has Rapid AF which combines a passive AF sensor with the video AF system, giving a fast focusing time of approximately 0.3 second in both the wide-angle and telephoto positions. The Rapid AF also has Predictive Focus Control, which predicts where a moving subject is heading and focuses accordingly. To round out the list of quick-response features, the Konica Minolta Z20 has the fastest startup in its class (approximately 0.5 seconds), a short shutter-release time lag, and continuous shooting. Not only is the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 a sprinter with its fast startup - it's also a marathon champ with power efficiency that allows users to take up to approximately 450 frames with the four included AA alkaline batteries. This is more shots than any other digital camera in its class.

The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 has a Macro mode that allows photographers to bring the lens as close as 0.4 inches from the subject. Capture the smallest subjects - flowers, insects, or jewelry - with the greatest detail. In addition to all its still shooting features, the DiMAGE Z20 can also take high-quality movie clips in VGA (640x480) size.

Despite its large 8x optical zoom lens, the Konica Minolta Z20 weighs just approximately 10.6 ounces. Its ergonomic form gives users a steady grip while its intuitive control button layout makes it easy even amateur photographers to enjoying all the benefits of digital photography.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 digital camera
New Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 Digital Camera specifications:

- 8x optical Mega Zoom and 4x digital zoom combine for 32x total zoom
- Rapid AF with Predictive Focus Control
- Fastest startup in its class, ready to shoot in approximately 0.5 second
- High performance lens and 5.0-megapixel CCD with CxProcess III high-quality image processing technology
- Four AA alkaline batteries power the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 for an amazing 450 frames, the most in its class
- Macro mode for close-ups as near as 1 cm from the subject
- Approximately 14.5MB of internal storage allows recording and playback without removable storage media
- 26mm wide-angle shooting (35mm equivalent) with the optional Wide-angle Converter ZCW-200

Features of the new Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20

8x Optical Mega Zoom: The Konica Minolta Z20 offers photographers a wide shooting range - the 8x optical zoom lens provides focal lengths from 36-290mm (35mm equivalent) while providing focal lengths up to 1160mm (35mm equivalent) when combined with the 4x digital zoom. With the 8x optical zoom and the 4x digital zoom combining for a 32x total zoom, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 is ideal for taking distance shots at sporting events or capturing far-away landscapes. The DiMAGE Z20 incorporates a high performance 8x optical lens consisting of 11 elements in nine groups that includes two aspheric lens elements. With two aspheric lenses, the DiMAGE Z20 corrects various kinds of optical aberrations in the zoom range and renders beautiful, homogenous, distortion-free images from the center to the edges.

5.0-Megapixel CCD for Beautiful Prints - The 5.0-megapixel, 1/2.5 inch CCD produces plenty of detail for creating high-quality enlargements - as big as 6x8 inches at 300-dpi print resolution. In addition, the CCD's primary color filter offers high color fidelity.

Superbly Detailed Images with CxProcess III - The Konica Minolta Z20 incorporates CxProcess III, the latest evolution of Konica Minolta's proprietary image processing technology. This means even higher resolution and the ability to capture the subtlest details of texture, resulting in photos that look as natural as the subject itself.

Fastest Startup in Its Class - The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 boasts an amazingly fast and smooth startup. Just switch the camera on and it's ready to start taking great pictures in just approximately 0.5 second.

Rapid Autofocus (AF) with Predictive Focus Control - Thanks to a hybrid rapid AF combining a passive AF sensor with the video AF system, focusing takes approximately 0.3 second. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 includes Predictive Focus Control, which allows users to capture sharper images of moving subjects - like a child running in the backyard.

Up to Approximately 450 Frames on Four AA Alkaline Batteries - The Konica Minolta Z20 has a power-saving design that allows users to take up to approximately 450 pictures before the four AA alkaline batteries run out. This is more images than any other digital camera in its class.

Get as Close as 0.4 inches with Macro Mode - Using the camera's Macro mode, users can shoot amazing close-ups by bringing the lens as close as 0.4 inches from their subject.

PASM Exposure Control and Metering Modes - The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 offers incredible control over exposure. There are four modes: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 has three metering modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, and Spot. Multi-segment metering uses 256 segments to determine exposure.

Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection - Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically chooses the best recording mode for images. Users can also manually select from Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset and Night portrait modes.
Konica Minolta Z20 digital camera
Switch Finder - The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 has a Switch Finder function that allows users to view the LCD monitor images through the viewfinder (Viewfinder display) or on the LCD monitor itself (Monitor display). There is no color, contrast, or resolution difference between the images on the viewfinder and the LCD monitor because both are the same image. The viewfinder was designed with a large apparent angle of view so the image is large and clear.

Progressive Capture - The Konica Minolta Z20 allows users to take high-speed consecutive shots at approximately 1 frame per second. Hold down the shutter release and the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 captures consecutive images onto the buffer memory (SDRAM). Release the shutter and the last six shots are recorded onto the memory card. This function is handy for shooting sports events or for recording and improving form in personal sports training situations.

Key Customize - For added flexibility and convenience, the flash button can be customized to handle different settings. This means that instead of going through the menus on the LCD, users can use the flash button to change settings like the drive mode, white balance, focus mode, color mode, or sensitivity.

PictBridge-Compliant - Forget all about complicated connections with a PC. Get fast, fun printouts directly from the camera by connecting the Konica Minolta Z20 to a PictBridge compliant printer. Users can check which images they want to print on the camera's LCD monitor and then print out their favorites in no time at all.

VGA Movie Recording - The DiMAGE Z20 can record movies without sound. It records 15-frames per second VGA-size (640x480) movies, which are much easier to view during playback than conventional QVGA-size (320x240) movies. It also records 320x240 movies at either 30 frames per second or 15 frames per second. The XR (Extended Recording) Movie mode lets users record longer movie clips onto the SD memory card until the memory card is full. Night Movie uses high camera sensitivity to record under extreme low-light conditions. And Movie Frame Capture lets users select their favorite scenes from a movie and save them as still images.

Compact and Easy to Operate - The camera's design is advanced yet familiar and easy-to-use. Despite its large 8x zoom range, it weighs just approximately 10.6 ounces. It's also easy to tote and operate even for camera novices. The ergonomic form makes it easy to keep on holding even for those steady zoom shots.

Approximately 14.5MB of Internal Storage - The Konica Minolta Z20 has approximately 14.5MB of internal storage. So if a user happens to fill up their memory card, they can still capture and play back images.

Optional Wide Converter / ZCW-200 Wide-angle Converter
- The optional Wide-angle Converter Kit allows users to fit more of the scene into each shot. The lens has a 26mm wide angle that is ideal for capturing indoor or outdoor architecture and panoramic landscape shots.
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