Dennis Hissink : March 19th 2004 - 12:19 CET
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 introduction at CeBIT
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 introduction at CeBIT : Although a lot of introductions have been made during the last PMA, we still see new introductions a few weeks later. Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 is focussing on the essence of what a camera should be, quick, easy to use, and capable of producing high-quality images that last a lifetime and beyond. This newly developed 6 Megapixel model features Rapid Response, an ergonomic and sleek design, and is packed with features that appeal to the range of beginners to advanced amateurs. The GT HEXANON Lens delivers high quality photographs. These images are then received by the 6.37 Megapixel CCD, which provides high-resolution and clarity previously unavailable from such a compact camera.|
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The results of this new design are beautifully detailed images delivered across the entire zoom range in a slim, pocketable design. Completing the process, high-resolution images are assured with precision processing provided by the newly developed A*IPS, a system based on Konica Minolta's algorithm that instantly determines optimum exposure, focus and white balance.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Signal Processing Engine
Without any waiting time, the newly developed Signal Processing Engine enables a speedy 1.3-second start-up that has the camera ready in a mere instant. This is further facilitated through rapid image processing that greatly reduces the interval between pictures. Photos can be magnified up to twelve times with high-speed scroll, enabling the convenient double-checking of focus.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Steel and Aluminium
The traditional exterior and placement of controls have been revamped, resulting in stainless steel and aluminium elements that create a modern, yet timeless design. With ergonomically placed controls, users experience instant comfort and ease, all efficiently packaged in a compact (W)94 x (H)56 x (D)29.5mm size.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Dual card slot
Printing without the use of a computer is now possible through PictBridge equipped printers. Dual card slots (Memory Sticks and SD Memory Cards) transfer both still and moving images to other media, and Memory Sticks can be plugged directly into Sony computers. Advanced users can fine-tune colors and create special effects with the camera's many functions, allowing photographers to reach their full artistic potential. Macro mode allows close-up photos at a distance of only 6 cm (on the wide), taking in the 46 X 63mm range.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - 6.36 Megapixel CCD
A precision CCD provides high resolution and picture quality that is truly amazing from such a compact camera. It captures images with sharpness and detail not possible with 2-5 megapixel cameras. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 is powerful enough to render extremely fine details and delivers stunning results with prints more than A3 sized paper (476.8 x 357.6mm and larger) at 150 dpi.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Advanced electronics
Newly developed A*IPS (A* Image Processing System) further contributes to the camera's high quality images. Using an original Konica Minolta algorithm, the best exposure, focus, and white balance are determined in an instant. Quickly and effortlessly, superbly balanced images are captured and deliver high quality prints.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Quality optics
The high performance lens incorporates a GT HEXANON lens system (7 elements in 6 groups) with 3x optical zoom. Images come out sharp and clear with minimal flaring and peripheral aberration thanks to original internal reflection processing and optical design. The LCD monitor of the Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 uses a 1.5-inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD with approximately 118,000 pixels.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Rapid response
Rare among digital cameras with protruding lenses, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600's unique design protrudes in a remarkably short time, a mere 1.3 seconds (including readying the AF and AE). The rapidly deployed camera enables quick reaction time as it is ready to use in an instant. While other digital camera's have a waiting time, Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera owners will be happily going on their way with captured images in hand.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Quiet & Quick zoom
Smooth, quiet, and quick, the high-speed zoom enables users to quickly capture images that users of slower cameras will miss. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 uses a high-quality 3x zoom lens employing seven elements in six groups to provide sharp, contrasting images. The zoom range is equivalent to a 39-117mm lens on a 35mm camera, and is perfect for wide-angle landscape photography and telephoto portraits.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Quick
With often-used features concentrated on the camera's top panel, the basic operating cycle of record-playback-delete is simple, even for first-timers. Efficient processing and image storage provides a short interval between shots. With quick enlargement and positioning of the recorded image, focus can be verified before seeing the result on a computer screen or as a printed image.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Customizable settings
Color-coded menus allow for the easy adjustment of the camera, and custom modes provide users with the ability to save their favourite shooting settings. Complicated exposure and white balance settings are simplified by the 4-way cross key from which adjustments can be made, including AE locking, AF locking, exposure compensation and white balance settings. Locked focus recording mode enables locking focus at 4.2m (13.8ft.) or 1m (3.28ft), facilitating difficult-to-focus pictures such as moving objects, scenes in dark places, and backlit scenes.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Manual settings
Shutter speeds and f-stops can be adjusted according to photographic conditions and objectives. Shutter speeds can be set in the 15 to 1/2000 second range, with noise reduction automatically triggered for shutter speeds of 1/2 second or longer, minimizing the noise in night scenes. Two Monochrome modes (B&W, Sepia) provide a greater range of expression to creative photographers who can record images in black and white or sepia tones. Audio Caption enables users to add audio notes (recording time up to 30 seconds) to pictures after they are taken. Voice Memo enables recording of individual audio recordings of up to 30 seconds each. Movie Mode records movie clips up to 30 seconds with sound at 320 x 240 pixels.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Image adjustment
Color adjustment adjusts vividness of colors from Rich to Plain. Contrast adjustment increases the contrast of low contrast scenes or decreases the contrast of high contrast scenes. Sharpness adjustment emphasizes contour of buildings and landscapes (+) and captures people and details (-). Tone adjustment - applicable to the three colors red, green and blue - produces effects mirroring those created with color filters, creating endless possibilities for creative expression through color. To help users better handle lighting conditions, users can also adjust ISO-equivalent sensitivity and flash compensation. The macro feature enables shooting from as close as 6cm (2.4 inches) from the subject (on the wide end), taking pictures in the 46 X 63 mm (1.8 x 2.5 inch) range.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Dual card system
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 has a dual card-slot system for flexible image storage. Both Memory Sticks and SD Cards can be used singly or in combination. When both memory card types are used with the camera at the same time, up to 640MB of data can be saved depending on the capacity of the cards. This eliminates the worries of running out of memory during those important events.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera - Other features
Direct connections from the Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 to a PictBridge-compliant printer enables printing without the need of a computer. The user can check can and select images on the LCD monitor. Super long-lasting lithium-ion battery coupled with a power-conserving design, enables extensive operation on one charge. Resizing feature converts images to an ideal size for e-mail attachments or cell phone posting. Two sizes are available: 640x480 pixels (VGA) and 320x240 pixels (QVGA).