Konica Minolta - Innovated features|
In addition, Konica Minolta has enthusiastically innovated cutting edge features, such as, for the first time, incorporating a CCD shift-type body-integral Anti-Shake technology for the Camera Grand Prix awarding "?-7 DIGITAL. ("?-7 DIGITAL is marketed as "Maxxum 7D" in North America and "Dynax 7D" in other regions.)
Sony - Essential technologies
Sony has numerous technologies and devices essential for digital imaging equipment, such as CCD and CMOS imaging sensors, image processing technologies and lithium ion batteries. Moreover, Sony’s strength in product planning, total design and high-density mounting have created a series of breakthrough compact and light digital imaging products. With products such as "Handycam" video cameras, and "Cybershot" digital still cameras, Sony has greatly contributed to expanding the digital imaging market.
Konica Minolta and Sony - Unique technologies
Both companies, utilizing respective unique technologies, will begin joint development of advanced and feature-rich digital SLR cameras. According to recent CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) data, the digital SLR camera market reached 2.5 million units in 2004, and is expected to further expand to 3.6 million units in 2005. Konica Minolta and Sony see great opportunities and will aggressively promote their businesses in this growing market.
Konica Minolta - To create new value in the field of imaging
"Sony has powerful devices and technologies essential for digital cameras," said Tsuyoshi Miyachi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc. " am extremely excited to work with Sony. Together with Sony, we will endeavor to create new value in the field of imaging through increasing attractiveness of digital SLR cameras where we are strongly focused."
Sony - Creating new digital SLR market opportunities
"We are excited to co-develop new products with Konica Minolta’s advanced camera technologies represented by its "Maxxum / Dynax series" and our digital audio visual technologies,” said Yutaka Nakagawa, Sony’s Executive Vice President and Personal Audio Visual Network Company NC President. "Sony will further strengthen its digital imaging business through creating new market opportunities with the digital SLR camera field."