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New DiMAGE Xg camera from Konica Minolta
Dennis Hissink : February 12th 2004 - 17:00 CET
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Konica-MinoltaDuring this great PMA show Konica Minolta introduces the new DiMAGE Xg digital camera. The DiMAGE Xg's compact (just 20mm thick), unobtrusive body stems from its proprietary, non-extended 3x folded optical zoom, which is a feature that will make this camera attractive among a wide range of users. With the world’s fastest start-up time (As of January 1, 2004, for 3.2-megapixel, 3x optical zoom models) of approx. 0.8 seconds, the DiMAGE Xg can realize a rapid shot with no waiting. The DiMAGE Xg can shoot both still images and movies beautifully. The Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection determines the conditions, and then selects suitable photo mode. The camera's range of movie functions enhances the fun of making movies easily.
New DiMAGE Xg camera from Konica MinoltaThe DiMAGE Xg is a camera that you'll simply want to take with you everywhere you go. It weighs only about 120g and, at just 20mm thick, boasts a compact body, even during zooming. That's because the folded optical zoom keeps the lens from jutting out of the main camera body. You never have to worry about disturbing the subject of your photo with a moving lens, just coolly snap away. Sophisticated folded optics eliminates the standard protruding zoom lens and keeps the DiMAGE Xg's design ultra-slim. The 3X optical zoom is adjusted internally and quickly gets you extremely up close to your subject, while the 4X digital zoom lets you seamlessly extend your shooting range to 12X zoom.

With the world's fastest start-up time of approximately 0.8 seconds, you'll never miss a moment of action. With the Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection function, the DiMAGE Xg automatically judges the situation and selects the most suitable photo mode, allowing you to shoot a variety of subjects in various conditions with optimal results. For example, the camera automatically controls colour reproduction, contrast, and sharpness according to the scene. Use the Program Selection to choose from four scenes: portrait, sports action, landscape, and sunset. In addition, users can select night portrait/night view settings.

A Wide 5-Point AF area allows for flexible, accurate focusing. The wide AF area is composed of 5 local focus areas, and you can switch between wide focus area and spot focus point, which allows you to focus on a central area. Macro lets you get up close and personal with your subjects. In fact, you can get as close as 15cm at all focal lengths, without changing shooting mode, for crisp, detailed shots.

In Movie mode, the DiMAGE Xg can record longer movie clips, at resolutions of 160X120 or 320X240 pixels, onto the SD memory card for as long as its capacity will allow. Added to the standard frame-rate of 15 fps is a 30 fps mode for smoother moving images. The Night Movie function allows you to video even in dimly-lit locations. The DiMAGE Xg boasts a Movie Editing function, meaning you can both shoot and edit your digital movie on the camera. You can also cut out unwanted parts of a video clip, as well as extract stills.

The CxProcess II image processing technology incorporates characteristics like smooth gradations, natural skin tones, and brilliantly clear colours for images that are more natural and lifelike. The DiMAGE Xg's 3.2 Megapixels capture fine lines and intricate details for stunning digital images and unique folded optics maximize the capability of the CCD. The slow shutter speed and Dark-Noise Reduction combine to prevent graininess and give exceptional night photos with clearly contrasted dark tones.

The DiMAGE Xg has a number of convenient, easy-to-use functions. The Mode Dial allows easy, stress-free still, movie, and audio recording operation. The Quick View/Delete button allows you to play back or delete images you've just taken. Key Customization lets you register your most frequently used settings by setting from 4 features on the recording mode menu for right and left key operation during shooting.

Other features are: PictBridge support, low power consumption, digital effects, multi-frame shot, Voice memo, Audio caption, Remote Camera control and Date imprinting. An optional accessory is the water- and dust-proof case MC-DG300. With it you can take the camera down under water as far as 30m.
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