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Konica Debuts 8 Megapixel SLR

New midrange cameras also announced By Dave Nagel
Konica Minolta has introduced a new 8 megapixel SLR camera. The company also announced two new models in its DiMAGE line of digital cameras. They're being shown off this week at the PMA show in Las Vegas.

The DiMAGE A2 is an SLR-style digital camera, the successor to the A1. The new model offers a resolution of 8 megapixels and includes a Super Fine Electronic Viewfinder to provide VGA-resolution (922,000 pixels) previews while shooting and viewing images. Other features include new 3D autofocusing (AF) system with 3D Predicative Focus Control and Movement tracking; built-in f/2.8 - 3.5 7x optical zoom lens; apochromatic (APO) lens design employing anomalous dispersion (AD) glass; body-integrated anti-shake function; CxProcess II Image Processing technology; UHS continuous advance rate of seven frames per second; USB 2.0 support; and compatibility with portable and studio flash systems.

Konica also announced two mid-range models, the DiMAGE Z2 and the DiMAGE Xg. The Z2 is a 4 megapixel digital camera that offers Super Macro Mode, Progressive Capture, CxProcess II image processing, manual focus, built-in flash and Predictive Focus Control. It also offers a 10x, f2.8 - f3.5, all-glass APO lens. The Xg is a 3.2 megapixel camera, a compact model with a 3x optical zoom lens; improved start-up speeds over its predecessor, the DiMAGE Xt; five scene modes; CxProcess II image processing; five-point autofocus; and key customization for controls.

Konica has not announced pricing or ship dates for any of the new cameras, and, as of press time, no details were available on the company's Web site. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Corel Painter, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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