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Minolta Intros New Cameras

Models to ship with up to 5 megapixel resolution By Dave Nagel
Minolta has introduced two new models in its DiMAGE line of digital cameras. These include the DiMAGE 7i, an update to the DiMAGE 7, and the DiMAGE F100.

The DiMage 7i offers a resolution of 5 megapixels, a 7x optical zoom and GT Lens technology, as well as some new and improved features and performance over its predecessor. According to Minolta, the autofocusing system on the 7i takes half the time of the previous model. In program and aperture-priority exposure modes, the 7i's shutter speeds reach 1/4000 seconds. And its new continuous-advance drive mode can capture approximately seven frames per second.

The Minolta GT Lens on the 7i features two anomalous dispersion (AD) glass elements for color accuracy and dual aspherical elements. The optical zoom lens range is 7.2mm - 50.8mm (equivalent to 28mm -200mm in 35mm).

Imaging is enhanced by Minolta's CxProcess image processing technology, which is designed to optimize sharpness, color reproduction, tonal gradation and noise. And it has an improved electro-optical system with 12-bit A/D conversion. Other features includeP>
  • Three-point wide AF system;
  • Automatic bracketing;
  • Four color modes;
  • Digital effects control;
  • A new filter effect for warming or cooling color temperature.

The DiMAGE 7i will be available in late spring for $1,099.

Minolta's other new model, the F100, offers 12-bit A/D conversion and CxProcess as the 7i. It features a 1/1.8-inch CCD with a 4 megapixel effective resolution. The camera incorporates a 3x optical zoom Minolta GT Lens and three aspherical elements. Pricing and availability on the F100 were not available at press time.

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Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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