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Konica Minolta Intros Digital SLR

Mahwah, N.J. — Konica Minolta officially announced the specifications for its digital SLR (d-SLR), the Maxxum 7D that it previewed to the press and buyers at the PMA show in February.

Pricing and exact availability were not announced.

The 6.1-megapixel 7D works with the company’s existing line of Maxxum AF lenses and D-series accessories. It features the company’s proprietary body-integral, CCD-shifting Anti-Shake technology.

According to Konica Minolta, the Anti-Shake technology “instantly and precisely shifts the CCD to compensate for camera motion.” The shifting allows users to shoot at shutter speeds up to three steps slower than is possible without it. Since the mechanism is integrated directly into the Maxxum 7D’s body, it works with most Maxxum AF lenses, in contrast to other optical stabilization systems and software-based digital correction systems that can degrade image quality.

The 7D features a 2.5-inch color LCD monitor, PictBridge compatibility, RAW image capture and a simultaneous RAW/JPEG recording mode, high-speed autofocus with both predictive focus control, and subject tracking for high speed focusing on moving subjects.

The camera’s burst mode can capture up to nine RAW photos at 3 frames per second (fps) or up to 12 high quality JPEG photos at 3 fps. It uses both SD/MMC and CompactFlash Type I and II cards and has an optical glass, pentaprism viewfinder with a 0.9x magnification and 95 percent field of view in addition to a third generation of the company’s CxProcess image engine — the CxProcess III. The 7D will use the dial and lever design of its film predecessor.

Konica Minolta will compliment the new 7D with two new zoom lenses: the AF Zoom 17-35mm and the AF Zoom 28 – 75mm.

The company also added a high-end fixed lens model to its lineup with the DiMAGE A200. The 8-megapixel A200 incorporates the 7D’s Anti-Shake and CxProcess III image engine technology in addition to a rotating 1.8-inch LCD screen, and a 7x optical/4x digital zoom lens.

The A200 offers three focusing areas – wide focus area, 11-point selectable AF area, and flex focus point – in addition to automatic and manual exposure controls including shutter and aperture priority. The camera can record VGA movies at 30 fps and higher quality SVGA movies (800 by 600) at 15 fps. An UHS (Ultra High Speed) mode can capture up 5 frames at 2.3 fps in high resolution RAW mode.

It features an electronic viewfinder, five automatic scene modes, night movie mode and RAW shooting with a simultaneous RAW/JPEG recording feature.

The A200 will ship in December and include a multi-functional wireless remote control for self-portraits. Pricing was not announced.