Konica Minolta releases budget SLR

The Dynax 5D is a 6MP SLR incorporating anti-shake technology with a body price of £599.99.

The Dynax 5D is a 6MP SLR incorporating anti-shake technology with a body price of £599.99. It incorporates a 6.1MP Interline primary colour CCD and Konica Minolta’s award winning anti-shake technology, which uses a CCD-Shift mechanism that moves the CCD to compensate for camera shake, enabling the 5D to be used with shutter speeds two to three stops slower. The 5D incorporates a Minolta A-type bayonet mount and is compatible with all lenses in the Dynax system. Following the release of the Dynax 7D, the 5D is the second digital SLR from Konica Minolta. Constructed from glass fibre plastic and with dimensions of 130.5 x 92.5 x 66.5mm, it is smaller than many SLRs, with a volume approximately 22% less than the Dynax 7D. Fast processing speeds are promised from the Advanced LSI engine, while the CxProcess III image processor works over four elements: sharpness, colour reproduction, gradation reproduction and noise reduction, to create stunning picture detail and striking colour rendition. A 2.5-inch LCD screen can be used for viewing images and navigating through the menu, the display automatically changing from portrait to landscape orientation depending on the way the camera is being used. A Digital Subject Program Selector automatically swaps between five scene modes - portrait, landscape, evening, night and sports - depending on the scene. Continuous shooting up to 10 frames is possible at a rate of 3fps, it also offers White-Balance Bracketing and the Colour Temperature can be adjusted in increments of 100K. Available from September, the Dynax 5D retails at £599.99 for the body only, or in kit form for £649.99 with an AF DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens KONICA MINOLTA DYNAX 5D SPECIFICATIONS CAMERA TYPE: Digital SLR with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses LENS MOUNT: Minolta A-type bayonet mount IMAGE CAPTURE Image sensor: Interline primary colour CCD (23.5 mm x 15.7 mm) with interlace scan No. of pixels (approx.): Total: 6.3 million, Effective: 6.1 million Sensitivity: Auto, ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 equivalent White balance control: Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), Custom, Colour temperature (2500 ~ 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation) RECORDING Recording media: Type I and Type II CompactFlash Cards, Microdrive, SD Memory Card*, Multimedia Card* * with optional SD-CF1 File format: JPEG, RAW (DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF supported by printing functions in ver.1.1, Exif 2.21) No. of recorded pixels: L: 3008 x 2000, M: 2256 x 1496, S: 1504 x 1000 Storage capacity (approx.): (L: 3008 x 2000 / M: 2256 x 1496 / S: 1504 x 1000) (with 512MB CF card in L / M / S size) STD: 277 / 470 / 926 FINE: 163 / 282 / 584 EXTRA-FINE: 82 / 145 / 314, RAW+JPEG: 39 / 44 / 48, RAW: 53 Colour modes: Natural, Natural Plus, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait, Black & White, Adobe RGB, Embedded Adobe RGB. Except for Adobe RGB and Embedded Adobe RGB, all other colour modes use the sRGB colour space. Image quality modes: Standard, Fine, Extra-Fine, RAW, RAW+JPEG Contrast / Saturation / Sharpness: 5 steps: +2, -1, +-0, +1, +2 Noise reduction: Available at shutter speeds longer than 1 s Delete function: Single, multiple, or all frames in a folder / memory card can be deleted. Folders can be deleted in the File Browser. PLAYBACK LCD monitor: 2.5-inch TFT colour, Total pixels: 115,000 Playback mode: Single-frame (Image only, Image and information), Histogram with luminance limit display, Index (4, 9, or 16 frames), Enlarged playback (up to approx. 5x), File Browser, Slideshow, manual and auto rotation AF SYSTEM Type: TTL phase-detection system Sensor: CCD line sensors (9 points, 8 lines with centre cross-hair sensor) Sensitivity range: -1 EV ~ 18 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent) Main functions: Wide AF area, spot AF area, and 9 local AF areas with Focus Area Selection. AF-A / AF-S / AF-C / DMF. Predictive Focus Control (with moving subjects in AF-A and AF-C), auto-tracking focus-point display AF illuminator: Available with built-in flash. Range: 1 m ~ 5 m AE SYSTEM Metering type: TTL metering; multi-segment metering, Centre-weighted metering, Spot metering Metering cell: 14-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC Metering range: +1 EV ~ +20 EV (+4 EV to +20 EV with Spot metering), (at ISO 100 with f/1.4 lens) Exposure modes: Auto recording / P (with program shift), A, S, M, and Portrait, Sports Action, Landscape, Sunset, and Night Portrait Digital Subject Programs Exposure compensation +2 EV in 1/3 EV increments AE lock: Automatically activated with AF lock, available via AEL button BUILT-IN FLASH Flash metering system: ADI / Pre-flash TTL flash metering Flash compensation: ±2 EV in 1/3 EV increments Guide No: GN 12 (in meters at ISO 100) Recycling time: Approx. 3 s Control: Manual (raise the flash to activate) Flash modes: Fill Flash, Red-eye reduction (via pre-flash), Rear Sync flash, Wireless / Remote off-camera flash, High-speed sync available with Program Flash 5600HS(D) / 3600HS(D), Slow sync activated via AE lock button SHUTTER Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type Speed range: 1/4000 s ~ 30 s, bulb exposures possible Flash sync speed: 1/160 s (with Anti-Shake off), 1/125 s (with Anti-Shake on) VIEWFINDER Type: Fixed eye-level system with roof mirror type pentaprism Focusing screen: Spherical Acute Matte Field of view: 95 % Magnification: 0.83 x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1 Eye relief: Approx. 20 mm from the eyepiece, 16 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 Dioptre (-1m-1) Dioptre control: -2.5 ~ +1.0 m-1 DRIVE Drive mode: Single-frame advance, Continuous advance, 10 s and 2 s Self-timer, Single-frame advance bracketing, Continuous-advance bracketing. Continuous-advance rate: 3 frames per second (approx.), Max. 5 frames (RAW), max. 3 frames (RAW+JPEG) Exposure bracketing: With 0.3 EV / 0.7 EV increments, 3 frames ANTI-SHAKE System: CCD-Shift mechanism Anti-Shake display: Anti-Shake scale in viewfinder Anti-Shake compensation: Approx. 2 EV ~ 3 EV decrease in shutter speed (Varies according to shooting conditions and lens used) OTHERS Other functions: Instant playback, Customisation, Zone Matching, Depth-of-field preview PC interface: USB: Full-Speed 12Mbps data transfer with a USB2.0 compatible computer Video output: PAL / NTSC (selected on the camera) Operating temperature: 0 ~ 40 C / 32 ~ 104 F Printing output control: Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching III, PictBridge Battery: Lithium-ion battery NP-400 Battery performance: No. of frames recorded: approx. 550 (CIPA measurement), approx. 700 (Konica Minolta measurement) External power source: 6 V DC (with AC adapter AC-11) Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 130.5 mm x 92.5 mm x 66.5 mm Weight (approx.): Approx. 590 g* * without batteries, memory card and body accessories.

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