Released by Konica Minolta:
DiMAGE Z10: Fastest-in-Class*¹ Startup, 8X Optical "Mega Zoom," 3.2-Megapixel CCD, and Energy Efficient Design*²
Unterföhring, July 7th, 2004
- Get that precious close-up of the expression on your child's face with the 8X optical zoom. Capture your pet doing something amusingly unexpected using the Rapid AF with Predictive Focus Control. And make sure you don't miss these moments with a 0.5-second fastest-in-class startup*¹.
Do it with the DiMAGE Z10: a digital camera that saves those everyday miracles exactly the way you want to remember them. And you can keep on shooting for extended periods of time thanks to the energy efficient design that gives you up to 500 frames with the included AA alkaline batteries.
The DiMAGE Z10's 8X optical Mega Zoom and 4X digital zoom combine for a total 32X zoom, allowing you to capture everything from sport events to panoramic scenery. The optical lens system consists of 11 elements in nine groups and includes two aspheric lenses, a construction that adds up to sharp, high-quality images. The Z10 combines a 3.2-megapixel primary-color CCD with proprietary CxProcess™ II image processing technology for pictures that are exactly the way you see them.
The DiMAGE Z10's Rapid Autofocus (AF) combines a passive AF sensor with the video AF system, giving a fast focusing time of approximately 0.3 second in both wide-angle and telephoto positions. The Rapid AF also has Predictive Focus Control that predicts where a moving subject is heading and focuses accordingly. To round out the list of quick-response features, the DiMAGE Z10 has the fastest startup in its class*¹, a minimum shutter-release time lag, and continuous shooting. Now you can be stress free amid all the excitement when you capture those decisive moments during sports events or other continuous action.
Not only is the DiMAGE Z10 a sprinter with its fast startup; it's also a marathon champ with power efficiency that allows you to take up to approximately 500 frames with the four included AA alkaline batteries. This is more shots than any digital camera with built-in flash running on AA alkaline batteries*².
In addition, the DiMAGE Z10 has a Macro mode that allows you to bring the lens as close as 1 cm from the subject. Capture the smallest objects-flowers, insects, or jewelry-with the greatest detail.
The DiMAGE Z10 sports a new, high-tech design. Despite its large 8X optical zoom, it weighs just approximately 300 g. Its ergonomic form gives you a steady grip while its intuitive control button layout allows even camera novices to be up and enjoying digital photography in no time at all.
- Large 8X optical Mega Zoom covers everything from landscape shots to extreme close-ups. - Combining the optical zoom with the seamless 4X digital zoom gives an incredible 32X zoom, allowing you to get those shots that used to be too far away
- High performance lens and 3.2-megapixel CCD with CxProcess™ II high-quality image processing technology
- Fastest startup in its class*¹-the DiMAGE Z10 is ready to shoot in approximately 0.5 second*¹.
- Rapid AF with Predictive Focus Control for ultra-high-speed focusing to capture even the most fleeting photo opportunities
- Four AA alkaline batteries power the DiMAGE Z10 for an amazing 500 frames
- Macro mode for close-ups as near as 1 cm from the subject
- Compact and easy to use
Incredible 32X Total Zoom Range
The DiMAGE Z10 offers a wide shooting range. The 8X optical zoom gives focal lengths from 36-290mm (35mm equivalent) while giving focal lengths up to 1160mm (35mm equivalent) when combined with the 4X seamless digital zoom. With the 8X optical zoom and the 4X digital zoom combining for a 32X total zoom, the Z10 is perfect for taking distance shots at sports events or when capturing far-away scenery.
The Z10 incorporates a high performance 8X optical lens consisting of 11 elements in nine groups that includes two aspheric lenses. With two aspheric lenses, the Z10 corrects various kinds of optical aberrations in the zoom range and renders beautiful, homogenous, distortion-free images from the center to the edges.
3.2-Megapixel CCD for Beautiful Prints
The 3.2-megapixel, 1/2.5 inch CCD produces plenty of detail for creating high-quality enlargements-as large as 34.7x26.0 cm at 150 dpi print resolution. In addition, the CCD's primary color filter offers high color fidelity.
Fastest Startup in Its Class*¹
The DiMAGE Z10 boasts an amazingly fast and fluid startup. Just switch the camera on and you're ready to start taking great pictures in just approximately 0.5 second*¹.
Rapid Autofocus (AF) with Predictive Focus Control
Thanks to a hybrid rapid AF combining a passive AF sensor with the video AF system, focusing takes just 0.3 second. The DiMAGE Z10 includes Predictive Focus Control, which allows you to capture sharper images of moving subjects-like a child running at full speed. When it comes to fast and reliable autofocusing, the DiMAGE Z10 is clearly ahead of the pack.
The DiMAGE Z10 allows you to take high-speed consecutive shots at 1.5 fps and the Z10 captures consecutive images onto the 16MB internal memory. Release the shutter and the last six shots are recorded onto the memory card. This function is handy for shooting sports events or for recording and improving your form in personal sports training situations.
Up to 500 Frames on Four AA Alkaline Batteries
The DiMAGE Z10's power-saving design allows you to take up to 500 frames before the four AA alkaline batteries run out. This is more shots than any digital camera with built-in flash running on AA alkaline batteries*².
Superbly Detailed Images with CxProcess™ II
CxProcess™ II image processing technology incorporates characteristics like smooth gradations, natural skin tones, and brilliantly clear colors for images that are more natural and lifelike. The DiMAGE Z10's 3.2 megapixels capture fine lines and intricate details for stunning digital images.
Noise Reduction gives exceptional night images by automatically preventing the blemishes and graininess associated with slow-shutter shots.
PASM Exposure Control and Metering Modes
The DiMAGE Z10 offers incredible control over exposure. There are four modes: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. Select manual exposure to enable 30-second time exposures. The DiMAGE Z10 has three metering modes: Multi-segment, center-weighted, and spot. Multi-segment metering uses 256 segments to determine exposure.
Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection
Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically chooses the best recording mode for your images. You can also manually select from Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, and Sunset modes. You can also set the DiMAGE Z10 to Night portrait mode in the menu settings. Either way, this convenient function enables you to take fabulous photos with ease.
Get as Close as 1cm with Macro
Shoot amazing close-ups in Macro mode. Konica Minolta's superior image quality will make your close-ups look stunning and powerful. In Macro mode, you can bring the lens as close as 1cm from your subject.
The DiMAGE Z10's Switch Finder function allows you to view the LCD monitor images through the viewfinder (Viewfinder display) or on the LCD monitor itself (Monitor display). There is no color, contrast, or resolution difference between the images viewed on the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor because both are the same image. The viewfinder was designed with a large apparent angle of view so the image is large and clear.
For added flexibility and convenience, the flash button can be customized to handle different settings. This means that instead of going through the menus on the LCD, you can use the flash button to change settings like the drive mode, white balance, focus mode, color mode, or sensitivity.
Forget all about complicated connections with a PC. Get fast, fun printouts directly from your camera by connecting the DiMAGE Z10 to a PictBridge*3-compliant printer. You can check which images you want to print on the Z10's LCD monitor and then print out your favorites in no time at all.
VGA Movie Recording
The DiMAGE Z10 can record movies without sound. It records 15-fps VGA-size (640x480) movies, which are much easier to view during playback than conventional QVGA-size (320x240) movies. It also records 320x240 movies at either 30 fps or 15 fps. The XR (Extended Recording) Movie mode lets you record longer movie clips onto the SD memory card until the memory card is full. Night Movie uses high camera sensitivity to record under extreme low-light conditions. And Movie Frame Capture lets you select your favorite scenes from a movie save them as still images.
The DiMAGE Z10's design is advanced yet familiar and easy-to-use. Despite its large 8X zoom range, it weighs just 300 g. It's also easy to tote and operate even for camera novices. The ergonomic form makes it easy to keep on holding even for those steady zoom shots.
Optional Wide Converter( Wide-Angle Converter ZCW-200)
The optional Wide Converter Kit allows you to fit more of the scene into each shot. The lens has a 26mm wide angle that is ideal for capturing indoor or outdoor architecture and panoramic landscape shots.
*¹ Approximately 0.5 second, from when main switch is turned on until LCD monitor comes on. As of May 20, 2004, for digital cameras with 8X or greater zoom.
*² Up to approximately 500 frames with the four included AA alkaline batteries. Based on Konica Minolta's standard test method and compliant with the CIPA standard, with included AA alkaline batteries and included SD Memory Card.
As of May 20, 2004, for digital cameras with built-in flash running on AA alkaline batteries.
*³ PictBridge is an industry standard established by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).
About Konica Minolta Photo Imaging
Konica Minolta Photo Imaging Europe GmbH is a leading provider of consumer and commercial photographic materials, photographic equipment such as analog and digital cameras, and measuring instruments including 3D-scanning. With operative bases within Europe the company covers the three business areas of photo imaging, cameras and industrial instruments. Konica Minolta Photo Imaging Europe is a subsidiary of Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Building on its strong core of optical technologies developed over 130 years, Konica Minolta Photo Imaging aims to be a corporation offering products and services that are essential to all areas of digital imaging.
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