This stylish pocket-sized "capsule" 35mm Minolta Freedom Explorer camera features a built-in wide-angle 28-75mm lens. Designed for both scenic shots and close-ups, the Minolta Freedom Explorer EX lets users select panorama mode and date imprinting at any time. Users may also choose between selectable exposure modes to ensure proper exposure for close-up, night portrait, or landscape/night view shots every time.
This camera also offers precise, three-beam active infrared autofocus for sharp pictures. The built-in automatic flash system includes "soft flash" for close-ups, along with red-eye reduction, autoflash, flash fill, and cancel flash. Film advance and rewind are automatic and fuss free, and users can select continuous advance or midroll rewind. The Minolta Freedom Explorer EX also features a 10-second self-timer setting and wireless remote control release. Along with the camera, the kit includes a carrying case, strap, film, batteries, remote control, and a two-year warranty.
- Deluxe point-and-shoot kit with 28-75mm zoom
- Programmed autoexposure with center-weighted metering and 4 special modes
- 3-beam active infrared focusing
- Built-in flash with red-eye reduction
- Panorama mode, continuous shooting, date imprinting, and self-timer
Equipped with Minolta's new 10x optical/4x digital f/2.8-3.5 mega zoom lens, this digital camera puts a broad 38-1520mm focal range (35mm camera equivalent) in a single lens. Its powerful autofocus system focuses the lens quickly and smoothly, while its high-resolution 3.3MP, 1/2.7 interline primary-color CCD ensures well-defined results. Features: TV-quality movie recording in 3 image sizes plus night-movie mode, CxProcess II technology that controls color, contrast, and sharpness while minimizing noise, 1.5" polysilicon TFT color LCD with anti-reflection coating and auto amplification, progressive capture mode, fast startup and response time, super macro mode, real motion LCD monitor with 60fps frame rate, switch finder showing monitor through viewfinder, powerful built-in flash, automatic digital subject program that selects optimum exposure, white-balance and image-processing, portrait/sports action/sunset/night portrait digital subject programs, dark-noise reduction, programmed/aperture-priority/shutter-priority/manual auto exposure, multi-segment/center-weighted/spot metering, B&W/vivid/sepia creative color modes, daylight/tungsten/cloudy/flash/fluorescent/custom white balance, fluid playback, compatibility with numerous powerful Minolta flash units, auto-400 ISO equivalent, 15-1/1,000 shutter speed, AE and AF lock, auto/fill/auto with red-eye reduction/slow-sync/off flash modes with 7-sec. recycling time, fine/standard/economy quality modes, contrast and sharpness select, date imprint, JPEG/MOV/DCF 1.0-compliant/DPOF-compliant/Exif 2.2 file formats and SD card and MultiMediaCard recording. Includes neck strap, lens cap, accessory shoe cap, AV cable, 16MB SD Memory Card, USB cable, Dimage Viewer and ArcSoft VideoImpression software and batteries. 4-1/3Lx3Wx3-1/6D".
Ergonomically designed, SLR-styled, and packed with powerful automatic and manual controls, the Minolta Dimage Z1 is a great choice for advanced photographers. It features an amazing 10x optical zoom, 3.2-megapixel resolution, and a 30 frame-per-second movie mode with sound.
Optics and Resolution
The Dimage Z1 features a 3.2-megapixel resolution that produces images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels for photo-quality prints up to 8 x 10 inches and medium-quality enlargements up to 11 x 14 inches. Other resolution modes include 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480. The 10x optical zoom has a focal range of 5.8-58mm (equivalent to 38-380mm in 35mm photography). It also has a 4x digital zoom.
With the Dimage Z1, you can capture TV-quality video (comparable to S-VHS) with sound. You can select from three resolution modes: 640 x 480 (VGA), 320 x 240, and 160 x 120. Video can be captures at 30 frames per second (fps) for flicker-free movies, or at 15 fps to maximize recording time. The length of your captured video is limited only by your memory card capacity.
Turn on the power, and you can take your first shot in approx. 2 seconds. Shutter release time lag is only 0.06 seconds, and shot intervals are 1.2 seconds. The DiMAGE Z1 also boasts the fastest autofocusing in its class. At 10x zoom, the Rapid AF, which employs video AF for accuracy and a passive sensor specifically to boost speed, has your subject in focus in approximately 0.4 seconds, and is even faster at wider angles.
Storage and Transfer
- 1.6-inch LCD screen with anti-reflection coating
- Built-in flash with Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, and Slow-Sync modes
- Hot shoe for adding external flash
- Capture an entire sequence of 1.3 megapixel images at 10 frames per second
- White balance modes: Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), Custom
- Color modes: Natural Color, Vivid Color, Black and White, Sepia
Images are stored on Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards; an 16 MB SD card is included. When shooting in Standard 3.2-megapixel mode, you can store 17 images on the included memory card. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.
Power and Size
The camera is powered by two AA batteries (alkalines included, rechargeable NiMH batteries recommended). It measures 4.31 x 3.05 x 3.15 inches and weighs 10.8 ounces (excluding battery).
What's In The Box
This package includes the Dimage Z1 digital camera, 16 MB Secure Digital memory card, four AA alkaline batteries, USB and AV cables, lens cap, accessory shoe cap, neck strap, and CD-ROM with Dimage Viewer software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.
- 3.2 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
- 10x optical plus 4x digital zoom (for 40x total)
- Includes 16 MB Secure Digital card; also compatible with MMC cards
- Unique SLR-style; fast f2.8 - f3.5 lens allowing fast shutter speeds for sport or natural-light photography; 2-second start-up time
- Powered by 4 AA batteries (alkalines included); connects with Macs and PCs via USB 1.1
If you want the total creative control an SLR offers, but don't like lugging around a cumbersome kit, Minolta's Maxxum 5 is worth a look. It's one of the world's smallest and lightest autofocus SLRs, and its extensive array of high-performance features adjusts to offer something for everyone from beginners to advanced amateur photographers.
Measuring just 5 by 3.4 by 2.4 inches and weighing in at around 12 ounces, the body of the Maxxum 5 is about the same size as many point-and-shoot cameras--of course, the lens adds to this size and weight, but it's still an extremely compact design. To save weight, much of the body is made of high-impact plastic, with a metal lens mount and tripod mount for durability. The camera uses Minolta A-mount lenses, and a 28-80mm Minolta AF zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f3.5 to f5.6 is included.
Primary features include spot-metering and spot-focusing, depth-of-field preview, a built-in multimode flash, 7-point autofocus system, a maximum shutter speed of 1/4,000th of a second, 3 FPS rapid-fire shooting, and 14-segment metering. A powerful processor and speedy motor combine to provide one of the fastest autofocus systems available.
In addition, the Maxxum 5 features "eye-start automation," a performance enhancer that senses when you put your eye to the viewfinder and starts preparing to take a shot immediately. If you're planning to use the camera in the studio, the wireless flash setting communicates with Minolta off-camera flash units.
The kit comes with the Maxxum 5 body, 28-80mm AF zoom lens, shoulder strap, lens cap, and a pair of CR2 batteries.
- 35mm compact single-lens reflex (SLR) camera
- Kit includes 28-80mm Minolta zoom autofocus lens
- Integrated flash with red-eye reduction; includes hot shoe for external flash
- One of the smallest and lightest full-featured SLRs ever produced
- Improved autofocus drive motor and high-speed microcomputer for quicker and more precise control