- Minolta Dimage EX
Minolta Dimage EX Type Compact digital camera Sensor CCD 0.5 inch Maximum resolution 1344 × 1008 Lens Detachable Flash Guide number 11 Shutter programmed AE Shutter speed range from 1/4000 s to 2s Exposure metering 25-segment TTL Exposure modes programmed AE Metering modes Automatic Focus modes External passive AF Continuous shooting 3,5 photo/s Viewfinder Optical ASA/ISO range 125 Rear LCD monitor 2 inches, 110 000 pixels Storage Compact Flash Battery four AA batteries; Ni-Cd, Ni-MH ou lithium AA batteries possible. Weight
- 310 g with zoom objective
- 340 g with wide angle lens
The Minolta Dimage EX (also sold as EX 1500) is a digital camera, first marketed in 1998. The Dimage line was one of the first consumer point-and-shoot cameras released in the American market and featured an unusual interchangeable lens system not normally found in point-and-shoot cameras.
The Dimage EX line was originally intended to be "obsolescence-proof," in that it was designed with internal software that would be upgradable through downloads or patches and that its lens interface would support future lens configurations. However, this concept was abandoned as Minolta continued on redesigning the Dimage line, eventually merging more SLR-style features into it.
The Dimage EX features a maximum resolution of 1344 x 1008 pixels and stores files in JPEG format. Though the term "megapixel" was not widely used at the time of its manufacture, it operates at 1.5 megapixels, a large file-size for non-SLR digital cameras of its time. It utilizes Compact Flash cards and initially shipped with a single 8 MB card.
The Dimage EX's interchangeable lens assemblies set it apart from most point-and-shoot cameras. It initially shipped with a 3x zoom lens (the equivalent of 38-115mm focal length), but Minolta also introduced a wide angle lens and some stereoscopic photography accessories that could replace the standard lens unit.
The port for the removable lens units also doubles as a port for a serial cable connection to a computer for direct downloading of photographs. The downloading process is handled via a packaged software interface called 'Digita Desktop'. The unit also has a separate dedicated video-out port which supports both PAL and NTSC video standards.
The Dimage EX uses four standard AA batteries. However, the many features of the Dimage causes relatively fast draining of batteries, compared to other digital cameras of its time.
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