Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc. and Sony Corporation have reached an agreement to jointly develop digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras.
Taking advantages of their respective imaging technologies and key devices, the
two companies will develop and commercialize new digital SLR cameras based on
and compatible to "Maxxum/Dynax" lens mount system.
Konica Minolta offers its autofocus auto-exposure technologies nourished
through development of "Maxxum/Dynax series" from the age of film cameras,
mechanical electronics technologies indispensable for SLR cameras, and sixteen
million units of lens shipped worldwide. In addition, Konica Minolta has
innovated cutting edge features, such as, incorporating a CCD shift-type
body-integral Anti-Shake technology for the Camera Grand Prix awarding "α-7
Sony has also numerous technologies and devices essential for digital imaging
equipment, such as CCD and CMOS imaging sensors, image processing technologies
and lithium ion batteries. Moreover, Sony's strength in product planning, total
design and high-density mounting have created a series of compact and light
digital imaging products.
"Sony has powerful devices and technologies essential for digital cameras,"
said Tsuyoshi Miyachi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Konica Minolta
Photo Imaging, Inc. "I am extremely excited to work with Sony. Together with
Sony, we will endeavor to create new value in the field of imaging through
increasing attractiveness of digital SLR cameras where we are strongly
"We are excited to co-develop new products with Konica Minolta's advanced
camera technologies represented by its 'Maxxum/Dynax series' and our digital
audio visual technologies," said Yutaka Nakagawa, Sony's Executive Vice
President and Personal Audio Visual Network Company NC President. "Sony will
further strengthen its digital imaging business through creating new market
opportunities with the digital SLR camera field."