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Sony announce D-SLR system

Thursday Apr 20, 2006

Sony has today announced Alpha as the brand for its digital SLR system , which is apparently the same name Minolta used for its DSLR cameras for over twenty years. As you may know, Sony picked up some of the pieces left over after Konica-Minolta ceased digital camera operations. Sony has confirmed that the new system is based on the existing Alpha/Maxxum/Dynax mount and will continue to be compatible.

It sounds like we might be seeing one or more announcements this summer from Sony in the DSLR market. Exciting times.

Press Release:

SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2006 — Sony has established a new brand name for its digital single lens reflex (D- SLR) cameras that will be launched worldwide this summer.

Meaning “beginning” and “essential,” the symbol a (pronounced alpha) embodies the spirit of Sony’s approach to the D- SLR market. Under this sub-brand, Sony will produce a complete camera system of accessories and lenses to enhance the enjoyment of photography.

The Sony α™ mount system of cameras, lenses and accessories will integrate advanced electromechanical technologies that are key to D- SLR performance, the versatility of the well-established Maxxum® lens mount system, and Sony’s renown in imaging devices and technologies. These include CCD and CMOS imaging sensors, as well as other image processing technologies, in addition to overall product miniaturization. People who have already made investments in many of Konica-Minolta’s lenses and accessories will be able to take full advantage of Sony’s new D- SLR cameras.

“We are expanding our product portfolio to build upon our leadership position in the digital imaging business,” said James Neal, director of marketing for digital imaging products at Sony Electronics. “ Our approach to D- SLR camera design and engineering will allow us to offer a new high-performance system for today’s digital camera users, as well as welcome the millions of Konica-Minolta owners who have Maxxum interchangeable lenses that are currently in the market.”

Sony is already handling support and repair service for existing Konica-Minolta digital and film cameras, as well as related lenses and accessories in the U.S. A dedicated call center and strong levels of web support have been established for these customers.

There is more information available about the new sub-brand at Sony camera and related product support for Konica Minolta customers is also being offered at www.