TOP SECRET Konica-Minolta camera project LEAK. a STUNNER

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Alan Browne, Apr 30, 2004.

  1. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    http://www.aliasimages.com/images/48b7597462.jpg

    Styling is sleak, project is secret. Was not supposed to be revealed
    until Photokina. Some German hacker has been posting this all over.
    Rumors are it is a very compact, internal zoom 8 Mpix camera... with a
    bluetooth interface to a 24 GB solid state storage device carried in
    your pocket or purse.

    stay tuned, this one is HOT HOT HOT

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Apr 30, 2004
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    Ron Guest

    It looks like one of those space ships on Star Trek.
     
    Ron, Apr 30, 2004
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    Lionel Guest

    It looks goddamn ugly too. I wonder if they give you a quilted
    silver-painted tunic to wear while shooting with it?
     
    Lionel, Apr 30, 2004
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  4. LOL. I wonder if it offers the moire of the A2? ;-)

    On the serious note, this could be a fake like some of the fakes that were
    going around at the time of the PMA, like the phony Minolta "Zeus" picture
    that was floating around just before K-M announced the Maxxum 7 D.

    What is your take, Alan? Do you think this is a true leak?
     
    Richard Cockburn, Apr 30, 2004
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  5. Alan Browne

    Steve Guest

    WRONG ...
    It's a very early 35mm camera prototype from the 60's.
    You can find it in Minolta's history info.
     
    Steve, Apr 30, 2004
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  6. Alan Browne

    dirtycow Guest

    What is your take, Alan? Do you think this is a true leak?

    Hope im not missing the joke wildly, but thats a really old camera isnt it?
    Im sure ive seen it linked to as one of Minolta's very early prototypes.
     
    dirtycow, Apr 30, 2004
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  7. Alan Browne

    Andrew Guest

    Yup, page 35 of my Dimage Z1 manual.
     
    Andrew, Apr 30, 2004
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    Lewis Lang Guest

    Alan, thanks for the link to the picture, but...
    Now that would make sense as the design has none of the seamless swooping edges
    of the late '80's (T-90/EOS/etc.) through the present - it loks like a beer can
    witha a low jack invisibly soldered/grafted on as a handle/grip. Grape soda
    anybody ;-). The chrome plastic fools nobody and is the only thing that seems
    the least bit present day about the design. It reminds me of those all in one
    tin cans that Canon? had as prototypes back in the early '90's?, might have
    seen it (photo similar to it) in POP PHOTO or somewhere.
     
    Lewis Lang, Apr 30, 2004
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    z-one-b Guest

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    Mike Guest

    Mike, Apr 30, 2004
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  11. Alan Browne

    Lionel Guest

    60's, eh? - That would explain why it looks like a rejected design for
    the Star Trek phasers.
     
    Lionel, May 1, 2004
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  12. Alan Browne

    Bowzer Guest

    Finally! Digital photography meets Viagra! YES!
     
    Bowzer, May 1, 2004
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    Bob Hickey Guest

    Looks like an electric toilet plunger. Whoosh. "And away go
    troubles, down the drain". Terrible. Bob Hickey
     
    Bob Hickey, May 1, 2004
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    Paul H. Guest


    Looks like an I.U.D insertion tool. I guess that would make it a "stunner."
     
    Paul H., May 1, 2004
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    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Re: TOP SECRET Konica-Minolta camera project LEAK. a STUNNER
    Now we know what powered the warp drives on Star Trek, an electric toilet bowl
    plunger from "only from the mind of (Konica/)Minolta" ;-)

    "Give me warp drive drive Scotty!'

    ""I Kenna do it Cap'n the Klingon's made off with our Minolta!" ;-)
     
    Lewis Lang, May 1, 2004
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    Skip M Guest

    I was thinking the same thing.
     
    Skip M, May 1, 2004
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  17. Alan Browne wrote:

    Although this has been debunked, something else struck my eye.
    That would be a fun download with the 1Mbps bandwidth of bluetooth.
    Assuming 8 mpix, one raw file would be roughly 8MB, and thus take ~64
    seconds to download. Hope you're not in a hurry... :)

    -JP
     
    Jukka-Pekka Suominen, May 1, 2004
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  18. Not again! Study the photo. What your are seeing is genuine - it was a
    Minolta concept camera from, believe it or not, the 1960s. This was one
    of the designs which Minolta created when envisaging what the cameras of
    tomorrow would look like. I am not sure whether it dates from 1966 or
    1968, but as you can see, the Minolta logo is of that era. They had just
    devised a workable 60-1??mm zoom lens (think it was 60-120mm).

    It was prophetic but someone's having a bit of fun with the 'German
    hacker' stuff...

    David
     
    David Kilpatrick, May 1, 2004
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  19. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Congrats to those that spotted it.

    Indeed a 1960's SLR from Minolta. I'm not sure if it ever went into
    production, however. (Anyone?).

    Per the Minolta website:
    "A special camera - extremely advanced for its time - was the Minolta
    Auto-Zoom-X.

    Apart from its futuristic design it had an in-built electric film
    advance, an electronically regulated shutter, a SLR viewfinder that
    displayed every function and an open-aperture exposure-measurement
    through the lens using the CLC (Contrast Light Compensator) principle.

    Many of this functions of this camera could only be found years later in
    some cases in other camera models."

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, May 1, 2004
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  20. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    An 8 mpix raw file at 12 bits/color would be more like 36 MB...

    As stated it was just a joke and I had no idea what bluetooth's BW was...

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, May 1, 2004
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