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Encyclopedia > Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
Type Corporation TYO: 4902
Founded Osaka, Japan (1873)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people Yoshikatsu Ota, President & CEO
Industry Imaging
Products Laser printers
Office equipment
Revenue 1,067 billion yen (2004)
Employees 33,400 worldwide (as of July 2005)
Slogan The essentials of imaging
Website konicaminolta.com

Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (コニカミノルタホールディングス Konika Minoruta Hōrudingusu?) is a Japanese worldwide manufacturer of photo-copiers, fax machines, laser printers, medical graphic equipments, optical components and sensing meters formed by a merger between Japanese imaging firms Konica and Minolta announced on January 7, 2003. There are many branches of the company worldwide including Ramsey, New Jersey, Mobile, Alabama, Basildon, England and Missisauga, Ontario. Konica Minolta now has a wide range of imaging input/output businesses including office equipment, optical devices, medical imaging, graphic imaging and measuring instruments. Image File history File links Konica_Minolta. ... The Tokyo Stock Exchange ), or TSE, is one of the largest stock exchange markets in the world by monetary volume located in Tokyo, Japan, second only to the New York Stock Exchange. ... 1873 (MDCCCLXXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Tokyo (東京; Tōkyō, lit. ... Imaging refers to the science of obtaining pictures or more complicated spatial representations, such as animations or 3-D computer graphics models, from physical things. ... 1993 Apple LaserWriter Pro 630 laser printer A laser printer is a common type of computer printer that rapidly produces high quality text and graphics on plain paper. ... Office supplies is the generic term that refers to all supplies regularly used in offices by businesses and other organizations, from private citizens to governments, who works with the collection, refinement, and output of information (colloquially referred to as paper work). The term includes small, expendable, daily use items such... A small, much-used Xerox copier in a high school library. ... Look up revenue in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... A small, much-used Xerox copier in a high school library. ... 1993 Apple LaserWriter Pro 630 laser printer A laser printer is a common type of computer printer that rapidly produces high quality text and graphics on plain paper. ... Konica ) was a Japanese manufacturer of, among other products, film, film cameras, camera accessories, photographic and photo-processing equipment, photocopiers, fax machines and laser printers. ... Minolta was a Japanese worldwide manufacturer of cameras, camera accessories, photo-copiers, fax machines and laser printers. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map highlighting Ramseys location within Bergen County. ... It has been suggested that List of people from Mobile, Alabama be merged into this article or section. ... Basildon is an industrial town and district in Essex England with a population of around 101,000 (1994 est). ... Motto: Pride in our past, Faith in our future Area: 288. ...

On January 19, 2006 the company announced that it was quitting the camera business due to high financial losses. SLR camera service operations were handed over to Sony starting on March 31, 2006 and Sony has continued development of cameras that are compatible with Minolta autofocus lenses. Konica Minolta withdrew from the photo business on September 30, 2006. 3,700 employees were laid off. [1] January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cross-section view of SLR system: 1) Lens 2) Mirror 3) Shutter 4) Film or sensor 5) Focusing screen 6) Condensing lens 7) Pentaprism 8) Eyepiece The single-lens reflex (SLR) is a type of camera that uses a movable mirror placed between the lens and the film to project... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (91st in leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Konica Minolta closed down their photo imaging division in March 2007. The color film, color paper, photo chemical and digital mini-lab machine divisions have ceased operations. The SLR digital-camera section was transferred to Sony.

However, Dai Nippon will be purchasing Konica's Odawara factory site and continue to produce paper under Dai Nippon's brand. Seapac on the other hand will acquire the Konica chemical factory.



Konica Minolta effectively has two lines of history - that of the Minolta Company and that of the Konica Corporation

Minolta Co Ltd

Minolta's name came from "Machinery Instruments and Optical Lens Tashima", after the founder Kazuo Tashima. It was founded it in 1928, however the name "Minolta" was not used worldwide and for all groups within the company until as late as 1994. Like most companies in the digital imaging industry, its beginnings were as a camera manufacturer.
The famous "globe mark" logo (now used by the merged Konica Minolta company) has been said to symbolise many things, but is mainly the idea of light passing through a lens. Additionally the color that is used is for precision, and the globe mark itself represents the world.

Minolta Milestones

1928 Kazuo Tashima establishes the Nichi-Doku Shashinki Shoten, a Japanese-German camera manufacturer.

1929 Introduction of the company's first camera: The Nifcalette.

1937 The company is given the name Chiyoda Kogaku Seiko Co., Ltd.

1955 A cooperation agreement about extensive export towards the USA is made with the American company FR Corp.

1957 The beginning of export towards Europe.

1958 Introduction of the first reflex camera: The SR-2. Development of the company's first planetarium.

1959 The beginning of copier manufacturing.
Founding of the Minolta Cooperation in the USA, resident in New York, as a subsidiary company of Minolta.

1960 Introduction of the company's first copier: The Copymaster.

1962 John Glenn uses the Minolta Hi-Matic camera in Friendship 7 during the first manned US spacecraft to orbit the earth.
The company is given the name Minolta Camera Co., Ltd.

1965 Founding of the Minolta Camera Trading Company (Minolta Camera Handelsgesellschaft m. b. H.) in the Federal Republic of Germany.

1966 Introduction of the reflex camera SRT-101 with TTL exposure meter.

1968 The Minolta Space Meter, a light meter, went to the moon on board of the Apollo 8 spacecraft.

1972 Signing of a contract about cooperation with the German camera manufacturer Ernst Leitz.

1975 Introduction of the EG 101, the world's first copier to use latent image transfer.

1979 Introduction of the EP 310 plain paper copier applying Minolta's exclusive Micro-Toning System Technology.

1981 Minolta X-700 single lens reflex camera first winner of "European Camera of the Year".

1982 Kazuo Tashima and Hideo Tashima assume the function of chairman and president respectively.

1983 Launch of the EP 450 Z featuring the world's first zoom magnification and reduc-tion functions.

1985 Introduction of the Dynax 7000 (Maxxum 7000 in the United States), the world's first body-integrated autofocus SLR camera.

1988 Introduction of the CM 1000, the world's first compact spectral photometer.

1989 Development of the Infinium a planetarium with its world wide unique movable suspension.

1990 Minolta Autofocus Binoculars 8x22, the world's first continuous AF binocular.
Introduction of CF 70, a digital full-colour electrostaticñtype PPC with LIMOS technology.
Founding of Minolta Lorraine S. A. to produce copiers and toner in Europe.

1992 Launch of Dynax 9xi (Maxxum 9xi in the United States) AF SLR, featuring the world's first shutter speed of 1/12,000 of a second.

1993 Start of PPC and LBP production in China.

1994 Corporate name changed to Minolta Co., Ltd.
Founding of the Shanghai Minolta Optical Products Co., Ltd. in China.
Founding of the Wuhan Minolta Wiaic Office Automation Equipment Co., Ltd. in China.

1995 Introduction of the RD-175 digital SLR camera.

1996 Introduction of the VECTIS series, cameras and accessories based on the Advanced Photo System.
Launch of the CF 900 high performance full colour digital copier/ scanner/ printer.

1997 Introduction of the VIVID 700 non-contact 3D digitizer.
Introduction of the Dimage V, a digital single lens reflex camera with body integrated colour LCD viewfinder and external display.
Marketing of full line-up of Minolta PagePro LBP's.
A digital single lens reflex or DSLR camera is a single-lens reflex camera (SLR) which records images using an electronic sensor (Usually a CCD or CMOS chip) instead of film. ...

1998 Launch of Color PagePro colour LBP series
Introduction of the Di 620 high performance digital PPC.
Introduction of the CF 30, a colour scanner/ copier/ printer

1998 Dynax 505si, selected "Camera of the Year 98/99" (EISA) and "Best Camera 1998" (TIPA). Dynax 505si

1999 Marketing of DiALTA full line-up of digital PPC's.
Introduction of Minolta MicroPress Cluster Printing System, offering unparalleled image quality and productivity.
Minolta acquired a controlling interest in QMS, Inc., an Alabama-based printer manufacturer specializing in colour laser printers.

Konica Corporation

Founded in 1873 by Rokusaburo Sugiura, primarily as a photographic material company, it was initially called "Konishiya" after the apothecary in which it started. Konishiya also produced cameras, however were much better known at the time for the photographic materials and other associated products than the cameras themselves. The company name was later changed to Konishiroku.
In 1987, the name was changed finally to "Konica", however that name had first appeared on a camera as early as 1947 as a combination of "Konishiroku" and "Camera"

Konica Minolta (Merged) Milestones

2006: Liquidated its photography-related divisions.

2005: BERTL's Best awards for office and production printing systems and Colour Reliability; Buyers Laboratory award for "Product Line of the Year" (MFPs). Award for Dynax 7D with CCD-shift Anti-Shake.
Buyers Laboratory Inc is a company which provides information on the imaging industry. ...

2004: Introduction of the first bizhub branded MFP. First 105 ppm production printing system bizhub PRO 1050.

2003: Integrated the management of Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd.

Manual Focus 35mm Film SLRs

Minolta Hi-Matic auto focus
Minolta Hi-Matic auto focus

Minolta had been a competitor in the 35mm SLR market since the development of the manual-focus (MF) SRT and other models in the mid-1960s. Minolta positioned most of its cameras to compete in the amateur market, though it did produce a very high quality MF SLR in the XD-11. Minolta's last MF SLR cameras were the X370 and X700. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ...

Autofocus 35mm Film SLRs

Until the sale of Konica Minolta's Photo Imaging unit to Sony in 2006, Konica Minolta produced the former Minolta range of 35mm autofocus single-lens reflex cameras, variously named "Minolta Maxxum" in North America, "Minolta Dynax" in Europe, and "Minolta Alpha" in Japan and the rest of Asia. This range was introduced in 1985 with the Minolta Maxxum 7000, and culminated with the Maxxum 7 and 9. The final Minolta 35mm SLR AF cameras were the Maxxum 50 and 70, built in China. Autofocus (or AF) is a feature of some optical systems that allow them to maintain correct focus on a target. ... The single-lens reflex camera, more commonly known by the abbreviation SLR, uses a mirror placed between the lens and the film to project the image seen through the lens to a matte focusing screen. ... Large format camera lens. ... The Minolta AF-mount. ... The Minolta AF-mount. ... The Minolta AF-mount. ... Minolta MAXXUM 7000 The Minolta MAXXUM 7000 (7000 AF in Europe) 35mm SLR camera was introduced in 1985. ...

Digital cameras

Until recently, Konica Minolta had a line of digital point and shoot cameras to compete in the digital photography market. Their DiMage line included digital cameras and imaging software as well as film scanners. 10 MP Nikon D200 and a Nikon film scanner The Canon EOS 350D The Canon PowerShot A95 Digital photography, as opposed to film photography, uses electronic devices to record and capture the image as binary data. ...

They created a new category of "SLR-like" cameras with the introduction of the DiMage 7. This camera mixed many of the features of a traditional SLR camera with the special abilities of a digital camera. It had a traditional zoom ring and focus ring on the lens barrel, it used an electronic viewfinder so that you see exactly what the camera sees, it adds many high level features such as a histogram and made the cameras compatible with Minolta's flashes for modern film SLRs. The controls were designed to be used by people familiar with SLR cameras. However, the lenses were not interchangeable, and the cameras never were accepted as a true alternative to a SLR camera. They later innovated with this line by being the first manufacturer to integrate a mechanical anti-shake system into their digital cameras. Before the closure of the Photo Imaging unit, the DiMage lineup split into the long-zoom Z line, the low-end E/G lines, the thin/light X line, and the advanced A line. For the histogram used in digital image processing, see Color histogram. ...

Digital SLRs

Minolta made some early forays into digital SLRs with the RD-175 in 1995 and the RD-3000 in 1999 but were the last of the large "Big Four" camera manufacturers to launch a successful digital SLR camera using a current 35mm AF mount in late 2004. The RD-175 was based on the Maxxum/Dynax 505si 35mm film SLR and used three different 1/2" CCD image sensors - two for green and one for red and blue - supplied with images by a light splitting mechanism using prisms mounted behind the lens. The RD-3000 used Vectis APS film lenses and again used multiple CCDs - this time two 1.5MP 1/2" sensors stitched to give a 2.7MP output image. It wasn't until late 2004 (after the merger with Konica) that they launched the Dynax/Maxxum/α 7, a digital SLR based on the very successful Dynax/Maxxum 7 35mm SLR body. The unique feature of this camera is that it features an in-body Anti-Shake system to compensate for camera shake. However, by 2004 Canon and Nikon had a whole range of digital SLR cameras and many serious photographers had already switched, thus leading Konica Minolta to withdraw from the market and transfer assets to Sony. The only two Konica Minolta digital SLRs to reach production before the company's withdrawal were the Dynax/Maxxum 7D and the Dynax/Maxxum 5D (which is an entry-level model that shared the 7D's sensor and Anti-Shake technology). Minolta Vectis is an APS camera system model by Minolta. ... The Maxxum 7D, or Dynax 7D in Japan, is a 6. ...

In early 2006 Sony announced its Sony α (Alpha) line of digital SLRs, (based on Konica Minolta technology) and stated they were scheduled to launch production in the summer of 2006. As of February 2007, the Alpha a100 has been available for several months and appears to have been well received.[citation needed] Sony α (Greek letter alpha) is a digital SLR camera system introduced on June 5, 2006[1]. It utilizes and expands upon Konica Minolta camera technologies, including the Minolta AF SLR lens mount, which were acquired by Sony after the end of Minoltas camera operations in early 2006. ...

Business companies

Konica Minolta have spun off each and every business into a separate company, and delegated the authority required for executing operations to each business company. This has enabled them to build a framework characterised by flexible and speedy operational execution and business promotion.

Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.

Offering document solutions for evolving office environments focused on colour, digitalisation, high-speed and networking.

Location of head office: Tokyo, Number of employees: Approx. 19,600
Worldwide headquarters are also located in: Germany (Konica Minolta Europe), USA (Konica Minolta US), Australia (Konica Minolta Australia) and China (Konica Minolta China). These headquarters are responsible for sales and support of the Konica Minolta companies in each country within their region, including distributors and the dealer networks.
Main products: Copiers, printers, facsimile machines, microfilm systems and related supplies. A small, much-used Xerox copier in a high school library. ... A computer printer, or more commonly a printer, produces a hard copy (permanent human-readable text and/or graphics) of documents stored in electronic form, usually on physical print media such as paper transparencies]]. Many printers are primarily used as computer peripherals, and are attached by a printer cable to... Insert non-formatted text here For the machine that sends, receives, and produces facsimiles, see fax. ... Microfilm machines may be available at libraries or record archives. ...

Multi-functional peripherals (MFPs)

Pursuing advanced imaging markets Konica Minolta's digital multi-functional peripherals (MFPs), branded the "bizhub" series, are equipped with multiple functions (copying, printing, faxing, scanning), and can integrate into any corporate network environments. They allow users to consolidate the administration of office equipment connected to a network by using a series of network management software programmes and even to manage and share both scanned data and computer-generated data. The bizhub concept enables users to adopt flexible work styles, freeing them from place and time constraints. Their colour output boasts the highest image quality and speed in the industry and leads the office equipment market where the boundary between colour and monochrome products is blurring. In the light-production printing market, they help improve operational efficiency by providing highspeed monochrome copiers and MFPs with superior durability and image quality which are best suited to print on demand (POD).

Konica Minolta Printing Solutions

Advanced generation of compact, lightweight and high-performance color laser printers. The market for color laser printers continues to expand, fuelled by the rapid shift of business documents from monochrome to color. Konica Minolta's color laser printers - branded the "magicolor" series - feature superb image quality and compact design, as exemplified by the world's smallest and lightest* color laser printer - the magicolor 2430DL - only made possible thanks to the company's cutting-edge optical technologies. The magicolor series is used in a wide range of environments and applications, from general offices to homes.

As of May 2007 Printing Solutions (Europe) business soon to be merged with Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Europe)as part of radical reforms within the company.

Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.

With the rich experience and the latest technology in optics, KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC. has been developing most advanced optical components, units, and systems for various application, and has been supplying to the many customers in the world.

Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.

Manufacturing, sale, and related services of film and processing equipment for medical and graphic imaging. Konica Minolta Opens Software Development Center in India through Partnership Agreement with HCL Technologies [2]

Konica Minolta Sensing, Inc.

Manufacture and sales of measuring instruments for industrial, and medical fields: 3-D digitizers, Polygon editing software, Spectrophotometers, Colorimeters, Display color analyzers, Illuminance meters, Luminance meters, Spectroradiometers, Spot thermometers, Oxygen saturation monitors, Jaundice meters, etc.


  • Dynax 4/Dynax 3/Maxxum 4 Instruction Manual
  • Maxxum 5D Brochure
  • Robert E. Mayer, Minolta Classic Cameras (a Magic Lantern Guide)
  • Konica Minolta Corporate Profile 2005

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In advertising literature, Minolta claims that the Maxxum 4 is the most compact 35mm AF SLR, and the second fastest at autofocusing, while the Maxxum 5 is the fastest at autofocusing.
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