The new joint effort will promote development of advanced and feature rich digital SLR cameras with the Minolta Maxxum lens mount. Sony will bring their CCD and CMOS imaging sensors, image processing, and lithium ion batteries to the table. Konica Minolta will handle aspects such as the auto focus, auto-exposure and their anti-shake technology. Combine them together and you have one sweet digital SLR.
The same situation seems to already exists with Nikon. The D2X released back in Febuary of 2005 uses Sony’s CMOS image sensor, same with the previous model, the D1X, and the D100.
“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 focused.”