The new Dynax 3L shares the same incredibly compact body design as the Dynax 5 and Dynax 4 and it is the lightest in the series. The Dynax 3L provides the benefits of high image quality and Minolta’s range of interchangeable lenses and accessories in a sophisticated SLR with the effortless operation of a compact camera.
The Dynax 3L is designed to be extremely portable. While retaining the classic appearance of a single lens reflex camera (SLR), the internal configuration and components are designed to minimise the size of the body while maximising the efficiency of the entire system. The simple control layout and classic silver finish give the Dynax 3L a sophisticated, elegant appearance.
Nothing is more highly prized than the camera’s ability to focus quickly. The Dynax 3L has a fast, responsive autofocus system. The autofocus is driven by a high power motor and controlled by a fast microprocessor. The AF system is 1.7 times faster than the Dynax 303si and its efficiency in following moving subjects has been improved by a factor of 2x.
To be able to capture fast action, a camera is required not only to focus on the subject, but also to follow that subject as it moves. All SLR cameras suffer from a delay when taking pictures because the mirror must be lifted out of the optical path. Especially with telephoto lenses, this slight delay can be significant with fast moving subjects moving toward the camera. The Dynax 3L predictive focus control continues to track an approaching subject from when the shutter release button is pressed until the exposure is made ensuring optimum focus.
Discerning photographers have always known the benefits of a bright, accurate viewfinder. The Dynax 3L is equipped with the same high quality spherical acute matte focusing screen found in the top end Dynax 9 and Dynax 7. This focusing screen provides bright, clear images, which is very important when working under low-light conditions or with slower lenses. The 0.75x viewfinder magnification allows comfortable viewing.
The Dynax 3L employs ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) metering, a sophisticated system for controlling flash exposures. With conventional flash metering, dark or highly reflective subjects can deceive the metering system and cause over or underexposure. To reduce any influence from subject or background reflectance, ADI metering employs distance information from Minolta D series lenses with TTL metering to control the flash output. ADI metering is employed in the camera’s built-in flash and the powerful Minolta 5600HS(D) and 3600HS(D) accessory flash units.
The wireless/remote flash function gives even more control over flash photography by allowing multiple off-camera Minolta flash units to be fired simultaneously by the camera. Minolta 5600HS(D) and 3600HS(D) flash units can be placed around the subject to create attractive side lighting. By using the built-in flash, the camera controls the output of the off-camera flash units for perfect exposures. SLR photography has never been easier. The Dynax 3L’s focus and exposure are fully automated and the flash will automatically pop up and fire in low-light or back-light situations. Just simply point and shoot.
For more demanding subjects, the exposure and focus systems can be instantly set at the press of a button. The subject program button simply and quickly optimises the camera systems for specific situations. Five subject programs are available: Portrait the camera controls the aperture to produce a shallow depth of field to differentiate the subject from the background. Landscape the camera controls the aperture to produce a wider depth of field so that both the foreground and background are sharp. Close-up the camera balances the depth of field with the image magnification to produce a sharp image of the subject with a defocused back ground.
Sports Action the AF system continually focuses to follow the subject, and the AE system maximises the shutter speed to freeze action.
Night Portrait the camera balances the flash exposure with the ambient back ground exposure so that the subject and scene are both reproduced in the image.