Vectis -  3000

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 The VECTIS 3000. A fully 3x zoom Advanced Photo System lens-shutter camera which combines a wide array of high-performance features. These features include: a 22mm - 66mm (approx. 27.5mm - 82.5mm in the 35mm format) zoom, portability and functionality conscious full-capsule design, extendable metal casing, superb image quality delivered by a newly developed zoom lens, and easy and carefree Advanced Photo System functions including Mid-Roll Change,

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Ultra-compact and Slim 3X Zoom Camera
The Vectis 3000 houses a full 3X zoom lens, yet is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand or a shirt pocket. The slim and sleek aluminium body cover retracts to create an eye-catching lightweight capsule that protects the controls and high-quality optics. For taking pictures, the capsule extends to a comfortable size, and the flash pops up ready for use. You can easily bring the Vectis 3000 wherever you go, so you’ll always be ready to capture those special moments.

Easy Operation
The Vectis 3000 is as easy to use as it is fun to own. Fully automatic operation plus a wide array of Advanced Photo System features means that the Vectis 3000 can be used confidently by virtually anyone.

3X Aspheric Zoom Lens
The Vectis 3000 features a newly-developed 3X, 22 - 66mm (approx. 27.5 – 82.5mm in the 35mm format) zoom lens that provides continuous focal length selection with the touch of a button. The 3X zoom range is ideal for capturing a wide variety of subjects from landscapes and travel photos to groups, portraits, and even detailed close-ups. Minolta’s new optical formula of 5 lens elements in 5 groups uses two double-sided aspheric elements including a low-dispersion glass element with a high refractive index. All this technology translates into superb image quality at any focal length.

Triple-Beam Autofocusing with Focus Lock
Unlike conventional compact zoom cameras that use a single infrared beam for autofocusing, the Vectis 3000 uses three precisely aligned LED beams and approximately 408 focusing steps to detect the subject and measure subject distance. As a result, even off-centre subjects are rendered beautifully crisp, regardless of contrast or lighting conditions. Also, the focus is locked by pressing the shutter-release button partway down, so you can creatively position your subject anywhere in the viewfinder frame.

Close-Up Photography
Now you can capture a world of subjects that usually goes unnoticed. The Vectis 3000’s sophisticated autofocusing system lets you shoot sharp, detailed close-ups from as near as 16 inches.

Dual-Area Exposure Metering
The Vectis 3000’s dual-area metering system measures light levels in both the subject area and the background. If the background is much brighter than the subject, the flash will fire (in autoflash modes) to provide additional subject illumination. The Vectis 3000 has no complicated exposure settings to figure out. The programmed exposure system automatically delivers accurate exposures shot after shot, under a wide range of lighting conditions.

Pop-Up Flash with Red-Eye Reduction
The built-in, pop-up flash lets you shoot flash photos with ease and confidence. For maximum versatility, a number of flash modes expand your picture-taking possibilities. Autoflash, autoflash with red-eye reduction, manual fill-flash, flash cancel, landscape/night view, and night portrait (slow shutter sync) modes will have you taking the kinds of photographs you’ll be proud to display.

Increased Lens-to-Flash Distance for Greater Red-Eye Reduction
For shooting, the Vectis 3000’s capsule-type body extends to reveal the lens and controls, and provide a comfortable grip. The built-in flash pops up to provide an increased lens-to-flash distance, which reduces the red-eye effect common in flash portraits. The pop-up design also prevents the flash from being accidentally covered by the user’s finger.

Automatic "Soft" Flash
To prevent a close subject from being overexposed and "washed out" by the flash, the Vectis 3000 automatically sets a lower flash intensity for close-ups.

Mid-Roll Film Change
Mid-roll film change lets you unload a partially used film cassette, exchange it for a different film cassette, and reload the original film cassette as often as desired. When the partially used film is reloaded, the Vectis 3000 detects the film’s exposure status and advances the film to the first unexposed frame, ready for shooting. With mid-roll film change, films can be grouped by events or subjects, or changed quickly when someone else wants to use the camera.

Landscape/Night View Mode
Landscape/Night View mode sets the autofocus system to infinity and cancels the flash, to ensure the best photographs of scenic, famous landmarks, or romantic night scenes such as city skylines.

Night Portrait Mode (Slow shutter sync)
This easy setting can produce stunning results. Use Night Portrait mode to photograph a person placed in front of an illuminated night scene or a dramatic sunset. It sets the flash to manual fill with optional red-eye reduction, and selects a slow shutter speed to balance the flash illumination on the person with the background ambient light. So you get an accurately exposed person in the foreground plus all the beauty and ambience captured in the background scene. NOTE: Because of the slow shutter speed, a tripod is recommended to prevent blurring caused by hand-held camera shake.

Film Chamber Lock
This unique Vectis feature prevents the film chamber door from being opened when there is usable film in the chamber, thereby protecting your loaded film from accidental exposure.

LCD Data Panel
The large, easy to read LCD data panel makes it easy to keep an eye on camera status. It displays title/date/time imprinting, ISO, flash mode, battery condition, remote control, frame number, self-timer, and film cassette loaded.

Optional Remote Control
The optional infrared remote control RC-3 gives you greater picture-taking convenience and versatility by allowing hands-free shutter release from as far away as 16 feet. The RC-3 provides either immediate shutter release when pressed, or a two-second delay before shutter release.

The self-timer delays shutter release for approximately 10 seconds and allows you to set up the shot and appear in the photo. Self-timer operation is also useful when shooting night scenes with the camera mounted on a tripod -- since the camera would automatically set slow shutter speeds in this case, the self-timer eliminates camera shake caused by pressing the shutter-release button.

Auto Power OFF
To conserve battery power, the Vectis 3000 turns off automatically if not used for 8 minutes.


Drop-In Film Loading
Loading film into the Vectis 3000 is quick, easy, and mistake-free. Simply open the film chamber door, drop in the film cassette, and close the film chamber door. The camera automatically threads the film and advances it to subsequent frames after each shot. At the end of the roll the film rewinds automatically, but you can activate the rewind function anytime.

Three Print Formats
For greater creativity in picture compositions, the Vectis 3000 lets you choose from three different print formats: C (Classic), H (HDTV), or P (Panorama). Sliding the format switch changes the viewfinder image appropriately. A format can be selected before shooting, and even changed when ordering reprints. A single roll of film can contain mixed formats.

Double Exposure Prevention (DEP)
DEP optically detects if an exposed film cassette has been inserted into the camera, and prevents the film from being unintentionally exposed again.

Select Title and Date/Time Imprinting
This feature is ideal for cataloguing photographs or keeping photo records of important events. Depending on your photofinisher’s equipment, any of up to 100 different titles can be imprinted, in 12 different languages. The date/time clock automatically adjusts for leap years.

IX Print Quality Improvement
One of the many advantages of the Advanced Photo System is the ability of the camera to "communicate" with the photofinishing equipment. The Vectis 3000 magnetically records frame title, date & time, print format, film orientation, flash fire, scene brightness value, artificial illumination, and magnification onto the edge of the filmstrip. With this information provided, the processor can produce better-looking prints.

Negatives Returned in the Film Cassette
The Advanced Photo System eliminates the need to handle and sort negatives. After developing, the negatives are returned to you in the original film cassette, for safe storage and easy retrieval.

Index Print
Along with the processed prints, a handy index print can be provided which shows thumbnail-sized images of all the photos on the roll, for quick reference. The index print, individual prints, and film cassette containing the negatives share the same identification number, to make ordering reprints or enlargements easy and trouble-free.

Infrared Remote Control RC-3


Advanced Photo System lens-shutter camera

Advanced Photo System film cassette

22 - 60mm (approx. 27.5 – 82.5mm in the 35mm format); f/5.9 – 9.3; 5 elements in 5 groups (including two double-sided aspheric elements)

Three-beam, active infrared AF system

Focusing Steps:
Approximately 408

Focusing Range:
C / H: 15.7 in. – infinity; P: Wide: 18.5 in. – infinity; Tele: 3.6 ft. – infinity

Focus Lock:
Activated by pressing the shutter-release button partway down

Programmed AE

Metering System:
Dual-segment type

Metering Range (ISO 200):
Wide: EV4 – 17

Shutter Speed Range:
8 - 1/500 seconds

ISO Setting:
Automatic for ISO 25 - 3200 in 1/3EV increments

Film Transport:
Drop-in loading, auto threading to first frame, auto advance, auto rewind / manual rewinding possible

Film Chamber Lock:

Optical Double Exposure Prevention

Built-in, pop-up type with electronic flash-matic / light-intensity control

Flash Modes:
Autoflash (in low light, backlight), autoflash with red-eye reduction (in low light, backlight), fill-flash, flash cancel, Night Portrait (with red-eye reduction), Landscape/Night View

Flash Range (ISO 200):
Wide: 15.7 in. – 11.8 ft., Tele: 15.7 in. – 7.21 ft.; (ISO 400): Wide: 15.7 in. – 16.4 ft., Tele: 15.7 in. – 10.16 ft.

Flash Recycling Time:
Approx. 0.6 – 7.0 seconds

Approx. 10-second shutter release delay

Remote Control (optional):
Immediate shutter release / two-second delayed shutter release possible

Real-image zoom type (with LCD display)

Field of View:
86% (for subject at 9.8 ft., H format)

0.32 - 0.88X

-1 dioptre (for subject at 9.8 ft.)

IX (Information Exchange):
Magnetic IX

Triple Format Selection:
Externally selectable, using magnetic IX

Date/Time Imprinting (Front & Back):
Front: year, month, date (m., d., yr./d., m., yr.) / hour, minute / no imprinting; Back: year, month, day (m., d., yr./d., m., yr.), hour, minute; by magnetic IX

Title Imprinting:
User-select title imprinting in 12 languages each (following the system standards), by magnetic IX

Print Quality Improvement, by magnetic IX data

One 3V lithium (CR2)

Battery Condition:
3-stage indication

Battery Performance:
Approx. 10 rolls (based on Minolta's standard test method using 25-exposure film with flash on 50% of exposures)

Dimensions (W x H x D):
4 x 2.28 x 1.16 in.

5.64 oz.


Last Updated on 25th June 2007