Waterloo, Ontario, December 1, 2005 - DALSA Corporation (TSX:DSA), an international high performance semiconductor and electronics company, today announced that its customer, Mamiya, has set a shipping date for its new Mamiya ZD medium format camera. The professional grade camera, which integrates DALSA's 22 million pixel image sensor chip, will be available in Japan on December 21st, 2005, and will be released world-wide in January 2006.
The Mamiya ZD is the world's first medium format digital SLR camera that is both fully integrated and portable. Medium format cameras are used extensively by commercial photographers for advertising, wedding, portrait, and landscape work. Compared to the smaller 35mm format, the imaging area on a medium format camera is two times larger, providing sharper, higher quality images with significantly more detail. As in other areas of photography, medium format is rapidly transitioning from film to digital. The move is being fueled by the availability of viable digital camera and workflow solutions that allow commercial photographers to eliminate film costs and significantly increase productivity.
"We are very pleased that Mamiya has incorporated our 22 megapixel sensor into the Mamiya ZD," commented Brian Doody, President of DALSA Digital Imaging. "Our image sensor technology and product roadmap allow Mamiya to gain a strong performance advantage. We're fully prepared to meet the anticipated strong demand for the Mamiya ZD."
"We appreciate being supported by DALSA as a key supplier in the development and introduction of the Mamiya ZD camera," said Mitsunori Takizawa, President of Mamiya. "Combining Mamiya's optical technology and DALSA's leadership in digital imaging technology allows us to differentiate our new camera product in the professional digital photography marketplace."
About DALSA Corporation
DALSA is an international high performance semiconductor and electronics company that designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing semiconductor products and services. DALSA's core competencies are in specialized integrated circuit and electronics technology, software, and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing. Products and services include image sensor components; electronic digital cameras; vision processors; image processing software; and semiconductor wafer foundry services for use in MEMS, high-voltage semiconductors, image sensors and mixed-signal CMOS chips. DALSA is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "DSA". The Company has its corporate offices in Waterloo, ON and approximately 1000 employees world-wide.
For over 50 years, Mamiya has been a name synonymous with excellence and innovation in professional photographic cameras and lenses. Mamiya's dedication to the professional and advanced amateur markets ranges from the original folding, compact Mamiya 6 rangefinder camera of the 1940's to the recent introduction of the Mamiya 7 - the world's only 6x7 rangefinder camera with interchangeable lenses. Mamiya continues to be a pioneer by continually improving and refining the finest professional photographic products with state-of-art advancements such as superior apochromatic lens technology and practical, ergonomic camera design and function. For more information, visit www.mamiya-op.co.jp.
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This press release contains forward looking statements based on assumptions, uncertainties and management's best estimates of future events. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements are detailed from time to time in DALSA's periodic reports filed with the Ontario Securities Commission and other regulatory authorities. DALSA has no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.