Konica Minolta Inc. is a Japanese Technology Company, formed from a merger between the imaging firms Konica and Minolta in 2003. In 2006, the company announced that they are refraining from the camera business due to huge losses. Eventually, they handed over the SLR camera services operations to Sony. It may be worth mentioning here that Sony still produces cameras compatible with the Konica Minolta lenses. Konica Minolta has now diversified into various industries including the Medical and Graphic and Sensing.
Konica Minolta’s Photo Imaging unit was sold to Sony in 2006. It started to produce Minolta range of 35mm autofocus single-lens reflex cameras. Later Konica Minolta added a line of digital shoot cameras to its products to compete in the digital photography market. Their Dimage line included imaging software and film scanners.