Konica/Minolta company said today that they are leaving the photo business and discontinuing operations, and manufacturing of all cameras, film and digital, as well as Konica film and paper. Their patents etc are being shifted over to Sony, who will make a DSLR (it is reported) with a Minolta/Dynax mount. More details to follow on web site.
It was inevitable. Minolta has been in a slow downward slide for a long time. I'm not familiar with their digital cameras, but noticed they left the Canada market early and did not really advertise or market product. They had effectively left the film SLR business some time ago, the last really mid-to high-level SLRs, the Maxxum/Dynax 7 and 9, were discontinued for poor sales and replaced with the cheap made-in-China Maxxum/Dynax 50/70.
Too bad , they were two of the oldest names in photography. I still use a Konica III, IIIA, and Autoreflex (non metered model).