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Review posted 9/14/2005

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The 8-megapixel DiMAGE X1 is extremely compact and represents a fusion of Konica Minolta’s best imaging technologies including the revolutionary Anti-Shake technology and high-resolution movie clips – both a first for the DiMAGE X line – to provide the best image quality possible. To accommodate the camera’s high resolution while keeping the body as slim as possible, the DiMAGE X1 employs a newly designed “non- protruding” 3x optical zoom lens.

The DiMAGE X1 is equipped with a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor that features a Bright LCD backlight function, which lets users adjust the LCD brightness as needed with the simple touch of a button. For the first time ever in the DiMAGE X series, the DiMAGE X1 offers Anti-Shake capability to help reduce the effects of camera shake, ensuring clear, steady shots of scenes that are otherwise difficult to shoot by hand such as in low light situations or indoors.

The DiMAGE X1 makes taking clear, high-quality images effortless with a Digital Subject Program Selection that offers pre-programmed settings for seven common photo scenes: Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Super Macro, Night Portrait, Night View, and Text. Users simply choose the mode best suited to their shooting conditions, and the DiMAGE X1 is ready in an instant with the optimum settings to turn that special moment into a beautiful memory.

For the first time ever in the DiMAGE X series, the DiMAGE X1 offers recording of smooth, high-resolution VGA (640x480 dots) movie clips with sound. Anti-Shake technology and auto focus combine to ensure amazingly clear images. While recording, users can even get even closer to the action using the 3x optical zoom without losing image quality. The DiMAGE X1 records movies in JPEG (MOV) format and is compatible with QuickTime™ for playing images back on a computer.

The DiMAGE X1 is the first-ever Konica Minolta digital camera to come with its own convenient multifunction cradle. The cradle eliminates cumbersome cable arrangements and provides quick and easy connectivity for uploading and viewing images directly on a Computer or TV. The DiMAGE X1 multifunction cradle can also operate as a battery charger, which can either charge the battery by itself or the battery when it’s inside the camera. The cradle can even position the LCD monitor forward so you can use it as an image viewer.

DiMAGE X1 Features:

  • 8-megapixel, 1/1.8-type CCD captures images in clear, ultra-high resolution
  • Konica Minolta’s proprietary CxProcess™ III image processing technology reproduces images as clearly and naturally as they appear to the photographer’s eye
  • Newly developed, compact Anti-Shake system for clear, steady shots
  • New “flat” 3x Optical Zoom lens doesn't protrude even when zooming
  • Large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor ensures a clear view even under bright light
  • Ultra-slim, sleek, and elegant body with a luxurious finish
  • Digital Program modes: portrait, super macro, landscape, sunset, night view, night portrait and text
  • Multi-segment and spot metering modes
  • 640x480 motion video with Anti-Shake and audio, length limited only by SD card capacity
  • Automatic noise-reduction for one second or longer exposures
  • 5 white-balance settings including custom settings
  • Digital Effects Control for contrast and sharpness
  • Color modes: Natural, B&W, Sepia
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 50, 100, 200 equivalents
  • Playback/QuickView with histogram feature
  • 32MB SD card supplied
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Multifunction cradle offers ideal connectivity with a computer or television
  • PictBridge, Exif Print, and Epson PRINT Image Matching II compatible

Physical Views

(NOTE: The DiMAGE X1 is -not- a two-tone colored camera as it may appear below, it's very reflective and nearly impossible to photograph correctly sitting on a white surface. To see just how reflective it is -- see our QTVR 360° tour!)

Minolta DiMAGE X1

Minolta DiMAGE X1

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Minolta DiMAGE X1

Minolta DiMAGE X1

Minolta DiMAGE X1

The DiMAGE X1 compared in size to a standard CD.

Minolta DiMAGE X1

Minolta DiMAGE X1

The 5-megapixel Kodak V550 and the DiMAGE X1.

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