Konica Minolta DiMAGE Xg Review
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But differing from the DiMAGE Xt, the Xg features an even faster start-up time of approx. 0.8 seconds. This is the fastest start-up time of any digital camera with an optical zoom. The fluid playback performance only causes a slight 0.2 second delay between frames regardless of file size. The camera is built around a high-precision electro-optical system designed to maximize image quality. Konica Minolta's CxProcess II image processing technology incorporates characteristics like smooth gradations, natural skin tones, and brilliantly clear colors for images that are more natural and lifelike. The DiMAGE Xg's 3.2 megapixel imager captures fine lines and intricate details in images and the unique folded optics maximize the capability of the CCD.
The DiMAGE Xg's metering and wide 5-Point AF area allows for flexible, accurate focusing. The wide AF area is composed of 5 local focus areas, and you to switch between wide focus area and spot focus point, which allows you to focus on a central area. Macro lets you get up close and personal with your subject. You can get as close as 5.9 inches at all focal lengths, without changing shooting mode. Multi-segment metering and the five-point AF make taking beautiful, sharp images simple; place the subject anywhere within the extra-wide focus frames and the camera will do the rest. Spot metering and spot AF allows you to meter or focus on a specific subject. This is useful to preserve the dynamic lighting of a scene or to single out a specific subject from a group. The extended shutter-speed range gives the camera more control over exposure in difficult lighting conditions. The camera can control the exposure from 4 seconds for night scenes to 1/1000th of a second for brilliant sunlit landscapes.
When the DiMAGE Xg is in movie mode you can record longer movie clips, at resolutions of 160x120 or 320x240, with a frame-rate of 15 frames per second or 30 frames per second for smoother moving images. The XR (Extended Recording) movie processing allows you to capture digital video with audio. The Night Movie function allows you to video even in dimly lit locations. The DiMAGE Xg boasts a Movie Editing function, meaning you can both shoot and edit the movie on the camera. You can also cut out unwanted parts of a video clip, as well as extract still images. The length of the movie is only limited by the memory card's capacity. The audio recording mode can record continuously for 180 minutes. Voice memo allows up to 15 seconds of audio to be attached to an image when it is captured. Thoughts and comments can be recorded with or without a still image. The audio-caption function can attach an audio track to any recorded still-image. The audio tracks can be played back in the camera.
With the remote camera function, you can use standard Windows programs like Microsoft Windows Messenger to video conference with users by simply connecting the DiMAGE Xg to your PC with the supplied USB cable. The camera can be mounted on a table-top tripod for hands-free operation.
The DiMAGE Xg and DiMAGE X20 for comparison.
The DiMAGE Xg compared in size to a CompactDisc.
The DiMAGE Xg and Casio EX-Z3 for size (and thickness) comparison.
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