Minolta DiMAGE X Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features & Controls
The Dimage X has a newly developed f/2.8 3X "folded" optical zoom lens with a focal
length coverage of 37mm - 111mm in 35mm format. It is constructed of all glass with 9
elements in 8 groups (including three aspheric surfaces). An automatic protective cap
closes over the lens when it is powered down.
Minolta's legendary expertise in optical lens design has led to the creation of a unique
compact folded 3x optical zoom lens with a depth of only 0.8 inches. By using a high
quality prism that folds the optical path, the optical zoom lens is positioned vertically
within the body. In addition, this efficient optical design requires only a small zooming
motor, allowing for quiet zooming.
The built in flash offers Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction and Night Portrait modes,
it recycles in approximately 5 seconds.
The flash range is approximately 0.8 - 9.5 feet (0.25-2.9m) in Wide angle
and from approximately 0.8 - 7.5 feet (0.25-2.3m) in Telephoto
(Camera sensitivity: ISO 200)
All of the controls (except the power switch and shutter button) are located
on the back of the camera. At the top right is the Zoom lens control which is also part
of the 4-way navigation controls for the menu system and image playback. The slide
switch is used to go from Playback to Record mode. Below the color LCD (left to right)
is the Monitor control button to turn the color LCD on/off, it also controls the
amount of information displayed during playback or calls up the index mode. Next is
the Flash control button to cycle between the various flash modes. The MENU button
enables the onscreen menu system. The last button is the ENTER button to accept
menu selections. On the right is the speaker for listening to the voice annotations
of your pictures or the audio track of a movie clip during playback.
The top of the Dimage X is very simple with the ON / OFF switch near the center and next to
it is the Shutter Release. On the left is the microphone for; the movie sound track or adding
voice annotations to your pictures.
On the side is a single I/O port for connecting either the Audio/Video cable
(selectable NTSC or PAL video format) or the USB data cable.
The DiMAGE X is equipped with a SD/MMC card slot and is compatible with any size Secure Digital or MultiMedia Card. The camera ships with a 8MB SD card.
The camera is powered by a proprietary NP-200 3.7V 750mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Minolta claims it has the capacity to record 120 pictures (half with flash) with the LCD on and has a 120 minute playback capability.
Above the door you can see the DC INput jack for the optional 4.7VDC power adapter.
The NP-200 lithium battery pack is charged outside of the camera in the supplied BC-200 charger from any 100-240V AC power source.
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