Minolta DiMAGE Xt Review

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Record Modes & Menu Options



Minolta DiMAGE Xt

The DiMAGE Xt is an automatic "point-n-shoot" type camera, the exposure is handled by a Programmed AE system. The white brackets in the center indicate where the autofocus zone is located. Other icons indicate flash mode, image size and quality, ISO setting, drive mode and the approx. number of pictures remaining.



Minolta DiMAGE Xt

Record mode menu options:

    BASIC
      Drive Mode - Single, Continuous, Selftimer
      Image Size - 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
      Quality - Super Fine (TIFF uncompressed), Fine, Standard, Economy (JPEG)
      White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent
      Key Func. - Allows you to pick a function for quick access on the 4-way selector: Exp. comp., White balance, Drive mode, Sensitivity and color mode.

    Custom1

      Sensitivity - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
      Metering mode - Spot and MultiSegment
      Exp. comp. - +/-2 in.3ev
      Noise reductn. - On / Off
      Auto reset - On / Off

    Custom2

      Color mode - Color, B&W and Sepia
      Voice memo - On / Off (Record annotation after image capture)
      Date Imprint - On / Off (imprints date on image)
      Digital zoom - On / Off
      Inst.Playback - On / Off




    Minolta DiMAGE Xt

    The DiMAGE Xt has a very respectable macro (close-up) focusing capability. There is no dedicated macro mode but the focusing range is from six inches to infinity in all focal lengths.



    Minolta DiMAGE Xt

    In Movie mode you can record full motion video in 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 resolution at 15fps with audio. The length of these movies are limited only by the amount of memory on the card being used. The supplied 16MB SD card can record 41 seconds of 320 x 240 video.



    Minolta DiMAGE Xt

    Movie Record mode menu:


      Basic:
        Recording Mode - Movie, Audio
        Image Size - 320x240 and 160x120
        White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent
        Color mode - Color, B&W and Sepia




      Minolta DiMAGE Xt

      In the audio recording mode the DiMAGE Xt can be used like a digital voice recorder to capture up to 180 minutes (depending on SD card capacity) of monaural audio.



      Minolta DiMAGE Xt

      Basic

        LCD brightness - Adjust color LCD backlight
        Format - Format SD Card
        File # memory - On / Off
        Folder name - Std. form or Date form
        Language - Set camera menu Language

      Custom1

        Audio signals - Camera sounds: On or Off, Sound FX: On or Off
        Shutter FX - Off, Record your own or Select from two prerecored (Shutter sound effects)
        CustomRecord - Camera sounds: Shutter and Focus
        Volume - 1 (Low), 2, 3 (High)
        Power off - Auto power off: 1, 3, 5, 10 or 30 minutes

      Custom2

        Reset default - Resets camera functions to factory defaults
        Date/Time set - Set time and date in internal clock
        Date format - YYYY/MM/DD, MM/DD/YYYY, DD/MM/YYYY
        Video output - NTSC or PAL
        Transfer mode - Data storage or RemoteCamera




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