Minolta DiMAGE Xt Review
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The DiMAGE Xt is a fast, responsive camera. It's ready to use approximately 1.2 seconds after turning it on. 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 DiMAGE Xt starts with the essential elements and features for beautiful images. The camera is built around a high-precision electro-optical system designed to maximize image quality. The system uses a primary-color CCD with 3.2 million effective pixels for fine high-resolution images. Minolta's image-processing technology, CxProcess, guaranties the image from the CCD will faithfully reproduce the scene. CxProcess controls image sharpness, color, and contrast while minimizing noise to produce vivid, natural pictures.
The metering and autofocus systems can be selected to suit the situation. Multi-segment metering and 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.
The XR (Extended Recording) movie processing allows digital video with audio to be captured at 15 frames per second. The length of the movie is only limited by the memory card's capacity. Two image sizes can be selected: 160 x 120 pixels and 320 x 240 pixels. Thoughts and comments can be recorded with or without a still image. 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. The audio-caption function can attach an audio track to any recorded still-image. The audio tracks can be played back in the camera.
The DiMAGE Xt can be used as a remote camera for video conferencing. Use the supplied USB cable to connect the camera to a computer with a Windows operating system and a compatible application such as Microsoft Windows Messenger. The camera can be mounted on a tripod or placed in the charger stand for hands-free operation. The charger stand can recharge the battery while still in the camera and it can also charge a single spare battery by itself.
The DiMAGE Xt and DiMAGE Xi for comparison.
The DiMAGE Xt compared in size to a CompactDisc.
The DiMAGE Xt and Casio EX-Z3 for size (and thickness) comparison.
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