Minolta DiMAGE X Review

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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.

Minolta DiMAGE X

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)

Minolta DiMAGE X

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.

Minolta DiMAGE X

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.

Minolta DiMAGE X

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.

Minolta DiMAGE X

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.

Minolta DiMAGE X

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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