Konica Minolta DiMAGE Xg Review

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Features & Controls

The DiMAGE Xg employs a revolutionary 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 DiMAGE Xg 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 quick and quiet focal length changes.

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 Xg

The eyelevel optical real-image zoom viewfinder has a field of view of approx. 85% of the captured image. It has no diopter adjustment and the LED to the right is used to indicate focus and flash status, it also indicates Movie recording is active or the camera is writing to the memory card.

Minolta DiMAGE Xg

Controls on the back: The Mode Dial with positions for Record, Play, Movie/Audio and Subject-Program. Top right is the zoom lens control which is also part of the 4-way navigation controls for the menu system and image playback. Below the color LCD (left to right) is the MENU button to call up the onscreen menu system. Next is the QuickView for displaying the last pictured captured, it serves as the image delete button in play mode. The Monitor control button turns the color LCD on/off, it also controls the amount of information displayed during playback and enables the index mode. Last is the Flash control button to cycle between the various flash modes. On the right is the speaker for listening to the voice memos, audio recordings and movie clips.

Minolta DiMAGE Xg

On top is the ON / OFF switch and the Shutter Release.

Minolta DiMAGE Xg

On the top of the right side is a single I/O port for connecting the USB 1.1 data cable (note: the Xg has no A/V out). Also the Xg is missing the usual DC in jack. The optional AC power adapter takes the place of the battery, below the battery/memory card cover is a small opening that allows the wire to exit the camera.

Minolta DiMAGE Xg

The DiMAGE Xg is equipped with a SD/MMC card slot and is compatible with any size Secure Digital or MultiMedia Card. The camera ships with a 16MB SD card.

Storage Capacity of 16MB SD Card

2048x1536 1600x1200 1280x960 640x480
Economy 32 frames 47 frames 69 frames 150 frames
Standard 17 frames 27 frames 39 frames 100 frames
Fine 9 frames 14 frames 22 frames 69 frames
Movie 41 seconds
Audio recording 30 minutes 51 seconds

Minolta DiMAGE Xg

The camera is powered by a proprietary NP-200 3.7V 750mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Minolta claims it has the capacity to record 220 pictures (half with flash) with the LCD on and it has a 240 minute continuous playback capability.

Minolta DiMAGE Xg

The battery pack is charged outside of the camera in the supplied BC-700 charger from any 100-240V AC power source.

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