Minolta DiMAGE Xt Review

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Features & Controls

The DiMAGE Xt 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 Xt 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 Xt

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 Xt

Controls on the back: The Mode Dial with positions for Record, Play, Movie/Audio and Setup. 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 Xt

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

Minolta DiMAGE Xt

On the top of the right side is a single I/O port for connecting either the Audio/Video cable (selectable NTSC or PAL video format) or the USB 1.1 data cable. On the bottom is the DC IN jack for the optional AC power supply or an external battery pack.

Minolta DiMAGE Xt

The DiMAGE Xt 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
Super fine 1 frame 2 frames 3 frames 14 frames
Movie 41 seconds
Audio recording 30 minutes 51 seconds

Minolta DiMAGE Xt

The camera is powered by a proprietary NP-200 3.7V 750mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Minolta claims it has the capacity to record 130 pictures (half with flash) with the LCD on and it has a 110 minute playback capability.

Minolta DiMAGE Xt

The battery pack can be charged outside of the camera in the supplied BC-300 charger from any 100-240V AC power source.

Minolta DiMAGE Xt

It can also charge the battery while it's still in the camera. And it makes a handy stand when using the DiMAGE Xt as a video conferencing camera.

Minolta DiMAGE Xt

The optional CS-DG100 camera case. Holds the DiMAGE Xt (or DiMAGE X/Xi) and a spare battery pack and memory card. It has a belt clip on the back.

Marine Case MC-DG200

Minolta DiMAGE Xt

The optional Marine Case MC-DG200 is a compact underwater housing molded to the slim profile of the DiMAGE Xt. From 30 meters (approx. 100 feet) under the surface of the ocean to the summit of a rugged peak, the Marine Case will protect the camera from the elements.

The Marine Case is designed for extreme sports, whether on water, snow, or rock. Although specifically designed for underwater diving, it's also the perfect armor against the elements for outdoor adventures: mountain climbing, camping, snow boarding, skiing, kayaking and white-water rafting; anywhere your want to go.

Maximum Depth (underwater)30m / 98.4 ft.
Weight250 g / 8.8 oz.
Dimensions (W x H x D)125.5 x 99 x 50.5 mm / 4.94 x 3.9 x 1.99 in.
(excluding protrusions)
Standard AccessoriesHand Strap; O-Ring; O-Ring Grease; Desiccant
Optional AccessoriesO-Ring Set

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