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Minolta DiMAGE Xt Digital Camera Review

Digital Camera Review by: Michael Gazzola

 

The new Xt has turned out to be a great 'little' camera for the 3 mega pixel range. My first impression was "Great, this camera will fit perfectly into my shirt pocket without being noticed". Minolta, in keeping with it's stylish new DiMAGE range has maintained its policy of a high quality finish once again opting for a stainless steel front, with a hint of chrome.

 

 

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The image quality produced is quite good and would produce clear, 'film-like' photographic prints at 4"x6" and 5"x7" range. Following on from the F300's small viewfinder, the Xt's is smaller again at just 7mm. A desktop charger (which is included) is a very handy addition and may well be what sways buyers sitting on the fence. By far the X series greatest feature is still the in-built zoom, which will keep it ahead of it's 3 mega pixel zoom competitors.

 

Appearance rating 4.5 stars
Functionality rating 4 stars
Image quality rating 4 stars
Value for money 4 stars
RRP (AUD)
$699
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Effective Pixels 3.2 Million mega pixels
Image Sizes 4 Sizes / 3 quality modes
Lens - zoom wide [mm] 5.2mm (35mm equivalent to 37mm)
Lens -zoom tele [mm] 17.1mm (35mm equivalent to 111mm)
Resolution Settings From 640 x 480 to 2048 x 1536
Modes 4 Individual. Plus auto.
Manual Focus No
Auto Focus Yes
Focus Range [cm] 15cm to infinity
Aperture Range F2.8 - F3.6
Aperture Priority No
Macro Yes
Macro Range [cm] 15cm
Shutter Speeds 4 seconds - 1/1000
Shutter Priority No
ISO 4 Options. 50 - 400. Plus auto.
LCD Monitor Yes
LCD Size 1.5 inch TFT colour monitor
Viewfinder Yes. Optical real image zoom.
Flash Built In. 3 mode options. Plus auto.
Hot Shoe No
White balance 4 options. Plus auto.
Self Timer Yes. 10 Seconds approx.
Movie Options Yes.Unlimited length.
Audio Options Yes. 180 Minutes maximum.
Video Out Yes. AV out. NTSC / PAL
Storage Type SD / MMC Cards
Storage Included [Mb] 16Mb Removable Toshiba SD Card
Image / Audio Formats Tiff / Jpeg / Wave
Connectivity USB.
Power Source 4.7V DC or AC Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions 87mm x 67mm x 20mm
Weight 120 Without battery / 220 grams with battery

















 
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