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Monday, Oct 10, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 Review - Digital Camera Info

Oct 10, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 is one of many point-and-shoot oriented digital cameras that rely on a 3x optical zoom lens to refract images to its 1/2.5-inch 5 megapixel CCD. Shielded by a sliding lens cover, the X60 gains some distinction with a non-protruding zoom lens that remains flush with the front plane of its 3.3 x 2.2 x 0.9-inch, 4.1 ounce aluminum frame.

Physically sleek though it may be, this model is a no frills point-and-shoot that leaves little up to the user, and unlike other compacts of its type, the DiMAGE X60 lacks sophistication. There’s no viewfinder; instead the DiMAGE X60 serves up a 2.5-inch LCD screen. The DiMAGE X60 has a suggested price of $349.99 but can currently be found as low as $217 online. Yet at any price there is no memory card included; rather users are forced to depend on the camera’s 15 megabytes of internal memory or subsequently purchase an SD card. The X60 is not groundbreaking in any regard, but will provide those who lack technical awareness with an opportunity to attain decent images in a small, easily portable package.

The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 is a decent camera - if it’s found at the right price, and if all you want out of it is its ability to take snapshots. It has a rugged stylish frame, very easy to use functions, and has the perfect button layout and ergonomics to facilitate one-handed use. Unfortunately, the camera also has poor battery life and below average performance in color accuracy and noise. Its slow start-up and shot to shot speed may hinder shooting situations with lots of activity. The screen is prone to washing out and its low pixel count doesn’t help either. The camera however is perfectly sized for unburdened pocket portability. Novices looking for a simple on-the-go point-and-shoot that is easy to handle and has a great feel have found their match. Unfortunately, those more intent on performance and features will have to keep up their search.

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Thursday, Aug 25, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 Review - Steves Digicams

Aug 25, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60The DiMAGE X60 is the successor to last year’s popular X50 and features 5-megapixels of resolution, a 3x optical zoom lens and a big 2.5-inch LCD. This ultra-compact point-n-shoot can handle the everyday lifestyle of the most active user thanks to its durable metal design. It offers fully automatic exposure control, with some manual adjustments for ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, metering, etc. There’s also a Digital Subject Program (DSP) mode that will automatically select either Auto or the best pre-programmed scene mode that the camera “thinks” will fit the current shooting conditions, or you can manually select from one of the seven different scene modes (portrait, sports, super macro, landscape, night portrait, text or beach&surf.)

The ergonomics are good. Although it is very small, I found it was easy to hold (even with large hands), and I had no problems with one-handed shooting. Controls are well positioned and the menu system is easy to navigate. The large 2.5-inch LCD covers almost the entire back side of the camera. We found it worked great outdoors in bright sun light, and when shooting in low-ambient lighting it “gains up” well to help brighten your subject. The sliding lens cover seems to be well built and sturdy and I didn’t experience any problems with accidentally turning the camera off, which we’ve seen on other similarly designed models.

Shooting performance was impressive. From power up to first image captured measured 2 seconds. Shutter lag was 1/10 of a second when pre-focused and 6/10 of a second including auto-focus. The shot to shot delay averaged 1.8 seconds without the flash and just 2.2 seconds with the flash. The X60 offers two continuous modes to choose from (Continuous advance and Multi Frame.) Using Continuous advance, I was able to capture 4 images in about 2 seconds. Multi Frame captures 9 images in about 5.2 seconds and then saves them as a single 5-megapixel image. When using either mode the LCD blanks out momentarily inbetween each frame, making it very difficult to follow a moving subject; this is when an optical viewfinder would come in handy. Our tests were done using a SanDisk Extreme III 1.0GB SD card, Auto mode, preview off, flash off, with all other settings at default (unless otherwise noted.) Times may vary depending on lighting conditions, camera settings, media, etc.

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Thursday, Aug 04, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 Review - DCRP

Aug 04, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 ($350) is the latest revision of the DiMAGE X-series of cameras. Like the X50 before it, the X60 features a 5 Megapixel CCD, folding lens technology, point-and-shoot operation, and a fast startup time. Changes since that model include the addition of 15MB of internal memory, a slightly more powerful zoom lens (3X versus 2.8X), a larger LCD display (2.5″ versus 2.0″), and a slightly different design. The optical viewfinder was eliminated on the DiMAGE X60.

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Friday, Jun 17, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 Review - DigiCamReview

Jun 17, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60The Konica Minolta Dimage X60 is a decent ultra compact digital camera, and will appeal to those who prefer less saturated images. The camera is aimed squarely at the point and shoot market, and I think it does well in that respect, as there are few controls that go beyond the basics. The large 2.5″ screen, ultra fast startup, and ultra compact body will definitely appeal, however image quality was fairly average, and may not be to everybody’s tastes due to the low saturation, soft images and vignetting. The Konica Minolta Dimage X60 is a nice little camera and with the fairly low price, speedy performance, and ease of use, this camera is definitely worth considering, however make sure you have a look at the sample images to see if you will be happy with the results.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 Review

May 23, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60Slim, stylish and speedy digital camera features a large 2.5-inch LCD monitor, non-protruding 3x optical zoom lens, and 15MB internal memory

Konica Minolta introduces the latest incarnation of its popular X-series digital cameras – the new Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60. This slim, stylish and fast 5 megapixel digital camera features a large 2.5-inch LCD monitor, fastest-in-class*1 startup time, 3x optical and 4x digital zoom capability, automatic Macro and Super Macro capability, Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection, and 15MB internal memory.
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