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Monday, Oct 10, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 Review - Digital Camera Info

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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