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Thursday, Aug 25, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 Review - Steves Digicams

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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