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Minolta DiMAGE Xt Review

Review Date: July 1, 2003

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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The first thing you notice about the Minolta Xt is how small and thin it is. Yet, Minolta engineers have suceeded in equipping it with 3.2 megapixels resolution and a 3x optical zoom in a body only 0.8 in. (or 20mm) thick (or, should we say, thin)! A clever arrangement with the lens positioned vertically within the camera means that the lens movement occurs inside the camera, hence no protruding optics!

The Minolta DiMAGE Xt has an optical viewfinder and a 1.5 in. anti-reflection LCD. Without anti-reflection coating, the LCD would be practically useless in bright sunlight, so it is good to see Minolta equip the compact DiMAGE Xt with this type of LCD.

Minolta has positioned the DiMAGE Xt as strictly a point-and-shoot digital camera: the DiMAGE Xt has only Programmed AE exposure control. With its 3.2 megapixels resolution, you can make prints up to 8x10 in. An E-Mail copy function allows you to save a copy of your favorite picture small enough to email to friends and family.

If you're looking for a stylish, ultra thin, pocketable point-and-shoot digital camera which can take high resolution pictures, be sure to check out the Minolta DiMAGE Xt.

Read our Minolta DiMAGE Xt review (July 1, 2003)

Minolta DiMAGE Xt
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Minolta DiMAGE Xt Home Page  
  Image Sensor 3.2 effective megapixels
1/2.7 in. CCD
  Lens Minolta GT  
  Focal Length 5.7-17.1mm (37-111mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F2.8  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Macro 15 cm / 5.9 in.  
  Auto Focus
Video AF, Focus lock available
Wide focus area (5 point AF), Spot
  Shutter Speed 4 - 1/1,000 sec.  
  Exposure Control Programed AE, AE lock available  
  Additional Functions Movie (recording time limited only by recording media capacity, 320x240 with sound), Voice Memo (15 sec., record sound immediately after a shot has been taken), Audio Caption (15 sec., record sound simultaneously during playback), Audio (3 min.), Continuous 1.3 fps, Direct Print, E-Mail Copy (640x480 or 160x120), Date imprinting, Remote camera (for applications such as Microsoft NetMeeting)  
  Exposure Compensation Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps  
  Light Metering Multi-segment (256 segments), Spot  
  White Balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy)  
  Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom  
  LCD 1.5 in. LCD with anti-reflection coating  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto (between ISO 50-160 equivalent); ISO 50, 100, 200, 400  
  LCD 1.5 in. LCD with anti-reflection coating  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto (between ISO 50-160 equivalent), ISO 50 / 100 / 200 / 400  
  Storage Media SecureDigital (SD) Memory Card / MultiMediaCard  
  Battery Li-Ion rechargeable battery with battery charger included  
  Included Accessories
16MB SD Card
Li-Ion Battery Pack, Battery Charger
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Strap (Hand)
Software CD-ROM
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 85.5 x 67 x 20 mm /
3.4 x 2.6 x 0.8 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 120g / 4.3 oz.  
  MSRP $399.99  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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Buy the Minolta DiMAGE Xt

Steps at Edwards Garden: 1/60 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50, -0.7EV with fill-in flash
1/60 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50, -0.7EV with fill-in flash

Minolta Xt  

Recommended Accessories:

  • Soft Case
  • Second Li-Ion Battery
  • 256MB SD Card (about 140 pictures at the 2048x1536 Fine quality)
  • AC Adapter (if you do not want to wait for a fully recharged battery to upload pictures)
  • Underwater Marine Case (if you're into underwater photography)

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