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Minolta DiMAGE Xt Review

Review Date: July 1, 2003

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Photoxels Awards
JeansPocket Certified: Easily fits in the front pocket of a pair of jeans OriGenial: Original design and ingenious internal zoom lens mechanism

Executive Summary

This Minolta DiMAGE Xt Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Arch Bridge at Edwards Garden: 1/500 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50
1/500 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50

The Minolta DiMAGE Xt is a well-built and beautifully crafted all-metallic ultra compact digital camera. Its target audience is those who desire a quality digital camera they can carry with them at all times. With its small dimensions and light weight, the Xt easily fits in a shirt pocket, a small fashion purse, or in the front pocket of a pair of jeans. An ingenious design that puts its 3x optical zoom lens inside the camera body means that there is no lens protrusion and gives the Xt its stunning flat design.

The Xt is very intuitive to use. Its functions are divided between push buttons, the mode dial and the LCD menu, all located on the back of the camera. Though small, the buttons and dial are precise and have a responsive feel to them. The menu is well laid out using three tabs and are easy to navigate. It is obvious that a lot of thought has been put into the user interface aspect of the Xt providing a user-friendly and intuitive camera to use.

The dreaded shutter lag is thankfully not present in the Xt. With its internal lens mechanism, there is no waiting time for the lens to extend on power up. Shot to shot time is also quite fast so there is no waiting time between shots.

A very convenient accessory included in the kit box is the battery charger which also serves as a camera stand. By leaving the charger plugged in, it is very convenient to just drop the camera in to recharge between use, ensuring a fully charged camera before each use.

Due to its small size, the Xt is understandably not suitable for those who have big hands, find fiddling with small buttons difficult, cannot hold a small camera steady, and/or do not have a light touch with the shutter release. If you fit the above user profile, you will almost certainly suffer from camera shake, resulting in lots of blurred pictures.

However if you have no problem with the above and desire a quality digital camera in your pocket at all times, the Xt may be just the right one for you. If you are in the market for a quality ultra compact point-and-shoot digital camera, I recommend that you take a good look at the Minolta DiMAGE Xt. With its quality Minolta construction and lens, 3.2 megapixels resolution, extreme pocketability, and a design that will turn heads, the Xt is sure to be a serious contender for a digital camera that you can put into your pocket or purse and bring to those occasions you do not want to be encumbered by a larger camera. See if you fit the Xt User Profile below:

Minolta DiMAGE Xt
User Profile
Desire a quality 3+MP resolution point-and-shoot digital camera capable of producing prints of up to 8x10 in.
Want an ultra compact, JeansPocket™ Certified digital camera (shirt pocket, small fashion purse, jeans pocket).
Have no problem with small buttons and dial as long as they are precise and responsive.
Able to hold a small camera steady and gentle with shutter release.
Like the WOW! Factor: this camera makes a fashion statement and will be as well (or even better) elegantly dressed than you'd ever be at formal dress occasions.
Do not need more exposure flexibility and are quite happy with the limitations of a point-and-shoot.

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