Minolta DiMAGE Xt - PMA 2003
Minolta DiMAGE Xt digital camera preview
February 2002 - Minolta introduced the first truly thin 2 Megapixel camera with 3x optical inner type zoom lens. November 2002 - Introduction of the 3 Megapixel version DiMAGE Xi. Today it is time to have an exclusive closer look at the new DiMAGE Xt, the successor of the popular DiMAGE Xi, but this time with more versatile features and packed in an even smaller body.
The new design of the DiMAGE Xt reduces the size (85.5x67x20mm) more than 5% and almost 8% reduction in weight (120gr). Due to its ultra-compact and lightweight design the new DiMAGE Xt can be taken everywhere you want to go. The exclusive inner type optical zoom lens is on of the main reasons Minolta could establish this very thin design. Another great feature is the very fast responsive way this little DiMAGE Xt camera is working. It is ready to use approx. 1.1 seconds after turning it on. This is one of the fastest start-up times of today's generation digital cameras with optical zoom. Even the playback performance needs only 0.2 seconds in delay between frames regardless of image data size.
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The DiMAGE Xt is equipped with a 1/2.7" 3.3 Megapixel CCD with 3.2 effective Megapixels. Minolta's image-processing technology, called CxProcess, will guarantee a high quality reproduction of the image taken. The selectable noise reduction function will eliminate any dark noise when long exposure images are taken. When the DiMAGE Xt is used to exposure an image longer than one second the noise reduction will automatically be started. The inner type 3x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 37-111mm on a 35mm camera. If used in combination with the 4x digital zoom this combination will result in a zoom range of 12x. The minimal focus distance will as close to 15cm at all focal lengths. The shutter speed range begins at 4 seconds to 1/1000th of a second.
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The new camera from Minolta is not just a digital still camera; the DiMAGE Xt is also able to record movies that are only limited by the memory card capacity and image size. The new XR movie function is recording video and audio in a resolution of 160x120 or 320x240 pixels. Besides the movie clips comments can also be recorded with an image. Voice Memo function with a maximum of 15 seconds can be attached to an image. Only audio can also be recorded with a maximum of 180 minutes on a 128MB Secure Digital card. The new E-mail copy function will record images with a maximum resolution of 640x480 or 160x120 so that it can be easily be sent away as an attachment by Internet of posted on the Internet. The new Quick View button allows images to be viewed immediately after recording.
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Another new function is the ability to use the new DiMAGE Xt camera as a web cam. Simply use the USB cable to connect the camera to a computer only with a Windows operation system and a compatible application such as Microsoft Windows Messenger. All of the other functions are compatible with Mac 9.0 - 9.22 or Mac OS X v10.1.3-10.1.15, and v10.2.1-10.2.3 and with USB port as a standard interface. Of course computers with Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000 and XP are also compatible.
The charger of the new Minolta DiMAGE Xt will automatically recharges the battery when the camera is resting in the cradle, but it also possible to recharge the battery without the camera. A new optional accessory will be the new Marine Case MC-DG200. Specifications are a maximum depth underwater of 30m, a weight of 240gr. Dimensions of 125.5x94x50.5mm. The availability of this optional accessory will vary with region.
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