have today announced the DiMAGE X20 which they say is the world's smallest and
lightest 2 megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom. Features that stand out
on the X20 include fast operating times, AA battery compatibility, movies limited
only by the size of your memory card and the ability to use the camera as a
web cam on your computer.
The new DiMAGE X20 is cool, easy and fun. Responsive performance and user friendly
operation make this tiny, stylish camera a joy to use. The DiMAGE X20 inherits
the incredible non extending zoom and fast startup time from Minoltas
X series digital cameras. In fact, the DiMAGE X20 is the worlds smallest
and lightest 2 megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom.* We have packed the
DiMAGE X20 with creative options that make digital photography fun.
The DiMAGE X20 is built for a life on the go. Its so small and light
that it can be slipped into a pocket or bag as easily as a wallet. So whether
you are heading out for an evening of dancing, trekking through some exotic
locale, or dropping in on a close friend, the DiMAGE X20 can go with you. The
DiMAGE X20 has the worlds fastest startup time among digital cameras with
an optical zoom.*Just turn the camera on and in a second you are ready to take
pictures. There are no complicated settings to be made nor thousands of buttons
to press. The controls are simple and few. But the fun of digital photography
is being able to see what you have taken immediately. With the press of a single
button, you can access the recorded images. VGA (640 X 480) jpeg files of your
favourite images can be collected in one folder so they can be shared by either
using the camera as an electronic album or by sending them by e-mail. Images
can be played back like a slide show complete with dissolves, wipes and fades
either on the camera or a TV. Images can be rotated to orient them correctly
so you dont need to twist your head to the left or right to view vertically
Ever wanted to take a quick shot of you and a friend, but no one was around
to help? The
DiMAGE X20s self portrait mode makes this a snap. While holding the camera
length, use the specially curved mirror on the front of the DiMAGE X20 to compose
picture, press the shutter button and youre done.
Minoltas new multi-frame drive mode is great. Imagine capturing nine
frames of a single
event in one picture like the reaction of a friend as they walk in on a surprise
nine images are laid out in a 3 x 3 grid in a single frame.
Easy to use modes help you capture the perfect picture. The portrait mode
exposure, flash and image processing to emphasise the subjects complexion.
something a little different, images can be captured in one of five monochrome
the traditional greys of black and white, the warmth and ageless quality of
sepia, or red,
green and blue tones to add fun or feeling.
Image Pasting allows one image to be placed in another for a creative touch.
choosing the background image, simply select the frame shape and size and position
over the background image. The live image is displayed in the selected frame.
the subject in the frame and press the shutter button to embed the image.
The DiMAGE X20 will do more than just take photographs. XR (Extended Recording)
movie processing allows digital video with audio to be captured and played back.
length of the XR movie is only limited by the memory card capacity and image
image sizes can be selected: 160 x 120 pixels and 320 x 240 pixels.
If you want to stop playing around and get serious about photography,
the DiMAGE X20
will give you the options. The main 3 x 3 graphic menu gives easy and quick
camera controls. Camera settings are changed with a simple five-way
controller on the back of the camera.
Ever wish you could have a face-to-face conversation with those good friends
moved away? The DiMAGE X20 makes this possible as a remote camera for web
communication. Simply use the supplied USB cable to connect the camera to a
computer with a Microsoft Windows operating system and a compatible application
as Microsoft Net Meeting.
The DiMAGE X20 starts with the essential elements and features for beautiful
The camera is built around a high precision electro-optical system designed
maximise image quality. The system uses a 2.1 megapixel 1/3.2-type interline
primary-colour CCD with 2.0 million effective pixels for fine images. This pixel
can produce A4 size 150dpi prints or postcard size photo quality prints.
The DiMAGE X20 uses Minoltas unobtrusive non-extending zoom lens. This
revolutionary design uses internal folded optics, which does not change the
slim profile of
the camera even while recording. The 3x optical zoom, equivalent to a 37
on a 35mm camera, is assisted by a 4x digital zoom giving a seamless zoom range
12x. This zoom range is great for group shots or intimate portraits.
Dark noise, an ever present problem in electronic systems, manifests itself
by giving a
grainy or sandy appearance to images taken with long exposures. DiMAGE X20
combats this with a noise reduction function, which automatically activates
of one second or longer.
The high performance five point autofocus system makes taking beautiful, sharp
simple. Place the subject anywhere within the extra wide focus frames and the
will do the rest. The camera uses visual and audio signals to confirm focus.
The DiMAGE X20 is powered by easy to find AA batteries, both ubiquitous alkaline
rechargeable Ni-MH. No matter where you are in the world, you will never have
about finding extra batteries.
Close-up pictures of all kinds of interesting things can be made with the
The lens focuses down to 10cm at all focal lengths without the need of a separate
function. This covers an area of about 4 x 3cm .
The DiMAGE X20 is packed with creative options that make digital photography
Sophisticated technology and responsive performance make this tiny, stylish
camera a joy
* As of June 15th, 2003.