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Minolta DiMAGE Xt continues the DiMAGE X series

Minolta DiMAGE Xt continues the DiMAGE X series - The newly styled, diminutive DiMAGE Xt is a 3.2 megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom.

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Minolta DiMAGE Xt continues the DiMAGE X seriesThe newly styled, diminutive DiMAGE Xt is a 3.2 megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom, continuing the DiMAGE X series with its striking good looks. It is a mere 20mm in depth which enables it to slip into any pocket with ease, to take with you everywhere you go. The small proportions of the DiMAGE Xt ensure you can do whatever you wish without it causing restriction given that its design has eliminated more than 5% from the size and almost 8% from the weight of the DiMAGE Xi. This makes it the ideal companion at all times, so none of those potential image making opportunities are lost.

This chic new model features Minolta's exclusive folded optical zoom system, which enables the DiMAGE Xt to possess 3 x optical zoom, without the lens protruding out of the camera. This revolutionary lens is responsible for maintaining the DiMAGE Xt's 20mm profile at all times. It is a fast, responsive camera, which is ready to take a picture in approximately 1.1 seconds after it is switched on making it the fastest start up time of any digital camera with an optical zoom. The fluid playback performance ensures little delay between frames, regardless of the file size.

The sleek, sophisticated design is the perfect accent to any lifestyle. It's elegance suits all situations, formal or casual and the aluminium exterior offers the DiMAGE Xt timeless appeal.

The DiMAGE Xt starts with the essential elements and features for beautiful images. The camera is built around a high precision electro-optical system designed to maximise image quality. The system uses a 3.3 megapixel 1/2.7-type interline primary colour CCD with 3.2 million effective pixels for fine high resolution images. This can produce 10 x 14 inch (B4-size) 150dpi prints.

Minolta's image processing technology, CxProcess, guarantees that the image recorded by the CCD will faithfully reproduce the scene. CxProcess controls image sharpness, colour and contrast while minimising noise to produce vivid, natural pictures. The warmth of the human complexion or the rich subtleties of green foliage will be rendered as clearly as they were perceived.

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 Xt combats this with a selectable noise reduction function, which activates automatically for exposures of one second or longer.

The metering and autofocus systems emplyed can be selected to suit the situation. Multi-segment metering and five point AF make it easy to take beautiful, sharp images simple. Place the subject anywhere within the extra wide focus frames and the camera will do the rest. Spot metering and Spot AF allow you to meter or focus on a specific subject. This is useful to preserve the dynamic lighting of a scene or to single out a specific subject from a group.

The 3x optical zoom, equivalent to a 37-111mm lens on a 35mm camera, is assisted by a 4x digital zoom giving a seamless zoom range of 12x. The lens focuses down to 15cm at all focal lengths for close-up photographs.

The extended shutter speed range gives the camera greater control over exposure in difficult lighting conditions. The camera can control the exposure from 4 seconds for scenes at night to 1/1000th of a second for brilliant sunlit landscapes.

Colour Mode allows selection of Colour, Black and White and Sepia. Colour preserves the actual colours of the scene. Black and White creates a neutral monochrome image whereas the new Sepia Mode gives the classic appearance of toning applied to old photographs.

XR (Extended Recording) movie processing allows digital video with audio to be captured. The length of the XR movie is only limited by the capacity of the memory card used and image size emplyed. Two image sizes can be selected: 160 x 120 pixels and 320 x 240 pixels.

Thoughts and comments can be recorded with or without a still image. The Audio recording mode can record continuously for 180 minutes. Voice memo allows up to 15 seconds of audio to be attached to an image when it is captured. The audio caption function can attach an audio track to any recorded still image. The audio tracks can be played back in the camera.

The DiMAGE Xt can be used as a remote camera for video conferencing. Simply use the USB cable supplied to connect the camera to a computer which has a Windows operating system and a compatible application such as Microsoft Windows Messenger. The camera can be mounted on a tripod or placed in the charger stand for hands free operation.

The DiMAGE Xt is designed for the internet age. The E-mail Copy function allows a recorded still image to be copied and resized to 640 x 480 or 160 x 120 pixels so that it may be attached to an e-mail message or posted on the Internet. To transfer the data, simply plug in the USB cable and drag and drop the images into a computer.

Audio signals are used to endorse the confirmation of button settings. A shutter sound effect accompanies the release of the shutter. In addition to the electronic and mechanical shutter sounds, a personalised sound effect for both the AF signal and shutter release can be recorded using the camera's built-in microphone.

The camera controls have been designed for ease of use. A mode dial makes selecting the camera's recording, playback and set-up modes simple. The Quick View button allows images on the memory card to be accessed from the recording modes as soon as they have been captured. The controller incorporates the enter button to make setting functions and navigating the menus straightforward. The recording function operated by the left/right controller keys can be customised to control exposure compensation, white balance, the drive mode, camera sensitivity, or the colour mode to tailor the camera’s operation to the individual user’s needs and preferences.

The DiMAGE Xt's charger stand can recharge the camera’s battery while it is still in the camera. It can also charge a single spare battery by itself. The charger doubles as a camera stand when the DiMAGE Xt is used for self portraits, a remote camera, or when it is connected to a computer.

The DiMAGE Xt is supported by USB DIRECT-PRINT by Seiko Epson. This allows images to be printed directly from the camera to a compatible printer using the supplied USB cable.

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