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
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
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
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
by the CCD will faithfully reproduce the scene. CxProcess controls image sharpness,
colour and contrast while minimising noise to produce vivid, natural pictures.
of the human complexion or the rich subtleties of green foliage will be rendered
clearly as they were perceived.
Dark noise, an ever present problem in electronic systems, manifests itself
giving a grainy or sandy appearance to images taken with long exposures. DiMAGE
combats this with a selectable noise reduction function, which activates automatically
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
simple. Place the subject anywhere within the extra wide focus frames and the
will do the rest. Spot metering and Spot AF allow you to meter or focus on a
subject. This is useful to preserve the dynamic lighting of a scene or to single
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
difficult lighting conditions. The camera can control the exposure from 4 seconds
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
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
XR (Extended Recording) movie processing allows digital video with audio to
captured. The length of the XR movie is only limited by the capacity of the
used and image size emplyed. Two image sizes can be selected: 160 x 120 pixels
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
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
can be played back in the camera.
The DiMAGE Xt can be used as a remote camera for video conferencing. Simply
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
The DiMAGE Xt is designed for the internet age. The E-mail Copy function allows
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
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
effect accompanies the release of the shutter. In addition to the electronic
mechanical shutter sounds, a personalised sound effect for both the AF signal
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
button allows images on the memory card to be accessed from the recording modes
soon as they have been captured. The controller incorporates the enter button
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
tailor the cameras operation to the individual users needs and preferences.
The DiMAGE Xt's charger stand can recharge the cameras battery while
it is still in the
camera. It can also charge a single spare battery by itself. The charger doubles
camera stand when the DiMAGE Xt is used for self portraits, a remote camera,
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