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Konica Minolta DiMage X20 3 Megapixels and Smaller

4/5 (2 Reviews)


  • Warranty1 Year
    Product ID20983218
    Depth0.94 in.
    Width3.38 in.
    Height2.63 in.
    Memory TypeMMC Card • SD Card
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery Type2 x AA Batteries
    Included Accessories2 x AA Batteries • Software • USB Cable • Video Cable • Neck Strap • 8 MB Memory Card
    Exterior ColorSilver
    Weight0.25 lb.
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS 9 • Apple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows 2000 • Microsoft Windows 98 • Microsoft Windows 98SE • Microsoft Windows ME • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Optical Zoom3x
    Battery Life110 Images
    Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    Camera Resolution2.1 Megapixel
    Aperture Rangef3.7 (w) - f2.8/f3.7 (w/t)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 64
    ViewfinderWithout Viewfinder
    Interface TypeUSB
    Self Timer10 Sec.
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA) • 160 x 120
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    White BalanceAuto • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset)
    Video FormatQuickTime
    Resolution2.1 Megapixel
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    Shutter Speed4 - 1/1000 sec
    Digital Zoom4x
    Compression ModesFine
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Mp3 Built In
    Video Speed15 fps
    Camera TypeCompact
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Fixed Focus
    Frames Per Second1.5 Frames
    Max Movie LengthWithout Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
    Compression TypeJPEG
    35mm Zoom Lens37 - 111 mm
    File Size (High Res.)1.33 MB (96 images on 128MB card)
    Focal Length4.8 - 14.4 mm
    LCD Panel Size1.57 in.
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 1600 x 1200 • 1280 x 960
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Tripod MountWith Tripod Mount
    Focus Range3.72 in. to Infinity (w)
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync
    LCD Screen Resolution84,960 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    File Size (Low Res.)0.12 MB (about 1,067 images on 128MB card)

Product Description

The DiMAGE X20 is the world’s smallest and lightest 2 megapixel camera with a 3X optical zoom, and it’s built for a life on-the-go.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave L a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2004

Strengths:    3 x non extending optical zoom. Great auto macro mode. 1.6 lcd screen. Movie and audio options. Uses AA rechargeables. Decent pictures.

Weaknesses:    No optical viewfinder (no great loss). No protector on lcd screen. Less impressive pics in low light.

Bottom Line:   
Konica Minolta's X20 is quite an eye catcher for a digital camera ! Even as you switch on the compact digicam - an electronic fanfare is accompanied by flashing lights on the front and back of the unit - all this glitz is a reminder of Saturday Night Fever. What a welcome from this little gem ! But does this andio visual feast add up to much ? Will the X20 deliver ? Or will it be left alone - to sit out yet another dance ?

Build

Well for a start its a mighty handsome cam made from tough plastic - of identical quality found on Nintendo's Advance Gameboy SP - so it will take some knocks. Some reviewers have described the build material as metal - and it has that similar feel to it.
There is no optical viewfinder (but those can be rather limited on small cameras) but it has a respectable 1.6 lcd screen.

What's it got ?

The camera boasts a 3 x non extending optical zoom which works very smoothly and a movie mode which also captures sound as well. Although not at camcorder quality , you are only restricted by the amount of memory on your SD or MM card. Your oscar winning performances can be viewed on the lcd and the soundtrack can just be audible from the inbuilt cam speaker.Audio can also be attached to stills as well - a marvellous addition at this price range.

Handling

There are only a handful of buttons on the X20 for the main options, although the left/right menu controllers can be programmed to manipulate exposure,white balance or flash modes. Start up is mighty quick at over one second and the focus is equally as fast in good lighting conditions. However, the focus (which is activated by pressing down the shutter halfway) slows considerably in low light conditions - approximately 3 to 4 seconds at most.

Images

This 2 megapixel camera can produce sharp images with fairly reasonable colour reproduction - considering its compact size !! It prefers good light environments - and produces slighty underexposed and washed out pics in average to low artificial light. The flash is effective at about 4 - 6 feet but images tend to acquire a slight bluish tint. Perhaps a trade-off for its tiny dimensions !! The X20 has an automatic macro mode and can produce amazingly sharp pictures up to 10 cm, and may be a wee bit closer !

Power and Memory

You will need to purchase extra SD or MM cards for this unit as it only comes with a 8 mb SD card. Its powered by AA batteries - and I suggest rechargeables are essential with a fast charger. AA alkalines can be used as an emergency.

Funny bits !

Plenty of quirky options including : superimposing one picture onto another, a favourites folder and setting aside chosen pics for compression and emailing. A self portrait mode is helped by a small mirror on the front of the camera.

Overall, I am impressed with this cheerful flashy digicam which has loads of features we have hardly touch on here. Compared to my more able and expensive Olympus camera is doesn't quite match in terms of results - the X20 isn't a graceful performer in low light conditions despite the disco effects on the front. Comparing it with the more expensive 3mp DiMage Xt, I believe it stands up very well for the price. The X20 will be a great partner for beginners, those looking for a second 'take anywhere' pocketable camera - and maybe nostalgic folk, wanting to dance the night away !!!

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Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   High Street retailer

Similar Products Used:   Olympus D40 zoom, Fuji MX 1700. Minolta Konica Xt



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ChrisC30 a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2004

Strengths:    Very easy to use.
Compact and handy to keep with you.
Stylish (yes, sometimes style is good).
"standard format" memory cards.
VERY reasonable price.
Convenient methods of memory transfer (several options!).


Weaknesses:    Basic MegaPixel rating. I don't really have a problem with it, but 2.0 MP isn't the best on the market. Otherwise this camera has no weakness I can think of for the purpose I use it. If I needed/wanted a camera with pro-quality pictures, I'd shop elsewhere, but like I said, it does what it's designed to do, and what I want it to do, so no weaknesses really.

Bottom Line:   
I just felt I'd post this as I haven't seen any other reviews available for the X20. I have had the camera only a short time, and I don't use it for anything extraordinary, so it performs flawlessly for what I purchased it for...taking simple pictures. The 2.0 MP rating isn't very much, but it'll get the job done as long as you don't expect miracles. If you're looking for a "basic" camera, capable of taking everyday pictures even on the go, this is definately worth a look, if not a buy. I'm generally a 35mm man, but I needed a digicam, and I've not been disappointed at all with the X20.

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Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   discount store (but

Similar Products Used:   Creative VideoBlaster Webcam Go Plus (only other digital camera, which I was totally disappointed with)




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