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Minolta DiMAGE Xi

Sep 20, 2002 at 20:53 GMT

Pre-Photokina 2002, 2200 GMT: Minolta has today announced the DiMAGE Xi, a three megapixel update to the ultra-compact DiMAGE X. "The new Minolta DiMAGE Xi is approximately ¾ of an inch thick and shares the same revolutionary folded 3x optical zoom lens as the DiMAGE X. Making a camera this thin would be impossible with conventional zoom lens technology. ". Phil: Personally I'm a little concerned that a lens system which couldn't deliver particularly sharp 2 megapixel images will be even weaker with a 3 megapixel sensor, it will be an interesting camera to review.

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Press Release:

MINOLTA INTRODUCES THE WORLD'S SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST 3.2 MEGAPIXEL DiMAGE Xi DIGITAL CAMERA

New digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens also features the world's fastest start up time* and increased image quality, further enhancing Minolta's popular DiMAGE camera line

Cologne, Germany, Hall 1.2, Stand G 2-18 (September 25, 2002) - Minolta Corporation announces today at Photokina the new Minolta DiMAGE Xi digital camera. Building on the success of the highly popular and award winning Minolta DiMAGE X, the new DiMAGE Xi is equipped with a 3.3 megapixel CCD (3.2 million effective pixels) as well as a host of new functions and features.

The elegant new Minolta DiMAGE Xi features enhancements such as increased image quality, the world's fastest start-up time (1.2 seconds), and a seamless zoom range of 12x (combining both optical and digital zoom). Its camera body is made of aluminum with a brushed stainless-steel faceplate.

"The DiMAGE Xi builds on Minolta's renowned strength in optics and expertise in miniaturization," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "What sets this sister model to the DiMAGE X apart from the crowd is its enhanced image quality, remarkable optical and digital zoom range, and the world's fastest start up time in such a small and compact camera body."

The new Minolta DiMAGE Xi is approximately ¾ of an inch thick and shares the same revolutionary folded 3x optical zoom lens as the DiMAGE X. Making a camera this thin would be impossible with conventional zoom lens technology. However, the unique design of the 3x optical zoom lens allows it to move, or "zoom," vertically within the camera body. That means that when the lens moves from wide angle to telephoto, it always remains inside the camera body. The 3x optical zoom lens is equivalent to a 37mm - 111mm on a 35mm camera, and with the incorporation of the DiMAGE Xi's 4x digital zoom, the camera has up to a 12x seamless zooming capability.

This lens employs five aspheric elements (including two double-sided) to ensure sharp, contrasty images at all focal lengths. In spite of its compact dimensions, the optical zoom has a fast, maximum aperture of f/2.8 - f/3.6 (wide - telephoto), which allows images to be captured in low light with little noise.

Besides increased resolution, the DiMAGE Xi has several other enhancements when compared to its sibling the DiMAGE X, including user-selectable ISO settings, optional date imprinting, spot autofocus (AF), an improved anti-reflection LCD and automatic e-mail file copy creation.

Images captured with the high-quality lens of the DiMAGE Xi are enhanced by Minolta's CxProcess image processing technology, which helps control sharpness, color reproduction, tonal gradation and noise. This same technology is used in the top-of-the-line Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi SLR-type digital camera.

The Minolta DiMAGE Xi is built around a high-precision electro-optical system designed to maximize image quality. The system starts with a 3.3 megapixel 1/2.7-type interline primary-color CCD with 3.2 million effective pixels for fine high-resolution images. The pixel resolution of the CCD will produce 10 x 14 inch (B4-size) 150dpi photo-quality prints.

* World's fastest start up time of any digital camera with an optical zoom.

A versatile multimedia tool, users can also make movie clips and add audio to their still images with the DiMAGE Xi

A 16 MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card is included for image storage. About the size of a postage stamp, it is the smallest, high-capacity memory card currently on the market. These tiny cards are inexpensive and widely available. The camera also accepts MultiMediaCards.

Minolta DiMAGE Xi Specifications


Sensor 1/2.7" 3.34 megapixel (primary CFA)
Effective pixels 3.2 megapixels (JCIA standard)
Image sizes

 • 2048 x 1536
 • 1600 x 1200
 • 1280 x 960
 • 640 x 480

Image formats  • TIFF
 • JPEG (Super fine, Fine, Standard, Economy) EXIF 2.2
Sensitivity  • Auto (ISO 50 - 160)
 • ISO 50
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
Lens  • 3x optical zoom, 37 - 111 mm (equiv.)
 • F2.8 - F3.6
 • 9 elements in 8 groups (includes 5 aspheric elements)
Digital zoom Yes, 2x or 4x
Auto focus Video AF
Auto focus areas  • Wide focus area
 • Spot focus area
Focus distance 0.25 m - Infinity (9.8 in - Infinity)
White balance  • Auto
 • Daylight
 • Cloudy
 • Tungsten
 • Fluorescent
Metering Multi-segment (256 areas)
Shutter speed 2 - 1/1000 sec
Exposure compen. +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Flash  • Built-In
 • Range: Wide 0.25 - 3.2 m, Tele 0.25 - 2.5 m, (at Auto ISO)
 • Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Flash on, Flash off, Night portrait
Drive mode Available (not spec'd)
Self-timer 10 secs
Movie clips 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 35 secs
Audio clips  • Audio recording: 30 mins max
 • Audio caption: 15 secs max
 • Voice memo: 15 secs max
Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor  • 1.5" TFT LCD
 • 110,000 pixels
Storage  • SD / MMC
 • 16 MB SD included
Connections  • USB 1.1
 • Video out
Power  • Minolta NP-200 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
 • Charger included
Dimensions 85 x 72 x 20 mm (3.3 x 2.8 x 0.8 in)
Weight (no batts) 130 g (4.6 oz)
Accessories included Hand Strap HS-DG100, AV Cable AVC-200, USB Cable USB-500,
SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card (16MB), Lithium-ion Battery NP-
200, Lithium-ion Battery Charger BC-200, DiMAGE Software CD
ROM (Includes DiMAGE Viewer)