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Konica Minolta has today announced the ultra-slim DiMAGE X1, an eight megapixel three times optical zoom ultra-compact digital camera with Anti-Shake and a large 2.5-inch LCD monitor. From a design point of view the X1 is much more rounded in appearance compared to its siblings, indeed it looks more like a rounded-off Sony DSC-T3. At the time of publication the X1 appears to be the ultra-compact that pack the most: eight megapixels, Anti Shake as well as an internal zoom lens.
Setting out to create "the highest-level digital camera in terms of image quality, functions, design, and size," Konica Minolta developed the DiMAGE X1. As a fusion of Konica Minolta's best imaging technologies and the DiMAGE X series' sleek digital camera design, the new X1 offers you exquisitely beautiful images and greater freedom to express yourself.
A camera of true expressive power, the DiMAGE X1 employs an 8-megapixel, 1/1.8-type CCD - the highest resolution currently available in compact digital cameras. To take full advantage of this incredible resolution, the X1 integrates a newly designed optical system as well as CxProcess™ III, Konica Minolta's top image processing technology that renders images as natural-looking as they appear to your eye.
For the first time ever in the X series, the DiMAGE X1 offers Anti-Shake functioning to help reduce the effects of camera shake, ensuring clear, steady shots of scenes that are otherwise difficult to shoot by hand such as in low light situations or indoors. Unlike the A and Z series, the DiMAGE X1 boasts a newly developed type of Anti-Shake system that complements its folded optics and allows for a more miniaturization. Offering unrivalled stability, this new type of Anti-Shake system can provide the equivalent of up to 3 EV to help compensate for camera shake, and is effective for taking shots in low light conditions and using slow shutter speeds around 1/6th of a second at the wide-angle.
To accommodate the high resolution while keeping the body as slim as possible, the DiMAGE X1's employs a newly designed "non-protruding" 3X optical zoom lens and delivers a lens focal length of 7.7 to 23.1 mm (equivalent to 37 to 111 mm in 35 mm format) and an aperture range from F3.5 to F3.8. Complementing this exceptional optical system, the X1 offers two ways to take close-ups: Auto Macro Mode*1, which takes macro shots without having to switch the mode, and Super Macro mode, which captures amazing close-ups as near as 5 cm.
On the back, the DiMAGE X1 is equipped with a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor that features a Bright LCD backlight function, which lets you adjust the LCD brightness as needed with the simple touch of a button. The LCD monitor also offers enhanced easy cleaning thanks to a protective acrylic covering.
The design features of the DiMAGE X1 present high appeal for users who value not only amazing performance, but also sophisticated design. A sleek, metallic elegance makes the X1 impossible to resist, while smooth round edges fit neatly in your palm, giving you ease of use, familiarity and comfort in hand.
The DiMAGE X1 is available in a variety of coloured finishes. Models in silver resonate a futuristic and sophisticated look with a high-end satin finish that perfectly complements the elegant, tactile nature of the DiMAGE X1. Models available in red and black boast an exclusive, glossy mirror finish that evokes a sense of admiration whenever you see it, almost as if you feel like polishing it.
The DiMAGE X1 is also the first Konica Minolta digital camera to come with a convenient, multifunction cradle, which provides quick and easy connectivity for TVs or computers. It can also be recharged in two ways.
*1 Shortest shooting distance: 10 cm in Wide-angle and 40 cm in Telephoto positions
The Peak in Resolution Among Current Compact Digital Cameras
Using a 1/1.8-type CCD, the DiMAGE X1 features approximately 8,300,000 pixels, the highest resolution in a compact digital camera currently available (as of June 2005). The DiMAGE X1 enables you to take pictures with up to 3,264 x 2,448 pixels, creating crisp and detailed images for printed enlargements up to A3 in size.
The DiMAGE X1's size is also small. With folded optics technology, the size of a CCD unit dictates the camera's thickness. The slim and compact size of the DiMAGE X1's CCD allows for a body 19.5 mm in width, the first time for an X series model to achieve a profile less than 20 mm in size.
Konica Minolta's Proprietary CxProcess™ III Image Processing Technology
To achieve optimum compatibility with its new optics, 8-megapixel resolution, and 1/1.8-type CCD, the DiMAGE X1 uses Konica Minolta's top image processing technology - CxProcess™ III. With this combination, the DiMAGE X1 is able to reproduce images as clearly and naturally as they appear to your eye. With this combination, the DiMAGE X1 is able to reproduce images as clearly and naturally as they appear to your eye. You can enjoy genuine color and tone straight on prints even without manipulation on computers.
A Completely New Type of Anti-Shake System
For the first time ever in the X series, the DiMAGE X1 offers an Anti-Shake system, which makes it easy to take clear, steady shots of scenes that are normally difficult to shoot by hand. Offering unrivalled stability, the Anti-Shake system can compensate up to 3 EV exposure stops slower, making it ideal for taking handheld, wide-angle shots in low light conditions indoors, or after sunset with shutter speeds at 1/6 of a second at wide-angle setting. For example, in dark settings, like by the light of a candle or tungsten bulb, you can shoot without using a flash and thus retain the atmosphere.
Unlike the DiMAGE A and Z series, which use Konica Minolta's CCD-shift Anti-Shake, here a newly developed Anti-Shake is used that counters shaking by tilting the entire optical unit combined with CCD. It is designed to ideally complement the X1's folded optics technology that preserves the compact, thin body construction.
Both of Konica Minolta's anti-shake systems, this new one in the DiMAGE X1 and the CCD-shift mechanism, achieve steady shots without moving any particular lens in the lens group. In other words, these systems achieve Anti-Shake while retaining the performance of the lens that is designed to bring out optimum performance. Our Anti-Shake represents the culmination of a dedication to camera technology.
Newly Designed "Non-Protruding" 3X Optical Zoom Lens
To accommodate the high 8-megapixel resolution of the DiMAGE X1's 1/1.8-type CCD while still keeping the body as slim as possible, the DiMAGE X1 introduces a newly designed, non-protruding 3X optical zoom lens. This new lens system achieves a focal length of 7.7 to 23.1 mm (equivalent to 37 to 111 mm in 35 mm format) and an aperture range from F3.5 to F3.8.
The DiMAGE X1 is also equipped with a Super Macro mode. Using this amazing function with the zoom lens at the wide-angle setting, you can bring the lens within 5 cm of your subject and capture vivid, super close-ups that fill the entire frame. Auto Macro shooting (the shortest 'normal' focus distance is10 cm at wide-angle and 40 cm at telephoto), a conventional function of all the DiMAGE X series cameras, makes it easy to quickly catch close-up shots without switching functions.
Large, Bright 2.5-inch Rear LCD Monitor
The DiMAGE X1 is equipped with a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor that gives you a bright, clear view for framing shots and reading the menu screen. Using the Bright LCD backlight function allows you to set the screen 1.5 times brighter, so you can easily see the monitor in bright outdoor locations. Just like in the DiMAGE X50 and DiMAGE X60, the surface of the DiMAGE X1's LCD monitor is protected with an easy-to-maintain acrylic panel that is easily wiped clean of dirt.
Rounded, Ultra-Slim Polished Body
Without a protruding part, the super-slim, flat body of the DiMAGE X1 measures just 95 x 68 x 19.5mm(W x H x D), the first time the X series models have achieved a body profile less than 20mm in size.
Another key feature of the DiMAGE X1 is its sophisticated body design. Designers poured their artistic effort into successfully reflecting several key design concepts: 1) a new "advanced" lifestyle that inspires users to think of the camera as more than a photo-taking tool, 2) a body design that is as irresistible to hold and touch as it is to behold, 3) a minimalist approach to controls that complements the clear and elegant appearance, 4) an extravagant approach to incorporating advanced technology, and 5) a sense of modern luxury, expressed definitively through the camera's refined finish.
The elegant rounded form of the DiMAGE X1 boasts a sleek, metallic grace you'll want to hold in your hands. The rounded edges fit neatly in your palm, giving you quick familiarity and comfort in hand.
Models in silver resonate a futuristic and sophisticated look with a high-end satin finish that perfectly complements the elegant, tactile nature of the DiMAGE X1.
Models available in wine red and black boast an exclusive, glossy mirror finish that will evoke a sense of admiration when you see it, almost as if you feel like polishing it.
Multifunction Cradle Offers Ideal Connectivity with Your Computer and TV
The DiMAGE X1 is the first-ever Konica Minolta digital camera to come with its own convenient multifunction cradle. Integrating flawlessly with the smooth lines of the DiMAGE X1, the cradle eliminates cumbersome cable arrangements and provides quick and easy connectivity for uploading and viewing images directly on your Computer or TV. The X1 multifunction cradle can also operate as a battery charger, which can either charge the battery by itself or the battery when it's inside the camera. The cradle can even position the LCD monitor forward so you can use it as an image viewer.
Digital Subject Program Selection
The DiMAGE X1 makes taking clear, high-quality shots effortless with a Digital Subject Program Selection that offers pre-programmed settings for seven common photo scenes: Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Super Macro, Night Portrait, Night View, and Text. You simply choose the mode best suited to your shooting conditions, and the X1 is ready in an instant with the optimum settings to turn that special moment into a beautiful memory.
Ultra High Speed Continuous Advance
UHS Continuous Advance captures 640x480-pixel images at up to 10 fps at any image quality setting, making it ideal for capturing fleeting action such as recording a tennis or golf swing.
As well, the UHS Progressive Capture mode saves images from the last 1.5 seconds before releasing the shutter button (up to 15 images at 640x480). This means you won't miss photo opportunities during fast moving sporting events.
High-Resolution VGA Movie Clips Enhanced with Anti-Shake
For the first time ever in the X series, the DiMAGE X1 offers recording of smooth, high-resolution VGA (640x480 dots) movie clips with sound. Anti-Shake technology and auto focus combine to ensure amazingly clear images. While recording, you can even get even closer to the action using the 3X optical zoom without losing image quality. The X1 records movies in JPEG (MOV) format and is compatible with QuickTime™ for playing images back on a computer.
Easy-to-Use Bundled Software
1/1.8" Type CCD
|Image sizes|| 3264 x 2448
2560 x 2560
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480
320 x 240
Limited only by the capacity of the memory card
|Lens|| 37 - 111 mm (35 mm equiv) x optical zoom
F 3.5 - 3.8
|AF area modes|| Spot and wide (five-point)
|Focus distance|| Normal: 0.1 - infinity (w) 0.4 m - infinity (t)
Macro: 10 cm
Telemacro: 5 cm
|Metering|| Multi-segment (300-point)
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto (50 - 160)
|Exposure compensation|| +/- 2EV
1/3 EV increments
|Shutter speed||1 - 1/1250 secs|
|Aperture||F 3.5 - 3.8|
Black and white
|Scene modes|| Portrait
|White balance|| Auto
Setting possible in movie mode
|Continuous shooting||0.5 fps up to 3 frames|
|Image parameters|| Contrast
Sharpness (three levels)
Guide number: 6.5 m (ISO 100)
|LCD monitor|| 2.5" TFT LCD
|Print compliance|| DPOF
|Storage|| SD/MMC card|
|Power||Lithium ion battery|
|Weight (no batt)||135 g (4.7 oz)|
|Dimensions||95 x 68 x 20 mm (3.7 x 2.7 x 0.8 in)|
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