Macworld SF 2002 Product Watch: The
iPod Of Digital Cameras!
X From Minolta 1-10-02
Minolta introduced a brand new digital camera this week that should
be a hit with iPod users and espionage types alike. At 3.3" x 2.8" x .8"
the DiMAGE X is amazingly compact and would easily fit in your shirt
or jacket pocket. The DiMAGE X is also ultra light weighing in at 4.8
oz without battery or media. In fact, Minolta claims that this is the
smallest and lightest digital camera in its class, a claim we tend to
By way of contrast, Canon's
S100 Digital Elph camera measures 3.4" x 2.2 x 1.1"
weighs 6.7 oz without battery or media, and sports a 2x optical zoom.
The Elph does edge out the DiMAGE X in terms of effective pixels, 2.02
to DiMAGE X's 1.96.
Minolta managed to fit a 3x optical zoom (6X digital) into the camera
by designing the lens to zoom vertically within the camera. At 2 megapixels,
the DiMAGE X is not targeted to the pro market, but for everyday use
it is fine. We looked at a few sample printouts on Epson Photo paper
that looked pretty sharp. We were also very impressed with the intuitive
on screen navigation system for adjusting the camera's settings. Like
the iPod's navigation system, only a few minutes of use are needed for
mastery. Below we highlight some of the camera's specs. The DiMAGE X
is compatible with OS 8.6-9.2.1 as well as OS X 10.1.
||3.3" x 2.8" x .8"
||8MB SD (Secure Digital) memory card.
||1/1000 to 2 seconds
||5.5mm to 17.1mm (equivalent to 37mm to 111mm in 35mm
||Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
||35 second movie recording @ 15FPS (mono audio), 90
seconds audio recording, 15 seconds of audio caption attached to
photos, 1.8 second startup time, NTSC & PAL video out.
Available : February 2002