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      06.08.2009 00:17
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      A great little camera, ideal for carrying around on holidays

      I have had this camera for a couple of years now and it has been great the whole time. The only problem is that the battery has degraded over time. This happens when you don't let the battery wear down fully before recharging it. Constantly recharging the battery tires it out even quicker so I can now only have it on for about 10-15 minutes after recharging it fully.

      The camera I have is silver, but as shown in the image above, you can get a black one too. It's meant to be a compact camera, and it really is. It's just 0.8 x 2.8 x 3.4 inches in dimensions and weighs only 4.2 ounces, which is nothing. It's tiny size and lightweight makes it ideal for carrying around.

      Although it's a very compact camera, it has an amazing 3x optical zoom due to a clever mechanism built into the camera. The camera is of a 3.2 mega pixel resolution and gives great pictures. The zoom isn't excellent but it is still adequate considering the size of the camera

      On the front of the camera is the Dimage Xt logo. On the top right is the camera lens, which has the chrome cover slide down once you switch it on. To the left is a viewing tunnel as well as a sensor and flash light. There is a microphone at the bottom as well as speakers on the back to replay videos and audio. On the side of the camera is a bit you can lift up. You can insert your SD card here by clicking it in. It is released by clicking it again before taking it out. I personally have a 256MB card, which is ok but you could always get a bigger one.

      On the back of the camera is a 4cm screen to view the camera. Below are 4 buttons to control the camera. Above is a wheel, which is turned to go to the camera, viewing section, video recorder and setup options. To the right of this is a button that can be pushed up and down to zoom in and out, with buttons either side to scroll through the menus.

      The flash is quite effective and you can also use some other effects for the picture including a black and white one. On the top of the camera is an ON/OFF button as well as the capture button used to take photos and record. You press it half way and then fully to take a picture or begin recording. The camera comes with a black plastic charger, which the camera sits on. This has a power cable running to the mains to feed electricity to the battery. This works quite well but sometimes it's tricky to exactly position the camera on the charger.

      You can probably get this camera for under £100 anowadays, as it's not as widely available and new as before. It's worth it if you can as it's an excellent compact little camera and full of good technology. It has many options and you can take photos as well as videos. It is very small and lightweight so ideal for carrying around and it even comes with a strap to keep it round your wrist and held in your hand.

      Thanks for reading,

      Dan ©

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        20.02.2008 23:37
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        A good camera with the ability to take pictures and short videos

        I purchased this camera ages ago whilst looking for a good digital camera. I saw this cute little thing on the shelf, and just had to pick it up! It is very small, has a LCD screen on the back and has good features along with the ability to record small videos! It easily fits in my pocket, and has a hand strap too, making it easy to hold without dropping it.

        Included in the box:

        Camera
        Charger
        USB Cable
        Lithium battery
        DiMAGE viewer CD
        Handstrap
        AV Cable
        Manual

        Half of these are self explanatory. The USB cable can be used to connect the computer to your PC so you can view pictures on it, and it is quicker to delete them once you have opened the picture file on the PC, as to doing it slowly on the camera.

        The camera is very small at around 2 x 8.6 x 7.1 cm weighing just 118g, which is very light, making it fit in your pocket wonderfully! It is available in black or grey. It has the logo down one side with the lens, flash light and viewer at the top in two panels. It also has a small line of holes on the front to record sound with the video recorder. On the back, there is a small LCD screen. This screen is pretty small, but gives an excellent high quality image having 3.2 mega pixels.

        The camera also has 3x optical zoom, which is shown on the screen too. It also has 4x digital zoom, so actually capable of zooming in 12x in total, but you can see the 3x view on the screen. It also starts up in just 1.1 seconds roughly, allowing you to use it straight away. The power button is on the top beside the button to take a photo. On the back, there is a small metal wheel that clicks as you turn it to different options, with some navigating menus to the right and the menu, flash and options buttons down below.

        The camera is extremely easy to operate, and you can learn how really quickly within minutes. It's very simple and works very well. I have had no problems with the camera apart from the fact the battery seems to leak or something, but it is quite old. You charge it by plugging it into a mains socket, and placing the camera on the charging holder, and a red light will come on to show you are charging it.

        As for the price, mine cost me around £230, which isn't bad. The memory card can hold an enormous amount of photos and even videos. Overall, it is a good camera and works well for me. The leaking battery is disappointing but I only switch it on to take a quick picture anyway.

        Thanks for reading,

        - Recon -

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          11.08.2004 03:30
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          This is a great camera for outdoor use; I recently took it on a cruise around Mediterranean and Egypt. The pictures of the pyramids and other outdoor attractions are fantastic, I can?t fault them, but the pictures from inside are disappointing. The flash doesn't seem to travel all that far, but it is fine for portraits. You can alter some of the settings so you get better pictures when not using the flash. Build of the camera The camera is very well built I have dropped it on hard surfaces many times and it still works fine. This I believe is due to a full metal body, no plastic to be found; also the battery compartment is covered by a sturdy metal guard. I also like the USB cover; it slides as opposed to folding out which means it won?t break off. Quality of the pictures Although this camera is small it does offer a mighty punch, with its 3.2mp it can take pictures upto sizes of 2048 by 1536. So when viewed on a computer screen of 1024 by 768 you get very crisp images. When the pictures are at the maximum size the pictures look slightly grainy, I have read somewhere by an expert reviewer of cameras that this could be because of the built in optical zoom. But as I?m not a camera boffin I don?t know why and as this is my first digital camera it could be that the pictures it gives are of the same or even better quality than other cameras with the same specification. There are four different modes for the quality of the picture, they are economy, standard, fine and TIFF. I just use fine because I would be annoyed if I had the camera in economy mode and I took a picture of something very special but later found it to be ruined by being in economy mode, i?m not to sure what TIFF is other than one pictures takes 9mb so I don?t use that option. There are also 4 different sizes of shot you can take they are 640 by 480, 1280 by 960, 1600 by 1200 and 2048 by 1536. I have my settings as 2048 by 1536 in fine mode, so I can get the best s
          hot possible, because once you?ve taken a shot you can always delete it if it?s not good but you can go back in time to retake a shot using the better options. Zoom It has a built in 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. The built in optical zoom is very clever indeed but doesn?t look as good as the conventional camera. You can?t show off with zoom with the lens moving in and out as you zoom into objects. Overall it has 12x zoom but I don?t bother with the digital zoom as it just ruins the quality of the picture, I will just take the picture with 3x optical zoom and then play with the image In Adobe Photoshop. Movie mode The movie mode is average for this type of camera, it shoots videos at 320 by 240 at 15fps and works with 4x zoom. On the bad side it saves the movies in .MOV format which you will need Apple?s QuickTime to view them on your computer, I would much prefer to see them using Mpeg-4 as the file size would be much smaller and its more convenient to play on computers as they would work in Windows Media player. Other features of the camera Drive mode offers three different ways to take a picture either single shot, continuous mode or self-timer. The continuous mode works well when the flash is not needed, but otherwise it takes a while to take the second, third, fourth shot etc. white balance and sensitivity are set to auto mode as standard, but can be changed. The white balance can be changed to daylight, cloudy, tungsten and florescent. The sensitivity can be changed to ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200 and ISO 400. There are three different colour modes; they are colour, black and white and sepia. I usually just use colour other than when I?m playing with the camera. You can assign different sounds or record new sounds as the shutter effects. There is also an automatic macro mode which I believe is 10cm but I may be wrong, I have a cool shot of a daisy taken from turkey while on my cruise. I will upl
          oad it when I learn how. Price I brought this camera for £220 from Dixon?s and then about a month later Minolta released an updated model, the XG, where mine is an XT. It is effectively the same camera except it has a few more modes i.e. sports, landscape etc etc, which the XT doesn?t offer. They are offering my camera for £193.99 on Amazon.co.uk but the newer model the XG, is £159.99 in silver. So I would recommend the XG to potential buyers as it is a slightly updated camera but for less money. Overall I would I recommend this camera to anyone who wants a small, feature-filled point-and-shoot camera mainly for outdoor use. I really like this camera as it slips into all of my pockets even into my jeans, which have notoriously small pockets. It also takes great shots which is a bonus. But don?t forget to look for the new updated Minolta Dimage XG, as I said effectively the same camera but for less of your pennies

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            15.01.2004 23:27
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            I had been looking for a cam for a long time and i saw this one which i bought from a supplier called TLC i would recommend them if you live in the UK. I looked on there website and i saw this cam which had alot of features i will list them now: 3.2 megapixels 3x optical zoom 4x digital zoom lets you seamlessly extend your shooting range to 12x zoom Spot metering / Spot AF Macro B/W & Sepia Built-in flash Startup in an incredible approx. 1.1 seconds High-speed playback in an astounding approx. 0.2 seconds Quick View /Delete button Lithium-ion Battery Charger design lets you recharge the camera by placing it in the docking port This is my first digital camera and so far I am mightily impressed. I would definitely recomend getting the proper Minolta camera case for this camera due to its specific shape. Even when in its case it fits easily into a pocket. The camera is so easy to use, I was taking pictures as soon as the battery was charged. The charging stand is also a great idea. So far I have only had excellent results, albeit I have probably only used a fraction of the cameras capabilities. The supplied Minolta picture editing software is also very good although you do have to print out the user guide as it comes on CD. This is a camera you can take anywhere, and it's really intuitive - the buttons are in all the right places. It comes with a cradle you can sit it in where it will happily charge itself, without needing to remove the battery. I looked at the Minolta F200 and F300 (I like Minolta!) and they were poorly laid out and felt wrong in your hand compared to this one. As for the vignetting (dark edges on images) that everyone seems to be going on about, I haven't noticed it at all. I think people just like to whinge!. If you want to spend thousands on a different camera, go ahead, but there's no point. If you want a small, well-designed camera to take anywhere, bu
            y it before word gets around how good it is, and they all go from your local camera store (or internet emporium!). It does exactly what it says on the box. I am very impressed with this camera. The picture quality is absolutely fabulous considering the very compact body. The optical zoom lens works inside the body so is unlikely to get damaged. There are enough overrides to cater for most situations and the build quality is simply superb. The rechargeable battery lasts ages and comes with a simple charger base for the camera to sit on. The software package enables you to tweak the results but you don?t really need it. I am told this camera is short in supply at the moment but it is well worth the wait.

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