July 15, 2005
The First 'X-Series' Compact Digital Camera Equipped with 8 Megapixels,
Anti-Shake Function, and a Luxurious Design that Fits Neatly in Your Palm.
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.
- Shortest shooting distance: 10 cm in Wide-angle and 40 cm in Telephoto positions
8-megapixel, 1/1.8-type CCD captures images in smooth, ultra-high resolution
Konica Minolta's proprietary CxProcess™ III image processing technology reproduces images as clearly and naturally as they appear to your eye
Newly developed, compact Anti-Shake system for clear, steady shots
New "flat" 3X Optical Zoom lens doesn't protrude even when zooming
Large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor ensures a clear view even under bright light
Ultra-slim, sleek, and elegant body with a luxurious finish that is a joy to look at
Multifunction cradle offers ideal connectivity with your computer and TV
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.
Other Outstanding Features
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
DiMAGE Master Lite
This Konica Minolta software for viewing and editing images allows you to carry out detailed image editing, confirm image information (Exif) recorded when shooting, and carry out color matching.
This image management software has an intuitive interface ideal for beginners. It allows you to make beautiful prints easily. As well, you can quickly and easily share your favorite images with friends and family, make photo CDs, and attach photos to email.
DiMAGE X1 Specifications
|Number of effective pixels||8.0 million (approx.) (**3296 x 2460)|
|CCD||1/1.8-type interline primary-color CCD **Total pixels: approx. 8.3 million (3320 x 2496)|
|Focal length||7.7 - 23.1mm (equivalent to 37 - 111mm in 35mm format)|
|Max. aperture||f/3.5 - f/3.8|
|Focusing range||Wide-angle: 0.1m to infinity, Telephoto: 0.4m to infinity (from front of camera)
Maximum magnification: 0.12 x (equivalent to 0.56x in 35mm format) (Focal length: 13.0mm, equivalent to 62mm in 35mm format, shooting distance: 10cm)
Area covered at maximum magnification: 61 x 46mm
Super Macro: 0.05m to infinity (from front of camera) (Focal length: 13.0mm, equivalent to 62mm in 35mm format)
Maximum magnification: 0.21x (equivalent to 1.02x in 35mm format)
Area covered at maximum magnification: 34 x 25mm
|Recording media||SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards, MultiMediaCards|
|File format||Still Image: JPEG, DCF2.0-compliant, DPOF-compliant (supported by printing functions in ver. 1.1) (On/off selectable on both index print and date imprinting), Exif 2.2.
Movie: Motion JPEG (MOV) with monaural audio.
Voice: WAVE (monaural audio only)
|Number of recorded pixels||3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480|
|Image quality modes||Fine, Standard, Economy|
|LCD monitor||2.5-inch (**6.3cm) low-temperature polysilicon TFT color, Total pixels: 118,000 (approx.), Field of view: 100% (approx.)|
|Autofocus system||Video AF|
|Autofocus area||Changeable between spot and wide (five-point AF)|
|Exposure mode||Programmed AE|
|Metering||Multi-segment (300 segments), Spot metering|
|Exposure compensation||+/-2 Ev in 1/3 increments|
|Camera sensitivity||Automatic, ISO 50, 100, 200 equivalents.
**Automatic: between ISO 50 - 160 equivalent. **When the flash fires, the automatic sensitivity gain is between ISO 50 - 160 equivalent.
|Shutter||CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter|
|Shutter speed range||1- 1/1250 s|
|Flash metering||Pre-flash TTL|
|Guide number||Approx. 6.5(in meters at ISO 100)|
|White balance control||Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent), Setting possible in movie recording mode (Same with still images)
|Continuous advance||0.5 fps (approx.)
Number of frames: 3 frames (approx.)
(3264 x 2448, Standard)
Progressive capture selectable.
|Color modes / Color space||Color, B/W, and Sepia|
|Image correction||Contrast, Sharpness (3 levels)|
|Playback functions||Single-frame playback, Index playback (6 frames), Enlarged playback (6x (max.) in 1.1x increments, scrollable), Movie, Audio track indicator, Camera statuses, E-mail Copy function, Crop frame, Slide show, Rotate (manual)|
|Printing output control||Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge|
|Movie recording functions (format)||Night Movie. Focusing and optical zooming during recording. Each settings are selectable (ON/OFF) in the menu. Default: OFF.|
|Number of recorded pixels (movie)||640 x 480, 320 x 240|
|Frame rate||20 fps|
|Movie recording time||Until the Memory Card is full (dependent on memory card capacity and battery power.)|
|Audio||Audio recording, Audio caption|
|Battery||One lithium-ion battery|
|Battery performance (still)||150 frames(approx.) (Conforming to CIPA*1 (included Lithium-ion battery, included SD memory card)) *1CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association **CIPA test method: Image size: 3264 x 2448, standard image quality, no instant playback, Flash used with 50% of the frames, etc.|
|Battery performance (playback)||140 min.(approx.) (Based on KONICA MINOLTA's standard test method: with included lithium-ion battery)|
|PC interface||USB (with specified cradle)(Full-speed 12Mbps data transfer available with USB 2.0 compatible computer) ** High speed (480Mbps) is not supported.|
|AV output||NTSC/PAL (selectable on the camera)(with specified cradle)|
|Supported operating system||Data storage: Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000(Professional)/XP(Home/Professional), Mac OS 9.0-9.2.2/Mac OS X v10.1.3-10.1.5/v10.2.1-10.2.8/v10.3-10.3.9/v10.4-10.4.1|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||95 (W) x 68 (H) x 19.5 (D) mm (Except projection)|
|Weight||135 g (approx.) without batteries or recording media|
- Specifications are based on Konica Minolta testing
IBM compatible PCs with built-in USB port running Windows XP (Professional/Home Edition), Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98, Windows 98 SE
Apple Macintosh computers with built-in USB port running Mac OS 9.0-9.2.2, Mac OS X ver. 10.1.3-10.1.5, 10.2.1-10.2.8, 10.3-10.3.9, 10.4-10.4.1.
OS compatible with DiMAGE Master Lite
|Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional||Mac OS X v10.1.3 - 10.1.5, v10.2.1 - 10.2.8,
v10.3 - 10.3.9, v10.4 - 10.4.1
OS Compatible with Kodak EasyShare
|Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition
Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional (Service Pack 1~), Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional
|Mac OS X v10.2.3 - 10.2.8, v10.3 - 10.3.8|
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