With the design of the DiMAGE X1 camera, Konica Minolta has created something truly impressive. With its rounded shapes and striking colour, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 is without a doubt a camera that deserves attention. When looking at it from a distance, one could even say the camera resembles a small hipflask often used to carry strong liquor, such as whisky. A disadvantage of those rounded shapes, however, is that the Konica Minolta X1 can not be easily placed on a table; doing so would make the camera fall over instantly. Fortunately, Konica Minolta has supplied the camera with a docking station, which ensures the problem can be easily solved.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 design
Even though the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 digital camera has got a very smooth finish, it is remarkably pleasant to hold. Especially when using the supplied wrist strap, the X1 camera is not likely to slip from your hands. The buttons are logically located, all covers fit perfectly and are neatly hidden in the housing. When the DiMAGE X1 is switched off, a nice-looking tiny slide protects the small lens from potential damages. The entire casing of the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 is scratchproof, its surface being quite hard.
DiMAGE X1 - Konica Minolta brand
The most noticeable feature on the front of the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 is the brand name. Even though small, it is easily spotted, mainly owing to the fact that the rest of the camera's front has been kept fairly simple and clear. The lens is located on the right upper side, and in size barely larger than a tiny hole. It remains impressive to see that such a structure works so well in practice. The disadvantage of this position however, is that it does not take much for your left hand to accidentally end up in front of the lens. This means at least some extra attention should be paid to picking up and holding the camera, although an incidental finger would be easily spotted when looking at the monitor. Next to the lens is a built-in flash, beside which you can find a sensor and a microphone. The front side of the camera has got a smooth design and has been kept plain as much as possible.
Konica Minolta X1 - Flat digital camera
The sides too are easy to describe. Because the DiMAGE X1 is a very flat digital camera, the sides don't leave much room for features, apart from a small loudspeaker that has been placed on the right side. On the opposite, you can find the door to access the Secure Digital memory card and the Lithium-ion battery. When looking onto the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 from above, you can see switches to set the recording mode, the button to active the camera, and the shutter release button. The bottom side of the camera merely contains a universal tripod connection.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 - Four-way controller
Konica Minolta has also put a considerable amount of effort into the back side of the DiMAGE X1. It looks just as smooth as the rest of the camera, something that I personally quite like to see. Its most striking feature is of course the large monitor with a diameter of 2.5-inch. The quality of the screen is fairly good. Four small caps on the corners prevent the monitor from being damaged when the camera is put down. This is a small but certainly well thought-out detail. The control centre is located right of the monitor, with the half-moon shaped zoom button at the top. Below, everything has been positioned with perfect symmetry. The middle button confirms the actions and settings. The four-way controller consists of four buttons that are programmable. It is logical that these haven't got an indication, but this does of course mean that you have to remember what has been set. Around these, we find four buttons that, clockwise, serve to set the camera to play mode, adjust indications on the monitor, as a recycle bin or flash settings and lastly, to access the menu.