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Konica-Minolta DiMAGE X1 | Digital Camera Review | Control
Even though the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 will undoubtedly also be purchased by professionals that would like a digital compact camera on the side, the majority of the buyers are not likely to be experienced photographers. Operating the camera should therefore be simple and clear. The most important characteristic of cameras such as the DiMAGE X1, is that they stimulate an interest in photography. As a result, the fact that only the auto mode can be used, should really be seen an as advantage.
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Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 - Fast response time
After pushing the power button, it takes less than a second before the Konica Minolta X1 is ready to take the first photo. This is pleasantly fast, you don't have to miss a single moment. As far as I'm concerned, the times when we had to wait several seconds for a digital camera to be ready to use, are definitely in the past. We should praise ourselves lucky for that! The focus also reacts fairly quick. When little light is available, this may complicate slightly, but in general, the DiMAGE X1 camera will be fast enough to take a sharp photo. The irritating shutter time lag fortunately does not occur with the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1. Pushing the shutter release button, the photo is virtually automatically taken. All of this makes the DiMAGE X1 a very pleasant camera to carry with you, it really does ensure you will not miss a moment!

Konica Minolta X1 - No optical viewfinder
An optical viewfinder is not available, so this means all photos will be taken by using the large display. This display is of considerable size and, in addition, of significant quality. It will take some extra effort under bright sunny circumstances and also when watching from an angle, your view might be fairly poor. This is something that can definitely be improved, there are already some digital cameras available that make use of a display which ensures a perfect view when looking from an angle, both left and right and up and down. Standard displays such as on the Konica Minolta X1, have the habit of turning either very dark or very light when the angle of view increases. Generally speaking however, it will most likely suffice in practice. Naturally, a definite advantage of a large screen is that it is easy to assess whether or not a photo is correctly focussed. Moreover, it is clear to see what will be in the photo.
The actual size of the screen is in fact best noted when picking up a camera with a smaller screen after having worked with the DiMAGE X1. Because all data is projected over the actual image, symbols might at times be somewhat in the way. Using the monitor switch however, the user is also able to have only the photo on the screen.

Konica Minolta X1 - Good macro function
Thanks to the range of the 3x optical zoom, equivalent to 37-111 mm at a 35mm camera, most subjects can be properly captured, from a group photo and a landscape to a portrait or detail. To capture details, the Dimage X1 has got a good macro function. The lens of the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 is very compact, it fits within its thin housing and does not extend. This prevents damage and contributes to the speed with which the camera starts up.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 - Buttons
The buttons on the Konica Minolta X1 are very flat, maintaining its smooth design. Nevertheless, they remain easy to operate. Zooming in and out is also very pleasant. In addition, it is most handy that the user can decide for himself which functions are put on the four-way controller. Personally, I have set the white balance and sensitivity, as these are the ones I use most, but in reality any other function can be chosen. For most functions, the user has to work in the menu which will always slow things down and is much less handy than a separate button on the camera. The menu of the X1 camera has however been clearly arranged. It is unmistakably a camera manufactured by Konica Minolta. Unfortunately the menu can not be set in that many different languages.
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