|Despite the fact that the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 has very few buttons, and Konica Minolta has intended the camera mainly for the snap shooter, there remains a lot to be adjusted for these users. Most of the settings are chosen via the logically arranged menu. Thanks to the large monitor, everything is easy to read. The manual does not necessarily need to be read to be able to handle the camera, but it does hold a number of functions that might otherwise be overlooked, such as applying of functions to the multi-selector.|
|Konica Minolta X1 - ISO sensitivity range
The ISO sensitivity range is limited, and only runs to ISO 200. This means you will often need to flash or work with slow shutter speeds. The DiMAGE X1 does not show the shutter speed duration to the user. When dealing with slow shutter speeds, the Anti-Shake (AS) will certainly come in handy; moving the sensor, the jitter of the camera is perfectly compensated. The Anti-Shake system works very well indeed, it can be switched off, but why should you? It is much better to use Anti-Shake to prevent blur caused by jitter of the photographer's hand, than increasing the sensitivity to obtain a faster shutter speed. Noise becomes visible even at ISO 100, and it has to be admitted that this is very early. Clearly, such an amount of pixels on a small sensor do take their toll after all. The application of the Anti-Shake system clearly gives the Konica Minolta X1 significant extra value. Once you have taken photos with a system like this, you really won't want to go back.
Konica Minolta X1 - Ultra High Speed
To shoot a series of images, the user has two options besides the single image and the self timer. When using High Speed, the photos are captured with a speed of 1.5 frames per second. This is not particularly fast and will probably not suffice when, for instance, at your son's football match. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 can store three photos in the buffer. The fastest mode, Ultra High Speed, takes no less than 10 frames per second, with a maximum of 15 images. This is stunningly fast, but does have one major restriction: the resolution in UHS is only 640x480 pixels. It is thus significantly difficult to make a 10x15cm print, and even then, it is practically only suitable to send via e-mail. This means the action photographer will have to look for a faster camera, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 is quite clearly intended for another target group.
|Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 - Good quality photos
With the default settings, the DiMAGE X1 delivers good quality photos. The standard sharpening certainly isn't too high. For those who want perform additional image editing, the sharpening can even be turned down a little. The white balance suffices well in most cases, though a change in white balance is recommended when taking photos under artificial light. The colour cast that occurs when dealing with dominant artificial light can be almost completely neutralised by adjusting the white balance. The white balance has been somewhat tucked away in the menu, but I expect most users will not have to make much use of this feature.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 - Macro function
The DiMAGE X1 digital camera has also got a macro function. In the super macro the minimum focus range is 5 cm up to infinity. With 5cm you are able to shoot full size images. In normal mode, the DiMAGE X1 already reaches an impressive 10 cm in the wide angle. This means those of you interested in macro will have plenty to enjoy! Even with a camera such as this one, it however remains difficult to obtain enough light for macro photography, especially when getting so close to the subject. The Anti-Shake function once again contributes significantly to working with slow shutter speeds.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 - Snapshot camera
As far as options are concerned, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 might not be the camera with the most extensive features. It does have quite a few preset scene modes and there are also plenty of options for the user when dealing with light metering, but things don't go much further than that. This does however not matter much. I suspect most users will not make much use of these options. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 will mainly be used for the regular snapshot, and as far as these are concerned, the possibilities are more than sufficient.