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Konica-Minolta DiMAGE X1 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 is a small digital camera, thus leaving not much room for a battery or a memory card. This is why the DiMAGE X1 has got a small Lithium-ion battery and uses a Secure Digital (SD) memory card to store the images and video recordings. To charge the battery or transfer images, you will have to make use of the supplied docking station. connections for USB and such are not available on the camera.
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Konica Minolta X1 - SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card
Konica Minolta does supply the camera with a 32MB memory card, but in reality, this will not be of much use. With a resolution of 8 Megapixels, you would need a considerably larger amount of memory. A 256MB card, or even 512MB, is thus highly recommended. Especially when going away for a few days, it is wise to invest a little extra in memory. In the chart below, you will be able to see the amount of images that fit on a 256MB memory card. For the 512MB memory card, the numbers are to be doubled.

Considering 256MB of storage capacity:
JPEG - 3264x2448 pixels - Fine - 72 images
JPEG - 3264x2448 pixels - Standard - 104 images
JPEG - 3264x2448 pixels - Economy - 216 images
JPEG - 2560x1920 pixels - Fine - images
JPEG - 2560x1920 pixels - Standard - images
JPEG - 2560x1920 pixels - Economy - images
JPEG - 2048x1536 pixels - Fine - images
JPEG - 2048x1536 pixels - Standard - images
JPEG - 2048x1536 pixels - Economy - images
JPEG - 1600x1200 pixels - Fine -images
JPEG - 1600x1200 pixels - Standard - images
JPEG - 1600x1200 pixels - Economy - images
JPEG - 640x480 pixels - Fine - images
JPEG - 640x480 pixels - Standard - images
JPEG - 640x480 pixels - Economy - images
Movie - 640-480 pixels - 232 seconds
Movie - 320x240 pixels - 560 seconds
Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 - USB 2.0 protocol
The docking station of the Konica Minolta X1 works according to the USB 2.0 protocol. The photos are transferred to the computer with a speed of a 12 Mbps. A FireWire or USB 2.0 Hi-Speed card reader would be recommendable to those who require a higher speed. Speed will be of particular importance when dealing with a large number of high resolution files (8 Megapixels). The more patient users can simply use the docking station. This docking station is very easy to handle indeed. The battery is actually charged at the same time as the photos are copied to the computer's memory.

Konica Minolta X1 - Secure Digital memory card
In addition, there is another handy way to easily transfer the images to a computer or notebook. There are different types of Secure Digital memory cards available, varying in speed and storage capacity. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 can also be used with a unique kind of SD memory card, the SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card. The SD Plus card can directly be inserted in a free USB port, without needing any cables or card reader. The SD Plus memory card features an incredibly handy application, which only goes to show that the options and possibilities in the world of memory cards have truly become unlimited.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 - Lithium Ion battery
The camera comes supplied with a rechargeable battery. A Lithium Ion battery handles the energy for the DiMAGE X1. The battery is not large, neither in actual size nor capacity. This means the DiMAGE X1 regularly needs to be charged. But if you make a habit of placing the camera back on the docking station right after having used it, you will be sure to have sufficient power to be able to take photos when needed. On special occasions such as holidays or weddings, I can imagine one would take more photos than usual. When keeping in mind that this also means the images will be viewed both faster and more often, this should give you more than enough reasons to purchase a second battery.
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