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Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 camera introduction
Dennis Hissink : June 15th 2004 - 09:58 CET
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Konica-MinoltaKonica Minolta DiMAGE X31 camera introduction : The X21 was presented during the PMA 2004 event in Las Vegas, but today it is time to bring its brother into the spotlights. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 is one of the smallest cameras in the world and includes all features we have seen before on the X21 camera. According to the specifications we can conclude that the LCD display on the back of the Konica Minolta X31 has an increased resolution from 60,000 to 76,000 pixels. Still the format stays 1.5-inch. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 has a really fast start-up time of just 1 second, 3.2 Megapixels and 3x optical zoom on board. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 has a logical and intuitive location of the buttons to assure easy operation.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 camera introductionKonica Minolta DiMAGE X31
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 digital camera is for consumers that start to think of taking the step into the world of Digital Photography or just want to have an ultra-compact fancy digital camera to carry along everywhere they want to go. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 features Konica Minolta's non-extending zoom lens, maintains the stylish outward appearance even when the zoom is activated, this innovative design uses internal folded optics, which means that the slim profile of the camera doesn’t have to change at all, even while recording. Although the camera feature 3x optical zoom, the camera is still just 24mm thick, whether carrying or shooting (21.5mm thick excluding the LCD monitor).

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 digital camera - Product highlights
Thin, stylish body, the camera is a mere 24.5mm thick, even with its non-protruding 3X optical zoom, makes it the ultimate in portable digital photography, amazingly fast start up time, the Konica Minolta X31 is ready to use in approx. 1.0 second, users get superb images thanks to the 3 MP proprietary technology, easy to use "launcher type GUI" with icons and simple buttons, with CxProcess II high-quality image process technology, incorporates the PictBridge feature that enables printing without a PC, additional functions like Framing and Side by Side for even greater creativity and takes macro photos, as close as 10 cm, anytime without changing modes.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 digital camera - 3x Optical zoom
Featuring Konica Minolta's non-protruding zoom lens, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31's cool outward appearance is maintained even when the zoom is activated. This revolutionary design uses internal folded optics technology, which means that the slim profile of the camera doesn’t have to change at all, even while recording. With 3X optical zoom, the camera is just 24.5mm thick (21.5mm thick excluding the LCD monitor) whether carrying or shooting. It’s geared to be fast, fun, and versatile to match your lifestyle.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 digital camera - Fast start-up
Thanks to folded optics technology, from the moment you switch the camera on, all you have to do is wait virtually 1.0 second and you’re ready to take great pictures. You'll never miss a moment of the action; just turn on the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 and start shooting away.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 digital camera - Easy and Convenient operation
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 also incorporates a launcher type GUI menu system. The intuitive controls of the GUI mean that you get a comfortable compact digital camera that does all the work for you. Simply press the menu button for the user-friendly GUI icons that let you command all of the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31's settings. There are no complicated settings to be made. The controls are simple and few, making the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 more fun to use. Select functions with the easy-to-use 5-way controller. It's so intuitive that even technophobes will be enjoying the DiMAGE X31's range of functions in no time. A few logical operation buttons make the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 as easy to use as it looks. The icon-based, on-screen menu and 5-way controller combine to give users quick and easy access to a wealth of functions. Because photos are meant to be admired, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 has an independent playback button that brings up your pictures instantly.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 digital camera - Extreme close-ups
The Konica Minolta X31 requires no macro mode to take photos up to 10 cm close to the subject. This means you can fill the frame with the incredible detail of flowers or other beautiful but small objects anytime. Since you don't have to change the shooting mode, you’ll never miss that perfect shot.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 digital camera - More ways to enjoy
The camera X31 brings you even more fun while taking your pictures. Creative functions such as Framing lets you decorate images with frames or borders. Or, you can manipulate and play with your pictures to create unique images. Side by Side, which splices two pictures on the left and right halves of the frame, will have people asking, "How did you do that?" The self-portrait mirror lets you make sure you're properly framed before taking self-portraits or "two-shots" of you and someone special. Portrait mode produces more natural skin tones and gives even more detail in things like individual eyelashes and hairs. Choose from a range of fun image editing functions for your photos: give them a nostalgic look with sepia or black-and-white options, an arty look with the posterization option, or the painted-portrait look with the soft focus option.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 digital camera - XR movie
The XR (Extended Recording) Movie mode lets you record longer movie clips onto the SD memory card at resolutions of 160x120 or 320x240 pixels. Just keep on filming until the memory card is full. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31's internal memory stores up to 10 of your favourite photos, which stay there even if you erase the memory card. Viewing these photos requires a special control key combination, so you can keep them to yourself or a few special friends.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 digital camera - Direct printouts
Forget all about complicated connections with a PC. Get fast, fun printouts directly from your camera by connecting the DiMAGE X31 to a PictBridge-compliant printer. It is so easy and fast you'll have results in an instant. You can check which image you want to print on the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 LCD monitor. The CxProcess II image processing technology incorporates characteristics like smooth gradations, natural skin tones, and brilliantly clear colors for images that are more natural and lifelike. The Konica Minolta X31's 3.2 Megapixels capture fine lines and intricate details for stunning digital images.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 digital camera - Power and packed
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 is powered by AA batteries (alkaline, Ni-MH). They're available almost anywhere and offer long life, so you never need to worry about running out of power and missing a photo opportunity. The DiMAGE X31 is packed with creative options that make digital photography fun. Sophisticated technology and responsive performance make this tiny, stylish camera a joy to use. There are just three things you need to know about the Konica Minolta X31; it's cool, easy, and fun. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X31 digital camera is available in Europe from July onwards.

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