Minolta DiMAGE X

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The Minolta DiMAGE X was the original model in Minolta's series of stylish, flattened digital compact cameras. The DiMAGE X was a 2 megapixel model introduced in 2002. The camera uses a folded optics path, somewhat on the same principle as a periscope. This also avoids the startup delay for a motorized lens to extend that other compact cameras typically have. The vertically built-in periscope zoom lens is a fast 7-17.1mm/f2.8-3.6 Minolta lens. The lens is protected by a sliding door when the camera is switched off. The small color LCD on the camera back serves as second viewfinder, menu screen and image review display. The 1/2,7" CCD sensor delivers an image resolution of 1.96 megapixels at "film speeds" ISO 100 to ISO 200. Exposure is fully automatic, with shutter speeds 2sec. to 1/1000sec., and choice between light measuring variants. Astoundingly that almost ultra-compact camera includes an optical zoom viewfinder, a built-in flash, and it uses two AA-batteries as energy source. It uses SD cards as image memory.

The "X" series was continued through several more models, including the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Xg, following Minolta's merger with Konica.

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