The Konica Minolta X60 continues a long line of subcompact “X-series” digital cameras from that company. Konica Minolta X60 does away with the optical viewfinder, reducing the camera’s size and weight, at the expense of a little versatility. It also replaces the other models essentially useless bundled SD card with 15MB of built-in memory – much more useful since it is always in the camera in addition to your own flash card. Although there have been a lot of hardware changes made, the Konica Minolta X60 will feel very familiar to owners of earlier X-series models. Konica Minolta X60 offers high resolution, and good color as well.
In terms of body and built, it is like the Sony DSC-W350. Compared to Konica Minolta X60, Sony DSC-W350 lens offers a 35mm-equivalent range from a generous 26mm wide-angle to a moderate 105mm telephoto. The Sony DSC-W350 can capture 4:3 aspect ratio images at up to 4,320 x 3,240 pixel resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio images at up to 4,320 x 2,432 pixels, or HD movies at 1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 frames per second. In addition, the Sony DSC-W350 includes Sony’s unique Sweep Panorama function for the first time in a CCD-based Cyber-shot camera, allowing automatic creation of up to a 268-degree panorama in-camera by simply sweeping the lens across the subject. Shutter speeds from 2 to 1/1,600 second are possible under automatic control, and sensitivities ranging from ISO 80 to 3,200 equivalents are on offer, with ISO 80 to 800 available under automatic control. 2.0EV of exposure compensation is available, in 1/3 EV steps. Sony DSC-W350 power comes courtesy of a proprietary NP-BN1 Infolithium battery pack rated 240 images. Click here to get more of Sony DSC-W350 best features.
With its prism-folded lens design, Konica Minolta X60 has a tiny, extraordinarily thin all-metal body. Konica Minolta X60 lens is horizontally mounted near the center of the camera’s body – providing better separation between the front of the lens opening and your fingertips when in use than previous X-series cameras that placed the lens vertically at the very left-hand edge of the camera. The Konica Minolta X60 is a tenth of an ounce, weighing a light 4.9 ounces (139 grams) with the battery and SD memory card. With this extremely compact design, there’s no excuse for leaving it behind, as the camera can tag along in even the smallest shirt pocket, or be quickly tucked into an evening bag or pants pocket. The Konica Minolta X60 unique “folded” optical design means that there’s no wait for a lens to telescope out of the body when the camera is powered up, resulting in very fast startup and shutdown times. Click here for more of Konica Minolta X60 best features.
Here is a summary of Konica Minolta X60 review from a satisfied customer:
Great little camera
One of the consideration I have is that I don’t want a camera with proprietary memory (so Sony is out) or semi-proprietary memory (I considered xD a proprietary after reading that the panorama mode for some Olympus camera only works with Olympus’s own xD card). Finally, I settled on Minolta X60 after some research. I am quite happy with the camera – it is very small, the 2.5″ LCD is quite big (no viewfinder though), the control is quite logical, and the picture quality is pretty good. The battery life of about 150 pictures is not quite enough for a long trip but you can pick up non-OEM batteries for a few dollars.
The sleek design of Konica Minolta X60 includes a built-in sliding lens barrier which doubles as a power switch, eliminating any concern over misplacing a lens cap. The Konica Minolta X60 all-metal case is rugged and solid-feeling, and should withstand the wear and tear of daily use better than most cameras. The Konica Minolta X60 5.0-megapixel CCD produces high resolution images for printing, as well as lower resolution images better suited for email. In addition, the camera’s Multi-segment (256) metering system automatically measures light over the entire image area and selects the best exposure for the subject. And Spot Metering measures light in the center of the frame, allowing users to measure the brightness of a particular spot on their subject.
Konica Minolta X60 has the following features and specifications:
- 5.0-megapixel CCD.
- 2.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor.
- Glass, 3.0x, 6.3-18.9mm lens, equivalent to a 38-114mm lens on a 35mm camera.
- 4.0x digital zoom.
- Automatic exposure control.
- Shutter speeds from 1/1,000 to four seconds.
- Maximum aperture f/3.3 to f/4.0, depending on lens zoom position.
- Built-in flash.
- SD/MMC memory card storage, plus 15MB built-in memory.
- Images saved as JPEG files.
- Power supplied by one NP-700 rechargeable lithium-ion battery or optional AC adapter.
- DiMAGE Master Lite, Kodak EasyShare software
- USB drivers included for both Windows and Mac platforms.
Konica Minolta X60 has the following Pros and cons:
- Slim form factor, literally shirt-pocket sized
- Internal lens design
- Excellent Macro mode
- Fast prefocus shutter lag
- Produces good prints at most ISOs
- Big, beautiful LCD screen
- Fast USB 2.0 computer connection
- Slow AF and shot-to-shot speed
- Aggressive noise suppression
- Poor low-light performance
Konica Minolta X60 offers an amazingly fast and smooth startup. Just slide the lens cover fully open, and it’s ready to go in approximately 0.5 seconds. What’s more, coupled with Konica Minolta X60 approximate 0.08 shutter-release time lag, photographers won’t miss a fleeting photo opportunity. In addition, photos turn out beautifully when printed on ordinary home printers. And, Konica Minolta’s unique noise-reduction enables truly unforgettable shots, even when using a slow shutter speed (up to four seconds) and in darkened conditions. Click here to get this exciting features of Konica Minolta X60.