Minolta Dimage X review conclusions updated!|
(Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 12:43 EST)
Dave updates his conclusions based on a production-level model of Minolta's super-slim 2 megapixel, 3x optical zoom digicam...
I first reviewed this camera back in early January, working from an early prototype. I updated it recently based on test shots from a production model, but found that it produced somewhat soft images, with very soft corners. It turns out that this was most likely due to an improperly seated CCD in that test sample, rather than a generic characteristic of the camera: I've now retested a second production unit, and discovered that its images were noticeably sharper, particularly in the corners.
Some reviewers have deducted points for this camera's resolution, based on their tests of prototype units, but this most recent production model tested pretty well for me. It's still not up to the level of a "full sized" two megapixel camera, but it's really not that far off, either.
If you're looking for the ultimate in a portable, take-anywhere digicam, this is the one to get. Check it out!