Review posted for the Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60|
(Friday, October 7, 2005 - 09:16 EDT)
Continuing the trend of the entire Konica Minolta X-series cameras, the DiMAGE X60 is a very slim, small, and convenient digicam that offers just what most users want from this ultra-small category: good quality that they can take anywhere.
Its very big 2.5 inch LCD is excellent indoors or out in bright daylight, so the optical viewfinder is not necessarily missed. The X60's ergonomics are pretty well thought out, as it's comfortable to shoot with one hand or two (though I recommend two when working the controls, as this camera is very small).
The X60 is a little slow at autofocus, high ISO images are grainy, and its flash isn't all that powerful, but these are common compromises in cameras this small. Cameras like this are the only ones we recommend if you're actually going to put a camera in a pocket, because if they come on damage to the lens mechanism really isn't possible.
I'd like to see a higher resolution movie mode, as the X60 is limited to 320 x 240, but the X60's stills are good quality at good resolution. If you don't want to lug your bigger camera along, the X60 will deliver good quality images in a pinch. After all, the best camera is the one you have with you when you need it, and the Konica Minolta X60's small, slim profile leaves you no excuse to be without it.