Review posted for Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1|
(Friday, November 18, 2005 - 09:12 EST)
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 is an unusual digital camera, packing an 8 megapixel sensor, a 3x zoom lens, a 2.5 inch screen, and anti-shake technology into a compact, stylish case. Its image quality is good, with a much better than average lens for a subcompact camera, very accurate color, and loads of resolution. Packing all those pixels into a tiny sensor does make for higher image noise, and the X1 has taken some knocks on that score. As is often the case with high-resolution digital cameras though, we found that noise that was very evident on-screen became much less so when printed at typical photo sizes.
The X1 renders its images with less saturation and thus technically greater accuracy than many cameras on the market. As a result, some people may not find its color as appealing as other cameras on the market. People who prefer less in-your-face color may actually find the X1's images a welcome relief. The single biggest weakness we found in the X1 was its sluggish performance, with some of the longest shutter lag times we've measured in recent history, and shot to shot delays close to five seconds at its highest resolution/image quality setting.
Bottom line, the X1 is a stylish little pocket camera that snaps nice pictures, and sports a very welcome anti-shake feature. Check it out!