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"Picky Details" for the Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 digital camera
(Timing, Power, and Storage Info)

Timing
When you press the shutter release on a camera, there's usually a lag time or delay before the shutter actually fires. This corresponds to the time required for the autofocus and autoexposure mechanisms time to do their work, and can amount to a fairly long delay in some situations. Since this number is rarely reported on (and even more rarely reported accurately), and can significantly affect the picture taking experience, I routinely measure both shutter delay and shot to shot cycle times for all cameras I test, using a test system I designed and built for the purpose. (Crystal-controlled, with a resolution of 0.001 second.) Here are the numbers I collected for the Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600:

Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 Timings
Operation
Time
(secs)
Notes
Power On -> First shot
1.9
LCD turns on and lens extends forward. Very fast.
Shutdown
2.6 - 4.5
First time is time to retract lens, second time is worst-case buffer-clearing time. Fairly fast.
Play to Record, first shot
0.7
Time until first shot is captured. Very fast.
Record to play
4.6 / 2.1
First time is that required to display a large/fine file immediately after capture, second time is that needed to display a large/fine file that has already been processed and stored on the memory card. First time is on the slow side, but not unreasonably so for a 6-megapixel camera, particularly a compact model.
Shutter lag, full autofocus
0.86/1.01
First time is at full wide-angle, second is full telephoto. Right about average.
Shutter lag, prefocus
0.055
Time to capture, after half-pressing shutter button. VERY fast.
Cycle Time, max/min resolution

3.18 /
3.14

First number is for large/fine files, second number is time for "TV" mode (640x480) images. Times are averages. No buffer memory, all shots happen this fast. Not very fast by current standards, but at least it doesn't slow down more after a buffer is filled.
Cycle Time, continuous mode, max/min resolution 2.10 / 1.65
First number is for large/fine files, second number is time for "TV" mode (640x480) images. Times are averages. Buffer clears after each shot. Camera focuses first shot, then holds that focus for successive shots. Very slow for a continuous mode.


Average shutter lag, slower than average cycle times.
Like many other compact digicams, the G600's performance tends toward the slow side of the average range. Its full-autofocus shutter lag times of 0.86 to 1.01 second is right in the average range, but it's lag time when prefocused is only 0.055 second, which is very fast. Cycle times are slower though, averaging 3.18 seconds from shot to shot, regardless of image size. In "continuous" mode, this time improves to only about 2 seconds per shot, still not very fast.

 

Power
Rather short battery life. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600 uses a custom rechargeable LiIon battery for power. Like many compact digicams, battery life is a definite weak point with the G600. It uses a custom power adapter, so I couldn't perform my usual direct power-consumption measurements, but I measured its worst-case run time (capture mode with the LCD turned on) at 84 minutes. This is definitely on the short side among cameras currently on the market, so my usual advice of purchasing a second battery along with the camera applies doubly for the G600.



Storage Capacity
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE stores its photos on SD/MMC memory cards, and a 16 MB card is included with the camera. (I strongly recommend buying at least a 128 MB card, preferably a 256 MB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings.) The chart below shows how many images can be stored on the included 16 MB card at each size/quality setting.

Note: Camera stores no more than 999 images on any memory card.

Image Capacity vs
Resolution/Quality
16 MB Memory Card
Fine Normal
2816 x 2112 Images
(Avg size)
5
2.7 MB
9
1.7 MB
Approx.
Compression
7:1 11:1
2272 x 1704 Images
(Avg size)
9
1.8 MB
18
889 KB
Approx.
Compression
7:1 13:1
1600 x 1200 Images
(Avg size)
18
889 KB
36
444 KB
Approx.
Compression
7:1 13:1
640 x 480
Images
(Avg size)
66
242 KB
133
120 KB
Approx.
Compression
4:1 8:1

 

Download Speed
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE connects to a host computer via a USB interface. Downloading files to my Sony desktop running Windows XP (Pentium IV, 2.4 GHz), I clocked it at 1009 KBytes/second. This is a pretty good clip, and a dramatic improvement over the previous G500 model. (Cameras with slow USB interfaces run as low as 300 KB/s, cameras with fast v1.1 interfaces run as high as 600 KB/s. Cameras with USB v2.0 interfaces run as fast as several megabytes/second.)

G600 Review
G600 Test Images
G600 Imatest Results
G600 Specifications
G600 "Picky Details"
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