Konica Minolta’s DiMAGE X60; A Must-Carry Digital Point-And-Shoot Page 2
A five-point autofocus enables flexible framing to catch action and you can use Spot Focus mode to focus on a specific point within the frame. The X60's Multi-segment (256) metering system automatically measures light over the entire image area and selects the best exposure for the subject. (See "R2D2? Not Quite.") Spot Metering measures light in the center of the frame, allowing users to measure the brightness of a particular spot on their subject. Pictures can be personalized using the X60's Image Pasting feature that lets you overlay parts of an image in one of the nine frames. Silly? Yes, but fun, too.
A Colorful Camera?
In addition to the silver-only model that's available in the U.S.A., the X60 is available in the rest of the world in red and gray. Canon's PowerShot SD20, another small viewfinderless 5-megapixel camera, albeit with a tiny LCD screen, is available in four different colors no matter where you live. And even though the removable media door fell off and remains held on with gaffer tape, I grew to love this little camera because all of the traits I admired in previous X-series models are here and improved, making this a must-carry digital point-and-shoot camera.
R2D2? Not Quite
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60 offers Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection that automatically, hence the name, selects the best capture mode. You can also manually choose a subject program from Super Macro Mode, Portrait, Sports Action, Landscape, Sunset, Night Portrait, and Text Mode. All of them work pretty well sometimes but sometimes don't. Compare the examples below.
Both photographs were made at almost the same time at the same place and lighting
conditions but at different camera angles. In the photograph of Mary and I toasting
our 23rd wedding anniversary, the X60's Automatic Digital Subject Program
Selection didn't turn the flash on, which would have made this image much
better. In the photograph of Mary made in exactly the same space as in the first
picture, the automatic exposure could not have been more perfect. Just like
The street price for the X60 is $349.99. For more information, contact Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc., 725 Darlington Ave., Mahwah, NJ 07430; (800) 285-6422, (201) 574-4000; http://konica minolta.us.