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
Junkyard art? No, it's every wife's worst nightmare:
an old junk car being brought home for "restoration."
Since I take the DiMAGE X60 with me everywhere I made this photograph
of a potential racecar to show my body shop for a 2006 project
I talk about in this month's Web Profiles. Autoexposure
was 1/750 sec at f/3.3 at ISO 160 and the flash was automatically
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.
Konica Minolta's X-series of cameras has always had excellent
close-up capabilities and the DiMAGE X60 will even focus as close
as 2"! This photograph was made in my garden with the zoom
lens at 72mm (equivalent) in Super Macro mode. Exposure was 1/250
sec at f/9 and the flash was manually turned on. Most of which
is irrelevant, I just tuned the flash on, composed the shot, and
made the exposure in Automatic mode.
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.
(Top): Where it didn't work: For this unmanipulated photograph
of Mary and I celebrating our 23rd wedding anniversary, the DiMAGE
X60's Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection failed
to turn the flash on. The camera, instead, chose an exposure of
1/45 sec at f/3.3 and an ISO of 50. It's not bad, but not
good either. (Above): Where it did work: I made this portrait
of Mary while she was sitting across from me at an anniversary
dinner at O's (that really "is" the restaurant's
name). Exposure, as determined by the camera, was 1/45 sec at
f/3.7 and an ISO of 100. The built-in flash was not fired, but
it would have ruined the wonderful sidelighting coming from the
large window at camera right. .
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