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Minolta Dimage X20 2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom

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  • World’s smallest and lightest 2 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens (June 2003)
  • 2.1-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Uses Minolta's unobtrusive non-extending zoom lens; 3x optical and 4x digital zoom for 12x total
  • Included 8 MB Secure Digital memory card can store 12 standard images
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries; connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Minolta
  • Model: 2787-301
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 2.1 MP
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
  • Minimum focal length: 37 millimeters
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Product Details

Product Manual [3.00mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 3.4 x 2.6 inches ; 4.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000AQFUR
  • Item model number: 2787-301
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,311 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 3, 2004

Product Description

Amazon.com

Tiny, yet full of digital photography power, the Minolta Dimage X20 is so small and light it can be slipped into a pocket or bag as easily as a wallet. It's the world's smallest and lightest 2-megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom (as of June, 2003). It also features an ultra-fast start-up time, movie mode with sound, and a built-in flash.

Optics and Resolution
The Dimage X20 features a 2-megapixel resolution that produces images up to 1600 x 1200 pixels for prints up to 8 x 10 inches. Other resolution modes include 1280 x 960 and 640 x 480. Thanks to the unique folded optics design, the Dimage X20's distinctive, non-protruding 3x zoom lens technology keeps the X20 ultra-compact and thin. It also has a 4x digital zoom.

Movie and Audio Modes
The XR (extended recording) movie mode enables you to capture as much video as will fit on your memory card. Video is captured with sound at 15 frames per second at resolutions of 320 x 240 and 160 x 120. You can also capture up to 15-second voice memos, or append a 15-second note to images.

More Features
Capture images quickly and quietly with the X20's 1-second activation, 0.1-second shutter release time lag, and 0.2-second playback interval.

Minolta’s new multi-frame drive mode allows you to capture nine action-stopping frames of a single event in one picture. The nine images are laid out in a 3 X 3 grid in a single frame.

The DiMAGE X20’s e-mail copy function makes a 640 X 480 or 160 X 120 JPEG copy of an image on the memory card so that it can be easily transferred over the Internet.

Other features include:

  • 1.6-inch LCD screen with anti-reflection coating
  • Built-in flash with Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Flash cancel, Night portrait modes
  • Shutter speed: 4 seconds to 1/1000 second
  • 10-second self timer
Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards; an 8 MB SD card is included. When shooting in Standard 2-megapixel mode, you can store 12 images on the included memory card. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by two AA batteries (alkalines included, rechargeable NiMH batteries recommended). It measures 3.39 x 2.64 x 0.93 inches and weighs 4.1 ounces (excluding battery).

What's In The Box
This package includes the Dimage X20 digital camera, 8 MB Secure Digital memory card, two AA alkaline batteries, USB and AV cables, neck strap, and CD-ROM with Dimage Viewer software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.

Product Description

This Minolta DiMAGE 2MP digital camera packs a lot of digital imaging might into a camera so small and light you can carry it as easily as a wallet. This portable powerhouse also features a quick startup time, movie mode with audio and a built-in flash. Features: non-protruding 3x zoom lens technology for compact, thin design; 4x digital zoom; 15-second voice recording function; multi-frame drive for getting 9 frames of a single event in one picture in a 3x3 grid; e-mail copy function that copies an image on the memory card for easy e-mailing; 1.6" LCD screen with anti-reflection coating; built-in flash with autoflash, autoflash with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, flash cancel and night portrait modes; 10-second self timer; secure digital (SD) or MultiMedia memory card (MMC) compatible; 8MB SD card included; Mac and PC USB compatible; USB and AV cables; neck strap; and CD-ROM with Dimage Viewer software.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

after lots of research and thinking i decided to buy this little gem, it…It feels very solid, not flimsy at all... did i said that the picture quality is excellent? wel… Read more ›
I could put it in my jeans pocket and take it out with me…It took fantastic shots even in low light and the print quality was superior to some cameras even over 4 megapix. Read more ›
Bought the camera for a bike tour and carried it with me everywhere I went. Great camera and great pictures. Easy on and off, easy to download. Read more ›
It takes good quality digital photo's if you're not a professional. I think the majority of the people buying this camera will be happy with the quality. Its also very easy… Read more ›
When I brought this camera it was great, cool pictures, the size and look of the camera wasn't disappointed at all, but I have now 1 year and 7 months with it and it hasn't… Read more ›
after lots of research and thinking i decided to buy this little gem, it performs better than i expected (only because some bad reviews i read), picture quality is… Read more ›
If I choose to use the various features, that is. The menu system is simple, very intuitive, and is a no-brainer for someone like me. Read more ›
For those extreme people you can even do pink. The camera options are easy to use, set-up is a breeze. I can't really think of one bad thing to say about it. Read more ›
However, by the end of 2005, the viewing screen suddenly went blank and would register no images although the rest of the camera (the menu, functions, modes and flash) were… Read more ›
I love the simple menu system. I know some don't like it but I'm no photographer....I'm a point-and-shooter. Read more ›
I know some don't like it but I'm no photographer....I'm a point-and-shooter. I need the simple menu system to figure things out. If I choose to use the various features,… Read more ›
You can read all the great features above but overall its the best buy i have done in a long time because it is very well built ,SMALL!, and also very stylist so everyone… Read more ›
So, if you're looking for something inexpensive, easy to use, and tiny enough to fit in your pants pocket or carry in your purse without adding a lot of weight or bulk,… Read more ›
For those extreme people you can even do pink. The camera options are easy to use, set-up is a breeze. I can't really think of one bad thing to say about it. Read more ›
I think the majority of the people buying this camera will be happy with the quality. Its also very easy to use. It has a good graphical interface system so you'll get used… Read more ›
It is quite a…The positives are that it is lightweight, easy to use, easy to transfer photos, simple to handle and the quality of the photos is great for a 2 MP camera. I… Read more ›
The only downside that I have found, and this can easily be corrected with photo software on your computer, is that the flash works well inside only on closer shots. Photos… Read more ›
However, by the end of 2005, the viewing screen suddenly went blank and would register no images although the rest of the camera (the menu, functions, modes and flash) were… Read more ›
I choose it because it's small size, and the fact that it…Picture quality is good, though the flash lacks power; indoor flashes do look a bit pale (compared to Canon A20). Read more ›
This was a cute little camera... at first. But I really didn't think the zooming in nor the zooming out was good at all while using the pictoral. It was hard to get the… Read more ›
This is my first digital. The zoom works fantastic. I have taken some awesome pictures at the Denver Zoo where I used the zoom and they are cool! Read more ›
For its size it offers very impressive features. The 3x optical zoom is excellent because its internal so you don't have to mess around with a lens slide. It doesn't even… Read more ›
Battery life is also good. I use rechargeable NiMH batteries (US$2.50 each at Wal-Mart), and they easily last for 150 pictures or more. Read more ›
And I love not having a proprietary battery as I have a home battery charger plus a car battery charger so I can always have AA rechargeables ready to go. Or, in a pinch,… Read more ›
I use rechargeable NiMH batteries (US$2.50 each at Wal-Mart), and they…Even better, when they run down to 25% you can just recharge them and always have a full battery. I… Read more ›
This camera looks really nice, takes good pictures, and is excellent value for money. On the downside, the little tune it plays when you turn it on is annoying,… Read more ›
I can't really think of one bad thing to say about it. The picture quality is great and the price is better. I got mine for little under $200 brand new. Read more ›
- Video – 4/5 (the video is very good, however its not quite as fluid as I would like it to be. It is slightly shopy if you move the camera around, or if your camera… Read more ›
I love my new camera…This camera has everything: A zoom that doesnt show, lens cover, size: Super SMALL even with the carry case, fast start up, Video w Audio,webcam,etc. Read more ›
- all metal body feels solid. - 1.6" LCD is bright and fluid. - uses non-proprietary AA batteries (i highly recommend rechargeables). Read more ›
Wow....when my digital camera was stolen, I decided to go with something smaller and easier to carry in my purse all the time so I'm ready for any photo situation. This… Read more ›
The small form factor means that it goes in my pocket, on…The internal lens is great because it has 3x optical zoom but no need for a lens to stick out or move in and out. Read more ›
Its also very easy to use. It has a good graphical interface system so you'll get used to changing settings in no time. With a 256mb sd memory card I can record 12 minutes… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Heeg on January 17, 2006
In Feb 2004 I purchased this camera and was well pleased with it. However, by the end of 2005, the viewing screen suddenly went blank and would register no images although the rest of the camera (the menu, functions, modes and flash) were responding fine. I set it aside and finallly found a service advisory regarding this product and 150 other digital camera and camcorders thatt use image sensors manufactured by Sony's semiconductor group. The glue holding the CCD and wiring can decompose and disconnect the image sensor, causing distorted or no images. To request service for this model Konica Minolta, call toll free 1-888-473-2656 (I was unable to get through on this line repeatedly), or 1-201-574-4000. Tell them you know about the service advisory. They will email you a service form and ask you to send in the camera. I can't rate this product because I am just mailing my camera back tomorrow. Manufacturers are claiming they will repair the problem after the warranty period is ended.

Here is the website that describes the problem: [...]

Defective models were sold by Sony, Canon, Nikon, Fuji and Minolta.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bart Willems on September 28, 2003
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I have the X20 for about a week now - and it doesn't dissapoint me. This is my 2nd digital camera. I choose it because it's small size, and the fact that it uses regular AA batteries so you'll always have a backup for power.
Picture quality is good, though the flash lacks power; indoor flashes do look a bit pale (compared to Canon A20). Outdoor seems to overexpose a little bit. Outdoor shots can be hard because the viewfinder is missing.
For my goal - point and shoot - very good camera. Don't expect top-of-the line image quality - but for it's size it's definitely acceptable
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By leo house on December 21, 2003
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I bought:the camera (Dec 2003),a 128mb card and the $9 travel case and i couldnt be happier ! I love my new camera .Literally ,after just opening it and turning it on i was taking pictures .And the same for saving them on my computer.
This camera has everything: A zoom that doesnt show, lens cover, size: Super SMALL even with the carry case, fast start up, Video w Audio,webcam,etc. You can read all the great features above but overall its the best buy i have done in a long time because it is very well built ,SMALL!, and also very stylist so everyone will notice this great gadget.
That little mirror on the front is excellent for pics w friends.
The shutter lag is the only thing i have against it(about a sec tops).But not in a bad way because i still LOVE my new mini cam.And Minolta is a very good company.
The delivery was EXC and the camera 10x more !!
Great Buy !
I researched for about 6 days for the best ,Cheapest and smallest cameras with lens cover and video and etc ...And i really think i found it !
Must have:Rechargable batteries and charger .(also 128mb card and a case!)

update (Dec 19, 2005): a few months ago, my camera stopped working. It started showing weird lines in the screen and now it is black and it doesnt take pictures. I believe the light chip died. It lasted for 2 years...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter on October 25, 2003
i have had this camera for 2 weeks now, getting from Dell home, i think the price is alright but the images were blurry. I think you need to hold the camera real still when you take pictures. Also the flast seems to go off too easily. It seems unnecessary in areas which has ample light for flight to go off. Of coursee can be manually overide but each off / on requires resetting again, seems very bothersome. I am still learning how to use this camera so watch for more comments in due course. It is best to buy a case for this early on cause it could easily get knocked around and scratched. For power, for sure use NiCd for digi camera type, they seem to work the best.
Updated Nov 16, 2003 I now have this camera for a few more weeks. The rechargable battery I use is the NiMH type 2100 mAH, this is the type which works the best as it lasts a long time, I also got myself a 256 mb SD Media memory card. This camera has some interestig features such as movie with sound, 9 minishots onto one pictures so you can get somee pretty funny situations / faces. You would need to be grapping this camera tight when you shot to get better picture otherwise it gets fuzzy, and you need to get a soft case to put it in so that it does not get scratched up especially the screen on the back. Annoyed at the auto flash, it goes off even under outdoor lights and I need to find ways to stop the flash going off, I have been shutting it off manually but each time turn off / on I need to do this again, perhaps I have to read the manual further......I have revised this to 4 * , more satisfied than 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2004
I bought this little beauty because it was the smallest 2Mp camera I could find, that still has
some sort of zoom. the features are nice and I like the quality of the prints it makes. Since i've gotten this thing, I've taken about 2000 photos, and lots of movies.
CONS:
the delay before and after taking the picture can be trying on your patience. It waits about 1 1/2 seconds to TAKE the photo, then 3 seconds to save it, before you can take the next photo. Also the Timer is a bit strange. It takes the photo, then automatically returns to Single shot. So.... If you don't like the photo, you have to go clicking through the menus again to take another photo. It sucked when we were trying to get a bunch of Halloween photos with everyone in them.
ALSO!!!!! The battery dies in COLD WEATHER!!! I charge the battery full, then go snowboarding. I take 3 photos and then it tells me that the battery is Exhausted. Grrrr....
If you keep the camera under your jacket (close to your body) it will last longer. That reminds me..... the battery light is stupid. It is a full batter symbol, without bars. Instead, it changes color to let you know the battery life. White is FULL, really light gray (off white) is half full. And RED is you got a few seconds left.
Despite the short comings of the camera, I take it everywhere, and shoot a lot of photos. Get the leather pouch, and get yourself a good size memory card. Get it on line. You can find them for 1/2 the price you'd pay in a store. It comes with an 8Mb card.
yeah. 8 Mb. You get to take FOUR photos with that. Get a 256.
Oh, the movies are decent for web, but to put on a DVD, they are a bit grainy. What do you expect? It's a Picture camera, not a Movie camera.
have fun!
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