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Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1
Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1

We've given the X1 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

Mega pixels, mini body. The Konica Minolta Maxxum X1 crams an astounding 8.3 megapixels into a slim, ultra compact frame. Its curious "non protruding" 3x optical zoom lens yields detail without adding to the camera's bulk. It appears not to have any digital zoom features, but the impressive resolution and Anti-Shake system are certainly a big plus.


  • 8.3 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • autofocus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format (MOV and WAV for movies with sound)
  • ISO 50-200
  • lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: 2801331
  • UPC: 043325997396
  • Release Date: Jul 15, 2005

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 Reviews

Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
AWESOME CAMERA .... (skeeter — 03/06/2008)

It may not be an slr but for the type of camera .. I rate it an A... I have actually been pretty rough on it and after 3 years I just bought my second one.. I will take better care of this one... I think it is great camera. NO PROBLEMS !!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
HORRIBLE CAMERA (Tabitha — 01/02/2008)

This camera rarely takes a good picture. I have worked with the settings and read the manual. I would not recommend this camera!!! I think the focus is starting to go bad too. Having a 2 year old I need a reliable fast camera. I have lost many good pictures, because I have to take and retake. By then my kids don't want to sit and wait! Do not buy!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Slow shutter, poor quality photo's (Kathy — 12/11/2007)

I bought this camera becuase of hte size and the reviews i had read. I am now very dissapointed, the shutter speed is so slow, and the photo's are not clear and crisp at all. I'm very dissapointed. I bought my husband a cheap digital camera and we use that all the time the shutter speed and photo quality is much better.

  • 3.0 out of 5
More Semblance Than Substance (jim — 05/04/2007)

I have owned this camera for 2 years, and find that images are usually (90%) fuzzy, shutter speed (time between shots) usually 4-5 LONG seconds. Interestingly, IT TAKES FAR BETTER VIDEO THAN STILL IMAGES. Note: I also own a 6 MP point and shoot olympus that em barasses this camera. None of that camera's shots are fuzzy, and there is barely perceptible lag time, for half the price.

  • 1.0 out of 5
My most regrettable purchase (azmi — 01/25/2007)

Went to Nepal and took a lot of wasted shots with red lines crossing all over the pics vertically.. Had it serviced but the red lines are still there. Generally the quality of pics taken are blurrish and the colours are not vibrant. The only thing that this camera excels in is in macro shots.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broken again (Patricia Kimmel — 11/21/2006)

Our 2nd camera in 1 year. 1st one broke on our vacation November 2005 and now this one has broken one year later on our 2006 vacation! How nice to be on vacation and not have a reliable camera...

  • 1.0 out of 5
broken already!!! (Stan — 09/08/2006)

Within 3 months of usage the sliding shutter already broke, so now I can not turn on my camera.
Also for a "8 megapixel" camera the photos are still pretty bad.
Save your money for something better.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little camera.... for what it is intended. (Jim — 09/07/2006)

This camera is a little gem, convenient, takes great pictures, if you know what your doing and have taken the time to read the manual and online reviews and tips and suggestions. If not, then you may be more than a little frustrated with it.

If you expect it to compare to the high end DSLR's then forget it, your being unrealistic.

I have a been using Digital cameras since 1998 and 35mm cameras since the late 60's. I have had my own dark room for BW and Colour and like to think I know my way around a camera.
I currently own a Nikon D100, a Nikon D50, Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5, and the Konica-Minolta DiMage X1 and I can safely say for what it is, the X1 is terrific.

The only down side is the cradle for charing and downloading the pictures.... You go to the trouble of buying a pocket size camera and you need to lug around the cradle, AC cable, and USB and Video cables. Sorry my pockets might be deep, but not that deep! and I refuse to carry a back-pack to lug the accessories around.

My wife loves it, she is a "point and shoot" type, who prefers not to be bothered with the techno-bells-and-whistles stuff. I have explained to her how to use it is less tan 1.5 minutes, and she's off snapping great pictures. When she's done, she pops it in her purse and won't loose it. OK OK I can hear you woman out there sneering and rolling your eyes... but she has lost one digital camera at a restaurant a few years back, but she has NEVER lost here purse!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty Good Camera (Sophie — 08/14/2006)

This camera looks beautiful, with a sleek design and a very large dispay. Unfortunately, I found that it cracks and scratches easily. I have several scrathes in the front(from simply putting it down on a dusty floor for a few seconds!) and a small crack near the display screen (it's covered by a thin layer of glass). Overall however, the camera looks absolutely beautiful.

The pictures have very very good quality at 8 megapixels, but as a downside the camera has a very slow shutter speed. I bought a 1GB memory card and the camera still takes pictures slower, but it's much faster than the puny 32MB that comes with the camera. There are three settings of quality, and to put the 8MP to full use you should use the medium or high quality, however this will take up a vast amount more than the default low quality setting.

There is a cradle that come with the camera, and this is very annoying. you need to put the camera in the cradle, connect the cradle to a USB cord, then connect this to the computer to upload photos. To charge the camera, you have to put it in the cradle, pplug in the power adapter to the cradle, and plug the power adapter into an outlet. It would save a alot of hassle if Konica had skipped the cradle and simply made the camera able to connect directly to a power adapter and a usb cable. In addition, the camera slips VERY easily from the cradle, so it can be difficult to charge or upload photos.

I think I've covered everything, and I do like this camera, although sometimes I regret buying it. I realized after owning it for a few weeks that I really don't need the 8MP too much, and a smaller, cheaper, faster camera might have been better. Still, it's a pretty good camera.

I'd give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

  • 1.0 out of 5
All show! No go! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We payed about $750 for this camera about a week after it came out and ever since we've had it, the photos are very poor. I went to get it checked out and it gave the same bad quality as the one they had in the show room. We have spent so much money and time on this camera, and as a result we have sales people giving us a opinion of 'I don't think this camera is so great either'. This camera has had so many problems. Most likely because they were trying to fit to much into a compac. Note, that this was one of the first 8mp cameras in a compac to be on the market. ITS JUST A TRIAL CAMERA. NOTHING FANCY

  • 5.0 out of 5
Beautiful (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is absolutely stunning! Not only does it have a flawlessly designed exterior, it also takes incredibly crisp and clear pictures. Not to mention the fact that the picture is in the same instant you push the shutter release, making it ideal for pictures of moving objects. After using the X1, I rarely use my SLR anymore. (Canon EOS Rebel K2) Not only does it take equally beautiful pictures, but I don't have to buy film anymore. The ONLY drawback to this camera is it's lack of options. You can't set anything manually, but in a day when people are getting lazy, I guess that's ok. If you don't know how to work a camera, but you want equally impressive results, this camera comes highly recommended by me.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Stabilizer broken (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The anti-shake component stopped working and I have had to send it back to Sony. Am hoping the repair will take no more than three weeks. I wouldn't buy this camera again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
LCD Screen Worthless Outdoors (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Most outdoor shots are taken with the sun overhead or behind. One cannot see much of anything on the LCD screen in this scenario — just a bunch of shadows - even using the "screen brightener" or cupping ones hands over the screen. You cannot see who is looking at the camera or even if the shot is centered. I end of tossing most of the photos taken. I am going to get rid of this camera and revert to my old one with the view finder.

  • 1.0 out of 5
complete waste of money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is completely waste of money
- very slow
- bad quality (90% of all pictures!!)
- heavy
- problems with 1 button operation (stuck sometimes)
- no special color effects (like solarization)

We mostly use our 6-years old Sony Cybershot, which takes 100x better pictures.

  • 1.0 out of 5
screwed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

4 visits to Sears and about 15 phone calls later, I still do not have the replacement cradle that I need for my camera. The camera itself worked fine, but the cradle went out and apparently I can't order it anywhere. Even with Sony buying out Minolta, they sent me from phone number to phone number and then ended up sending me an ac adapter instead of the cradle. My red light no longer stays on until the camera is charged, thus turning green. Nope, my red light stays on for a minute then shuts completely off not charging my camera at all. I bought the camera in Nov. 2005 and it's already broken (June 2006) and apparently eveytime I call the service dept. at Minolta/Sony I get stuck talking to the idiot that sends me to the next idiot and so on until finally another incompetent person charges me even more money $38 more (keep in mind I paid $350 for this camera at Sears, oh plus a warranty that didn't help me at all) to send me the wrong part. I'm a full time student and went home for a 35 year retirement party in Fl when the charger went out. Perfect timing. Don't buy Konica Minolta and be weary of Sony's customer service responses as well.

  • 3.0 out of 5

After the sliding shutter broke for the SECOND time (this not allowing me to turn the camera on), I had to send the camera to Minolta to be repaired. They first estimate came in the mail on a Thursday. It was for $210 - let me remind you repair the sliding lens cover. On the following Wednesday I receive my camera back UN-REPAIRED. Turns out Minolta had been bought by Sony, and therefore their repair center scathed, leaving them no choice but to send the camera back to me. God forbid the hassle of all this could grant me to send the camera to the new repair center on THEIR expense, I had to mail the camera (box + insurance + delivery price AND huge line at the post office) again. It appears that the new repair center is a bit more humble with their pricing..$115 said the estimate this time. Except...they have now had the camera for over a month and a half and to all my inquiry calls, the customer service rep answers "the only thing I see in your file is that we are waiting for a piece on a shipment". According to Corey (empl#23134), orders or pieces are placed, but, since it's coming from Japan, they have no idea when the piece will arrive. Could be up to two months. Blimey...they must send the pieces via the Nina the Pinta or the Santa Maria! So, after I explained to Corey that I use the camera for work and that it is imperative that I get info on WHEN I should expect the camera back (repaired), Scott Grubman, the supervisor comes on the line and tells me, THERE IS NO WAY FOR ME TO CONTACT THE REPAIR CENTER DIRECTLY. They will have to call me. So I placed a request that they call me. I am told I will hear by Wed. It is now Thursday 4.30pm and I have not heard. I do not know who has my camera and when it's coming back.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Product!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a wonderful camera. I love the size and the picture quality. I highly recommend this product!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
worst picture ever (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My first digital camera was a kodak easy share 2 mp camers. The pictures from that camera (although the battery was terrible) put this camera to shame. I've never seen such poor quality grainy pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very Convenient - Decent Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

You need to set the antishake to operate at all times to avoid "shaky" pictures. Make sure you have software version 1.1 - speeds up focusing and general operation. You can make the color more vivid and the picture sharper but that's about it for controls. When you make these adjustments and learn how to hold the camera, it takes good pictures.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Auto focus lags (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Initially this camera seemed great but when trying to catch smiles on grandchildren the autofocus took too long that I missed them every time. Charge holds well but battery possibility would be a plus-I ran out of juice several times while taking pictures and had to get the camera back to it's cradle. Otherwise this is a great camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Like it as well as my Canon Rebel XT (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This it one of the best small 8 mega pixel cameras I have seen. I have had great results indoors and outdoors. I have taken video inside a building and found it to very good considering this is not mainly a video camera. The audio was much better than I expected. The photos I have taken are always sharp and well exposed. Since buying it I find I carry it in my shirt pocket most of the time and have done many 8X10 prints from the images saved to my computer and it is hard to believe they did not come from a large format film camera. I could do larger photos if I only had a color printer that did larger than 8X10�s.
I also have a Cannon Digital Rebel XT and think Dimage X1 is close to the photo quality of it when printing JPG�s. The large LCD viewer surprised me in how well I could see it in sun light as I have had other digital camera�s that the image disappears outside.
I liked it so well I bought a second one as a gift and the person I gave it to finds it to be her favorite camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
SAVE YOUR MONEY GARBAGE!!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The worst camera i ever owned. Poor colors, slow if not any focus, overexposed in bright sunlight, forget any beach scenes with this junk pile. Indoor pictures are a laugh, you may have to take 4 or 5 before the picture is even barely usable.

i can't think of enough terms to say how bad this camera is. I got right after Christmas and was extremely disappointed. First i thought it might be the way i was taking pictures, but No!!! it was this piece of garbage that would not work. A throwaway camera is better.

maybe it is good that Konica is being taken over by Sony, maybe the products will be better.

Very unhappy person.

  • 1.0 out of 5
WORST CAMERA I EVER BOUGHT (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased the Konica Minolta digital camera, model Dimage X1 from B&H store in New York City on December 26th, 2005.

I have had the camera since that date and taken several hundred pictures. I must say, this is the worst camera I have ever owned. Most of the time, I leave the camera set to auto mode for quick point and shoot operation.

It seems the camera does not recognize colors. On a number of occasions in Atlantic city on the boardwalk in bright sunlight, colors are washed out on a number of pictures. Manu shots are blurry as if the stabilization system is not working.

Just two days ago on a cloudy day, my wife took several pictures in our back yard of me in black running suit with a bright green stripe on the front of the jacket. The pictures came out terrible. It looked as if the camera did not know what colors to apply. The green stripe on the jacket was completely washed out, the right hand side of the picture was very washed out and the ground which is brown leaves looked white. I was standing in front of an evergreen tree that looked dead.

This camera is plagued with problems. I have owned a Konica Digital Revio, model KD-550z for a few years and have taken thousands of pictures with never a problem. This camera is great, I have made 11� x 17� prints that are extremely sharp.

The only reason that I went to the Dimage camera was for the increase in pixels to 8 and anti-shake features.

I am going to include some of the pictures that are bad and some good on a CD for your evaluation.

I really need a camera that is dependable, when I point and shoot, I want results the first time, not washed out blurry pictures.

I hope you can either repair this camera or supply me with a new one. I doubt in either case that I will be using this camera much again unless these problems are corrected. The camera has serious problems with exposure, colors and stability.

  • 1.0 out of 5
AWFUL, SIMPLY AWFUL (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is the 2nd digital camera I've owned. My first was a Kodak DX4330. A simple, 3.1 megapixel camera that was easy to use and produced decent quality pictures. This was a birthday present from my husband and I despise it! It is too hard to hold, no viewfinder makes it impossible to see the picture you're taking if you're in bright lights or outside! The image takes FOREVER to come up, or process or whatever. I wasn't happy in the first place and after giving myself time to learn and get used to it, I've not gotten friendlier with it either.
We bought our daughter a 5.1 mp camera for Christmas that cost $290 (compared to this Konika thing at $350) and there is no comparison. Hers is super easy to use, navigate and is fast with the image display. The quality of her pictures are superb, even at 5.1 compared to this 8.0 deal I cannot tell a difference, and if anything, the 5.1 quality is BETTER! I'm putting this piece of crap on EBAY and praying to God someone will be stupid enough to buy it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Don't buy this !!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

from the first day I bought this camera.. I felt so angry with the image quality. there's to much noise in the picture. really hard to use at night.
a tripod might help to stabilize your camera, but still, the image quality is sucks.

You could email me and I'll send you the noise part which is very2 annoying!!

This camera is only usefull when you are in daylight. but still, the image will be over exposed by the sun light.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Most Disappointed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Have previously owned two Konica Minolta Dimage X model cameras I have to say that this model is most disappointing. My first 3.2 megapixel X camera unfortunately was damaged in an accident but was a delight to own. My second model, an X50 was even better until I lost it. I replaced it with an X1, but after this week will be putting it on Ebay

- Many pictures are totally out of focus.
- Lack of a view finder renders the cameras pretty useless in many situations, as the view on its sexy looking large screen is difficult to see in sunny conditions.
- Video quality is poor and lacks colour accuracy.

—- Don't buy one, but consider the cheaper X50 model

  • 1.0 out of 5
The Worst! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was complet ly disappointed with this product. The photos were fuzzy when you attempted to enlarge them, it was poor in dim or dark background. Several type of settings and lighting etc were attempted, which COMPLET LY upset the both of us.
We have had other digitals, Nikon Koolpix, Sony (model ?) w Carl Ziess Lens, even the disposables gave a much better result than you could accomplish with this camera.
I never received any response back from Minolta, Sears was a complete nightmare to return it to (won't do that again) and all said. I won't ever own another.


  • 2.0 out of 5
It's not a good deal (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Don't buy it!
This camera is so slow (specially for image processing) and the quality of pictures is no good. I think it was a bad choice, just the outside is perfect.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Good on the outside but rotten inside (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This was my first venture into owning a digital camera.I had my heart set out on Sony Cybershot 7.2 megapixels,but this camera had a good design.When i got home and read the instructions, i started using this camera. To my amazement this camera takes bad quality pictures and takes long time setting up.Is this an automatic camera i think not.To make things worse i went back to where i bought it from Comet a couple of days latter, and they refused to take it back.Also my friend got the Sony Cybershot 7.2 and the results were fantastic.Looks like i am stuck with this pile of rubbish which costed me �190.Will not purchase any Konica Minolta products ever.What to do!!!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Brought it back the next day (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Super-slow autofocus
Spends a lot of time "computing" and then teh pics are terrible.
What a disappointment. The original dimage was sooo great, and in fact I'm using it again. Every pic a winner with that one. No wonder Minolta is going out of the cam business. They must have stopped development with a less-than-beta version.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Good on the outside but rotten inside (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This was my first venture into owning a digital camera.I had my heart set out on Sony Cybershot 7.2 megapixels,but this camera had a good design.When i got home and read the instructions, i started using this camera. To my amazement this camera takes bad quality pictures and takes long time setting up.Is this an automatic camera i think not.To make things worse i went back to where i bought it from Comet a couple of days latter, and they refused to take it back.Also my friend got the Sony Cybershot 7.2 and the results were fantastic.Looks like i am stuck with this pile of rubbish which costed me £190.Will not purchase any Konica Minolta products ever.What to do!!!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not so pleased (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera for a total of six weeks and have had two screens break on me already. I had hoped for a camera that I could keep in my front pocket that was light and easy to use on landscape and general outdoor pictures. With general standard use the LCD screen has cracked twice now and I am going to return it for the last time.
I am also not pleased with the congestion and lack of quality in the pictures. The camera does not focus quickly or at all at times. Using the zoom takes a surprisingly large amount of quality away from the pictures.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Looks Good. Bad Image Quality. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got this camera to supplement my Canon Digital Rebel. I wanted something that I could throw in my pocket and take with me. I took a few hundred pictures over the Christmas holiday.

1. Auto focus is INCREDIBLY slow. Most of the pictures were taken indoors, but during daylight hours. There were MANY situations in which the camera could not focus on the subject.

2. I use a SanDisk Ultra II memory card... pretty fast. Certainly fast enough in my Canon. With the X1, the image processing, and writing to the SD card are incredibly slow.

3. Everyone has experienced the "lag" from when you click the photo, the flash goes off, and you actually capture the image. It's something you get used to using a digital camera. This "lag" is extreme. So much so that it became a joke. People were actually annoyed that I was taking pictures because it usually required me to take 2 or 3 before I could capture a decent shot. Most of the pictures had that "surprised" look that someone has on their face when 7 seconds of flash gets thrown at them.

4. Images were grainy even on the finest, largest, picture setting. A lot of the pictures taken in doors were out of focus and noisy.

Overall, I'd say this camera is terrible. I have owned a few point and shoot digitals. The first being a Canon S400 Elf (3MP)... and more recently the Sony T1. The Minolta doesn't hold a candle to these two. I sent it back and bought the Sony T5.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome please get it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Awesome please get it!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Dimage X1 - Hot out the Box (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Just received my Dimage X1. It seems a quality piece of kit. As I have only just got it out the box I have to say I am impressed.

The only downer so far is the quality of the LCD screen when it is being used as a viewfinder. The image is not sharp at all. However once the picture has been taken and you view the picture it is amazingly sharp. This is the only negative thing so far. Buy one!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Display quality very poor (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When I compare Konica Minolta to my old camera with 4 mega pixles...there is no comparison...X-1 has very poor color definitions and tones and the only thing that saves the pictures are color and quality adjustments on my computer.
I am not very happy customer. Bill West

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor Image Quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

You'd think that an 8MP ultra slim digital camera would sound too good too be true right? Well, it is. This is exactly what happens when companies sacrifice quality for size. The pictures have a LOTTT of noise. Even in outdoor/brightly lit situations there is noise. I'm really bummed out, this was my only christmas present and I was excited because I just stopped using my old 3.2 Fuji. I thought that 8MP would be better than the 7.2 I had anticipated..but obviously I was wrong. I will be returning this.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great features, (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Love everything about it, AF, slim look, 8.3 meg

  • 3.0 out of 5
DiMage X1 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera was purchased to supplement my Nikon D70 and Canon G2. I needed a camera to meet the following critera
1. Small enough and sturdy enought to carry in shirt or pant pocket with or without a case.
2. Adequate battery life
3. 640x480 video with audio and zoom.
4. solid autofocus and metering.
5. Above average image quality

So, how does the X1 stack up
1. Size is perfect, ergonomics are good. 2.5inch LCD is good in almost all conditions.
2. So far the battery life is good. I am still evaluating this
3. The Video is good. The 20fps really doesn't seem to affect the output as this is likley offset by the compression algorythms. I evaluated The Fugi FinePix and Kodak v550, movie mode is similar to these. The image quality seems slightly smoother in the X1
4. autofocus is SLOW!, I have had to try to lock a couple times in various well light situations. I have tried Spot AF, and Spot Metering, and Both at the same time, Spot metering and standard AF seem to offer the fastest response, albit slower than Kodak and Fugi. Overall once AF is locked on you are good to go.
5. With AF locked the Anti-Shake function is excellent. The overal results are Average to Excellent. The image processing, and writing to the SD card are on the slow side. Perhaps a faster SD card would be helpful. The auto modes are pretty good, the closeup macro mode is excellent, again combined with Anti-Shake.

The camera also has a burst mode which works well and helps overcome some of the sluggishness. This camera would be Home Run if the AF was quicker and the shutter - Processing speeds could be improved. I am impressed with it overall.

Yes, it meets my requirements.