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Digital Camera Comparison:
The Quest for the Perfect Road Trip Camera
By Jeff Dorgay
Staff Writer

(Friday, April 30, 2004 1:55 PM EST)

Minolta Dimage Xg

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I take pictures for a living and am always saddled down with a pretty fair amount of gear, so when I’m ready to hop in my BMW and go for a drive, I want a camera that is easy to use and small enough to fit in my wife’s purse (so I don’t have to carry it!) With those parameters in mind, here are a couple of small (and one not so small) portable digital cameras worthy of your consideration. Please keep in mind, that the street prices are approximate. Careful shopping may produce even better results.

Minolta Dimage Xg
Street Price: $299.00

The Dimage Xg is definitely scores major cool points here. Smaller than a short stack of cheese slices; this camera is anything but cheesy. With a 3.2 megapixel sensor that will make great 8.5 x 11-inch prints, the Xg has the worlds fastest startup from sleep mode, capable of waking up in just over a second so you’ll never miss that shot of Bigfoot when you are out driving in the middle of nowhere.

The Xg also has a 3x optical zoom that will take you from moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto. It comes with a 16 MB SD memory chip (that you will want to promptly toss in favor of a 128 or 256 MB card) and a rechargeable lithium ion battery that is good for about 250 shots before recharge. While it features five different modes to accommodate different shooting situations, I had great luck just leaving it in auto mode and taking pictures.

You can download directly from the Xg via a USB card to your Mac or PC. Standard
image size is 2048 x 1536 pixels, with no support for TIFF or RAW imaging. And in case you find yourself screaming along a favorite back road and want to back up your story that you really were going 170mph, just put the Xg in movie mode and it can shoot 320 x 240 .mov (QuickTime) files at 15fps.

This was a really fun camera to use and would not be out of place in a James Bond or Laura Croft movie.

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