But the gizmo could sharpen its image delivery The Minolta DiMAGE Xt includes all the bells and whistles you have come to expect of a sub-compact digital camera. However, it may not be for those who are fixated on sharp images. Features: Size matters when it comes to choosing sub-compact digital cameras, and the DiMAGE Xt does not disappoint. The new credit card-design makes the camera smaller than its predecessor, the DiMAGE Xi, by 5 per cent and lighter by 8 per cent, and it can slip with ease into a pocket or a wallet, making it an attractive choice for those who do not wish to lug around a big camera. The new folded optical zoom system makes it one of the world's thinnest compact, planar digital cameras with a 3X optical zoom. It is also fast. It takes only 1.2 seconds to boot up, and has a 0.2-second delay between frames, regardless of file size. The camera uses a primary-colour 3.2-megapixel CCD for fine high-resolution images that are stored in a removable Secure Digital memory card. Working with Minolta's proprietary image-processing technology, CxProcess, the CCD can reproduce images almost true to the original colour. Multi-segment metering and five-point autofocus make capturing images a breeze. The extended recording movie feature allows digital video with audio to be captured at 15 frames per second. Fifteen seconds of audio or an audio track can be attached to any still image. With a camera this size, one must expect some trade-offs. Obviously, the camera's small batteries do not last long, and lens aberrations and optical distortion become more obvious with complex tiny zoom lenses than they do in larger units. With a flash unit half the size of a postage stamp, do not expect flash quality to equal the output power of a unit twice as large. Bottom line: The newest member of Minolta's tiny X family is fun, easy to use and has a suggested retail price tag of about $2,800. If you want a conversational ice breaker, this camera has the features to 'wow' your friends. Pros: Stylish, ultra compact, 3.2 megapixels, 3X zoom, new quick-review button and spot metering. Cons: Weak flash, average battery life, fuzzy pictures and no manual white balance.