Review posted for Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20|
(Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - 17:03 EDT)
I've been a big fan of Minolta's (now Konica Minolta's) "Z" line of long-zoom digicams since the original Z1.
They've consistently offered excellent image quality and exceptional value in the long-zoom arena. Last year's Z10 didn't quite measure up to some of the prior models, but this year's Z20 happily came through our tests with flying colors.
Delivering good color, sharp pictures, fast shutter response, and excellent battery life in an affordable package, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 offers excellent value for the money in a long-zoom digital camera. Its range of exposure control from fully automatic to fully manual, including a handful of "scene" modes make it a good choice for situations where novices and experienced users need to share the same camera, or for people wanting a camera that they can "grow into" as their skills mature.
I'd have been happier to see a bit less distortion in the Z20's lens at telephoto and wide angle settings, and personally don't care for the camera's somewhat "plasticky" feel, but taken as a package, the Z20 is an excellent picture-taking tool, one that I'd seriously consider buying if I were shopping in its part of the market.
All in all, a nice little camera, and an easy choice as a "Dave's Pick." Read our review of the Konica Minolta Z20 for all the details!