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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5

By: Dave Etchells & Mike Tomkins

Konica Minolta existing Z3 model gets an updated sensor, larger LCD and slightly updated control layout.

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Page 1:Intro and Highlights

Review First Posted: 03/28/2005

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5.0-megapixel CCD delivers uninterpolated images as large as 2,560 x 1,920 pixels.
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Powerful 12x optical zoom lens covers a 35-420mm equivalent focus range.
* Integrated anti-shake system greatly extends usefulness of long zoom lens in lower light.
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Large 2.0" LCD monitor makes it easier to share just-captured photos, or confirm fine details.

 

Introduction - The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5

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The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 digital camera is the latest in a long line of Konica Minolta digital cameras featuring uncommon innovation, aggressive pricing, and superior optics. The original Minolta Z1 (before their merger with Konica) was their first long-zoom (10x) digital camera aimed squarely at the consumer market, and was one of the most popular cameras on the Imaging Resource site after its introduction. The Minolta Z2 also proved to be a popular model, with a higher-resolution 4.0 megapixel sensor, and expanded movie capabilities. The new Konica Minolta Z5 continues the series with a higher resolution five megapixel CCD imager, larger and higher resolution LCD display, a slightly higher resolution electronic viewfinder (although with significantly shorter eye relief, meaning your eye must be closer to the viewfinder to see the entire image). A number of other changes likely relate to the higher resolution imager; noise reduction cannot be disabled, the longest shutter speed is reduced from 15 to four seconds, the 30 second bulb mode has been removed, and the maximum ISO sensitivity has been reduced from 400 to 320.

Like its predecessors, the Konica Minolta Z5 offers a combination of ease of use, features, and retail price that are squarely aimed at the bulk of "point & shoot" users. At the same time though, the Z5 offers optional advanced exposure modes (including full-manual operation and a flash hot shoe) that appeal to more advanced users. As such, it makes a great camera for situations where users of widely varying experience levels need to share the same camera. It's also a great choice for novices who want a camera with features that they can "grow into" as their photographic abilities mature. The most important feature though, is its anti-shake technology. Long-zoom cameras are currently one of the most popular categories of digicams, but few people realize just how hard it is to hold a 12x zoom lens steady on a distant subject. Unless you're shooting in very bright light, or have the camera mounted on a solid tripod, it can be very difficult to avoid blurring caused by camera shake. By contrast, with its advanced anti-shake technology, the Konica Minolta Z5 is able to compensate for a surprising amount of jiggling, delivering sharp photos across a much wider range of conditions than would be possible otherwise. All in all, the new Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 delivers an amazing amount of technology in a very approachable package, at a very attractive price. Read on for all the details!

 

Konica Minolta Z5 Highlights

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  • 5.0 effective megapixel CCD.
  • Electronic optical viewfinder (EVF).
  • 2.0-inch color TFT LCD monitor.
  • 12x, 5.83-69.9mm lens, equivalent to a 35-420mm lens on a 35mm camera.
  • 4x digital zoom.
  • Automatic, Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual exposure modes, plus five preset Digital Subject Program modes.
  • Shutter speeds from 1/1,000 to 4 seconds.
  • Maximum aperture f/2.8 to f/4.5, depending on lens zoom position.
  • Built-in flash with five modes.
  • External flash hot shoe for Konica Minolta accessory flash units.
  • SD/MMC memory card storage, 16MB card included.
  • Images saved as JPEG files.
  • Power supplied by four AA-type batteries or optional AC adapter.
  • DiMAGE Viewer software and USB drivers included for both Windows and Mac platforms.
  • Optional Anti-Shake technology reduces blurring from camera movement.
  • Movie and Night Movie modes with sound recording.
  • Optical zoom can be used in Movie mode (but is clearly audible in recorded movies)
  • Standard and Ultra High Speed Continuous Advance shooting modes.
  • Progressive Capture mode for capturing images before you release the shutter.
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing.
  • Two- or 10-second Self-Timer for delayed shutter release.
  • White balance (color) adjustment with seven modes, including a manual setting.
  • Adjustable ISO with four sensitivity settings and an Auto mode.
  • Multi-Segment, Center-Weighted, and Spot metering options.
  • Spot and Full-time AF modes.
  • Single, Continuous with Predictive Focus, and Manual AF modes, with an adjustable AF area.
  • Color, Sharpness, and Contrast adjustments.
  • USB Direct-Print and PictBridge capability.
  • A/V cable for connection to a television set.
  • USB cable for connection to a computer (driver software included).

 

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