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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 2:Comparison with previous DiMAGE cameras

Review First Posted: 03/28/2005

Comparison with previous DiMAGE cameras

Many of our readers will be familiar with the previous DiMAGE Z1, Z2 and Z3 models, so I put together the following major feature comparison between the DiMAGE Z1, Z2, Z3, and the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5:

Feature DiMAGE Z5 DiMAGE Z3 DiMAGE Z2 DiMAGE Z1
Branding Konica Minolta Minolta
Sensor Size 1/2.5" 1/2.7"
Sensor Resolution (total pixels) 5.2 megapixel 4.2 megapixel 3.3 megapixel
Sensor Resolution (effective) 5.0 megapixel 4.0 megapixel 3.2 megapixel
Maximum Image Size 2,560 x 1,920 pixels 2,272 x 1,704 pixels 2,048 x 1,536 pixels
Other Image Sizes 2,048 x 1,536; 1,600 x 1,200; 640 x 480 pixels 1,600 x 1,200; 1,280 x 960; 640 x 480 pixels
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 320 Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
Noise Reduction Automatic User-selectable
Shutter Speed Max 4 sec 2 sec (auto / scene); 4 sec (program AE / aperture priority); 15 sec (shutter priority / manual)
Shutter Speed Min 1/1000 sec 1/1000 sec
Bulb Mode No Yes (30 sec max.)
Focal Length 5.83 - 69.9mm
35-420mm effective
(12x)
6.3 - 63mm
38-380mm effective
(10x)
5.8 - 58mm
38-380mm effective
(10x)
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 (wide)
f/4.5 (tele)
f/2.8 (wide)
f/3.7 (tele)
f/2.8 (wide)
f/3.5 (tele)
Lens Branding APO GT Lens None
Lens Construction 13 elements in 10 groups 11 elements in seven groups 10 elements in seven groups
Anti-Shake Feature Major feature! Yes, activated through Setup menu. Functions either during exposure only, or exposure itself as well as any time shutter button is half pressed. No
LCD / Viewfinder Type Separate; 2.0 in LCD (114k pixels), 0.33 in EVF (114k pixels) Separate; 1.5 in LCD (78k pixels), 0.3 in EVF (118k pixels) Shared; Switch-finder system, 1.5 in LCD (113k pixels)
LCD / Viewfinder Coverage LCD: 100%; Viewfinder: 100% (manufacturer spec) LCD: 100%; Viewfinder: 98% (manufacturer spec)
Viewfinder Eye Relief 16.9 mm 20.8 mm 18.8 mm
Focus Modes Single, Continuous with Predictive Focus, and Manual, Five-Point Adjustable AF Area Single, Continuous, and Manual, Three-Point Adjustable AF Area Auto, Manual
Focus Lock Signal Can be changed to one of two sounds or disabled Can be changed to one of two sounds or disabled Fixed
Minimum Focusing Distance (Standard) Wide: 2.0 ft / 0.6 m; Tele: 5.2 ft / 1.6 m Wide: 1.6 ft / 0.5 m; Tele: 6.6 ft / 2.0 m
Minimum Focusing Distance (Macro) Wide: 3.9 in / 10 cm; Tele: 47.2 in / 120 cm Wide: 2.6 in / 7 cm; Tele: 39.3 in / 100 cm Wide: 3.9 in / 10 cm; Tele: 47.2 in / 120 cm
Minimum Focusing Distance (Super Macro) 0.4 in / 1 cm at 10.45mm focal length only 1.2 in / 3 cm at 11.1mm focal length only 1.6 in / 4 cm at 9.7mm focal length only
Maximum Magnification 0.20x (35mm equivalent: 1.2x) 0.15x (35mm equivalent: 0.90x) 0.12x (35mm equivalent: 0.79x)
Area Covered at Maximum Magnification 1.2 x 0.9 in / 3.1 x 2.3 cm 1.5 x 1.1 in / 3.9 x 2.8 cm 1.73 x 1.3 in / 4.4 x 3.3 cm
Flash Range Wide: 0.7 - 11.8 ft / 0.2 - 3.6 m; Tele: 3.9 - 7.2 ft / 1.2 - 2.2 m Wide: 0.7 - 13.1 ft / 0.2 - 4.0 m; Tele: 3.9 - 8.2 ft / 1.2 - 2.5 m Wide: 0.5 - 20 ft / 0.16 - 6.0 m; Tele: 3.9 - 15 ft / 1.2 - 4.5 m Wide: 0.5 - 20 ft / 0.16 - 6.0 m; Tele: 3.6 - 15.4 ft / 1.1 - 4.7 m
Flash Recycle Time 7 sec 5 sec 7 sec
Max. Resolution Continuous Mode Speed / Depth 2.0 fps for 3 frames 2.5 fps for 2 frames 1.5 fps for 5 frames
UHS Continuous Mode Resolution 1024 x 768 1280 x 960
UHS Continuous Mode Speed / Depth 10 fps for 20 frames (manufacturer spec) 10 fps for 15 frames (manufacturer spec) 10 fps for 10 frames (manufacturer spec)
Progressive Capture Mode 1024 x 768: 10 fps for 20 frames (manufacturer spec) 1280 x 960: 10 fps for 15 frames; 2272 x 1704 Standard: 2.5 fps for 5 frames (manufacturer spec) 1280 x 960: 10 fps for 12 frames; 2272 x 1704 Standard: 2.5 fps for 5 frames (manufacturer spec) 1280 x 960: 10 fps for 10 frames; Standard: 6 frames (speed / resolution unstated) (manufacturer spec)
Exposure Bracketing 3 frames in 0.5 or 0.3 EV steps 3 frames in 1.0, 0.5 or 0.3 EV steps
Self-Timer Duration Two or 10 Seconds 10 Seconds 10 Seconds
Digital Zoom Record: 4x in 0.2x steps; Playback: Up to 4x Record: 4x in 0.2x steps; Playback: Up to 6x Record: 4x in 0.1x steps; Playback: Up to 6x
Maximum Movie Size 640 x 480 pixels (two quality levels) 800 x 600 pixels 640 x 480 pixels
Other Movie Sizes 320 x 240 640 x 480; 320 x 240; 160 x 120 320 x 240; 160 x 120
Movie Clip Length Limited only by card space, given a fast enough memory card (A 32x Lexar card worked fine for me) 30 seconds at 640 x 480, 30fps (other resolutions vary)
Movie Optical Zoom Always enabled Can be enabled through menu No
Movie Digital Zoom Available at all resolutions Available at 320 x 240 pixels or lower only
Movie Audio On at all times Can be disabled via menu
Movie Editing Yes, can crop start and end of movie, and save as new file, or capture frame as new file No, but can save a single frame as a new file Yes, can crop start and end of movie, and save as new file, or capture frame as new file No, but can save a single frame as a new file
Email Mode 640 x 480 640 x 480 or 160 x 120
DPOF Date Printing Yes No
PictBridge support Yes No
Print Image Matching Version PIM III PIM II    
DCF Version 2.0 1.0
EXIF Version 2.2 2.21 2.2
Battery Life (CIPA standard) Record: 240 frames; Playback: 240 min. (manufacturer spec) Record: 170 frames; Playback: 220 min. (manufacturer spec) Record: 250 frames; Playback: 180 min. (manufacturer spec) Unknown
Dimensions 4.3 x 3.1 x 3.3 in (109 x 80 x 84 mm) 4.31 x 3.05 x 3.15 in (110 x 78 x 80 mm)
Weight (body only) 12.0 oz. (340 g) 11.8 oz. (335 g) 10.8 oz. (305 g)
Other

Larger LCD occupies more of the rear panel. On/Off button no longer in center of Mode dial. Mode dial is smaller, and Mode dial icons are now silk-screened above it. Exposure Mode dial now has brushed metal finish on top surface. Access lamp added at bottom right of rear panel, just inside hand grip. Four-way controller has a slightly different design with easier-to-feel bumps indicating the directional arrows.

Solid black body with blue Konica Minolta logo and silver wording on front of flash housing. DC In port moved to USB compartment, and SD card slot moved to bottom panel. Oblong shutter button with decorative raised element extending down front of handgrip. Grey panel with silver Konica Minolta wording on front of flash housing. Konica Minolta logo on top of pop-up flash. DC In port has silk-screened graphic showing connector polarity next to it. Silver panel with Minolta logo on front of flash housing. DC In port has silk-screened "DC IN" text next to it.

 

 

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