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Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Digital Camera Review Camera

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 camera - Design The handgrip dominates the face of the camera. It seems thin, but it is sufficient to get a good grip on the camera. You won't drop the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 just like that. The somewhat rough surface of the camera feels rather pleasant. Although the Konica Minolta Z5 is made of artificial material, (plastic), it certainly doesn't feel cheap. All buttons are positioned in a logical and easy to reach spot when you hold the camera in your hand. The buttons themselves have a lesser quality look on them; it diminishes the solid feeling of the camera a bit, a pity. Remarkable is the fact that you have to pull out the flash if you want to use it. It doesn't flip out automatically. This is not only the case on the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5, other models feature the same 'non-flipping out' flash. The hinge construction of the flash however is carried out greatly. The USB and A/C power connections are neatly hidden behind rubber, so dust and water are likely to have less affect on the contacts. Below the handgrip we find the cover for four batteries. The mechanism to close the cover feels very solid. This is not the case with the memory card compartment cover. This cover at the bottom of the camera opens too easily. Although the card won't fall out, it doesn't give me a secure feeling.

Konica Minolta Z5 digital camera - QV-button The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 digital camera hasn't got an abundance of buttons and the buttons are almost all placed on the back of the camera. One button gives you the choice to shoot through the monitor, through the viewfinder or to review images on the monitor. This button is extremely easy to operate, and it might happen that you find the camera in a different mode than what you thought it was in! During photographing you can use the QV-button to quickly review an image that you just captured. The advantage is that the Z5 will be ready immediately for shooting the next image if you press the release button again. The QV-button functions as a recycle bin at the same time.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 camera - Four-way dial The AV-button is the information button. With it, you navigate through the data shown on the monitor. For example the live histogram. Above the menu button, you find the four-way dial. This one lets you scroll through the menu, or change a focus point or carry out an exposure correction. It is the most important dial of the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5. The Z5 is also equipped with a viewfinder, that unfortunately hasn't got a rubber eye cap, but it does offer a dioptre setting. This enables you to adjust the viewfinder to a minor eye deviation, which is quite a luxury for a camera in this class.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 - Command dial On the handgrip we find the zoom button that feels somewhat cheap. On top of the camera we find the command dial for the programs, some icon programs are amongst them. These programs are ideal for people whose photographic skills need to be worked on. An advanced photographer will soon turn the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 to the A, S or M mode. These options on the Z5, offer the beginning photographer the possibility to grow to higher photographic skills with this camera. The button for macro images is placed in front of the command dial. Next to it we find the button for flash settings that can also contain other functions. This is very useful if you use another setting a lot more often. Finally we come to the release button, right at the front of the handgrip. The pressing point is great and the button is placed on an excellent spot.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 - External flash Besides a built-in flash the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 is also capable of working with an external flash. It has to be equipped with a special shoe, because Konica Minolta features a different connection. The advantage is that the flash is connected to the camera in an extremely solid way. The disadvantage is that you can't just borrow an average flash of someone else.

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Digital Camera Review

The Z series is one of the few ranges of digital cameras that look absolutely nothing like any film camera because of the unique futuristic design. The casing is plastic over a metal chassis, and the build quality is excellent: light and delicatebut in the same time it feels very strong and solid.

Aside from a 5MP sensor and a couple of minor specification changes, the DiMAGE Z5 is almost identical to the Z3. The buttons are also extremely well placed, something that you can’t see on some other manufacturers. A 2 inch LCD monitor, a huge 12x optical zoom lens and Konica Minoltas innovative image stabilization system are good reasons for anyone to buy it.

In terms of performance, it starts up in just under 2 seconds, and shot-to-shot time is approximately 2.5 seconds, which is not exceptional but from slow. Continuous shooting record the last 20 pictures at 10 frames per second. The movie mode is decent, you can operate the zoom lens during recording silently, so no motor noise is recorded on the soundtrack.

Focusing, exposure and color rendition are excellent, so I can say it provides nifty performance and generally good picture quality, as long as the ISO setting is kept low, and, the image stabilization makes it one of the few super-zoom cameras that can fully exploit its impressive 420mm focal length. It’s one of the best cameras I’ve reviewed recently.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Digital Camera Specifications

Functions:• Shooting Modes: Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual. AE lock available• Scene Modes: Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset, Night portrait• Movie Mode: 640 x 480 FINE, 640 x 480 STD, 320 x 240 STDFrame rate: 30 fps / 15 fps, Long recording until the memory card is full• Effects: Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Sepia; Sharpness and Contrast adjustment in 3 levels• Flash Modes: Autoflash & Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash,Slow shutter sync. (in Auto / P / DSPS mode), Fill-flash,Fill-flash with red-eye reduction, Slow shutter sync. (in A/S/M mode).• Focus Modes: 5-point wide focus area: Wide focus area / Spot focus area with Focus Area Selection, Autofocus: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF (with predictive focus control), Full-time AF, Manual focus. Focus lock available in Single-shot AF• White Balance: Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash), Custom• Metering: Multi-segment (256 segments), Spot, Center-weightedTechnical Data:• 2.0 inch LCD• 5 megapixels• 12x optical zoom• Focal Length: 5.83 – 69.9 mm (35mm equivalent: 35 – 420mm)• Aperture: f/ 2.8 – f/ 4.5• ISO Range: 50, 100, 200, 320• Flash Range: 8 (m) / 26.2 (ft.)• Focus Range: Wide / Tele: 0.6 m (2.0 feet) / 1.6 m (5.2 feet) to infinityMacro: Wide: 0.1 m (0.3 feet) – 1.0 m (3.3 feet) / Tele: 1.2 m (3.9 feet) – 2.5 m (8.2 feet)Super Macro: 1 cm (0.4 inches) – 100 cm (39.4 inches)• Exposure Compensation: ± 2 Ev with 1/3 Ev step• Bracketing: 0.5 / 0.3 Ev increments; No. of bracket: 3 frames• Continuos Shooting: yes• Shutter Speed: 4 seconds – 1/ 1000 seconds• Self Timer: 10 seconds / 2 seconds delay• File Format: JPEG• SD – Secure Digital memory• 4x AA Ni-MH batteries, AA alkaline batteries• Dimensions: 108.5 x 80 x 84 mm / 4.3 x 3.1 x 3.3 inches• Weight: 340 g / 12 ounces (without batteries or recording media)

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Konica Minolta DiMage Z5 Digital Camera Review

Testing / Performance

Color ***(6.34)*

**Just like different films produce different tones of colors, digital cameras’ imaging processors reproduce colors in different ways. To test the accuracy of the Konica Minolta Z5, we took several pictures of the GretagMacbeth color chart and analyzed the results in Imatest Imaging Software. The chart below shows a comparison between the camera’s color reproduction and ideal colors. The outer squares in the modified chart are the actual colors produced by the Z5. The inner square depicts the color corrected version that users would see when they uploaded their pictures into a computer application. The inner vertical rectangle is the ideal color extracted from the GretagMacbeth chart.

 

 

More quantitative data is expressed below; the circles represent the produced color of the Z5; the squares represent the ideal colors on the GretagMacbeth chart. In a perfect world and on a perfect digital camera, the squares and circles should be right on top of each other. Unfortunately, the Konica Minolta Z5 is not all that perfect camera.

 

The Z5 received an overall color score of 6.34 with a mean color error of 9.28. Yikes! Colors across the chart are inaccurate: reds, greens, dark blues, and yellows. Just as disappointing was the 93.91 percent mean saturation score. Most digital cameras slightly over-saturate colors to enhance skin tones and give texture to flat surfaces; their scores usually hover around the 100-110 percent range. This DiMAGE is well below that mark, producing muted and often muddy tones.

Still Life Scene

Below is an image of our still life scene recorded with the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5.

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Resolution / Sharpness ***(3.98)*

**Konica Minolta released the Z5 with an advertised 5.2 total and 5 effective megapixels on its 1/2.5-inch CCD. To test the camera’s resolution, we take several exposures of the industry standard ISO 12233 resolution test chart. We analyze those images in Imatest Imaging Software and determine how many pixels were used. We compare the results to the advertised megapixel count and attach a score of "good" if it’s within 70 percent, "very good" if within 80 percent, and "excellent" if a camera is within 90 percent of the advertised megapixels. The Konica Minolta Z5 used 3.98 megapixels in our images, receiving a "very good" score by using 81 percent of the advertised 5 effective megapixels and producing crisp images with sharp definition.

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Noise Auto ISO ***(1.83)***

This is not the camera for night shots or beautifully clear landscapes. When we tested the Konica Minolta Z5, it scored a 1.83 overall noise score. This could be one of the worst scores we’ve seen in awhile, which is particularly unfortunate on an intermediate level digital camera. The excessive amounts of noise can be seen as discolored pixels when you click on the still life scene link and view the enlarged image (above).

**Noise Manual ISO ***(3.95)*

To determine how well the camera handles noise, we test levels at each ISO rating manually available. On the Z5, this includes the following ISO ratings: 50, 100, 200, and 320. We compiled the results from each test into a regression analysis and determined the overall noise score to be 3.95. This is better than the automatic ISO setting, but is nothing to brag about, facing difficulty at all sensitivity ratings beyond ISO 50. The Z5’s noise production can be perceived on the chart below: the horizontal axis shows the camera’s ISO ratings and the vertical axis represents the noise produced by the Konica Minolta Z5.

 

Low Light*(6.0)

*We test each camera’s performance in low light to determine exactly how far the camera can be pushed without the assistance of a flash or accessory light source. The test is designed to illustrate the camera’s responsiveness to light and the degradation of color that results as light levels fall. Depending on image quality and preference, many users will opt to use the flash rather then bring along a tripod and try to capture the scene atmospherically. Others may loath the typical direct, fixed flash aesthetic that has become all too familiar to digital photographers and value a camera’s nighttime capture potential in its pure rendition of the scene.

Below is a sequence of 4 exposures recorded in diminishing light. The images are captured in a controlled environment with careful attention paid to light levels and color balance. The progression illustrates how the camera responds to decreasing light levels in terms of color reproduction and noise. All exposures were recorded using the Z5’s Programmed Auto mode, an ISO 320 rating and customized white balance (oriented for each shot).

We recorded four images of our GretagMacbeth color chart, captured under light levels of 60, 30, 15, and 5 Lux. These levels aim to replicate typical low light conditions; 60 Lux approximates a moderately lit bedroom, while 30 Lux equates to a single 40 watt bulb, and 15 Lux and 5 Lux illustrate how the camera fairs in actual darkness (minimal illumination).

Above are four GretagMacbeth color charts that have been run through Imatest Imaging Software. Each chart expresses the camera’s performance at a specified light level. The chart is read in the same manor as in the above Manual and Automatic Noise sections of the review: the outer square is the camera’s produced color, while the vertical rectangle is the ideal and the middle square is the camera’s tone, corrected by the software.

The Konica Minolta Z5 performed admirably in low light in terms of color rendering and even noise. While the camera has some general color reproduction deficiencies, the decreased illumination did not impact the results. Noise levels were excessive, but usable even at 15 Lux. The camera did not completely break down until it reached 5 Lux. In 5 Lux, the auto focus method was rendered completely useless and could not generate a focused image. Although 5 Lux may seem too dim for any camera, it is not. Many imagers can adapt to 5 Lux (common for a bedroom lit by a single bulb — distanced from the source). All-around, I was impressed with the Z5’s low light performance and would consider using the camera for a night shoot, though the lack of a bulb exposure setting certainly comes into play. The shutter limitation of the camera restricts the exposure to 4 seconds, though it appears given a tripod, images can be captured at night that approach the imager’s potential in any situation when the ISO 320 setting is used.

Speed / Timing

***Start-up to First Shot(6.66)*

The Konica Minolta Z5 takes a leisurely 3.34 seconds to start up and take its first shot. This is quite a bit more time than most digital cameras in this category and is sure to hinder the highly performance-driven user.

*Shot to Shot (8.88)

*I did this test several times. The first time, the camera’s batteries were low on juice, so the Z5 took pictures about every four seconds. However, once I put in a set of fresh batteries, the camera performed considerably better. The Konica Minolta Z5 takes a picture about every 0.84 seconds in its Continuous shooting mode. The camera takes a few seconds rest every third picture and gets slower and slower the more you shoot. This burst mode is quite disappointing, considering other cameras within this category and price range offer 2 or 3 frames per second. This DiMAGE does have a Progressive mode, which shoots 10 frames per second at 1024 x 768-pixel resolution. This mode shoots as long as the user’s finger is depressing the shutter release button; however, the camera only saves the last 20 images. After testing this mode, it worked exactly how Konica Minolta said it would: ten frames per second.

Shutter to Shot (8.08)

When the DiMAGE Z5 is not already delicately focused, it takes.46 seconds to take a photograph. When it is focused, it takes the camera about a tenth of a second to capture the shot. This could be a problem with candid shots that won’t last longer than half a second.

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review: Overview

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The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 features a 5-megapixel imager combined with a high-quality GT 12x optical zoom lens. The GT APO lens offers clear, high-contrast, high-resolution images thanks to Konica Minolta's G lens optical technology. The AD (anomalous dispersion) glass and two aspheric lens elements help correct spherical aberration and curvilinear distortion, factors that can cause problems at high zoom ranges. The high-resolution 5-megapixel CCD combines with the proprietary CxProcess II technology to give photographers images as beautiful as those they see with their own eyes.

The DiMAGE Z5 shares the innovative Konica Minolta CCD-shift Anti-Shake System found on the high-end Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D SLR and DiMAGE "A" series digital cameras. The CCD-shift Anti-Shake System compensates the effect of camera shake for hand-held dim light photography and telephoto shots - both of which are susceptible to the effects of camera shake because of their slow shutter speeds, photographers can now get steady, blur-free images without the use of a flash or tripod. Unlike an optical system, Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake System uses a unique CCD-shift mechanism. This keeps the lens compact and the camera lightweight.

With Konica Minolta's unique CCD-shift Anti-Shake System accompanying the camera's built-in 12x optical zoom lens, the Z5 provides photographers of all levels with very steady and sharp hand-held telephoto shots. Its speed also enables photographers to get those action shots right away with Rapid Autofocus (AF) - the fastest auto focus in its class. The camera's AF also has a Predictive Focus Control for unmatched high-speed focusing that gives you the ability to capture fast moving subjects.

The DiMAGE Z5 is fast, it's ready to go in just 1.9 seconds after powering it on and focuses in approximately 0.2 seconds at wide angle and approximately 0.3 seconds at telephoto. In Continuous AF, the DiMAGE Z5 includes Predictive Focus Control, which allows users to capture sharper images of moving subjects--like a child running in the backyard. The DiMAGE Z5 also offers improved AF accuracy through 5-point Area AF, which gives five focus areas that overlap horizontally and thus reduce AF failures that occur when subjects appear in between focus areas and cause a perspective conflict.

The DiMAGE Z5's 2.0-inch LCD makes it easier to take pictures, easier to play back and view stills and movie clips, and easier to navigate menus. The movie recording function allows users to take high-resolution movies that are as beautiful as TV programs or footage taken with a video camera. In addition to the VGA-size (640 x 480 Standard) mode that captures movies at 30 frames per second, Konica Minolta has added a high-quality-image Fine mode (640 x 480 Fine). Night Movie mode compensates for low conditions and lets you shoot color movies at night or in a dark room. The Silent Zoom feature employs a newly developed Silent Zoom mechanism that greatly reduces how much noise from the optical zoom is picked up while shooting movies with sound.

The optional Wide Converter Kit allows users to fit more of a scene into each shot. The lens has a 26mm wide angle that is ideal for capturing indoor or outdoor architecture and panoramic landscape shots. The Z5 is also equipped with a powerful built-in flash. But if even more flash power is needed, the camera accepts the Konica Minolta Program/Maxxum Flash 3600HS(D) 5600HS(D) or 2500(D) accessory flash units on the built-in hot shoe.

DiMAGE Z5 Features:

  • 5.2 megapixel CCD for images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels
  • 12x zoom (35 - 420mm equivalent 35mm coverage) with high-speed autofocus
  • AS (Anti-Shake) system for sharp images at low shutter speeds or long focal lengths
  • Large 2-inch color LCD with 114,000 pixels and auto-brightness
  • Electronic viewfinder (EVF), 0.3 inch 118,000 pixels with dioptric adjustment
  • Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority and Manual exposure modes
  • Shutter speeds from 4 seconds to 1/1000 in Shutter priority and Manual exposures modes
  • Digital Program modes: Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset, Night portrait
  • Multi-segment, center-weighted and spot exposure metering modes
  • 640x480 Fine/Standard, and 320x240 motion video at 15fps or 30fps with audio, length limited only by SD card capacity. Night Movie compensates for low light conditions.
  • Automatic noise-reduction for one second or longer exposures
  • Auto White Balance with 5 presets and Custom
  • Sharpness and Contrast control, adjustable in 3 levels
  • Color modes: Vivid, Natural, Black and White, Sepia
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 50, 100, 200, and 320 equivalents
  • Playback/QuickView with histogram feature
  • Data imprinting that records date, time and descriptive information on an image.
  • Powered by four standard AA type batteries
  • USB connectivity for Windows and Mac OSX
  • PictBridge, Exif Print, and Epson PRINT Image Matching II compatible

Physical Views

The DiMAGE Z5 compared in size to a standard CD.

The 5-megapixel DiMAGE Z5 and the 4-megapixel DiMAGE Z3.Almost physically identical, the Z5 sports a larger 2-inch color LCD.

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review: Record Modes & Menu Options

Note that all onscreen images and overlay data can be displayed on the EVF or the color LCD, just flip the display control switch located on the back.

Here's the Auto (point-n-shoot) mode screen display. There is minimal information displayed, you can see the image size "2560" and quality "FINE", battery level indicator, AS (Anti-Shake) is on, Auto DSP (Automatic Digital Subject Program) is enabled, Single drive mode, Multi-segment metering, and there is enough room on our SD card for 180 pictures.

Shown here are the menu options when using Auto record mode. You can change the Drive mode, Image size and quality, enable or disable Auto DSP, and adjust the Anti-shake settings.

In Program AE mode the camera selects the best combination of both shutter speed and aperture automatically. Icons indicate flash mode, image size and quality, ISO speed if other than automatic, metering mode, drive mode, and # of pictures remaining.

When you half-press the shutter release, the AF marks turn red and indicate the area in which will be focused.

In Shutter priority mode you set the shutter speed desired to freeze rapid action or blur motion and the camera automatically selects the proper aperture setting.

In Aperture priority you set the desired aperture for control of depth of field and the camera will automatically match the proper shutter speed.

In Manual mode you have control of both the shutter speed and aperture value.

And here is a "busy" screen showing Manual capture mode, flash off, Image size and quality, hard sharpening, high contrast, custom white balance, spot metering, continuous drive mode, single AF, ISO 50, and the live histogram display.

In Macro mode the Z5 can cover 0.1 m (0.3 feet) - 1.0 m (3.3 feet) at Wide Angle and 1.2 m (3.9 feet) - 2.5 m (8.2 feet) at Telephoto. If you need get even closer, Super Macro mode can get as close as 1 cm (0.4 in.)

You can also manually focus on you subject, just select the Manual focus option in the record menu. You then use the "Up" and "Down" arrows on the 4-way selector to adjust the focusing range. The image then enlarges to check for critical focus.

Record mode menu:

    Drive mode - Single, Self-timer, Continuous, Progressive, Bracketing Image Size - 2560x1920, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 640x480 Quality - Fine, Standard, Economy White balance - Custom set/recall, Auto, Preset Key function - Assign various functions for the Flash mode button Anti-Shake - Choose Display + Exposure, Exposure only, or disable AS (Off)

    Focus mode - Single AF, Continuous AF or Manual Full-time AF - Enable/disable continuous autofocus Flash mode - Auto, Red-eye, Fill, Fill+Red-eye, Slow sync. Flash comp. - Adjust flash output level (±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps) Metering mode - MultiSegment, Center-weighted or Spot

    Sensitivity - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 320 Color mode - Natural, Vivid, B&W or Sepia Sharpness - Hard, Normal, Soft Contrast - High, Normal, Low Key function - Assign various functions for the Flash mode button

In Movie mode you can record motion video with audio. The image size can be 640x480 Fine/Standard or 320x240 at either 15fps or 30fps. The length of a video clip is limited only by the amount of available memory on your SD card. Because of the "Silent Zoom" mechanism, you can use the zoom lens during recording.

Movie mode menu:

    Quality - 640x480 Fine, 640x480 Standard, or 320x240 Standard Frame rate - 30fps or 15fps White balance - Custom set/recall, Auto, Preset Movie mode - Standard or Night mode Anti-Shake - Choose Display + Exposure, Exposure only, or disable AS (Off)

    Focus mode - Cont. AF, Single AF, Manual Color mode - Natural Color, Vivid Color, B&W (Black&White), Sepia

SETUP menu options:

      LCDbrightness - Adjust the LCD brightness Power save - 1, 3, 5 or 10 minutes to auto power off Instant playback - 10s, 2s, none Lens accessory - None or "WideConvertr" Language - Chose the menu language

      File #memory - Sequentially number images Folder name - Choose the method for creating folder names Date/Time set - Set the camera's clock and calendar Date imprint - Activates Date imprinting

      Reset default - Return all settings to factory default Audio signals - Change or turn off audio sound effects Focus signals - Change or turn off focus sound effects Shutter FX - Change or turn off Shutter sound effects Volume - Adjust volume of camera sounds

      Video output - NTSC or PAL format Transfer mode - Specify camera use with a computer or printer Digital Zoom - On/Off Self-Timer - Select duration of self-timer (2 or 10 sec.)

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review: Features & Controls

The DiMAGE Z5 uses a Minolta GT APO 12x Mega-zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent coverage of 35 - 420mm. The maximum aperture is f/2.8 - 4.5 and the all-glass lens is constructed of 13 elements in 10 groups.

The optional Wide-angle Converter ZCW-300 KIT includes a 0.75x wide-angle lens to let you include more of the scene in your composition. With its 26mm wide angle, the converter lens is ideal for panoramic landscape shots or architectural photography, as well as tight indoor scenes.

The DiMAGE Z5 uses Rapid AF to ensure sharp images with minimum delay. Rapid AF uses a passive AF sensor to instantly estimate the distance to the subject and the camera's CCD to determine the precise focus point. A high-speed drive focuses the lens quickly and smoothly.

    Normal focus range: 0.6 m (2.0 ft) to infinity at wide angle and 2.0 m (6.6 ft) to infinity at telephoto.

    Macro range: 0.1 - 1.0 m (0.3-3.3 ft) at wide angle and 1.2 - 2.5 m (3.9-8.2 ft) at telephoto.

    Super Macro can focus as close as 1 cm (0.4 in.)

The Z5 features Konica Minolta's unique CCD-shift Anti-Shake System. This system really helps to minimize the effect of camera shake This allows you to capture steady and sharp, hand-held telephoto shots at 2 to 3 shutter speeds slower than on cameras without an image stabilization function.

The Z5 has a separate EVF (electronic viewfinder) and LCD. The EVF is a tiny color LCD monitor in the eye piece for display. It has full dioptric adjustment and approx. 100% field of view coverage.

On the back is a large 2-inch color LCD with 114,000 pixels of resolution. In low-light conditions, both the EVF and LCD automatically brighten to provide a clear, full-color view of your subject and help you compose your shot. Display options include a histogram in both record and playback modes. The switch beneath the LCD allows you to quickly switch between the LCD or EVF display.

The Z5's built-in flash has modes for Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, and Slow shutter sync. (in Auto / P / Scene modes.) And Fill-flash, Fill-flash with red-eye reduction, Slow shutter sync. (in A/S/M modes.)

Using the hot shoe connector you can attach the high power Minolta Maxxum Program Flash 5600 HS (shown), Program Flash 3600 HS or the compact 2500D flash which offer versatile functions such as auto power zoom and test flash. (Note that the Z5 does not make use of the flash's focus-assist beam feature.)

Controls on top of handgrip: Shutter release button.

Inbetween the shutter release and the Mode Dial are the Focus and Flash mode buttons, and the camera's built-in microphone and speaker.

The Mode Dial (Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Sunset, Night Portrait, Auto, and Movie). Below the mode dial is the zoom lens control, in Playback it functions as the magnify and index control.

Controls on the back: the Power button, next to that is the Playback - Rec. LCD - Rec. EVF mode switch. The 4-way selector lets you navigate menus and select images during playback, the button in the center accepts menu selections. The "QV" button lets you quickly view the last image captured, press it a second time to delete the image. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menus. The "i+" button controls the amount of data overlayed on the EVF/LCD and the playback modes.

The Z5 is equipped with a Secure Digital card slot and ships with a 16MB SD card. Compatible with any size SD card, we tested it with the extremely fast and spacious ATP 60x 1GB SD card.

The I/O ports are located on the left side. The USB port (Full speed ~12Mbps) also handles the Audio-Video Out cable, the format is NTSC or PAL (selectable.) Below that is the DC INput jack for an AC adapter or external battery pack.

The Z5 uses four standard AA type batteries, this means you can use alkaline, one-use lithium or high-capacity NiMH rechargeables. As always we recommend using NiMH batteries, they last longer, save you money, and are more environmentally friendly.

Konica Minolta claims an approx. number of recorded images/continuous playback of: 170 frames/220 min. with alkaline batteries, 320 frames/300 min. with 2300mAh NiMH batteries. Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) Standard with SD memory card.

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review: Digital Photography Review

Announced in January 2005 just before the PMA exhibition in Orlando, the Dimage Z5 is the latest addition to the big-zoom DiMAGE Z range to feature the CCD-shifting Anti-Shake system seen on the A2/A200 and Maxxum 7D Digital SLR. Aside from a 5MP sensor and a couple of minor specification tweaks, the DiMAGE Z5 is almost identical to the Z3 (launched July 2004), and the new model goes head-to-head with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, a very similarly-specified camera launched within a few days of the Konica Minolta.

Street price • US: $470 • UK: £290 Body Material Plastic & metal Sensor • 1/2.5" CCD, 5.2 million total pixels • 5.0 million effective pixels Image sizes • 2,560 x 1,920 • 2,048 x 1,536 • 1,600 x 1,200 • 640 x 480 Movie clips • 640 x 480 Fine (15 / 30 fps) • 640 x 480 Standard (15 / 30 fps) • 320 x 240 Standard (15 / 30 fps) • All with audio • Limited only by storage space • Night capture mode available Lens

• 35 - 420 mm equiv. (12x optical zoom) • F2.8 - F4.5 • APO GT, 13 elements in 10 groups

Focus • Video AF system • 5-point wide focus area • Wide focus area / Spot focus area with Focus Area Selection • Single-shot AF • Continuous AF (with predictive focus control) • Full-time AF • Manual focus • Focus lock available in Single-shot AF • Macro focus: 0.1m (wide), 1.2m (tele) • Super Macro mode 1cm (0.4 inches) Shooting mode

• Programmed AE • Aperture priority • Shutter priority • Manual • Portrait • Sports • Landscape • Sunset • Night portrait • AE compensation -2.0EV to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps • AE Bracketing (3 frames, 0.3 or 0.5EV steps)

Shutter Speeds • Program AE: 2 - 1/1000 sec • Aperture Priority / Shutter priority / manual: 4 - 1/1000 sec • Scene modes: 2 - 1/1000 sec Apertures • Wide: F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0 • Tele: F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0 Sensitivity • Auto • ISO 50,100,200,320 White Balance • Auto • Daylight • Cloudy • Tungsten • Fluorescent • Flash • Custom (manual) Image parameters • Contrast (3 levels) • Sharpness (3 levels) • Color mode (2 levels, b&w, sepia) Continuous • Normal: 2.2 fps (6 frames @ 2560 x 1920; Standard) • Ultra High Speed: 10 fps (20 frames @ 1024 x 768) • Progressive mode: (stores last frames captured instead of first) Flash • Pop-up (manual) • Modes: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Slow sync • Compensation: +/-2 EV in 1/3 EV steps • Hot Shoe for external flash (Minolta Dynax/Maxxum style fitting) • Flash GN: (ISO 100 equivalent) 8 (m) / 26.2 (ft.) Storage • SD/MMC • 16 MB SD supplied Viewfinder • Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with -3 to +1 dioptre control • 0.3", 114,000 pixels • 16.9 mm eye relief LCD monitor • 2.0 " TFT LCD • 114,000 pixels Connectivity • USB 2.0 (Full-speed only; USB 1.1 equiv.) • A/V out • DC-IN Power • 4 x AA Alkaline or NiMH batteries, NiMH recommended • (Optional AC adapter) In the box

• DiMAGE Z5 digital camera• Neck Strap NS-DG7000• Lens Cap LF-243 set • Accessory Shoe Cap SC-1000 • AV Cable AVC-700 • 16MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card • USB Cable USB-2 • DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM • Four AA Alkaline batteries

Other features

• Spot, Center-weighted & Multi-pattern (256 segment) metering• CCD shift Anti-Shake system• 2 or 10 second self-timer • Exif Print, PIM III, PictBridge and DPOF compatible• Live Histogram• Optional 0.75x Wide-angle Converter ZCW-300 (26mm equiv.)

Weight (excl batt) 340 g (12 oz) Dimensions 108.5 x 80 x 84 mm (4.3 x 3.1 x 3.3 in)

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