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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5

By dpreview staff on Jan 21, 2005 at 07:05 GMT

Pre-PMA 2005: The second addition to Konica Minolta's Z series of digital cameras is the five megapixel, twelve times zoom DiMAGE Z5. Just like the Z3 this camera also features Konica Minolta's unique Anti-Shake stabilization system and has a flash hot-shoe. The Z5 features a larger LCD monitor and a few other subtle specification changes but otherwise appears to be fairly similar to the Z3.

Press Release:

KONICA MINOLTA INTRODUCES THE NEW
DiMAGE Z5 DIGITAL CAMERA

Compact, high-performance 5.0-megapixel CCD digital camera features CCD-Shift Anti-Shake System, 12x optical “Mega Zoom” lens, fastest-in-class*1 Rapid AF, and large, easy-to-view 2.0-inch LCD

Mahwah, NJ (January 24, 2005) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces the new compact DiMAGE Z5 – a superb all-round digital camera that offers a built-in 12x optical Mega Zoom lens, Konica Minolta’s proprietary Anti-Shake System, 5.0-megapixel CCD, fast overall response including Rapid autofocusing (AF), and a large 2.0-inch LCD screen for easy viewing. All of these features combine to ensure that photographers won’t miss a photo opportunity and that the subjects of their photos are big, beautiful, and shake-free.

“The new DiMAGE Z5 is the ideal companion for travel photography as well as everyday picture taking,” said Todd Schrader, vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. “Sophisticated photographers will appreciate everything this high quality versatile digital camera has to offer. Plus, thanks to the camera’s built-in 12x optical zoom lens and Konica Minolta’s innovative Anti-Shake technology, even novice photographers can easily capture clear, sharp detailed views of the world around them.”

The new DiMAGE Z5’s 12x optical zoom lens and 4x digital zoom combine for a total 48x zoom. Konica Minolta’s proprietary CCD-shift Anti-Shake System—the same one used on the top-of-the-line Maxxum 7D and DiMAGE A200 models—is particularly effective at such high zoom ranges. It allows photographers to shoot with shutter speeds four to eight times longer (2-3 stops*2) than when shooting without an Anti-Shake function. It also provides steady, shake-free images taken during the evening or other dimly lit shots which are susceptible to blur because of their slow shutter speed. This means significantly less blur even without a flash or tripod.

To ensure that photographers don’t miss their shot, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 has a Rapid AF that’s the fastest*1 autofocus for digital cameras with predictive focus control. Focusing in a mere 0.2 second (approximately) at wide angle and only 0.3 second (approximately) at telephoto, it’s ideal for capturing any subject, moving or still.

The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 has everything you need to take high-quality pictures: 5.0-megapixel CCD, high-performance GT APO lens, and Konica Minolta’s proprietary CxProcess™ III image processing technology, which gives photographers images as beautiful as those they see with their own eyes.

The DiMAGE Z5 boasts a large, easy-to-view 2.0-inch LCD monitor. This makes navigating menus easier and allows users to see exactly what they’re photographing.

In addition to Rapid AF, the DiMAGE Z5 features a fast startup, short shutter release time lag, Ultra-High-Speed Continuous Advance, Progressive Capture, and Real Motion monitor for smooth display on the LCD. These features combine to let users capture any subject, no matter how fleeting, on the spur of the moment, and not miss a photo opportunity.

In addition to beautiful stills, the DiMAGE Z5 takes high-quality, high-resolution VGA movies that look as good as TV images. These movies are also shake-free thanks to the Anti-shake function.

*1 As of November 20, 2004, for 5.0-megapixel-class digital cameras with built-in lens system and 10X or greater zoom. Based on Konica Minolta’s standard test method.

*2 Depends on the shooting conditions.

*3 PictBridge is an industry standard established by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

Click here for a DiMAGE Z5 Backgrounder (PDF, 55 KB)

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 specifications

Sensor • 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 5.2 million pixels total
• 5.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 2560 x 1920
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 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
File formats • Still: JPEG (EXIF 2.2) - Fine, Standard, Economy
• Movies: MOV (Motion JPEG)
Lens • 35 - 420 mm equiv. (12x optical zoom)
• F2.8 - F4.5
Image stabilization CCD-shift 'Anti Shake'
Focus distance • Normal: (wide) 0.6 m - Infinity, (tele) 1.6 m - Infinity
• Macro: (wide) 10 cm
• Super-macro: (wide) 1 cm
Focus modes • Single shot AF
• Continuous AF (with predictive focus control)
• Full time AF
• Manual focus
Auto focus areas • 5-point Wide Focus Area
• Spot focus area
Digital zoom Up to 4.0x (0.2x steps)
Metering • Multi-segment (256 segments)
• Center-weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 320
Exposure compensation • +/- 2.0 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shuttter speed • Program AE / Aperture priority: 4 - 1/1000 sec
• Shutter priority / manual: 15 - 1/1000 sec, Bulb (max 30 sec)
• Scene modes: 2 - 1/1000 sec
Noise reduction • Automatic
Exposure modes • Programmed AE
• Aperture priority
• Shutter priority
• Manual
• Scene modes
Scene modes • Auto (Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Sunset, Standard)
• Portrait
• Sports
• Landscape
• Sunset
• Night portrait
Exposure bracketing • 3 frames
• 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV steps
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Flash
• Custom (manual)
Self timer 2 or 10 sec
Continuous shooting • 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)
Image parameters • Contrast (3 levels)
• Sharpness (3 levels)
• Color mode (2 levels, b&w, sepia)
Flash • Pop-up (electronic)
• Modes: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Slow sync
• Compensation: +/-2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
• External flash: Hot-shoe
Viewfinder • Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)
• 0.3", 114,000 pixels
• 16.9 mm eye relief
LCD monitor • 2.0 " TFT LCD
• 114,000 pixels
Languages Japanese, English, Germany, French, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified character), Italian, Swedish
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (Full-speed only; USB 1.1 equiv.)
• A/V out
• DC-IN
Storage • Secure Digital
• 16 MB SD card supplied
Power • 4 x AA batteries
• NiMH recommended (Alkaline supplied)
Print compliance • Exif Print
• PRINT Image Matching III
• PictBridge
Weight 340 g (12 oz)
Dimensions

109 x 80 x 84 mm (4.3 x 3.1 x 3.3 in)

Standard accessories 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
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