Minolta DiMAGE Z1

Announced Aug 7, 2003 •
3 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 38 – 380 mm (10×)
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I love this camera except for the fact that I'm on camera #2; after 30-40 days the little doors in the back fail to open so that I can use the monitor. I am unsure how to get to camera #3, as my 30 day limit is up to return the camera to the store. As others have stated, the battery door seems a little flimsy. I think it will be fine if care is taken. Not much of a problem if you seldom need to change batteries. Battery consumption is minimal; I have 2 sets of rechargeables & have been us ...

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Sony Suryanto
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wonderful thing for the amateur like me Problems: I'm sure, all of us have problem with battery system because its going to very fast exhausted especially if we use in fine picture mode. CurrentlyI use re-chargeable NiMH batteries for it.

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sebaker
 
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Bought the camera finally after reading up on it for months. Of course, only had it for a few days before the Z2 came into sight ... but it doesn't look like the Z2 represents so much of an upgrade that it will upstage anytime soon the very very good bargain the Z1 represents. This Z1 is a whole lotta camera for $300 (shipping included--I went with Abe's, an authorized dealer). Only 3.2 megapixels, but 2048 x 1536 is plenty big for me. The camera is a bit bigger than I expected, and less odd ...

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toni
 
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After Sony F1, Fuji2800, Olympus 730I have Z1 Very good camera for many. I have fan.

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odtaa
 
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I have used my Z1 for over a month and I am impressed. It's has a lot of the features of an SLR - eg the viewfinder and you can set it to be a manual, or set certain features like the speed, appature or a simulation of the speed of film. I have tried the camera out in a range of out door settings and have got some lovely shots - see http://www.bushy.org.uk of wildlife, buildings and park. The pictures have been pressed down for easy loading and do not reflect the quyality of the images. ...

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dancingbear
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Iam age 72, retired. Sarted years ago with Lieca box camera, then to speed Graphic..sheet film, then to Canob TL slr. then family, kids, Powershot P&S. Now, wanted to get back in...purchased Z1 Sept. Let me suggest to anyone with a similar trail, read up on Digital Imaging and puruse forums such as this. Then when you buy, read the manual severaal...for me, many...times. Digital is a very different world than film. In many respects, it is easier and more convenient, but many of the ...

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First Few pictures were shaken, but got the hang of it after few snaps. Good Quality Pictures. Ease of use, especially review and delete mode. Extra-ordinary Zoom. Lens rattling not an issue since it exists even in Canon Telephoto Lens. Problems: Should be more careful while accessing battery and memory compartments. USB port unique, not universal. Absence of dedicated self-timer button. Telephoto Zoom useless without tripod.

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biloxi
 
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I returned it after three days of use... I take Surfing pix. My favorite location is a long hike in and the steep cliff face prevents me from using a tripod. Camera crashed on the best photo opportunity this year. It was all I could do to keep from throwing that piece of junk into the ocean. . Problems: In less than 3 days of use, the mirror locked and I couldn't use the viewfinder any more. The lens rattled Plastic body looks like medal That battery door is a joke. Besides the fact that ...

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Thierry Marc
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I have been using the Z1 for 1 month now and after hundred of shots I must say it exceeds my expectations. A lot of nifty and userfriendly features and really good image quality for 20x30 cm prints Problems: Nothing worth mentionning (except maybe the battery trap which does actually look a bit flimsy)

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wmoze
 
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Initial thoughts on the camera (took it out of the box and didn't have time to read the instructions). Pictures taken at the 2004 Pennsylvannia Farm Show (http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/farmshow/site/default.asp): Pro's -It saves images quickly. My old FujiFilm MX2900 would take forever to save a picture in the best format. This one does it before you can blink twice! -I like the fact that it has a Quick Review button. You can take a picture and then display it (without going into play ...

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