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Konica Minolta Dimage Z2 Review

September 2004 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production Konica Minolta Dimage Z2

Announced in February 2004 at the PMA exhibition in Las Vegas, the Dimage Z2 is a direct replacement for the popular Z1, and retains that camera's 'interesting' looks and basic features, adding an all-new APO GT lens, upping the pixel count from 3 to 4 million pixels and improving focus and movie performance. The Dimage Z2 currently sits in the middle of Konica Minolta's 'super zoom' range, above the entry-level Dimage Z10 and below the image-stabilized, 12x zoom Dimage Z3. In an increasingly crowded big-zoom compact market the Z2 takes on similarly specified models from Canon, Olympus and Panasonic, and though it has bags of features and is keenly-priced, it does lack the must-have feature du jour; image stabilization. Here's just a few of the key features:

  • 4 million effective pixels
  • 10x Optical Zoom
  • Full photographic control
  • Flash hot shoe for Dynax/Maxxum flash units
  • Class-leading 800x600 pixel maximum movie size
  • Unique Switch Finder
  • Fast AF with predictive focus
  • 3cm Super Macro mode
  • Powerful pop-up flash
  • USB 2.0 connectivity

Konica Minolta Dimage Z1 vs Z2 (differences)

 

Konica Minolta Z2

Minolta Z1
Sensor Size 1/2.5" 1/2.7"
Effective Resolution 4.0 million pixels 3.3 million pixels
Lens Max Aperture F2.8-3.7 F2.8-3.5
Maximum Image Size 2272 x 1704
2048 x 1536
Maximum Movie Size/Frame Rate • 800 x 600 @ 15fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
Focus • Single shot AF
• Continuous AF
• Manual
• Single shot AF
• Manual
Lens • 6.3 - 63mm (38-380mm equiv)
• GT APO
• 5.8 - 58mm (38-380mm equiv)
Other new features • Optical zoom can now be used in movie mode
• Konica Minolta branding
 

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2 Key specifications

Street price • US: $380
• UK: £240
Body Material Plastic
Sensor • 1/2.5" CCD, 4.2 million total pixels
• 4.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 2,272 x 1,704
• 1,600 x 1,200
• 1,280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 800 x 600 pixels @ 15fps
• 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 240 x 160 pixels @ 30fps
• Duration only limited by card capacity (streaming)
• Motion JPEG (.mov)
• With sound
Lens

• 38 - 380mm equiv. (10x optical zoom)
• F2.8-3.7
GT APO

Focus • Rapid AF using Passive AF and Video AF
• 3-area multi point AF (automatic or user selectable focus points)
• Single shot or Continuous AF (with Predictive Focus)
• Full Time AF
• 7cm macro mode (Wide), 120cm (Tele)
• 3cm 'Super Macro' mode (zoom disabled)
• Manual focus (6 presets)
Shooting mode

• Auto
• Program
• Aperture Priority
• Shutter Priority
• Manual
Scene modes:
Portrait
Landscape
Sports Action
Sunset
Night Portrait
• Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection option
• AE compensation -2.0EV to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps

Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO50,100,200,400
White Balance • Auto
• 5 presets
Custom WB (manual)
Image parameters • Color mode (Natural, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia)
• Contrast (3 levels)
• Sharpness (3 levels)
Continuous 1.5 fps, up to 5 frames
Flash • Built-in
• Auto, Manual on/off, Red-eye reduction: on/off, Slow sync: on/off
• Range (ISO auto): W 0.23 - 6.1m (0.75 - 20 ft), T 1.27 - 4.6 m (4.2 - 15 ft)
• Compensation (-2.0EV to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps)
• Hot Shoe for external flash (Minolta Dynax/Maxxum style fitting)
Storage • SD/MMC
• 16 MB SD supplied
Viewfinder • EVF (hybrid with LCD)
LCD monitor • 1.5" TFT, 113,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0 High Speed (12Mbps)
• A/V out (via multi connector or dock)
• DC-IN
Power • 4 x AA Alkaline or NiMH batteries, NiMH recommended
• (Optional AC adapter)
In the box

DiMAGE Z2 digital camera
Neck strap NS-DG6000
Lens cap LF-242 A
Shoe cap SC-1000
16MB SD Memory Card
AV cable AVC-400
USB cable USB-500
4 AA alkaline batteries
DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM
ArcSoft VideoImpression CD-ROM

Other features

Spot, Center-weighted & Multi-pattern metering
Exif Print, PIM II, PictBridge and DPOF compatible
Optional 0.75x converter lens
Live Histogram
Movie editing in-camera (trimming)

Weight (inc batt) 305 g (10.8 oz)
Dimensions 110 x 78 x 80mm (4.3 x 3 x 3.2in)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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