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