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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review

March 2005 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5

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.

  • 12x optical Mega Zoom and 4x digital zoom
  • CCD-shift Anti-Shake System
  • Fastest-in-class*1 Rapid AF with Predictive Focus Control
  • 5.0-megapixel CCD
  • CxProcess III image processing technology
  • High-resolution, shake-free VGA movies
  • Large 2.0-inch LCD, compact body, and fast response
  • Super Macro mode for shooting subjects as close as 1 cm from the lens

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Key specifications

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)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area


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