Minolta DiMAGE Z1

Announced Aug 7, 2003 •
3 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 38 – 380 mm (10×)
steve Elkins

I have owned my Z1 for a month now; it replaces my 3 yr old point n shoot fuji 2400. its more like the Pentax I used for 20 years, except now I have variable film speeds, flexible shooting modes and an exceptional zoom range all in a lightweight, easy-to-use package. I am impressed; its a good no-brainer point and shoot notebook and an advanced creative tool. The camera is quick and responsive and seems to be able to tackle just about anything. The progressive capture mode is particulary ...

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Andrew Walker

I like this camera. It's a bit different!! Image quality is good but not as good as my Fuji602 at 3MP fine. For the price it makes a useful second camera. The auto focus is fast under the right conditions but hopeless on landscapes containing little detail and when the zoom is almost maximum f/l. The viewfinder is not too good considering the use of the main LCD; rather grainy. Recommend max resolution/fine setting for best prints and screen viewing. Problems: Non yet but I suspect that the ...

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Daavid
 

I am returning it because of the one problem explained below. Images often very good. Battery life good. Manuals are excellent. USB card reader included is excellent. No AC adapter included. Flash works well. I would keep it if had a decent means of adjusting the diopter. Problems: It is virtually impossible to adjust the tiny, slippery, clicking diopter knob. It is too bad; it could have been a very nice camera.

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Djarven
 

I have had my Z1 for about five days now and I think it´s great. It´s my first digital camera so I don´t have so much to compare with. But I must say that this camera really is good, why? Well I think the picture quality is more than enough and all I have spoken to says that u onlu need a 4 MP camera or higher if u are gonna make large prints and come on how often do u print a posterin the size of A4 or higher? Then many features is great and they are very easy to find in the menus. It´s very ...

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JimZ1
 

I originally had my eye on the capable Minolta S414. When I went to purchase the S414, the salesman introduced me to the new Z1. It was a 100 bucks more than the S414 and I didn't want to spend the extra cash on a 3.2 Mega Pixel camera. The Z1 was in a locked glass showcase and it looked so cool and easy to hold. I asked the salesman to take the camera out and once I held it and took a few photos in the store, I was completely sold on it. After reviewing all of the Z1 features, I bought ...

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arn03
 

Funny how two users can produce the opposite opinions. I find the construction not as high quality as more expensive cameras but I can afford the Z1. Normally I get about 200 pictures on a set of NiMH batteries, however if I do not use the camera for a week my NiMH batteries do go fast, especially in the cold. The view finder is great, without reading glasses I can read all and in sunlight the LCD is difficult to see. Problems: No problems after one month of pretty continuous use. Knocked ...

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keith@hk
 

After playing the Z1 for a week, I really like it. The shutter speed is the most important factor that I choose the Z1 (of course because I cannot afford the DSLR). My old DC almost always miss my children's 'special' moment just because of the slow focus and shutter lag. But the Z1 has not failed me in this aspect. The long zoom is also what I am looking for. The VGA movie mode is great also and it let me take some good movies when I am not carrying my DV. Together with all the manual ...

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Doug Bingham

I am a real estate appraiser. I recently dropped by beloved Nikon 885. I loved that camera and used it in my business everyday. The place where I buy my camera's didn't have anymore. They recommended the Minolta Z1, so I ordered it. The Z1 came in today. It was a bittersweet moment. The excitement of something new, over shadowed by the death of a friend. I set my hat to hate the new camera. The Nikon was dark and ominous. The intruder sprang from its sealed box reeking of newness. Shiny and ...

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camfan54
 

WOW!! Just to let you know... I MUST ADD.... I went to the Hockey Heritage game last week in Edmonton. The temperatures ranged from -23 degrees celsius to about -16 degrees. My camera not only held up for 8 hours but took pictures to the end. Some of them are pretty impressive considering the factors. I was very impressed as are many of my friends. Some pictures came out not blurry but wavy- as if they were steaming but I'm sure that was due to the temperature. The zoom was ...

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AWAX
 

I was using this camera for a few days while trying to choose between Z1 and Fuji S5000 (and a few other models). The thing that I absolutely love about this camera is that the autofocus is blazingly fast for a mid-level camera! It felt almost like shooting SLR, the focus and shutter lag were just a slight (or should I say blink) and the overall speed was MUCH better than the competing models. Apparently, Minolta knows what it talks about when it says that this camera is pushed to the speed ...

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