Konica Minolta Dimage Z2 Review
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
|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
|• Single shot AF
|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
|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)
38 - 380mm equiv. (10x optical zoom)
|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)
|White Balance|| Auto
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|
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)
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)
|Power|| 4 x AA Alkaline or NiMH batteries, NiMH recommended
(Optional AC adapter)
|In the box||
DiMAGE Z2 digital camera
Spot, Center-weighted & Multi-pattern metering
|Weight (inc batt)||305 g (10.8 oz)|
|Dimensions||110 x 78 x 80mm (4.3 x 3 x 3.2in)|
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