Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review
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
|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
• 35 - 420 mm equiv. (12x optical zoom)
|Focus|| Video AF system
5-point wide focus area
Wide focus area / Spot focus area with Focus Area Selection
Continuous AF (with predictive focus control)
Focus lock available in Single-shot AF
Macro focus: 0.1m (wide), 1.2m (tele)
Super Macro mode 1cm (0.4 inches)
• Programmed AE
|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
|White Balance||• Auto
• 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.)
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
|Power|| 4 x AA Alkaline or NiMH batteries, NiMH recommended
(Optional AC adapter)
|In the box||
DiMAGE Z5 digital camera
Spot, Center-weighted & Multi-pattern (256 segment) metering
|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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