Conclusion: Konica Minolta Z5 digital camera - Lens The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 certainly draws attention to itself. And not only because of its appearance. That does seem strange at first glance, but it turns out to be a great model which lies comfortably in your hand.
Conclusion: In an increasingly crowded 'super zoom' market the DiMAGE Z5 offers a combination of features only matched by Panasonic's FZ5 and FZ20 models. It's fast and easy to use, offers reliable exposure and focus (save for some hunting at the long end of the zoom) and is excellent value for money.
Pros: Excellent handling and operation, Very effective Anti-Shake system, Fast and responsive in use, Very fast focus - and generally very accurate too, Generally good color, good white balance in daylight (though see cons, below), Excellent range of controls, Nice screen, Very low chromatic aberration...
Cons: Visible noise at even low (100) ISO settings, ISO 320 setting virtually unusable, Images look a bit soft, need sharpening in post-processing, Images can be over-contrasty - losing highlight/shadow detail in bright conditions, Occasional mild color casts, Poor auto white balance in artificial ligh...
Excerpt: The Z series is one of the few ranges of digital cameras that look absolutely nothing like any film camera because of the unique futuristic design. The casing is plastic over a metal chassis, and the build quality is excellent: light and delicatebut in the same time it feels very strong and solid.
Summary: The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 features a 5-megapixel imager combined with a high-quality GT 12x optical zoom lens. The GT APO lens offers clear, high-contrast, high-resolution images thanks to Konica Minolta's G lens optical technology.
Excerpt: The DiMAGE
Z5 ($500) is an update to 2004's DiMAGE Z3 from
Konica Minolta. For the most part, the new features
aren't earthshaking. They include:
Pros: 12X optical zoom lens, Anti-shake image stabilizer, Blazing AF performance in good light, Full manual controls, Supports wide-angle conversion lens and external flash (Minolta only), Large 2" LCD display, Good redeye test performance, Excellent macro and movie modes, Can use optical zoom in movie...
Cons: Soft images at default settings; noise levels a little above average, Poor low light focusing; no AF-assist lamp, Lens is on the "slow" side compared to competition (read: Panasonic, Sony), EVF resolution is lacking, Smaller shutter speed range (and no more bulb mode) compared to the DiMAGE Z3, S...
Conclusion: The Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 offers a value for money entry into digital cameras with a 12x optical zoom lens. It does have clear strengths and weaknesses, being much better outdoors than inside when the light is not so bright.
Pros: 12x optical zoom gets you in close, Advanced movie mode with zoom, Pop up flash well positioned
Cons: Photos have a tendency to be dark, Shots indoors in lowlight lack sharp focus
Summary: The Konica Minolta
DiMAGE Z5 is almost twice the price of the Konica Minolta
DiMAGE Z20 that I reviewed last week, but is it twice the camera? The Z5 has several key features that differentiate it from the cheaper Z20.
Excerpt: Introduction: The Konica Minolta Dimage Z5, is available for around £267 - and is a 5 megapixel digital camera, with an impressive 12x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-420mm on a 35mm camera), and a large 2" TFT screen. The camera is enclosed in a silver or black plastic body.
Pros: 12x Optical Zoom Lens, Anti-Shake CCD Technology is very good, Quick turn-on, continuous shots, focus etc, Very good movie mode (VGA/30fps with zoom and sound), Good image quality (very good colour, good saturation and detail), Excellent super macro mode, 2" screen (much better than the Z3s), Bet...
Cons: High noise (noise visible at ISO50, and unusable at ISO320!), Slightly soft images, Manual pop-up flash, 4-way controller / middle 'OK' button has no labels