Reviews and Problems with Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5
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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Digital Camera Review
10 September 2013
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. Aside from a 5MP sensor and a couple of minor specification changes, the DiMAGE Z5 is almost identical to the Z3.
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 and little purple fringing, Clear, fast and easy to use menu system, Superb battery life - even with alkalines, Excellent Super Macro mode, External flash and wide adapter le...
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 light, Mild under exposure, Lens a bit slow (F4.5) at the long end of the zoom, Some focus problems in low light at the tele end of the zoom, No autofocus illuminator
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. On the whole the camera is excellently finished. But the unique part of the Konica Minolta Z5 is definitely the lens.
Excerpt: Continue on to Features & Controls DiMAGE Z5 Specifications CCD imager 1/2.5-type interline primary-color CCD 5.2 million total pixels 5.0 million effective pixels Number of recorded pixels 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480 Lens 5.83 - 69.9 mm (35mm equivalent: 35 - 420mm), f/ 2.8 - f/ 4.5, 13 elements in 10 groups Autofocus system Video AF system Autofocus area 5-point wide focus area: Wide focus area / Spot focus area with Focus Area Selection Focus...
Excerpt: The DiMAGE
Z5 ($500) is an update to 2004's DiMAGE Z3 from
Konica Minolta. For the most part, the new features
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 mode, Histograms in record and playback mode
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, SD card slot cover ready to break off at any moment, Camera bundle is not great
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. The 12x zoom offers an increased focal range of 36-420mm, whilst the built-in image stabilisation really will make a difference to your photos, allowing you to effectively handhold the camera and get the best out of that massive zoom.
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. It records unlimited 640 x 480 / 30fps videos with sound. The camera's size is: 108.5 x 80 x 84 mm.
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), Better on/off switch and mode selector than the Z3, Takes AA batteries, Very low purple fringing, Manual focus, manual aperture, manual shutter, Night movie mode
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
Summary: There's a lot wrong with the Dimage Z5, from its bargain-basement construction to its average image quality. But there's a lot right with it, too, especially its superb macro and telephoto flexibility, stunning Movie mode and manual exposure modes. If you want a fun camera that does almost everything, take a look at this one. This my digital second camera and have had ti for about a month.