Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z10 Review

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Review posted 8/16/2004

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The DiMAGE Z10 is Konica Minolta's affordable new addition to its Z-series of digital cameras. It features a fast startup time of 0.5 seconds, 8x optical zoom lens, fast and reliable auto focusing with Predictive Focus Control, and an energy-efficient design that allows photographers to capture up to 500 frames using AA alkaline batteries.

The DiMAGE Z10's 8x optical Mega Zoom lens lets you capture everything from sporting events to panoramic scenery. The DiMAGE Z10 combines a 3.2-megapixel primary-color CCD with Konica Minolta's proprietary CxProcess™ II image processing technology for pictures that appear exactly the way they are seen. The Z10's Rapid Autofocus (AF) combines a passive AF sensor with the video AF system, giving a fast focusing time of approximately 0.3 second in both wide-angle and telephoto positions. The Rapid AF also has Predictive Focus Control that predicts where a moving subject is heading and focuses accordingly.

In addition, the DiMAGE Z10 has a Macro mode that allows photographers to get as close as 0.4 inches from their subject. This allows photographers to capture the smallest objects-- such as flowers, insects, or jewelry -- with the greatest detail. The DiMAGE Z10 sports a new, high-tech design. Despite its large 8x optical zoom capability, it weighs just approximately 10.6 ounces. The camera's ergonomic design provides users with a comfortable grip while its intuitive control button layout allows even amateur photographers to start enjoying digital photography in no time at all.


DiMAGE Z10 Features:

  • 8x zoom (36-290mm coverage) with high-speed autofocus and Macro
  • 3.2 megapixel imager for images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • 1.5-inch color LCD with 113,000 pixels
  • Eyelevel color viewfinder with 98% coverage
  • Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority and Manual exposure modes
  • Shutter speeds from 15 seconds to 1/2000 in Shutter priority and Manual exposures modes
  • Digital Program modes: portrait, sports, night portrait and sunset
  • Multi-segment, center-weighted and spot metering modes
  • 640x480 / 320x240 motion video at 15fps/30fps with audio, length limited only by SD card capacity
  • Automatic noise-reduction for one second or longer exposures
  • 5 white-balance settings including custom settings
  • Digital Effects Control for contrast and sharpness
  • Color modes: Natural, Vivid, B&W, Sepia
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 50, 100, 200, and 400 equivalents
  • Playback/QuickView with histogram feature
  • Data imprinting that records date, time and descriptive information on an image.
  • Powered by four standard AA type batteries
  • USB connectivity for Windows and Mac OSX
  • PictBridge, Exif Print, and Epson PRINT Image Matching II compatible






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Minolta DiMAGE Z10

Minolta DiMAGE Z10

Minolta DiMAGE Z10

Minolta DiMAGE Z10

Minolta DiMAGE Z10

Minolta DiMAGE Z10





Minolta DiMAGE Z10

The DiMAGE Z10 compared in size to a standard CD.





Minolta DiMAGE Z10

The Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 and the DiMAGE Z10.





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DiMAGE Z10 Specifications

Number of effective pixels Approx. 3.2 million
CCD 1/2.5-type interline primary-color CCD with a total of approx.
3.3 million pixels
Camera sensitivity AUTO and 64, 100, 200, and 400 ISO equivalents
Lens 6 - 48 mm (35mm equivalent: 36 - 290 mm), f/3.2 - f/3.4, 11 elements in 9 groups
Recording media SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card / MultiMediaCard
File format JPEG, Motion JPEG (MOV) without Audio, DCF2.0 compliant, DPOF (ver. 1.1), Exif 2.2
Number of recorded pixels 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Image file size
(approx. at 2048 x 1536)
Economy:440KB, Standard:830KB, Fine:1300KB,
Movie(15fps, 320x240):340KB/s (approx.)
Storage capacity
(Approx. number of frames using 16 MB SD card at 2048 x 1536)*
Fine Standard Economy Movie recording
(15 fps, 320 x 240)
9 17 32 approx. 42 seconds
* The actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject and media used.
Autofocus system A combination of a passive AF sensor and a video AF system
Autofocus area 3-Point Wide Focus Area
Focus area is selectable between Wide focus area and Spot focus areas with Focus Area Selection
Focus modes Single-shot AF, Continuous AF (with predictive focus control) , Full-time AF
Manual focus is selectable.
Focusing range (from front of the lens) Wide / Tele: 0.5 m (1.6 feet) / 1.5 m (4.9 feet) to infinity
Macro: Wide: 0.01 m (0.03 feet) - 1.0 m (3.3 feet)
Tele: 0.6 m (2.0 feet) - 2.0 m (6.6 feet)
White-balance control Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash), Custom
Metering Multi-segment (256 segments), Spot, Center-weighted
Shutter speed A mode / P mode: 4 - 1/ 2000 seconds, M mode / S mode: 15 - 1/2000 seconds,
Time exposure (max. 30 seconds): Auto,
Digital Program Selector mode: 2 - 1/2000 seconds
Exposure mode Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual
Digital Subject Program Selection Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset, Night portrait, Standard
Exposure compensation ± 2 Ev with 1/3 Ev step
Exposure bracketing 1.0, 0.5, 0.3 Ev increments; Number of brackets: 3 frames
Flash mode With AUTO, Programmed AE and Digital Subject Program selection, Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Slow-shutter sync, Flash cancel With Aperture priority, Manual exposure, or Shutter priority selection, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Slow-shutter sync, Flash cancel
Flash GN 12/39 (in meters/feet at ISO100)
Finder Electronic viewfinder
Diopter -3 - +1m-1
LCD monitor 3.8 cm (1.5-type) low-temperature polysilicon TFT color with anti-reflection coating
Total pixels: 113,000 (approx.)
Self-timer Approx. 10 seconds / 2seconds
Color mode Vivid Color, Natural Color, Black and white, Sepia
Movie recording Number of recorded pixels: 640x480, 320x240
Frame rate: 30 fps* / 15 fps

*not available at 640 x 480
Sharpness / Contrast control Adjustable in 3 levels
Noise reduction User selectable
Printing output control Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II
Interface USB: Full-Speed 12Mbps data transfer with a USB2.0 compatible computer,Video output NTSC / PAL (selected on the camera)
Supported Operating Systems Windows 98*, Windows 98 Second Edition*, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP (Home / Professional), Mac OS 9.0 - 9.2.2, Mac OS X v.10.1.3 -10.1.5, v.10.2.1 - 10.2.8, v.10.3 - 10.3.3

*Users with Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition operating systems must install dedicated driver software included in the DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM.
Battery Camera body: 4 AA batteries (alkaline batteries, rechargeable Ni-MH batteries)
External power source 6V DC (with specified AC adapter)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 109 x 82 x 94 mm / 4.3 x 3.2 x 3.7 inches
Weight Approx. 300 g / 10.6 ounces (without batteries and recording media)
Standard Accessories Battery (four AA alkaline batteries), Neck Strap (NS-DG800), Video Cable (VC-400), USB Cable (USB-3), SD Memory Card (16MB), DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM, Lens Cap (LF-243B)
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)



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