Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review
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Features & Controls
The DiMAGE Z5 uses a Minolta GT APO 12x Mega-zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent coverage of 35 - 420mm. The maximum aperture is f/2.8 - 4.5 and the all-glass lens is constructed of 13 elements in 10 groups.
The optional Wide-angle Converter ZCW-300 KIT includes a 0.75x wide-angle lens to let you
include more of the scene in your composition. With its 26mm wide angle, the converter
lens is ideal for panoramic landscape shots or architectural photography, as well as tight
The DiMAGE Z5 uses Rapid AF to ensure sharp images with minimum delay. Rapid AF uses a passive AF sensor to instantly estimate the distance to the subject and the camera's CCD to determine the precise focus point. A high-speed drive focuses the lens quickly and smoothly.
Macro range: 0.1 - 1.0 m (0.3-3.3 ft) at wide angle and 1.2 - 2.5 m (3.9-8.2 ft) at telephoto.
Super Macro can focus as close as 1 cm (0.4 in.)
The Z5 features Konica Minolta's unique CCD-shift Anti-Shake System. This system really
helps to minimize the effect of camera shake This allows you to capture steady and
sharp, hand-held telephoto shots at 2 to 3 shutter speeds slower than on cameras without
an image stabilization function.
The Z5 has a separate EVF (electronic viewfinder) and LCD. The EVF is a tiny color LCD monitor in the eye piece for display. It has full dioptric adjustment and approx. 100% field of view coverage.
On the back is a large 2-inch color LCD with 114,000 pixels of resolution.
In low-light conditions, both the EVF and LCD automatically brighten to provide a clear,
full-color view of your subject and help you compose your shot. Display options
include a histogram in both record and playback modes. The switch beneath the LCD
allows you to quickly switch between the LCD or EVF display.
The Z5's built-in flash has modes for Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, and Slow shutter sync. (in Auto / P / Scene modes.) And Fill-flash, Fill-flash with red-eye reduction, Slow shutter sync. (in A/S/M modes.)
Using the hot shoe connector you can attach the high power Minolta Maxxum
Program Flash 5600 HS (shown), Program Flash 3600 HS or the compact 2500D flash which offer
versatile functions such as auto power zoom and test flash. (Note that the Z5 does not
make use of the flash's focus-assist beam feature.)
Inbetween the shutter release and the Mode Dial are the Focus and Flash mode buttons, and the camera's built-in microphone and speaker.
The Mode Dial (Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority,
Manual, Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Sunset, Night Portrait, Auto, and Movie).
Below the mode dial is the zoom lens control, in Playback it functions as the magnify
and index control.
Controls on the back: the Power button, next to that is the Playback - Rec. LCD - Rec. EVF
mode switch. The 4-way selector lets you navigate menus
and select images during playback, the button in the center accepts menu selections. The
"QV" button lets you quickly view the last image captured, press it a second time to
delete the image. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menus. The "i+" button
controls the amount of data overlayed on the EVF/LCD and the playback modes.
The Z5 is equipped with a Secure Digital card slot and ships with a 16MB SD
card. Compatible with any size SD card, we tested it with the extremely fast
and spacious ATP 60x 1GB SD card.
The I/O ports are located on the left side. The USB port (Full speed ~12Mbps)
also handles the Audio-Video Out cable, the format is NTSC or PAL (selectable.)
Below that is the DC INput jack for an AC adapter or external battery pack.
The Z5 uses four standard AA type batteries, this means you can use alkaline, one-use lithium or high-capacity NiMH rechargeables. As always we recommend using NiMH batteries, they last longer, save you money, and are more environmentally friendly.
Konica Minolta claims an approx. number of recorded images/continuous playback of: 170 frames/220 min. with alkaline batteries, 320 frames/300 min. with 2300mAh NiMH batteries. Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) Standard with SD memory card.
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