Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review
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The DiMAGE Z5 shares the innovative Konica Minolta CCD-shift Anti-Shake System found on the high-end Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D SLR and DiMAGE "A" series digital cameras. The CCD-shift Anti-Shake System compensates the effect of camera shake for hand-held dim light photography and telephoto shots - both of which are susceptible to the effects of camera shake because of their slow shutter speeds, photographers can now get steady, blur-free images without the use of a flash or tripod. Unlike an optical system, Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake System uses a unique CCD-shift mechanism. This keeps the lens compact and the camera lightweight.
With Konica Minolta's unique CCD-shift Anti-Shake System accompanying the camera's built-in 12x optical zoom lens, the Z5 provides photographers of all levels with very steady and sharp hand-held telephoto shots. Its speed also enables photographers to get those action shots right away with Rapid Autofocus (AF) - the fastest auto focus in its class. The camera's AF also has a Predictive Focus Control for unmatched high-speed focusing that gives you the ability to capture fast moving subjects.
The DiMAGE Z5 is fast, it's ready to go in just 1.9 seconds after powering it on and focuses in approximately 0.2 seconds at wide angle and approximately 0.3 seconds at telephoto. In Continuous AF, the DiMAGE Z5 includes Predictive Focus Control, which allows users to capture sharper images of moving subjects--like a child running in the backyard. The DiMAGE Z5 also offers improved AF accuracy through 5-point Area AF, which gives five focus areas that overlap horizontally and thus reduce AF failures that occur when subjects appear in between focus areas and cause a perspective conflict.
The DiMAGE Z5's 2.0-inch LCD makes it easier to take pictures, easier to play back and view stills and movie clips, and easier to navigate menus. The movie recording function allows users to take high-resolution movies that are as beautiful as TV programs or footage taken with a video camera. In addition to the VGA-size (640 x 480 Standard) mode that captures movies at 30 frames per second, Konica Minolta has added a high-quality-image Fine mode (640 x 480 Fine). Night Movie mode compensates for low conditions and lets you shoot color movies at night or in a dark room. The Silent Zoom feature employs a newly developed Silent Zoom mechanism that greatly reduces how much noise from the optical zoom is picked up while shooting movies with sound.
The optional Wide Converter Kit allows users to fit more of a scene into each shot. The lens has a 26mm wide angle that is ideal for capturing indoor or outdoor architecture and panoramic landscape shots. The Z5 is also equipped with a powerful built-in flash. But if even more flash power is needed, the camera accepts the Konica Minolta Program/Maxxum Flash 3600HS(D) 5600HS(D) or 2500(D) accessory flash units on the built-in hot shoe.
DiMAGE Z5 Features:
The DiMAGE Z5 compared in size to a standard CD.
The 5-megapixel DiMAGE Z5 and the 4-megapixel DiMAGE Z3.
Almost physically identical, the Z5 sports a larger 2-inch color LCD.
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