Minolta DiMAGE Z1 Review

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Record Modes & Menu Options

Note that all onscreen images and overlay data can be displayed on the EVF or the color LCD, just flip the display control switch located on the back.


Minolta DiMAGE Z1

In Program AE mode the camera selects the best combination of both shutter speed and aperture automatically. Icons indicate flash mode, image size and quality, ISO speed if other than automatic, metering mode, shutter speed, aperture, drive mode and # of pictures remaining.



Minolta DiMAGE Z1

In Shutter priority mode you set the shutter speed desired to freeze rapid action or blur motion and the camera automatically selects the proper aperture setting.



Minolta DiMAGE Z1

In Aperture priority you set the desired aperture for control of depth of field and the camera will automatically match the proper shutter speed.



Minolta DiMAGE Z1

In Manual mode you have control of both the shutter speed and aperture value.




Minolta DiMAGE Z1

The Z1 in Macro mode focuses as close as 3.9 inches in Wide and 47.2 inches in Telephoto. The Super Macro setting will get you as close as 1.6 inches from the lens.



Minolta DiMAGE Z1

Record mode menu:

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      Drive mode - Single, Self-timer, Continuous, Progressive, Bracketing
      Image Size - 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
      Quality - Fine, Standard, Economy
      White balance - Custom set/recall, Auto, Preset
      Key function - The function assigned to the flash mode button (flash mode, drive mode, white balance, focus mode, and color mode.)

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      Focus mode - Autofocus or Manual
      Full-time AF - Enable/disable continuous autofocus
      Flash mode - Auto, Red-eye, Fill, Fill+Red-eye, Slow sync.
      Flash comp. - Adjust flash output level
      Metering mode - MultiSegment, Center-weighted or Spot

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      Sensitivity - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
      Digital zoom - Enable/disable Digital zoom
      Color mode - Natural, Vivid, B&W or Sepia
      Sharpness - Hard, Normal, Soft
      Contrast - High, Normal, Low




    Minolta DiMAGE Z1

    In Movie mode you can record motion video at 15fps or 30fps with or without audio. The image size can be VGA (640x480), 320x240 or 160x120. The length of video clips at 640x480 (30fps) can be up to 30 seconds, 640x480 (15fps), 320x240 or 160x120 are limited only by the amount of available memory on your SD card.

    Because the DiMAGE Z1 can capture large, high-quality VGA (640 x 480) movies, image sharpness and brightness is very important. During recording the DiMAGE Z1 will continue to focus to provide the sharpest possible image. The optical zoom cannot be used during movie recording, digital zoom can be used in 320x240 or 160x120 resolution. The night-movie mode can make color recordings under extreme low-light conditions.



    Minolta DiMAGE Z1

    Movie mode menu:

      Image Size - 640x480, 320x240 or 160x120
      Frame rate - 30fps or 15fps
      Audio - On or Off
      White balance - Custom set/recall, Auto, Preset
      Movie mode - Standard or Night mode











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