Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3 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.

Here's the Auto (point-n-shoot) mode screen display. There is minimal information displayed, you can see the image size "2272" and quality "FINE", battery level indicator, AS (Anti-Shake) is on, Auto DSP (Automatic Digital Subject Program) is enabled, Single drive mode, Multi-segment metering, and there is enough room on our SD card for 218 pictures.

Minolta DiMAGE Z3

Shown here are the menu options when using Auto record mode. You can change the Drive mode, Image size and quality, enable or disable Auto DSP, and turn the Digital Zoom on or off.

Minolta DiMAGE Z3

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, drive mode, and # of pictures remaining.

Minolta DiMAGE Z3

When you half-press the shutter release, the AF marks turn red and indicate the area in which will be focused.

Minolta DiMAGE Z3

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 Z3

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 Z3

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

Minolta DiMAGE Z3

And here is a "busy" screen showing Manual capture mode, flash off, Image size and quality, hard sharpening, high contrast, custom white balance, spot metering, continuous drive mode, single AF, ISO 50, and the live histogram display.

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In Macro mode the Z3 can cover 0.1 m (0.3 feet) - 1.0 m (3.3 feet) at Wide Angle and 1.2 m (3.9 feet) - 2.5 m (8.2 feet) at Telephoto. If you need get even closer, Super Macro mode can get as close as 1cm (0.4 in.)

Minolta DiMAGE Z3

You can also manually focus on you subject, just select the Manual focus option in the record menu. You then use the "Up" and "Down" arrows on the 4- way selector to adjust the focusing range. The image then enlarges to check for critical focus.

Minolta DiMAGE Z3

Record mode menu:

    Drive mode - Single, Self-timer, Continuous, Progressive, Bracketing
    Image Size - 2272x1704, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
    Quality - Fine, Standard, Economy
    White balance - Custom set/recall, Auto, Preset
    Key function - Assign various functions for the Flash mode button

    Focus mode - Single AF, Continuous AF 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 (±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps)
    Metering mode - MultiSegment, Center-weighted or Spot

    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 Z3

In Movie mode you can record motion video with audio. The image size can be 640x480 Fine/Standard or 320x240 at either 15fps or 30fps. The length of a video clip is limited only by the amount of available memory on your SD card. Because of the "Silent Zoom" mechanism, you can use the zoom lens during recording.

Minolta DiMAGE Z3

Movie mode menu:

    Quality - 640x480 Fine, 640x480 Standard, or 320x240
    Frame rate - 30fps or 15fps
    White balance - Custom set/recall, Auto, Preset
    Movie mode - Standard or Night mode

    Focus mode - Cont. AF, Single AF, Manual
    Color mode - Natural Color, Vivid Color, B&W (Black&White), Sepia
    Digital Zoom - On, Off

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SETUP menu options:

      LCDbrightness - Adjust the LCD brightness
      Power save - 1, 3, 5 or 10 minutes to auto power off
      Instant playback - 10s, 2s, none
      Lens accessory - None or "WideConvertr"
      Language - Chose the menu language

      File #memory - Sequentially number images
      Folder name - Choose the method for creating folder names
      Noise Reduction - On or off
      Date/Time set - Set the camera's clock and calendar
      Date imprint - Activates Date imprinting

      Reset default - Return all settings to factory default
      Audio signals - Change or turn off audio sound effects
      Focus signals - Change or turn off focus sound effects
      Shutter FX - Change or turn off Shutter sound effects
      Volume - Adjust volume of camera sounds

      Video output - NTSC or PAL format
      Transfer mode - Specify camera use with a computer or printer
      Anti-Shake - Choose Display + Exposure, Exposure only, or disable AS (Off)
      Self-Timer - Select duration of self-timer (2 or 10 sec.)

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