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Monday, Aug 29, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review - PC Magazine

Aug 29, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5Like its sibling, the Konica Minolta DiMage Z20, the Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 has a striking design, balanced body, and rugged feel. With its 2-inch LCD screen and electronic viewfinder, you’re able to see subjects in nearly any shooting situation, and the 12X optical zoom brings you close to the action. Unfortunately, compared with our two Editors’ Choice superzooms—the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15—the Z5 just doesn’t measure up in terms of picture quality, particularly when using flash.

The Z5 is a 5MP camera that features a 5.83- to 69.9-mm zoom or, in 35-mm equivalent, a 35- to 420-mm zoom range, with a wide f-stop range of f/2.8 to f/4.5. The electronic viewfinder is a bit grainy, though we found it better than the EVF in the Canon PowerShot S2-IS superzoom.

Antishake technology, a hallmark of the Konica Minolta brand, worked quite well in this camera. The Z5 uses two types of image stabilization: In the Display and Exposure mode, the antishake feature is active when you press the shutter partway down and is viewable on the LCD. In the Exposure mode, the antishake feature is applied during the exposure and is not viewable on the LCD screen. Both antishake features work exceptionally well in bright and low light.

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Thursday, Aug 04, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review - CNET Reviews

Aug 04, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5, like compact megazoom cameras from Kodak, Panasonic, and others, targets the budget-minded photo enthusiast who wants a superbroad zoom range, manual controls, SLR-like viewing, and tons of extra features–without the expense and the size of a digital SLR.

With a 12X zoom, image stabilization, macro focus down to 0.4 inch, and a medium-res 10-frame-per-second ultra-high-speed burst mode, the 5-megapixel Z5 stacks up well against the competition, specwise. However, mediocre image quality and a large, coarse, and rather dim electronic viewfinder limit this diminutive digital’s appeal as an SLR substitute.

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review - LetsGoDigital

May 14, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5All in all the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 is an excellent digital camera that is versatile applicable. Certainly an ideal camera to take on holiday with you. The camera is compact and can be used on many occasions. And with a budget friendly price to it, it makes the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 a very attractive camera. Konica Minolta could also pay some attention to the image quality. Especially regarding the signal/noise ratio. I’d expect cleaner images at ISO 100 by now. To use ISO 320 sensitivity only in an emergency; I can live with that. I admit there are many pixels on a small surface. The overall image quality is fine, no comments about it. They are fine and useful images. Nothing more, nothing less. But this also goes for many cameras in this class.

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Monday, Apr 25, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review - PhotographyBLOG

Apr 25, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 is the replacement for the popular DiMAGE Z3 digital camera and is currently Konica Minolta’s highest-specced ultra-zoom digital camera. The Konica Minolta Z5 offers a 5 megapixel CCD sensor and a 12x zoom lens that is equivalent to 35–420mm on a 35mm camera. To help ensure that your photos don’t suffer from camera-shake, the Konica Minolta Z5 features a unique CCD-shift anti-shake mechanism, which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. In addition, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 offers a full range of semi-automatic and manual exposure modes, futuristic body design, 2 inch LCD screen, rapid autofocus, advanced movie mode and a macro function that that lets you focus as close as 1cm from your subject.

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Saturday, Apr 23, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review - DigiCamReview

Apr 23, 2005 | Category: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5The Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 has improved compared to the Z3 it replaces, they have replaced the screen with a much better 2″ screen, and improved the slightly confusing on/off switch that was on the Z3, however, the upgrade to a 5 megapixel sensor has increased noise levels making the highest ISO setting unusable.

The camera has a very impressive 12x optical zoom lens that allows you to capture subject near or far. The camera’s anti-shake system is pretty much essential for such a large zoom lens, and works very well with photos and videos. The camera lets you use the optical zoom whilst recording videos, which is quite rare, however noise from the lens is recorded on the videos. The camera has a very good super macro mode. The camera has fairly good image quality - let down by high noise, and slightly soft images. The camera is quick to switch on, quick to focus and quick to take photos.

Unfortunately to get the best out of it, you will need to stick to the lower ISO settings, and potentially have to post-process the images afterwards, but it is capable of taking good quality images with very good colour, saturation and detail. Knowing that it is a fast camera, with excellent features, and good value for money, I would recommend this camera, however bear in mind the excellent offerings from Panasonic.

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