Looking like a futuristic spaceship from Buck Rogers, the Konica Minolta DiMage Z20 is a bit over the top in terms of design (though enthusiasts looking for a flashy camera might see this as a plus). Shoot with the camera for a while, and you’ll notice that it’s quite enjoyable to hold, especially since it’s not all that heavy. But this comfortable shape and slick design don’t make up for the camera’s drawbacks in picture quality.
The nonprotruding lens achieves an 8X optical zoom. The 6- to 48-mm zoom—the equivalent of a 36- to 290-mm zoom at 35 mm—has an aperture range of f/3.2 to f/3.4. We were disappointed that there was no image stabilization, which is useful for avoiding blurry shots in low light at telephoto range. We would also have liked to see a larger LCD: 1.5 inches in today’s market seems quite small. The Z20 does feature an electronic viewfinder, which can be used instead of the LCD. The camera’s manual controls are accessible through the menus, rather than by dedicated buttons and knobs, and include the ability to change ISO settings, set a fill flash instead of the auto flash, and set EV compensation.