The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3 is a good ultra zoom camera that could be better. Panasonic still has the lead in this market, in my opinion. The Z3 has a 12X optical zoom lens, which is as big as they come. It’s not as “fast” as the lenses on Panasonic’s cameras but it’s competitive with other ultra zooms. Minolta’s Anti-shake system works to reduce the effects of “camera shake” in both stills and movies. The camera offers a full suite of manual controls and it has a first-rate movie mode as well. In good light, the Z3’s autofocus speeds are stunning — this is one of the fastest-focusing cameras I’ve seen. The Z3 has a hot shoe for an external flash (Minolta brand only) and also supports a wide-angle conversion lens. While small and low resolution, the EVF and LCD on the camera “gain up” in low light, so you can see what you’re looking at. The Z3’s body is easy to hold and everything’s in the right place.