The 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.