Like 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.