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Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z5 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 is certainly striking as far as its appearance is concerned. The camera looks absolutely futuristically. The design was inspired by a study model of the year 1966. It took me a while to get used to it, but in the end I think it is a successful design. Especially the black model of the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 looks particularly beautiful. Compared with the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3 the DiMAGE Z5 underwent few changes, apart from the visibly enlarged monitor.
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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 camera - Design
The handgrip dominates the face of the camera. It seems thin, but it is sufficient to get a good grip on the camera. You won't drop the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 just like that. The somewhat rough surface of the camera feels rather pleasant. Although the Konica Minolta Z5 is made of artificial material, (plastic), it certainly doesn't feel cheap. All buttons are positioned in a logical and easy to reach spot when you hold the camera in your hand. The buttons themselves have a lesser quality look on them; it diminishes the solid feeling of the camera a bit, a pity. Remarkable is the fact that you have to pull out the flash if you want to use it. It doesn't flip out automatically. This is not only the case on the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5, other models feature the same 'non-flipping out' flash. The hinge construction of the flash however is carried out greatly. The USB and A/C power connections are neatly hidden behind rubber, so dust and water are likely to have less affect on the contacts. Below the handgrip we find the cover for four batteries. The mechanism to close the cover feels very solid. This is not the case with the memory card compartment cover. This cover at the bottom of the camera opens too easily. Although the card won't fall out, it doesn't give me a secure feeling.

Konica Minolta Z5 digital camera - QV-button
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 digital camera hasn't got an abundance of buttons and the buttons are almost all placed on the back of the camera. One button gives you the choice to shoot through the monitor, through the viewfinder or to review images on the monitor. This button is extremely easy to operate, and it might happen that you find the camera in a different mode than what you thought it was in! During photographing you can use the QV-button to quickly review an image that you just captured. The advantage is that the Z5 will be ready immediately for shooting the next image if you press the release button again. The QV-button functions as a recycle bin at the same time.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 camera - Four-way dial
The AV-button is the information button. With it, you navigate through the data shown on the monitor. For example the live histogram. Above the menu button, you find the four-way dial. This one lets you scroll through the menu, or change a focus point or carry out an exposure correction. It is the most important dial of the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5. The Z5 is also equipped with a viewfinder, that unfortunately hasn't got a rubber eye cap, but it does offer a dioptre setting. This enables you to adjust the viewfinder to a minor eye deviation, which is quite a luxury for a camera in this class.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 - Command dial
On the handgrip we find the zoom button that feels somewhat cheap. On top of the camera we find the command dial for the programs, some icon programs are amongst them. These programs are ideal for people whose photographic skills need to be worked on. An advanced photographer will soon turn the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 to the A, S or M mode. These options on the Z5, offer the beginning photographer the possibility to grow to higher photographic skills with this camera. The button for macro images is placed in front of the command dial. Next to it we find the button for flash settings that can also contain other functions. This is very useful if you use another setting a lot more often. Finally we come to the release button, right at the front of the handgrip. The pressing point is great and the button is placed on an excellent spot.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 - External flash
Besides a built-in flash the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 is also capable of working with an external flash. It has to be equipped with a special shoe, because Konica Minolta features a different connection. The advantage is that the flash is connected to the camera in an extremely solid way. The disadvantage is that you can't just borrow an average flash of someone else.
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