Holding the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 in your hand, it lets you operate nearly all the buttons without having to move your hand. Even people with small hands won't encounter any problems. Putting your left hand underneath the lens gives you a good and solid grip on the camera. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 is ready to shoot after two to three seconds. Most of this time is used up by sliding out the lens. When zooming however, the lens doesn't extend farther, everything else happens internally of the camera. The Konica Minolta Z5 reacts speedily when pressing the release button. Focussing is pleasantly fast. That is; if the subject doesn't move too much. When trying to capture moving subjects, the image freezes while photographing, this means that the subject has changed its position before you actually took the picture. This is annoying, especially if you often shoot moving subjects. This phenomenon is actually the case when the subjects moves to a different focus field. The UHS (Ultra High Speed) auto focus doesn't always deliver the desired result either. More digital compact cameras suffer from it.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 camera - Focussing
An SLR is still very much appropriate for shooting moving subjects. When focussing, bear in mind that the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 features a so-called priority release. This means that the image will also be captured when focussing is not carried out correctly. Very useful for action photography. And because of the ultra fast focus of the Z5 focuses, it won't cause any problems on stationary subjects. Not only does the auto focus do an excellent job with sufficient daylight, also in darker circumstances, like a sitting room, it focuses correctly and rapidly.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 - Monitor
In most cases one will work with the monitor and the enlarged size of 2 inch makes it very pleasant. The image on the screen is superior. No stuttering images, all movements are smooth. The monitor is clear in the dark as well as in bright light. You can choose to have more or a bit less information on your screen. There is still sufficient room to check your image because of the large size of the monitor. This is without doubt, an advantage of the Konica Minolta Z5. The viewfinder offers the same view as the monitor, only a lot smaller of course. The quality is also less, but still fine to work with. The electronic viewfinders are getting better and better, fortunately. Although I still prefer to work with a good quality optical reflex viewfinder.
Konica Minolta Z5 camera - Anti-Shake system
The camera offers a large zoom range which of course you want to use. Precise framing however is rather difficult with the zoom button, zooming is carried out in steps. It is advisable to turn on the Anti-Shake system when using the extreme zoom. It's already activated standard, you'd have to dig into the menu if you want to deactivate it. At a focal length of 420mm it is very difficult to keep the camera still. It is for a reason the sports photographers always work with a tripod, and not only because of the heaviness of the lenses. There is no reason for not using the Anti-Shake system. It consumes very little energy and it works excellently. I was even able to get a sharp picture at 1/30s with maximum telephoto range. Of course I was standing as stable as possible, but a gain of two to three steps certainly belongs to the possibilities. It means that you can still shoot with 420mm and 1/125 to 1/50s. Normally you would have to stick to 1/500s to prevent your image from blur due to movements.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 - Fine operation
The operation is fine for most types of photography. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 reacts quickly to its user, only with action photography the camera doesn't measure up to the standards. Maybe this problem will be solved with the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6, because our experience is that Konica Minolta always pays attention to the consumer's wishes.