|Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 digital camera review : Konica Minolta introduced the DiMAGE Z20 worldwide at the beginning of this year, 21 January 2005, to tell you precisely. The new Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 is equipped with a 5 Megapixel CCD image sensor and features an 8x optical zoom lens. The digital cameras from the DiMAGE Z-line are very popular and feature a most attractive price. These mega zoom digital cameras have been working on an impressive march lately and are definitely conquering a part of the market share. Unlike its brother, the DiMAGE Z5, the Konica Minolta Z20 has to do without the handy anti-shake system; nonetheless the Z20 offers just about everything an enhanced amateur can wish for.
Konica Minolta Z-series digital cameras
The Z-series, already available for some time now in today's market, remain the odd one out of the Konica Minolta assortment. Qualifying the camera as an entry-level would derogate from the concept, but ranging it as a semi-professional wouldn't be right either. Let's just say that the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 is a digital camera that will be warmly welcomed by the beginning photographer and it will also certainly be appreciated by the advanced one, in fact a perfect digital camera for the crowd. The DiMAGE Z20 is equipped with an advanced auto focus (Rapid AF) and this makes the Z20 stand out from competing digital cameras. The design is definitely not a traditional one; even somewhat futuristic, but ergonomically it is perfectly right.
Konica Minolta Z20 - Mega Zoom
Konica Minolta definitely are the first in line concerning innovative developments like the application of a large optical zoom range. They were the first to introduce the so-called Mega Zoom to the public. The mega zoom still featured a huge size then, compared to the compact ones nowadays which are also built-in. An 8x optical zoom is not the maximum reachable size, like the 12x zoom on the DiMAGE Z5, but it will certainly appeal to the user. Despite the large optical zoom, the camera remained remarkably compact and surprisingly light weighted.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 - Versatile
Besides a fully automatic exposure program with handy pre-programmed scenes, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 also offers manual settings like aperture and shutter speed priority. The Rapid AF technique ought to guarantee swift focus and qualifies, together with a fast startup and hardly any interval of release, as one of the fastest cameras in its class. The Konica Minolta Z20 does not only take still images, operating in video mode it also records moving images with a resolution of 640x480 pixels. We've had the camera in our possession for a while and we put it through our test ceremony. How the Z20 defended itself you can read in the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 digital camera review.
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