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Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z20 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
The somewhat stiff handgrip of the camera does offer the necessary stability. It certainly is a great help when shooting in telephoto mode, which usually asks more from a photographer concerning the stability than when he is just shooting snapshots. The mat grey housing has some rough elements on it which make the camera lie comfortably in your hand. In practice it does happen repeatedly that cameras with sleek surfaces slip out of the photographer's hands and you can think of the impact that has on a digital camera (meaning: high repairing costs etc). The material used for the Z20 is plastic, but it doesn't give the camera a cheap feeling. The well-know command dial is placed on the handgrip and contains the main functions. It is placed within reach of the thumb of your right hand and can be operated directly by thumb. The internal flash is clearly present and doesn't have to be flipped out manually like it is the case on the Konica Minolta Z5.
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Konica Minolta Z20 - Interfaces and Compartment
The connection for the AC power is not hidden by a cover; the USB interface on the other hand is covered. The operating buttons, mainly found on the rear of the camera, can not be called delicately and are simple to operate, but they do slightly diminish the overall appearance due to their huge size. They are however, very functional! The memory card can be inserted directly into the Konica Minolta Z20 without having to open a cover. The memory slot contains a miniscule cover, it stops dust from getting inside and it automatically makes room when a Secure Digital memory card is being inserted. The bottom of the handgrip offers room to some four AA batteries. The compartment cover is made of the same material as the camera's housing.

DiMAGE Z20 - Operating buttons
The amount of buttons on the back is compactly grouped without descriptions. With the exception of a few buttons on top of the handgrip, all buttons are found on the back of the camera. The bottom dial, the main one, is used for selecting photographing through the monitor, the viewfinder or for reviewing the captured images. The clear click you feel when changing modes with the dial, is very user-friendly but it is possible to turn it to another mode quicker than you expected, so a different mode than the one required might be selected in the end.
DiMAGE Z20 - QV Button and the Four-way switch
The possibility to review a captured image with the OV-button, right after taking it, comes in very handy. The camera responses rapidly to the operations and is also ready very fast for getting on to the next action. The menu button and the four-way switch give you direct access to the menu and the possibility to scroll through it. The monitor on the rear of the Z20 is rather small, only 1.5-inch whereas now sizes like 1.8 and 2-inches are considered to be standard sizes. The viewfinder, placed right above the monitor is provided with a dioptre setting, which is very useful for those who require additional sharpness from the viewfinder.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 - Command Dial
The handy command dial is of course also available on the DiMAGE Z20. Placed on the handgrip. Above the command dial the macro function and a button for flash settings (Auto, fill-in flash, red-eye-reduction, flash with slow shutter speeds and flash OFF) are positioned. Several other functions (Custom Key function) can be assigned to the button for flash settings. The pre-programmed scenes on the dial offer the user more freedom of shooting in a very pleasant way. If however you have outgrown the basic shooting and if you like to dig in deeper you will soon know where to find the A, S or M buttons. The shutter release button is placed in the rounded off corner of the handgrip, it has a rather large size and it is easy to operate.
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