Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z20 | Digital Camera Review | Adjustments
If you are looking for a large amount of buttons for operating some functions directly, you will definitely get a surprise. In spite of a collection of quick-buttons positioned on the rear of the camera, the majority of the functions are directly accessible through the well-organized menu. The 4-way button lets you scroll through every page of the menu and an abundance of settings will pass by. Why the Konica Minolta design department left the buttons blank, I don’t know, but it would have made things easier if they carried icons on them. Because, for example, it isn’t obvious now that the 4-way button contains more functions than just serving as a luxurious joystick. Better take the manual and keep it close to you. Actually, this is really the only comment regarding the way of operating, because everything else is obvious and easy through the well-organized menu.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 - Exposure
The DiMAGE Z20 has a standard multi-segment setting that meters a multitude of areas on the image to come to a final calculation. It is possible to choose the spot or centre weighted metering via the Record Menu which offers you some surprising exposure possibilities. Especially in situations with high contrasts changing the standard exposure can create a totally different, but improved result. Playing with the left or right arrow from the camera, exposure compensation of a maximum of 2EV in 1/3EV steps is possible and very precise. However, exposure compensation is hardly necessary for the average image, with the exception of several indoor images. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 features excellent exposure. You could comment on the contrast being rather high, but in fact it is not disturbing and quite usual for digital cameras of this class.
Konica Minolta Z20 - White balance
The camera’s white balance is adjustable and can even be decided manually by adjusting the camera on a white piece of paper in order to obtain the most precise white balance for those circumstances under the same light conditions. The automatic white balance performs very well in daylight in most situations. The day light setting strikes us as somewhat cool. The Fluorescent mode delivered excellent images indoors (with or without flash) where the Auto setting had a tendency to too much red. The average user will prefer the Auto white balance setting, so no or hardly any thoughts have to be spent on light circumstances in order to get a correct image.
Konica Minolta - ISO and Macro
Besides the auto ISO settings, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 is equipped with a number of manual ISO settings. The Z20 offers the possibility to shoot at 50 ISO all the way up to 320 ISO for taking pictures under difficult light circumstances. The 50 and 100 ISO images hardly show any digital noise and the details remain the same. At 200 ISO a slight increase of noise is visible but not very disturbing. ISO 320 shows noise clearly but when the concerning image is printed out, the quality is still outstanding. All in all we can talk of a camera that can join the range of noise-free digital cameras. The detail of an image is pictured sharply when you look closely at a macro image. A macro image made by the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20, with high resolution and strong detail is simply amazing. A slight fading is only visible towards the corners. Remarkable is the fact that the built-in flash can be used very well when taking macro images. Usually we find dark areas on macro images when the built-in flash is used because the flash can't reach the entire subject due to the sharp angle of photographing and the short distance to the subject.
DiMAGE Z20 - Twilight images and Colour rendition
Images made in the early evening at twilight and poor light are of excellent quality because of the low noise values of the camera. Focus remains quick and precise and captures the subject in almost all cases. The twilight images are brightly coloured and details remain vivid. They have true-to-nature colours and it is striking that besides a rather high contrast, rendition is looked upon with great satisfaction. Skin tones and flower colours are not over the top thanks to the white balance that plays a role here too. In general we can say that this digital camera records a photo experience that corresponds with what the majority of the average user intended to capture, an outstanding performance of the Z20!