The design of the Z6's predecessor, the DiMAGE Z5, remained almost the same. A striking appearance with a contemporary design are the main words to describe the camera model. When you're holding the camera for the first time and if you're only acquainted with the traditionally designed (digital) camera, you might need some time to get used to the concept, but in no-time it will seem the most normal thing on earth and it will seem that a camera never had looked different to this one. The housing of the Konica Minolta Z6 used for testing has two colours, silver and bronze and it contains a beautiful gold lining around the lens. The model has stayed the same for generations now, with the exception of some details like an enlarged LCD monitor from 1.5 to 2.0 inch.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 digital camera
Picking up the DiMAGE Z6, the handgrip stands out. The grip seems a little stiff at first but the stability benefits from it. The handgrip really adds to the ease of operation. The material used for the Konica Minolta Z6 consists of plastic. One advantage of using this material is the light weight. A disadvantage might be the cheap feeling when touching it, which is not the case with the Z6 digital camera. However, the quality of the buttons could use some improvement. This part of the camera lowers the solid feeling and the quality of the DiMAGE Z6 somewhat. On the other hand, the buttons are well-placed, you would still be able to find them blind-folded. The large commend dial, containing the main settings, is positioned on a prominent spot, right on top of the handgrip. The covers that hide the USB and A/C power adapter connections neatly cover the lot. The battery compartment is found in the handgrip. The cover also hides everything neatly, although a tiny spring would be a good idea for the lid's mechanism in order to give it a more solid entirety. Next to the battery compartment a small lid is placed which gives access to the memory compartment.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 - Ergonomics
The Konica Minolta Z6 digital camera's ergonomics in themselves are fine. The amount of buttons is limited which gives the camera a tranquil appearance. The major action happens on the back of the camera, on the 2-inch sized monitor forming the center of the camera here. At the bottom of the monitor a switch gives you the choice between record and play. During photographing you can switch quickly to play mode using the quick button QV. This is a fast way of working because the camera immediately stands ready to take the next picture.
Konica Minolta Z6 - Electronic viewfinder
Besides the 2-inch sized LCD monitor the Z6 digital camera also carries an electronic viewfinder. This viewfinder doesn't take up a lot of space, which is just as well, otherwise I would have preferred a 2.5-inch sized LCD display. The viewfinder, equipped with a dioptre setting, is placed right above the monitor.
Rendition almost equals that of the monitor, more or less a 100%. On the back of the camera we find a 4-way controller that lets you navigate through the menu and that also lets you carry out exposure corrections. A bit of a nuisance is the lack of icons around some buttons.
Konica Minolta camera - Commend dial
On top of the camera the huge commend dial is found that is easy to operate. Every subject is preceded by a clearly audible click. The commend dial contains the main settings including a number of preset scene modes. These settings come in handy for those who aren't that advanced yet with basic settings of photography or for those who like things to be easy. Right below the commend dial a peculiarly designed zoom button is placed. A quick and easy operable button but it still leaves behind a cheap feeling like the rest of the buttons. Besides the appreciated preset scene modes, you can also choose A, S or M settings. As said before, the DiMAGE Z6 digital camera offers technique and innovations from two worlds, the semi-pro and the advanced photographic world. Which means that the handy scene modes offer the user ease of use in the first place, and the A, S and M settings offer the more enhanced photographer the possibility to use his/her creativity. In the center of the handgrip we find two buttons: macro and flash. And the release button is placed right in front, it's a largely designed button, nicely positioned, with a pleasant pressing point.
Konica Minolta Z6 - Built-in flash
The hotshoe is hidden behind a black cover. Besides the built-in flash the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 is capable of delivering some extra flash power by the application of an external flash. This flash has to be one of the flash units made specifically for Konica Minolta like the Konica Minolta 5600HS(D), 3600HS(D) or 2500(D) flash units. These flash units are equipped with a special shoe that fits the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6. One small disadvantage is that the range of flash units is rather limited, however they are supported excellently and they offer seamless compatibility.