Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z6 Camera review | Storage and Energy
Like most digital cameras nowadays, the Konica Minolta Z6 digital camera supports the Secure Digital memory card. When introducing the Secure Digital memory card, people were shrugging, and saying: "Oh no, not another card, what do we do with it?!" But soon opinions had changed and nowadays this new type of card has become a standard in the digital photography world. The Secure Digital (SD) card is available with various storage capacities and speeds. Thanks to the large market for memory cards, specifically in the SD assortment, the prices of large capacity storage cards have become more and more attractive. The advantage of an SD format memory card is the fact that it can also be used in an MP3 player or PDA, so application possibilities are broader.
SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD Memory card
During testing I chose to use a new type of SD card, the SanDisk Ultra II Plus memory card. As you can see in the product shot, the card can be folded in half which frees a USB interface. It enables inserting the SD Plus card directly from the camera in a USB port without the need of any cable or even a card reader. It's a memory card with a very functional application, which once again makes it clear that memory card application possibilities are nearly unlimited.
Konica Minolta Z6 - AA format batteries
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 is a versatile camera that can be used for every situation. It's an easy to carry around camera that you can take with you wherever you like at which convenience plays a main role. We like the fact that Konica Minolta decided to use AA format batteries for the Z6, especially because of the improved energy consumption compared with the camera's predecessor. AA format batteries are a lot more economical and easier to lay your hands on than the more expensive Lithium-ion battery. Moreover you'd sooner consider buying some spare batteries when they're cheap than running to the store to purchase some costly spare Lithium-ion battery.
Considering 1GB storage capacity:
2816 x 2112 pixels - Fine - 256 images
2816 x 2112 pixels - Standard - 512 images
2816 x 2112 pixels - Economy - 960 images
2272x1704 pixels - Fine - 384 images
2272x1704 pixels - Standard - 768 images
2272x1704 pixels - Economy - 1408 images
1600x1200 pixels - Fine - 768 images
1600x1200 pixels - Standard - 1408 images
1600x1200 pixels - Economy - 2368 images
640x480 pixels - Fine - 3328 images
640x480 pixels - Standard - 4992 images
640x480 pixels - Economy - 6464 images
Movie 320x240 pixels - 30fps - 30 minutes
Movie 320x240 pixels - 15fps - 60 minutes
Konica Minolta Z6 - Resolution settings
The DiMAGE Z6 camera features three different compressions and four different resolution settings from 640x480 up to 2816x2112. If you go for the best, and why wouldn't you, you're best of leaving the resolution in the highest setting and Fine compression. This setting offers the best results and it carries the advantage that the original will always be stored in the highest quality possible. Afterwards you can always create a smaller version of the file.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 - Transferring images
In continuous shooting mode some 11 images can be captured sequentially with a speed of 1.8 images per second in the highest quality. Writing shows a reasonable speed, the DiMAGE Z6 didn't surprise us and offers a neat speed for a camera in this class. In order to be able transferring images to a computer, a USB 2.0 Full Speed connection is available on the side of the camera. It offers an average transfer speed. So if you want to transfer a full card, you need to sit down and take some time. Therefore it might be easier to use an external card reader, unless of course you chose to use the SanDisk Ultra II Plus memory card like I did, which can be inserted directly from the camera in a free USB port.
DiMAGE Z6 energy efficient camera
As I already mentioned, the DiMAGE Z6 camera uses standard format AA batteries to get its power. This is a great advantage because they are cheap and available at every street corner. Konica Minolta standard delivers four alkaline batteries with the camera. It would look good on Konica Minolta if they'd standard provide the buyer with a set of NiMH batteries and a charger. The Z6 digital camera is an energy-efficient camera, it's that efficient that we were able to shoot over 300 images (fully loaded 2500mAh). The average user will be pleased with this amount, and for those who still think they need more power, they can take an extra set of batteries with them without having to dig too deeply into their purse.