Konica Minolta Z5 digital camera - Lens
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 certainly draws attention to itself. And not only because of its appearance. That does seem strange at first glance, but it turns out to be a great model which lies comfortably in your hand. On the whole the camera is excellently finished. But the unique part of the Konica Minolta Z5 is definitely the lens. The enormous zoom range makes the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 a versatile camera that can be used on many different occasions. On top of that the lens is of high quality, with little distortion and few purple fringing. The balance remains correct because the lens stays inside the camera when zooming in.
Konica Minolta Z5 - Anti-Shake and Autofocus
That brings us to the second trump of the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5: the Anti-Shake system. No matter how stable you're standing, without photographic aids you wouldn't be able to hold the camera still when using 420mm. The Anti-Shake system compensates the movement of the photographer effectively. It is one of the best systems that exists, and only this could be a valid reason to purchase the camera. Also the responsive auto focus could be another reason. Although you'd have to prevent shooting too many moving objects. But other than that it's an extremely excellent auto focus and the fastest of its class.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 - Well-organised camera
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 is a well-organised camera; also novices will soon learn how to operate the camera. The photographer who likes to stay in charge and prefers optimum control will find some difficulties here. A lot depends on the menu, which is not always the fastest way of adjusting the camera's settings. An extra settable quick button would be warmly welcomed.
Konica Minolta Z5 camera - Image quality
Konica Minolta could also pay some attention to the image quality. Especially regarding the signal/noise ratio. I'd expect cleaner images at ISO 100 by now. To use ISO 320 sensitivity only in an emergency; I can live with that. I admit there are many pixels on a small surface. The overall image quality is fine, no comments about it. They are fine and useful images. Nothing more, nothing less. But this also goes for many cameras in this class.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 - Excellent digital camera
All in all the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 is an excellent digital camera that is versatile applicable. Certainly an ideal camera to take on holiday with you. The camera is compact and can be used on many occasions. And with a budget friendly price to it, it makes the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 a very attractive camera.
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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 - Resolution
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 digital camera features four different resolutions and three different compressions. The best results are obtained if you use the highest resolution and the lowest compression. This way you can also make a smaller version for your web log or e-mail. A file that is stored in the highest quality possible offers more possibilities later on if you want to edit it.
Concerning 512MB storage capacity:
2560x1920 pixels - Fine - 2590kB - 128 images
2560x1920 pixels - Standard - 1360kB - 288 images
2560x1920 pixels - Economy - 750kB - 576 images
2048x1536 pixels - Fine - 1710kB - 224 images
2048x1536 pixels - Standard - 920kB - 480 images
2048x1536 pixels - Economy - 530kB - 832 images
1600x1200 pixels - Fine - 1100kB - 384 images
1600x1200 pixels - Standard - 680kB - 704 images
1600x1200 pixels - Economy - 380kB - 1184 images
640x480 pixels - Fine- 210kB - 2144 images
640x480 pixels - Standard - 140kB - 3232 images
640x480 pixels - Economy - 100kB - 4544 images