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Ilse Jurriën : October 6th 2005 - 23:35 CET

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 review

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Konica-MinoltaKonica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 review : Konica Minolta enhanced their series Megazoom digital cameras with the new 6 Megapixel Konica Minolta Z6. Konica Minolta seem to be getting a liking for it, their series of Megazoom cameras have grown to several generations now. The introduction of the DiMAGE Z6 digital camera makes Konica Minolta surpass themselves by raising the resolution once again, this time from 5 to 6 Megapixels. Of course the size of the 2 inch format LCD monitor is kept the same, going back to a smaller size would be impossible. The Konica Minolta Z6 digital camera combines a large optical range with the renown and very much appreciated Anti-Shake system which form the major points of this newly introduced digital camera.
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The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 is the successor of the Z5. Besides an increase of resolution from 5 to 6 Megapixels and an improved energy consumption there is not much more new on it other than the fact that it is a logical step for Konica Minolta to enter the 6 Megapixel class. Compared with its competitors the DiMAGE Z6 is a striking digital camera. The design strongly distinguishes itself from the traditionally designed camera, and it appears to attract the consumer. The obvious handgrip offers fantastic support and gives the camera a comfy hand-fit. The material used (plastic) doesn't diminish the overall quality feeling with the exception of the buttons; unfortunately we don't appreciate them too much.

DiMAGE Z6 - 12x optical zoom
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 incorporates a 12x optical Mega Zoom lens and large 2.0-inch LCD monitor into a compact and easy to hold camera design. The DiMAGE Z6’s built-in 12x optical zoom lens and 4x digital zoom capability combine for a total zoom range of 48x. In addition, Konica Minolta’s proprietary CCD-shift Anti-Shake system allows photographers to shoot with shutter speeds four to eight times longer (2-3 stops) than when shooting without an Anti-Shake system. The Anti-Shake system also works to give steady, shake-free images in twilight or other dimly lit situations, which are susceptible to blurring because of the slow shutter speeds used. This means significantly sharper images even without the use of a flash or tripod. The Konica Minolta Z6 has everything you need to take high-quality pictures: 6 effective Megapixels, high-performance GT APO lens, and Konica Minolta’s proprietary CxProcess III image processing technology.

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
Thanks to its energy-efficient design, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 lets users enjoy picture-taking longer with four widely available AA Alkaline batteries that power the camera for up to approximately 240 shots, as well as compatibility with high-capacity rechargeable Ni-MH batteries for up to approximately 420 shots.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 digital camera review
The Konica Minolta Z6 stayed with us for a while and during that time it was tested comprehensively in practice. Click on the link below to read our experiences in the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 review.

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