Mar 8, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review

The DiMAGE Z5 ($500) is an update to 2004's DiMAGE Z3 from Konica Minolta. For the most part, the new features aren't earthshaking. Digital Camera Resource Page has a review up on their site here.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5

The DiMAGE Z5 looks just like the Z3 -- a futuristic-looking, black-colored ultra zoom camera. It has the same 12X zoom Minolta GT lens and useful Anti-shake system as its predecessor, as well. The lens is nice, though Panasonic still has the edge in this department, as even their bottom-end ultra zoom's lens is faster. Camera performance on the Z5 is excellent in all respects, from startup to focusing to playback. The only performance-related area in which the Z5 fails is low light focusing, where it is quite poor. That's too bad, as both the LCD and EVF are visible in those conditions. The Z5 features a full set of manual controls, including manual focus, and it also supports a hot shoe (Minolta brand only) -- the Panasonic DMC-FZ5 lacks both of those abilities. Another area in which the Z5 really shines is in the movie mode department: you can record VGA size videos at 30 frames/second until the memory card is full. You can even use the zoom lens while filming!
* 5.0 Megapixel CCD (versus 4.0 on the Z3)
* 2.0" LCD display (versus 1.5")
* Improved battery life
* Smaller shutter speed range, no more bulb mode