Apr 6, 2005

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Digital Camera Review

A 12x zoom on the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 is just one of the features of this love-it-or-hate-it designed digtal camera. It is the latest in the range to feature Konica Minolta's unique CCD-shifting Anti-Shake system seen in the A2/A200 and Maxxum 7D digital SLR. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 features a 5-megapixel imager combined with a high-quality GT 12x optical zoom lens. The GT APO lens offers clear, high-contrast, high-resolution images thanks to Konica Minolta’s G lens optical technology. The AD (anomalous dispersion) glass and two aspheric lens elements help correct spherical aberration and curvilinear distortion, factors that can cause problems at high zoom ranges. The high-resolution 5-megapixel CCD combines with the proprietary CxProcess II technology to give photographers images as beautiful as those they see with their own eyes.
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Digital Camera Review

Steve's Digicams has reviewed this camera and has this to say about it-
"The Z5's most appealing feature is the powerful 12X optical zoom which covers a focal range of 35 - 420mm in 35mm equivalence. The lens operates smoothly and produces sharp images throughout its zoom range, but exhibits moderate barrel distortion at the wide angle end and slight pin cushioning at full telephoto. The lens is fairly fast with a maximum aperture of F2.8 (wide) to F4.5 (tele) which allows for the use of higher shutter speeds. Thanks to the AS (Anti-Shake) system, you'll be able to capture images with less hand shake at slower shutter speeds. We always recommend the use of a tripod or monopod for long telephoto shooting, even with cameras that have an AS (Anti-Shake) or IS (Image Stabilized) system. It's a good thing they included the AS system, because the Z5 is very lightweight and prone to camera shake at longer focal lengths.

Bottom line - the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 offers an excellent "bang for your buck" at around $450. We've seen some good improvements over past models and feel it will make a great choice for anyone who is in the market for a powerful and speedy "super-zoom" model. With its abundance of exposure modes, it can be used by any member of your household, its 5-megapixel Fine images will allow you to create photo prints up to 13x19-inch size with plenty of cropping room for smaller prints."

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