Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2

The DiMAGE Z2 is the second in a series of easy-to-use, powerful SLR-type digital cameras and a step up from the groundbreaking DiMAGE Z1. The DiMAGE ...

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published 17/05/2005 | lennyduffy
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Pro full manual control,big zoom,good video mode,image quality
Cons size of body,clunky mirror flip viewfinder,plastic build quality
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"Konica Minolta Dinage Z2"

I originally was looking for a digital camera to take over where my Olympus c220 zoom left off, but when i made a list of my desired features it became clear i would have a lot of looking to do. I needed my camera to take good indoor and outdoor photos of the kids/landscapes , Astronomy is a hobby of mine and so full exposure control was required .
Three cameras came to the front after ages of research,fuji s5000,olympus 450uz and this the Z2.
The Z2 won because it has all the features i required and more.Great image quality with A4 prints easy thanks to a 4 MP ccd,fully manual control from 1/1000th sec to 30 sec exposure, long 10x optical zoom with minimal distortion ,excellent battery life and what really won it? The camera's ability to take 640x480 movies at 30 frames per sec(as smooth as tv)or even 800x600 at 15fps with sound of course. Got some great clips of the kids and these can be up to 8 mins long at 640x480 30fps.
The bad bits, the mirror flip mechanism to get the image up to the eyepiece sounds clunky and expensive if it goes wrong,all round build is light and plasticy next to the olympus.Worst of all with this camera is the size of it , very awkward to get in a pocket and i tell you i am seriously considering a change because of this. I find the camera not coming along with me all the time and it seems a waste....

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Product Information : Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2

Manufacturer's product description

The DiMAGE Z2 is the second in a series of easy-to-use, powerful SLR-type digital cameras and a step up from the groundbreaking DiMAGE Z1. The DiMAGE Z2 also boasts the Rapid AF (Autofocus) and high-quality VGA/SVGA movie functionality of its predecessor. This time, Konica Minolta has raised the bar with the adoption of a GT lens and a 4-megapixel resolution, delivering picture clarity at the very top end of the spectrum. The addition of a Predictive Focus Control has increased the speed of the AF function, which means that shooting sports events or any moving object are even more easy. With its 4-megapixel resolution, the DiMAGE Z2 will appeal to users with a slightly more developed appreciation of high-resolution photography. Why not use the DiMAGE Z2 to capture those everyday yet significant occurrences that happen when close friends and family spend time together? The DiMAGE Z2's simple operation makes it easy to keep a record of those precious moments. Whether it's a child's first faltering steps, a day trip with your family, camping in the middle of the great outdoors, or just leisure time spent with those you love, the DiMAGE Z2 can help you capture those images forever. All the things that you love about digital photography are here: in addition to high resolution pictures and an excellent zoom, the DiMAGE Z2 delivers speed in bundles. Quick start up, fast-reacting LCD display, Rapid AF, minimal release time lag, super-fast continuous advance records and quick playback are all testaments to the speed of the DiMAGE Z2.

Product Details

Product Description: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital SLR Camera

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 4.0 Megapixel

Lens System: 10 x zoom lens - 6.3 - 63 mm - f/2.8-3.7

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Electronic - colour

Display: LCD display - 1.5", LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5" - colour

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 11 cm x 8 cm x 7.8 cm

Weight: 0.3 kg, 305 g

Battery: 4 x battery - AA type - Alkaline

Flash Memory: 16 MB

Supported Flash Memory: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card

Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode

Lens Aperture: F/2.8-3.7

Min Focus Range: 50 cm

Focal Length: 6.3 mm - 63 mm

Optical Zoom: 10 x

Red Eye Reduction: Built-in

Microphone: Microphone - built-in

General

MPN: 2725-301, V2725101A, DIMAGE Z2, 2725301, 2725-101

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital camera - SLR-type

Sensor Resolution: 4.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 4,200,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 4,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Optical Zoom: 10 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Auto Focus: Hybrid

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 3

Digital Video Format: MJPEG

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Width: 11 cm

Depth: 8 cm

Height: 7.8 cm

Weight: 305 g

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Metering Zones: 256

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, night portrait, sports mode, sunset

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Vivid

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, Flash, daylight

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 10 x zoom lens - 6.3 - 63 mm - f/2.8-3.7, Zoom lens

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 38 - 380mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Macro Focus Range: 0.1-1.0m

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 7 groups / 11 elements, 7 group(s) / 11 element(s)

Features: Aspherical lens

Focal Length: 6.3 mm - 63 mm

Auto Focus: Hybrid

Auto Focus Points (Zones): 3

Min Focus Range: 50 cm

Lens Aperture: F/2.8-3.7

Optical Zoom: 10 x

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 12

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: Flash +/- compensation

Effective Flash Range: 0.23 m - 6.1 m

Red Eye Reduction: Built-in

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 2.5 frames per second, 1.5 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Additional Features: Audio recording, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, auto power save, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, PRINT Image Matching, progressive shutter system, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock

Self Timer: Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Field Coverage: 98%

Dioptric Correction Range: -3 to +1

Display

Type: 1.5" LCD display, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5" - colour

Resolution: 113,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Display Form Factor: Built-in

Display Format: 113,000 pixels

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Expansion Slot(s): 1 x SD Memory Card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, ArcSoft VideoImpression

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98, Apple Mac OS 9.2, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS 9, Apple Mac OS, Apple Mac OS 9.2.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.3, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.4, Apple Mac OS 9.1, Apple Mac OS X 10.3, Apple Mac OS X 10.3.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.4, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.1, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.5, Apple Mac OS X 10.2.6, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.3, Apple Mac OS X 10.3.1

Peripheral Devices: USB port

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Lens cap, neck strap, USB cable, audio / video cable

Cables Included: 1 x A/V cable ¦ 1 x USB cable

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Battery

Battery Type: AA

Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

Type: 4 x battery - AA type - Alkaline

Included Qty: 4

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card

Included Memory Card: 16 MB SD

Image Storage: Super-fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 7 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 14 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 27 - with 16MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 14 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 27 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 47 - with 16MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 22 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1280 x 960 : 39 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1280 x 960 : 69 - with 16MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 69 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 100 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 150 - with 16MB card

Video Capture: 800 x 600 - 15 fps - 28 sec - with 16MB card ¦ MPEG - 640 x 480 - 30 fps - 13 sec - with 16MB card ¦ 640 x 480 - 15 fps - 25 sec - with 16MB card ¦ MPEG - 320 x 240 - 30 fps - 21 sec - with 16MB card ¦ MPEG - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 41 sec - with 16MB card ¦ 160 x 120 - 30 fps - 82 sec - with 16MB card ¦ 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 150 sec - with 16MB card

Flash Memory: 16 MB Flash - SD Memory Card

Supported Flash Memory: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 11 cm

Depth: 8 cm

Height: 7.8 cm

Weight: 0.3 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Main Features

Resolution: 4.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 4,200,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 4,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Vivid

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

Exposure Metering Zones: 256

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, Flash, daylight

Digital Video Format: MJPEG

Still Image Format: JPEG

Continuous Shooting Speed: 2.5 frames per second, 1.5 frames per second

Video Capture: 15 fps - 28 sec - 800 x 600 - with 16MB card ¦ 30 fps - 13 sec - MPEG - 640 x 480 - with 16MB card ¦ 15 fps - 25 sec - 640 x 480 - with 16MB card ¦ 30 fps - 21 sec - MPEG - 320 x 240 - with 16MB card ¦ 15 fps - 41 sec - MPEG - 320 x 240 - with 16MB card ¦ 30 fps - 82 sec - 160 x 120 - with 16MB card ¦ 15 fps - 150 sec - 160 x 120 - with 16MB card

Microphone

Type: Microphone - built-in

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