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Konica Minolta Dimage Z20

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      23.08.2005 22:25
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      Advantages

      • Reliability
      • Reliability

      Disadvantages

      Ease of use for an inexperienced but over keen photographer

      I am forever grabbing my camera to take a snap shot of my step kids, dog, husband, or something else that catches my eye.

      I am not however very technically minded and so when looking for a camera I want something that will give good results with a click of a button.

      My previous camera had 3x zoom, and I used to find this ok but then when it came to photographing the kids for example if they were playing in a football match or at a gymnastics performance my pictures were always a distant blur.

      The camera in itself cannot be classed as a pocket camera it is bigger and bulkier, but still small enough to pop it into my handbag or carry it over my shoulder.

      The dimage is amazingly easy to use. It has a little dial on the top where you can choose one of many pre set settings, such as portrait, auto, night, sports or for the more advanced user there is the manual settings that you set up and choose for yourself. You can set the flash yourself, or let the camera decide. and there is a macro function.

      You can choose to use a timer mode, single picture mode, or an impressive continuous mode this function is great if taking sport type pictures you basically press the button and hold it down, the camera then saves the last six shots taken once you release your finger.

      The camera also has a fast focus it really is a case of aim the camera and take your picture, The camera is a nice 5.0 megapixels and when printing or viewing your pictures the quality is clear and the colours are vivid.

      Indoor shots are easy and clear and do not seem to suffer from the darkened effect that my last camera had.

      By far the feature I have found to be fantastic for me is the sports mode, never before have I got such fantastic pictures of my step children and my dog when they are on the move.

      The night mode function I have found to be good so long as I hold the camera extremely still, the slightest shake of my hand and the picture has not been as great as I could wish for.

      This camera is loaded with other features that I have as of yet not looked at or attempted to understand, but the features I have had the chance to try have certainly left me feeling pleased.

      There is option to take short movies with the dimage z20 but it does not have sound attached.

      The battery life I have found extremly good, I took a good 600 pictures before my first set of batteries ran low.

      Overall for me a very inexperienced but over keen photo taker this camera has opened up a whole new world of picture quality I could only dream of with my previous cameras, and the great part to it is all the settings are there for me I just need to choose which one to use and click.

      As a non technical person I cannot give a full technical review but I will list below some of the functions as advertised

      8x zoom (36-290mm coverage) with high-speed autofocus and Macro
      5-megapixel imager for images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels
      1.5-inch color LCD with 113,000 pixels
      Eyelevel color viewfinder with 98% coverage
      Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority and Manual exposure modes
      Shutter speeds from 4 seconds to 1/2000 in Shutter priority and Manual exposures modes
      Digital Program modes: portrait, sports, night portrait and sunset
      Multi-segment, center-weighted and spot metering modes
      640x480 / 320x240 motion video at 15fps/30fps without audio, length limited only by SD card capacity
      Automatic noise-reduction for one second or longer exposures
      5 white-balance settings including custom settings
      Digital Effects Control for contrast and sharpness
      Color modes: Natural, Vivid, B&W, Sepia
      ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 50, 100, 200, and 320 equivalents
      Playback/QuickView with histogram feature
      Data imprinting that records date, time and descriptive information on an image.
      Powered by four standard AA type batteries
      Approx. 14.5MB of internal memory + SD card slot
      USB connectivity for Windows and Mac OSX
      PictBridge, Exif Print, and Epson PRINT Image Matching II compatible

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        09.03.2005 01:17
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        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        • "Hybrid AutoFocus"

        A Short desciption of Minolta Z20
        Minolta Z20 is a model which is a very similiar with it's more expensive model Z5. Main difference between this two models are in zoom range, a fixed rather than pop-up flash, no flash hot-shoe, hybrid AF, a smaller LCD, the 'switch finder' viewfinder, built-in storage and no Anti-Shake. Obiviously, this model is more intended for a lower-price range products.
        If you are an amateur or novice users and want to use this camera to take some shots for everyday use this is a right camera for you. If you are more demanding you should look for a Z5 model.

        Technology
        8x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom for this camera allows a total of 32x zoom which is about to be enough to capture everyday shots. Macro mode allows photographer to take shots at about 0.4" from the subject.
        CxProcess III technology allows user to take shots as they have been seen by the photographer.
        With four included AA batteries and SD card (which is a recommended to use 128MB) user can take about 450 frames which is a pretty much of the shots for this camera class. Unfortunately, batteries cannot be recharged so you may want to use rechargable batteries with this model.
        Faster startup allows startup of about 0.5 seconds measuring time from the power switch on the camera is beign pressed to the time you will see picture on the screen.
        Rapid AF has fast autofocus for digital cameras with predictive focus control in the class of 8X zoom and 5MP cameras as measured by Konica Minolta’s standard test method. Focus is a about 0.3 seconds in wide angle and telephoto.

        Conclusion
        Very good product for amateur users. Minolta is a very reputable company in producing high-tech quality products. You will most likely be satisfied with this model. If you are more demanding user you should look for a more expensive Z5 or some models from A200 series.

        Here's the detailed technical info:

        Sensor
        • 1/2.5" Type CCD
        • 5.2 million pixels total
        • 5.0 million effective pixels
        Image sizes
        • 2560 x 1920
        • 2048 x 1536
        • 1600 x 1200
        • 640 x 480
        Movie clips
        • 640 x 480 Fine (15 / 30 fps)
        • 640 x 480 Standard (15 / 30 fps)
        • 320 x 240 Standard (15 / 30 fps)
        • No audio
        • Limited only by storage space
        • Night capture mode available
        File formats
        • Still: JPEG (EXIF 2.2) - Fine, Standard, Economy
        • Movies: MOV (Motion JPEG)
        Lens
        • 36 - 290 mm equiv. (8x optical zoom)
        • F3.2 - F3.4
        Image stabilization
        • No
        Focus distance
        • Normal: (wide) 0.5 m - Infinity, (tele) 1.5 m - Infinity
        • Macro: (wide) 1 cm, (tele) 60 cm
        Auto focus
        • Hybrid external passive AF and video AF
        Focus modes
        • Single shot AF
        • Continuous AF (with predictive focus control)
        • Full time AF
        • Manual focus
        Auto focus areas
        • 3-point Wide Focus Area
        • Spot focus area
        Digital zoom
        • Up to 4.0x (0.1x steps)
        Metering
        • Multi-segment (256 segments)
        • Center-weighted
        • Spot
        ISO sensitivity
        • Auto
        • ISO 50
        • ISO 100
        • ISO 200
        • ISO 320
        Exposure compensation
        • +/- 2.0 EV
        • 1/3 EV steps
        Shuttter speed
        • 4 - 1/2000 sec
        Noise reduction
        • Automatic
        Exposure modes
        • Programmed AE
        • Aperture priority
        • Shutter priority
        • Manual
        • Scene modes
        Scene modes
        • Auto (Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Sunset, Standard)
        • Portrait
        • Sports
        • Landscape
        • Sunset
        • Night portrait
        Exposure bracketing
        • 3 frames
        • 0.3 or 0.5 EV steps
        White balance
        • Auto
        • Daylight
        • Cloudy
        • Tungsten
        • Fluorescent
        • Flash
        • Custom (manual)
        Self timer
        • 2 or 10 sec
        Continuous shooting
        • Normal: 1.0 fps (4 frames @ 2560 x 1920; Standard)
        • Progressive mode: (stores last frames captured instead of first)
        Image parameters • Contrast (3 levels)
        • Sharpness (3 levels)
        • Color mode (2 levels, b&w, sepia)
        Flash
        • Built-in fixed
        • Modes: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Slow sync
        • Compensation: +/-2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
        • External flash: Hot-shoe
        Viewfinder
        • Switch finder (LCD image is projected through viewfinder)
        LCD monitor
        • 1.5 " TFT LCD
        • 113,000 pixels
        Languages
        • Japanese, English, Germany, French, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified character), Italian, Swedish
        Connectivity
        • USB 2.0 (Full-speed only; USB 1.1 equiv.)
        • A/V out
        • DC-IN
        Storage
        • Internal flash storage (14.5 MB)
        • Secure Digital
        Power
        • 4 x AA batteries
        • NiMH recommended (Alkaline supplied)
        Print compliance
        • Exif Print
        • PRINT Image Matching III
        • PictBridge
        Weight 340 g (12 oz)
        Dimensions 109 x 82 x 94 mm (4.3 x 3.2 x 3.7 in)

        Standard accessories: Neck Strap NS-DG800, Lens Cap LF-243B, Video Cable VC-400, USB Cable USB-3, DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM, Four AA Alkaline batteries

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      • Product Details

        Powerful Mega Zoom lets you fill the frame with a distant subject. It starts with a 36-290 mm 8x optical zoom for stunningly powerful shots of far-off objects. And there's 4x digital zoom to take the number up to an astonishing 32x total zoom, giving you the creative control you want for beautiful, imaginative photography.

        DiMAGE Z20 features Konica Minolta's high-speed, Rapid AF(Auto Focus). This hybrid system - a combination of a passive AF sensor and a video AF system - achieves superbly accurate focusing in just 0.3 seconds at both wide-angle and telephoto positions, to assure you of beautifully-focused results, quickly and automatically. Predictive Focus Control assesses the motion of moving subjects to deliver sharper images. An advanced algorithm judges where your subject will be when the shutter is released, and sets focus accordingly, so you can capture sharper images of moving subjects.

        Turn power on and in just 0.5 seconds, DiMAGE Z20 is ready to capture beautiful images - the fastest startup time for any camera in this class. Shutter release time lag, another critical factor in camera response, is also extremely short at only 0.04 seconds. And DiMAGE Z20 takes just 1.5 seconds between one shot and the next. With Progressive Capture you keep on shooting until you capture the moment you're waiting for. In this continuous shooting mode, you just hold the shutter button down until you're satisfied. And when you release the button, DiMAGE Z20 records the last six shots in the sequence.

        DiMAGE Z20 boasts a 5.0-megapixel primary color CCD and incorporates Konica Minolta's exclusive CxProcess III image processing technology to deliver beautifully clear, detailed images even at full zoom. You'll especially notice the fine detail and natural color reproduction when you make large-size prints up to 35 cm x 26 cm (14 inches x 10 inches) at 150dpi print resolution.

        When you want to capture moments in motion, DiMAGE Z20 can record 15fps VGA (640x480) movies, perfect for playback your PC monitor. You also have the choice of QVGA (320x240) recording at a smooth 30 fps or 15 fps. Mega Zoom, autofocusing, and Night Movie are all available for high-quality movies under a range of conditions. And as an added plus, Movie Frame Capture lets you save individual frames from your favorite scenes as still images. Use both 8x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom when shooting movies in exactly the same way as when taking still shots. So you can zoom in close to the action from a distance and enjoy all the same exciting creative possibilities.