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When stepping on the high street to get my Dad's Christmas present last year, my Mum and I didn't know what to expect when browsing the new ranges of digital cameras.
There are so many to choose from, and yet I feel we made the RIGHT choice.
The Dimage Z3 drew our initial attention due to its strange shape and bulky size. My Father has rather large hands, and the camera turned out to be ideal for him; not too fiddly, easy to hold etc.
The price scared us a little at first, however, after seeing the features it was packed with we decided to go with it.
It allows you to change mode according to a number of things. For example; night mode, sunny mode, and even a mode for capturing moving objects. There is also a handy video recording feature which allows you to record small clips. These are only webcam-quality recording so by no means by a Z3 instead of a camcorder!
Although all these features are brilliant for the photography lover and the advanced users of our age; what about those who just want to take photos!?
Well, when selecting modes, there happens to be an AUTO mode. This can be left on at all times, then all you have to do is lift the flash up (its hidden away) and press the button. Simple as simple could be!
We purchased a 1Gb flash memory card for in the camera which turned out to be more than enough space. The 16Mb card which comes with the Z3 will not last a whole night out I'm afraid, but this size is fairly standard with most cameras.
Transfering from camera to PC was simple with the USB cable supplied. Even easier if you own a fairly new laptop where on most you can insert the flash card and open the photos directly on your computer!
Or even put the card in a fairly new printer and print the photos without turning the PC on! Isn't technology brill!
The main downside about the Dimage Z3 is the battery life. The regular sized AA batteries do not last more than two days out, although this hasn't caused many problems. The fact that it takes 4 of them causes the weight of the camera to rise even more!
All in all, we made a good, worth the money, purchase.
The DiMAGE Z3 is a high-speed, 4-megapixel digital camera with a 12X optical mega zoom lens. With a CCD-shift Anti-Shake System, the Z3 gives you amazingly steady and reliable telephoto shots even at the maximum magnification. Plus, Rapid AF ensures that you capture moving subjects clearly. The DiMAGE Z3's advanced, high-sensitivity 4-megapixel CCD combines with Konica Minolta's proprietary CxProcess II technology to give you images as beautiful as those you see with your own eyes.
Despite its powerful 12X optical zoom, the Z3 sports a lightweight, compact body with a stylish, modern design. An ergonomic grip makes it easy and comfortable to carry and the large, intuitive button layout keeps you in confident control at all times.