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Konica Minolta Dimage Z20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 196 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and image quality. The lens and usability also get good feedback, but the low light performance and shutter get less positive comments. The contrast and viewfinder get mixed comments.

value for money, usability, lens, image quality, design

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Konica Minolta Dimage Z20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20

 

The DiMAGE Z20 is an affordable 5.0-megapixel digital camera featuring a long focal length 8x optical zoom lens. It's perfect for taking high quality close-up portraits as well as distant scenic landscapes. And with the its Rapid AF with Predictive...

Bottom line - the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 is an awesome entry-level "super zoom" camera and we feel it will make a great choice for anyone who is looking for a model that offers robust performance and great image quality, all for a great low price. Its

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Konica Minolta Dimage Z20

 

Broad zoom range; pleasing control layout; low power consumption; EVF has excellent refresh rate.

No image stabilization; memory card can become dislodged from slot; tendency toward underexposure; noise levels occasionally high.

While the Dimage Z20 is a reasonably priced camera with pleasing performance, we'd prefer to see more consistent image quality and image stabilization on the 8X zoom lens.

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Konica Minolta DiMage Z20

 

Megapixels: 5, Media Format: Secure Digital, Maximum Resolution: 2560 x 1920 pixels, Type: Enthusiast

8X zoom. Very good color matching and dynamic range. Flashy design.

No image stabilization. Tests revealed some fringing and noise in both flash and daylight shots.

Although it's not quite a superzoom, the Konica Minolta DiMage Z20 boasts a good 8X zoom that works well in a variety of conditions. We only wish the picture quality were better.

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Konica Minolta Dimage Z20

 

Fast startup ; Live histogram ; Electronic viewfinder ; Very good image quality ; Great macro mode ; 8x optical zoom

Small LCD ; Images slightly dark and noisy ; Movie mode lacks audio

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 Digital Camera Review

 

Armed with a 1/2.5 inch 5 MP CCD and 8x optical zoom lens, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 supplies users with both fully automatic control settings and manual exposure modes. Users can store both still and video footage on either the optional SD/MMC...

concise menu structure with real image display in the background ,pronounced right hand grip ,well spaced and sized controls on the back of the camera body ,affordable price tag for extended zoom range

the full unabridged manual for the camera is only available as a .pdf file, with only an abbreviated paper manual included ,poor viewfinder placement and laughable resolution ,undersized LCD screen with poor quality display ,slow burst mode ,Poor...

Retailing online for under $250 (USD), the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 promises users both manual and automatic control possibilities along with the ability to capture still images in up to four images sizes with video in two formats at 15 or 30 fps....

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 Review

 

The recommended retail price of the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 in the UK is £249.99 and in the US it is $349.99

I reviewed the 3 megapixel Konica MinoltaDiMAGE Z10 in November 2004 and commented that it was

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Digital Cameras - Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications

 

I've been a big fan of Minolta's (now Konica Minolta's) "Z" line of long-zoom digicams since the original Z1. They've consistently offered excellent image quality and exceptional value in the long-zoom arena. Last year's Z10 didn't quite measure up to...

Pleasing color, White balance handles incandescent lighting very well, Excellent macro ability, Fast shutter response., Generally good sharpness in corners (slight softness at wide angle), Effective contrast adjustment, Excellent flash range, Good...

Somewhat noisy images at high ISO, Pronounced chromatic aberration at telephoto settings, Higher than average barrel, pincushion distortion, Somewhat high contrast, even with low-contrast adjustment, "Plasticky" body feel

In addition to its optical zoom, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 offers a digital zoom up to 4x. (I always remind readers though, that digital zoom inevitably decreases the overall image quality because it simply enlarges the central pixels of the CCD's...

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 Digital Camera Review

 

For the advanced amateur photographers, Konica Minolta has a DiMAGE Z-series, from which the Z20 ultra-zoom camera is the less expensive one, featuring high performance 5 megapixel sensor with an 8x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 36 – 290mm) and a...

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Konica Minolta Dimage Z20

 

Very good pictures, 8x optical zoom, focus to 0.4 inches, and manual controls make the Z20 a good choice for the beginning shutterbug on a budget, especially if your interest lies in macro photography.

Very good image quality ; 8x optical zoom ; great macro mode ; electronic viewfinder ; live histogram ; fast startup

Small LCD ; images slightly dark and noisy ; movie mode lacks audio

The unusual shape is a bit bulky for a compact (this isn't a pocket camera), but affords a comfortable grip. The 1.5-inch LCD is tiny, but it's bright and sharp, and menus are easy to read and navigate. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is easier than...

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20

 

The Konica Minolta 5-megapixel DiMAGE Z20 replaces last year's 3.2 megapixel Z10 model. The Z20 is one of those cameras that at first sight looks like a small SLR: no viewfinder, fairly big body with a big lens barrel, and a ãpower bulgeä handle on the...

If you can live with the somewhat bulky body and the small, low-res ãswitchfinder,ä the Z20 rewards you with superb ergonomics, speed, great battery life, and the ability to take excellent pictures of subjects that can be as close as less than an inch...

Product Specifications

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.

Audio Input

Type: None

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:3.7in
Height:3.2in
Weight:0.7lbs
Width:4.3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Standard / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated

Header

Manufacturer:Konica Minolta Holdings
Model:Z20
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Konica Minolta DiMAGE

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.2-3.4
Max Focal Length:48mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:8
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5.2Megapixel/5Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MJPEG
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):320
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 320 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Contrast compensation / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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