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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 280 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and usability. The performance and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Opinions about the sensor and exposure are mixed. The features and storage get less positive views.

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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 Z5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Konica Minolta DiMage Z5 review by PC Magazine


The Konica Minolta DiMage Z5 is a good buy with some excellent features, such as 12X optical zoom, effective image stabilization, and the ability ...

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5


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 d

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-zo

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Konica Minolta Dimage Z5


12x optical zoom ; Live histogram ; Electronic viewfinder ; Very good image quality ; Great macro mode ; Very good video quality ; Antishake feature

Noisy images ; No TIFF or RAW support (JPEG only)


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Konica Minolta DiMage Z5 Digital Camera Review


Konica Minolta released the DiMAGE Z5 at the Photo Marketing Association trade show in Orlando in February 2005. This digital camera aims for intermediate users that have grown out of compact cameras, but are not quite ready to make the jump to digital...

image stabilization on 12x optical zoom lens ,external flash shoe with cover ,perhaps the best movie mode seen on a digital camera ,10 frame per second progressive mode

the lens takes too long to focus ,slow continuous shooting mode ,viewfinder diopter is stiff ,eats through batteries

Konica Minolta updated its Z3 with one more megapixel and a larger LCD screen and released it as the DiMAGE Z5. Nevertheless, they'll be available for about the same price, retailing for $499.


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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Review


Excellent handling and operation, Very effective Anti-Shake system, Fast and responsive in use, Very fast focus - and generally very accurate too, Generally good color, good white balance in daylight (though see cons, below), Excellent range of...

Visible noise at even low (100) ISO settings, ISO 320 setting virtually unusable, Images look a bit soft, need sharpening in post-processing, Images can be over-contrasty - losing highlight/shadow detail in bright conditions, Occasional mild color...

Like the other DiMAGE Z series cameras before it, the Z5 is a rewarding and responsive camera with well-designed and implemented feature set. There are other 5MP cameras offering a similar zoom range (and image stabililzation) at a similar price point,...

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 digital camera is the latest in a long line of Konica Minolta digital cameras featuring uncommon innovation, aggressive pricing, and superior optics. The original Minolta Z1 (before their merger with Konica) was their first...

As with all Imaging Resource product tests, I encourage you to let your own eyes be the judge of how well the camera performed. Explore the images on the pictures page or in our Z5 Photo Gallery, to see how the Z5's images compare to other cameras you...

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5


Everything else is the same as the Z3. That means that there's a 12X optical zoom lens, Minolta's exclusive Anti-shake image stabilization system, full manual controls, a hot shoe, and a VGA movie mode

12X optical zoom lens ; Anti-shake image stabilizer ; Blazing AF performance in good light ; Full manual controls ; Supports wide-angle conversion lens and external flash (Minolta only) ; Large 2" LCD display ; Good redeye test performance ; Excellent...

Soft images at default settings; noise levels a little above average ; Poor low light focusing; no AF-assist lamp ; Lens is on the "slow" side compared to competition (read: Panasonic, Sony) ; EVF resolution is lacking ; Smaller shutter speed range...

The DiMAGE Z5 gets my recommendation, though only with the in-camera sharpening turned up a notch. If Konica Minolta could work on the image softness and low light focusing on their next ultra zoom camera, I think they could have a real winner on their...

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 Digital Camera Review


The Z series is one of the few ranges of digital cameras that look absolutely nothing like any film camera because of the unique futuristic design. The casing is plastic over a metal chassis, and the build quality is excellent: light and delicatebut in...

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Superzoom Digital Cameras With Image Stabilizer; Are These A Viable Alternative To A Digital SLR System


All electronic viewfinders blackout for a short time between frames when shooting a series of images, making it difficult to keep moving subjects properly framed.

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Konica Minolta Dimage Z5


Our current Editors' Choice in the 5-megapixel digital camera market. The Dimage Z5 takes great pictures, and adds a 12x zoom lens and image stabilization. And if you like macro photography or want the flexibility to capture decent video without...

Very good image quality ; antishake feature ; 12x optical zoom ; great macro mode ; electronic viewfinder ; live histogram ; very good video quality

Noisy images ; no TIFF or RAW support (JPEG only)

The 12x optical zoom in the Z5 is a standout in this class, and can focus to an intimate 0.4 inches in Super Macro mode, perfect for budding entomologists (I only wish it had a twistable LCD for shooting at odd angles). The Z5 is one of a handful of...

Product Specifications

Unlike conventional systems that use a corrective system built into the lens, DiMAGE Z5 features a unique Konica Minolta innovation that actually shifts the CCD to counteract the effects of camera shake. This avoids the sacrifices in optical quality conventional systems are forced to make, assuring you of the beautiful results you want, free of the blurring that so often spoils handheld photography. What's more, Anti-Shake is driven by an exclusive algorithm that offers stability over a wider range than conventional systems (2 to 3 shutter speeds slower than the standard estimate for a scene, depending on shooting conditions). When you're panning to follow your subject, unwanted Anti-Shake compensation can ruin your shot. DiMAGE Z5's advanced Anti-Shake system is designed to recognize the difference between panning movement and unwanted camera-shake, and apply compensation accordingly. Get close to the action, even from a distance with DiMAGE Z5's powerful Mega Zoom. The 12x optical zoom lens provides a focal length equivalent to 420mm to let you fill the frame with far-off subjects. Plus 4x digital zoom takes the number to an incredible 48x total zoom range. The camera's high-resolution 5.0-megapixel CCD and high-performance GT APO lens are teamed with Konica Minolta's proprietary CxProcess III image processing technology to ensure dazzling image quality. CxProcess III technology not only enhances edge definition and shadow/highlight detail, it also assures rich, natural, fully saturated colors, rendered just as the human eye perceives them. A big new 2-inch LCD monitor makes it easier to see your subject and compose your shots. The larger screen size also lets you see greater detail when you're reviewing images, and boosts the legibility of on-screen menus and function settings to assure greater operating ease. DiMAGE Z5 sets a new standard for speed and accuracy in autofocusing. Thanks to Video AF and a continuous lens drive, DiMAGE Z5 focuses in an astonishingly fast 0.2 seconds at wide angle and 0.3 seconds at telephoto. No fuss, no waiting - just beautiful results, automatically.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
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:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


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

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.5
Max Focal Length:69.9mm
Min Focal Length:5.83mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

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:5Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MJPEG
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / 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 Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic