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Minolta DiMAGE Z1 Review

Review Date: Jan 29, 2004

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Minolta DiMAGE Z1

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The ultra-zoom market is heating up with the introduction of the Minolta DiMAGE Z1. It features 3.2 megapixels resolution and 10x optical zoom, equivalent to a 38 - 380mm 35mm camera lens. Those who loves to take wide-angle landscapes will be happy to know that an optional 0.75X wide-converter increases the lens' angle of view to approximately 28mm. Macro is at 4 cm (1.7 in.), shutter speed ranges from 4-1,1000 sec. in Programmed AE mode (up to 15 sec. in Shutter Priority and Manual modes), and maximum aperture is F2.8.

The DiMAGE Z1 has a distinctly futuristic look, has fast operations, and provides flexible exposure control. Those who wear glasses will welcome the diopter control on the viewfinder, which covers about 98% of the frame. The 1.5 in. LCD has anti-reflection coating and covers approx. 100% of the frame. In fact, with the Switch Finder system, you can view the LCD monitor either directly or through the viewfinder (98% frame coverage).

The Z1 is full-featured and will appeal to both beginner and serious amateur photographers who desire an ultra zoom digital camera with easy point-and-shoot as well as flexible exposure control.

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Minolta DiMAGE Z1
QuickFact™ Sheet
   
  Image Sensor 3.2 effective megapixels
1/2.7 in. CCD
 
  Lens Minolta GT  
  Focal Length 5.8-58mm (38-380mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F2.8  
  Optical Zoom 10x  
  Macro 4cm / 1.7 in.  
  Auto Focus
Rapid AF: a combination of a passive AF sensor with the video AF system
Wide focus area; Spot focus areas with Focus Area Selection
Single-shot AF,. Full-time AF, Manual focus
 
  Shutter Speed
4 - 1/1000sec. in programmed-AE and aperture-priority modes
15 - 1/1000sec. in shutter-priority and manual exposure modes
2 - 1/1000sec. in auto-recording and Digital Subject Programs
Bulb (max. 30 sec.)
 
  Exposure Control Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual  
  Shooting Modes Digital Subject Program Selection (Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset, Night portrait, Automatic and manual selection), Movie (640x480 Motion JPEG MOV with sound limited only by capacity of memory card), Continuous (1.5fps)  
  Exposure Compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 increments; Exposure Bracketing  
  Light Metering Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot  
  White Balance Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash); Custom  
  Viewfinder Switch Finder system allows the monitor to be viewed directly or through the viewfinder; @ 98% coverage; diopter control
 
  LCD 1.5 in. LCD (113K pixels) with anti-reflection coating; automatic monitor amplification; @ 100% coverage; Switch Finder system allows the monitor to be viewed directly or through the viewfinder  
  ISO Sensitivity
Auto
Manual equivalent 50, 100, 200, 400
 
  Storage Media SD (SecureDigital) Memory Card  
  Battery 4 AA Batteries  
  Included Accessories
16MB SD Memory Card
4 AA Alkaline Batteries
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Lens Shade
Strap (Neck)
Software CD-ROMs (DiMAGE Viewer, ArcSoft VideoImpression)
 
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 109.5 x 77.5 x 80 mm /
4.31 x 3.05 x 3.15 in.
 
  Weight (Camera body only) 305 g / 10.8 oz.  
  MSRP $  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

Before you buy, do your homework and verify a seller's reputation. One source you may want to check with is Resellerratings.com. And remember, if a price seems to good to be true, it probably is.

DISCLAIMER:

Though we make every effort to strive for accuracy in reproducing these specs, we do occasionally make mistakes, so verify with the manufacturer's site for the latest specs. Also, in the early stages of a product introduction, you can almost guarantee there will be some errors from the manufacturers themselves as they update their sites. If you see any mistakes, please contact us. We do appreciate your writing in with the corrections and thank you in advance!

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Statue of Boy & Girl: 1/125 sec., F5.6 and ISO 50
Statue of Boy & Girl
8.7mm, Programmed AE, Spot, 1/125 sec., F5.6 and ISO 50
Cropped

Recommended Accessories:

  • Soft Case
  • Battery Charger Kit
  • 256MB SD Card (about 140 pictures at the 2048x1536 Fine quality)
  • AC Adapter (if you do not want to wait for a fully recharged battery to upload pictures)
  • Wide-angle lens attachment

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