Minolta DiMAGE Z1 Review
Date: Jan 29, 2004
to Serious Amateur
Minolta DiMAGE Z1 Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
Park in Winter:
5.8mm, Programmed AE, Spot, 1/800 sec., F5.6 and
Minolta DiMAGE Z1 has all the features
and exposure flexibility that a beginner or serious
amateur photographer needs to experiment, learn
and grow in digital photography, including macro
at 4 cm (1.7 in.) and a 10x optical zoom to a
35mm telephoto lens equivalent of 370mm.
is a fast camera with negligible shutter lag and
fast operations. The autofocus is quite fast in
good lighting, and takes about 1-2 sec in low-light.
The Minolta Z1 has a futuristic design (that some
will love and others may not) and, in my opinion,
the camera looks much better in hand than in print.
Construction is solid and handling is superb with
a comfortable handgrip and all the controls responding
precisely to the touch. Those who need to adjust
diopter on the viewfinder may find the tiny button
somewhat difficult to turn.
full Auto mode, the Minolta Z1 also has Programmed
AE, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, full
Manual, plus easy to use Scene modes. I would
have liked to see Program Shift in the Program
AE mode; it's a personal preference and a nice-to-have
feature, but not absolutely necessary. Continuous-Advance
and Progressive-Capture ("last six")
allow capturing the right moment in fast action
quality is comparable with other 3 megapixels
resolution digital cameras and the use of a low
ISO 50 ensures virtually noise-free images.
Minolta DiMAGE Z1 shines in all respects. If you
are learning about digital photography, or you
are looking for the perfect present for someone
who is starting out in digital photography, and
you like its futuristic look, then you won't go
wrong with the Minolta Z1.
if you fit the Minolta DiMAGE Z1 User Profile
||Desire a quality 3+ MP
resolution point-and-shoot digital camera
capable of producing prints of up to
||Want a long zoom. Want
a long zoom. Want a long zoom.
||Want eveything a beginner
or serious amateur photographer needs
to learn, experiment and grow in digital
||Want more exposure flexibility
than provided by a point-and-shoot digital
||Want the best value for
money in the Beginner to Serious Amateur
||Want a well-rounded digital
camera for general family use.