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Minolta DiMAGE Z1 Review

Review Date: Jan 29, 2004

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Minolta DiMAGE Z1 

Image Quality

The Minolta DiMAGE Z1 is a digital camera targeted to beginner to serious amateur photographers and its image quality is comparable to other 3 megapixels resolution digital cameras.

Since most of you are interested in the Minolta DiMAGE Z1 because of the long zoom, I have taken a number of the picture samples at that focal length. Of course, I have also included pictures at other focal lengths and in different lighting situations. The long zoom opens up picture possibilities once reserved only to those who could afford expensive long zoom lenses for the professional SLR or dSLR category.

For this review, I used the following settings as my preferred settings:

  • Shooting Mode: Programmed AE
  • Metering Mode: Spot
  • ISO: 50
  • Image Size: 2048x1536 (3M)
  • Image Quality: Fine
  • White Balance: Auto

All the pictures on this and the other pages (including the navigation pictures at the top of each page) have been taken by the Minolta DiMAGE Z1 for this review. The pictures on this page provide a good sample of what the DiMAGE Z1 is capable of and I have provided the 800x600 version. Remember that this version is of slightly lesser quality than the original 2048x1536 version. Please open and download only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!

Clicking on a picture will display the 800x600 image in a separate window. Leave that separate window up for all the other images will also display in that same separate window.

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Mississauga Civic Centre @ Dusk: 1/10 sec., F2.8 and ISO 200 (File size: 1.5 MB)
Benches: 1/100 sec., F5, +1EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1.4 MB)
Watch Out!: 1/640 sec., F8, +0.3EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1.3 MB)
Looking cool: 1/60 sec., F8, +0.3EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1 MB)
Learn to snowboard: 1/640 sec., F6.3, +0.3EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1.3 MB)
Frozen Stream: 1/125 sec., F5.6, +0.7EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1.4 MB)
Bridge: 1/100 sec., F4.5, +0.3EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1.3 MB)
Snow-laden branch: 1/125 sec., F5, +0.3EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1.3 MB)
Fence: 1/125 sec., F5.6, +0.3EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1.3 MB)
Duck: 1/125 sec., F3.5, +0.3EV and ISO 50, with fill-in flash (File size: 1.4 MB)
Sparrow: 1/250 sec., F3.5, +0.3EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1.4 MB)
Two Sparrows: 1/400 sec., F3.5, +0.3EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1.3 MB)
Chirpy Sparrow: 1/250 sec., F3.5, +0.3EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1.1 MB)
Lonely Sparrow: 1/250 sec., F3.5 and ISO 50 (File size: 1.3 MB)
Yellow Window: 1/125 sec., F5 and ISO 50 (File size: 1.2 MB)
Pagoda: 1/100 sec., F5.6 and ISO 50 (File size: 1.3 MB)
Edwards Garden Panorama: 4 portrait shots taken at 1/160 sec., F4.8 and ISO 50; Combined in Photoshop Elements (File size: 4.4 MB)

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A Personal Word

The Minolta DiMAGE Z1 looks futuristic and, in its shiny metallic body, is not a digital camera that you can try to be inconspicuous with. I believe it would look great in an all-black body finish.

Looks aside, the Minolta Z1 is everything you need in a compact and light package. There's flexible exposure control, a noise-free ISO 50, fast operations with negligible shutter lag, and fast responsive autofocus.

I find that with an ultra zoom digital camera, I tend to shoot more at the long end of the telephoto. In this case, Spot metering seems to make more sense and gives the best exposure. The EVF is bright, the construction is solid, the handling is comfortable, but most of all, the image quality is simply excellent.

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