Product Reviews (21)
This is my first digital camera...
Strengths: easy to use extensive manual controls and able to figure out without manual great low-light pictures with flash off uses AA batteries great value
Weakness: doesn't come with rechargable (NiMH) batteries or AC adapter
This is my first digital camera and I love it. I chose this one because of the 10x optical zoom, the extensive manual features, and its great value.
The 30fps video is very smooth, but the audio didn't line up so well the one time I tried it. Most features are incredibly easy to figure out without the manual. The manual is also easy to use and in depth. The software seems good and easy to use. SD memory is much cheaper than XD. I think AA format is better than Li-ion because they're easy to find and have extras. I have a compact charger for 4 NiMH rechargables--no wires, no mess.
The price for this camera seems unmatchable compared to similar cameras. I would have liked an included AC adapter to save batteries when loading images to PC.
So far, picture quality is excellent. I'm amazed at the ability to compensate for low-light with flash forced off. Noise-reduction seems to work great too. Focus is quick, will indicate if subject is or isn't focused, and will still force unfocused picture quickly if desired.
By heerema - Sep 18, 2004
Overall it's an awesome camera...
Strengths: Great zoom & shudder speed when taking pictures (which is why we chose this camera). Awesome clarity & doesn't eat battery power too badly.
Weakness: Wish it had a Dock I could charge it on instead of AA batteries (but the camera is still worth it). Wish the lens cover was internal also (but yet again the camera is still worth it!)Can you tell we love the camera?
Overall it's an awesome camera great speed, clarity & zoom.
Plus if you shop around you can find the bigger memory cards pretty cheap. My hubby & I looked for over 6 months b/c he's soooo picky! We went to Wolf Camera & looked first but found if cheaper online. Anyhow we looked at it several times b/c we were trying to find something we might like better but we never did. The Z3 just came out but the image stabilizaion feature makes it slower than the Z2 so we still preferred this one. IT's AWESOME!
By MelissaStripling - Aug 12, 2004
I was looking for a camera with...
Strengths: 10 X optical zoom 4MP resolution good Movie quality with sound
Weakness: havent noticed any
I was looking for a camera with good optical zoom which would cost me lesser than 350$.Z2 seemed to be the best option. I have taken some test shots and it hasnt disappointed me so far.Picture quality is good.Movie recording is nice too.I was especially impressed with the sound quality during recording.I would definitely recommend this one.
By Mukul Modak - Oct 12, 2004
This is a great camera. At 4...
Strengths: High Quality Pictures 10X Optical Zoom Intuitive Menu Easy Movie Editing 30fps Viewfinder Battery Life 250-300 pic Comfortable Design Full Manual or Auto Control Single Priority Manual Control
Weakness: Flimsy Memory Card Slot Cover Somewhat Large Lens Cover (Included) is not Internal Difficult to take indoor pictures without flash Telephoto shots are often blurry with longer exposures
This is a great camera. At 4 megapixels with an excellent lens, it takes beautiful pictures. The 10X Optical Zoom is great with shorter exposures, but in darker situations the pictures often turn out blurry due to long exposure times.
The camera is large, but easy to hold, so the size only matters when you're carrying it around--it's hard to notice it while you're taking pictures!
The three point autofocus is okay and occasionally inaccurate; most pictures turn out focused and crisp, but a few come out blurry (1 in 20 maybe). But since we're using a digital camera, it's easy to get rid of them (when previewing pictures, you can zoom up to 6X and pan around to check if it's focused). It's only a problem when you have one chance to take a picture and something goes wrong.
It takes Secure Digital Cards, which are very common in PDA's, so its a good buy for Pocket PC or Palm users since your PDA likely takes SD cards. SD cards are also very small, so they're very portable and easy to store.
The menus are easy to use; my only problem is that on the four-directional buttons, the one that points left is sunk too low since it's next to the viewfinder; it can be hard to hit if you're not looking at it.
Overall, this is a great camera--one of the best in its price range. I bought mine for about $350 online. If you're looking for a high-quality camera that you can just point-and-click or one that you want to adjust manually (aperture, shutter speed, and focus), this is a great camera. It's easy enough for me to hand to a relative and get a good picture back but advanced enough that I learn more about taking near-profesional pictures each day. It's a great stepping stone into using manual modes since it offers the hybrid shutter speed/aperture priority mode. Soon I may go to full manual... My only reservation is the size. This is not a pocket camera, you WILL need a sizeable bag, but it's not too heavy and in a bag it's easy to take around with you. This is a great camera and I highly recommend it!
By movie7 - Jun 13, 2004
I had tried the Z1 few months ago...
Strengths: 10x zoom and very quick AF, easy menu, wide and clear LCD screen
Weakness: kinda bulky (because of the 10x zoom, flip side of the #1 strength...), not the best in low-light conditions
I had tried the Z1 few months ago and was quite satisfied. I decided to buy this one since its price is now what the Z1's was 6 months ago.
I think they improved the AF speed and also the "rattling" from the zoom (I felt for the Z1 that the zoom was shaking quite a bit in the body...). I was surprised by the clarity of the shot of the license plate of the car parked in the street from the 5th floor. At full (optical+electronic) zoom (10x4), with good daylight, the shot was clear and focused, even despite the normal shaking due to the high mag.
The menu is very clear and the camera has all the settings of a semi-pro SLR (all manual settings, bracketting... )
It is true that the zoom is heard in movie mode but it's one of the few cameras where the zoom is even usable in movie mode and it is ONLY a "bonus" feature. To shoot real videos, buy a real videocamera...
The plastic body is OK but that makes it lighter than the super small Canon S410 (which has a metal body) and all doors (battery, mem card) are fine as long as you don't TRY to break them. The design is ... futuristic, I am not sure whether I like it or not yet.
The low-light shots are a little "purple-ish" as they were with the Z1. There should be some settings to correct that I think (white balance...). I've only had it for a week, I will need some more time to try all the features.
By bozzo - May 1, 2004
My first digital camera bought two...
Strengths: Feature-packed. Powerful zoom. Excellent value.
Weakness: Power switch easy to bump ON. No integrated lens cap. Maybe too complicated for novices.
My first digital camera bought two years ago was a simple, point&shoot, 2MP, no optical zoom, and my wife has grown very comfortable with it. This Z2 is my new "super-duper toy" with features comparable to my SLR, and, thus far, I am very pleased with its capabilities. While I have been thrilled to try out this new feature or that, my wife is a bit intimidated by all the choices, so it is probably not a good starter. The styling is very cool, but it is a bit bulky (can'y slip in your pocket). I wished there were a creative lens cap/protection, instead of an old-fashioned cap. Lastly, did I really need 4MP? Well, for 4x6, 2MP is sufficient.
By Kabocha - Jun 15, 2004
While the Konica-Minolta Z2 is...
Strengths: Excellent zoom capability.
Weakness: Jury out on performance with NiMH batteries. Bulkier than most. Manual flash operation (must flip it open to fire).
While the Konica-Minolta Z2 is bulkier than most digital still cameras, the zoom function is downright phenomenal. I've used it for both still and action photography. In sports mode, the zoom catches things I didn't think possible with anything but an analog camera with a >= 200mm telephoto. I immediately bought a 256mb SD card - the provided 16mb card won't get you very far on your first photo shoot in high resolution mode. The camera menu's and dials are intuitive. You do need to flip up the flash to use it - don't expect it pop up automatically in a low light situation. I've not done any macro photography yet so I can't comment on that.
By skupec - May 12, 2004
this camera is the greatest. 4mp...
Strengths: this camera has a great feel in your hands. it takes AA batteries (nimh are best)so you can get batteries anywhere if yours are shot. i picked this camera up and started using it right away! awesome!
Weakness: i haven't found any yet. it has sooo many options, etc., that i just can't say enough about this camera.
this camera is the greatest. 4mp with 10x optical zoom, AA batteries, shoots great video (and more than just 30 sec. videos!) it feels sturdy, has a great hold for the right hand, will flip pictures in the viewfinder so you don't have to keep turning your head. tells you how much time you can video. the sound is great. EVERYTHING can be adjusted, if you read the manual. it's just the best, especially for the money. don't know what else to say. this is my second digital camera and i just love it. i did much research before buying, and this one is tops!
By unbridledv - May 11, 2004
Konica Minolta Dimage Z2 is the...
Strengths: power zoom, rapid autofocus, ease of use, cool design,...
Weakness: big size
Konica Minolta Dimage Z2 is the best digital camera around! Compared to most compact digital cameras, its portability is not good. Considering the 10X power zoom, it can't be small, though. Except its size, I just love this camera!! I usually take pictures of my 3 year old son, and its surprisingly rapid autofocus is so good! It's like 35mm film camera!! And the 10x zoom is the best. I don't even need a tripod! I would definitely recommend Z2~!!!
By pinkie31 - Jul 4, 2004
Excellent usability, very light...
Strengths: clarity of picture quality, zoom, weight (very lightweight), handability, user friendly
Weakness: small LCD viewing screen
Excellent usability, very light weight, and extremely easy to use. I've owned a Kodak, and this Dimage is light-years ahead of the pack. Good pricing for a 10X optical zoom also. I love the camera.
By karotop - Aug 30, 2004
If you need high resolution pics,...
Strengths: Pretty light, AA batteries, incredible zoom
Weakness: I prefer compact flash over SD cards; only 4MB
If you need high resolution pics, this is probably not your best choice. But I found that with 4MB I can make pretty decent prints, even of 20"x30", so I'm good. The zoon is absolutely fantastic, there's 800x600 movies, and the pictures quality is very crisp. It's a very good camera and it costs peanuts.
By assafmonsa - Nov 4, 2004
This camera is very good in every...
Strengths: Excellent feature set. Very fast startup, good manual controls, good battery life from 4 AA's.
Weakness: Poor image quality. Noisy in all but the best light and pictures are never very sharp. Auto focus struggles most of the time.
This camera is very good in every way except the final result. Performance, control, ease of use are all good. Ergonmics are good and apart from the battery cover it feels OK despite the plastic construction. However, my jaw dropped when I first looked at the pictures on my PC. In some pictures it's hard to find what it actually focussed on; there is simply no sharpness and in anything other than the brightest light there is very bad noise. Given that I bought it for the zoom and manual controls it turns out to be a huge disappointment. Maybe I got a lemon so any prospective buyer should check it out before buying.
I returned it to Minolta who said they saw no problem but wouldn't even compare it to another example much less replace it.
By mffinn - Jun 16, 2004
At this price level, we are lucky...
Strengths: 10x Opt, excellent.
Weakness: The shape is a little ugly.
At this price level, we are lucky to be able to afford this kind of digital camera. There are so many settings that we can make, which is so convenient that we can take clear photos under all kind of environment.
By fucture - May 23, 2004
I purchased this camera, an...
Strengths: 1. Ease of use 2. Documentation 3. Zoom 4. Flash setup and the hot shoe 5. Macro is awesome even with wide angle lens
Weakness: 1. Photo quality!!! 2. Night shots 3. Feels cheap 4. Flash with wide angle is worthless and creates shadows.
I purchased this camera, an adapter, an UV filter and a wide-angle lens in one swoop. I received the package and began playing with it immediately. After several days and a wedding that I went to I just couldn't get over the terrible fuzzy and noisy pictures this camera took. This is my second camera and my first one Toshiba PDR-3300 (I rated it) performed way better than this camera primarily in picture quality (By the way that old Toshiba is working great still). This camera is just way too unstable for me and I thus returned it to purchase a HP 945 in the future.
About DC Resource positives:
I agree with all of them except that I never use the video modes in my cameras because I have a digital camcorder.
About DC Resource negatives:
Everything is on point here especially about the fuzzy pictures. Also the purple fringing would be great to see if I could get a night shot that was not blurry to begin with.
By beequick - Jul 17, 2004
this is my 4th digital camra.A...
Weakness: can`t count.
this is my 4th digital camra.A nice camra with lot of faults.frist picture quality is very bad and Bluer as compare to my last camera Olympus C-740 .U can not edit movie with sound. In movie recording if U use zoom the sound of lense motor comes in recording. Power button turn on easily accidently . I call customer services to ask the speed of camera read/write they have no idea they just said its compatible . In market there is 512md SD card available at different speed.Memory card cover can be break any time so cheap . Same as battery cover. battery life very is good.features are very easy and good.
bottom line picture quality barak my heart.good for biggners & point & shoot. nice grip feel very good in hand.
soon I am thinking for olympus C-770.
By RIZ KHAN - Apr 26, 2004
This is a nice camera. It's kind...
Strengths: 10X Optical zoom 4M pixels Good focusing
Weakness: Battery life is too short
This is a nice camera. It's kind of small. It is good for carrying purposes, yet some times it's too small for making a picture. Overall it's a good camera for everybody.
By dmitriygoncharov - Jun 3, 2004
Good at this price
Strengths: Very powerful 10x optical zoom, and Z2 fix the pink color problem you find on Z1. The fast auto focus give it an A+, full manule control
Weakness: poor at low light focus, auto white ballance
This is a very powerful 10x optical zoom camera, it fixed a lot of problem users had complainted on Z1 such as that pink color layer you find in low light. Yes it is like 2 years old modle but you dont miss a lot comare to today's camera.
I found the auto white balance doesnt work well at low light or in door, color will shift red or blue, although you can set up the balance yourself, but sometime you need to try 3 or 4 times to get it to what you need. Another thing i have to say about this camera is, it doesnt focus well in low light(although lots camera dont do well on that, so i wont complain too much)
By waterboy02135 - Oct 2, 2005
ReviewGist for Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2 Digital Camera
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By reviewgist.com - Jan 13, 2010
Konica Minolta Dimage Z2
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By testseek.com - Feb 9, 2009
Konica Minolta Dimage Z2
Konica Minolta Dimage Z2 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.14 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #284 standard digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and...
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By TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008
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With a long zoom, lots of features, and an attractive price, Minolta's Z1 was one of the most popular digicams on the entire IR site last year. This year, Konica Minolta has updated the design with a 4-megapixel CCD, improved movie modes, and a host of other more minor enhancements. The resulting DiMAGE Z2 is once again a value leader in the long-zoom market, with a surprising range of features...
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By Imaging Resource - Jun 17, 2004