This Minolta DiMAGE Z2 digital camera is outfitted with an amazing 10x optical/4x digital f/2.8-3.5 mega zoom lens, equivalent to a 38-380mm lens in the 35mm format. Able to bring distant subjects into focus instantly and record intense definition, the lens is backed by a powerful rapid autofocus system with predictive focus Keep watch over and a high-resolution 4MP, 1/2.7 interline primary-color CCD. Features: VGA-quality movie recording (640×480) plus night-movie mode, CxProcess II technology that controls color, contrast, and sharpness at the same time as minimizing noise, 1.5″ real-motion color LCD monitor with auto amplification, progressive capture mode, super-fast UHS continuous shooting, fast startup and response time, super macro mode, real motion LCD monitor with 60fps frame rate, switch finder showing monitor through viewfinder, powerful built-in flash, easy movie editing, real-time histogram of luminance distribution, automatic digital subject program that selects optimum exposure, white-balance and image-processing, portrait/sports action/sunset/night portrait digital subject programs, dark-noise reduction, programmed/aperture-priority/shutter-priority/manual auto exposure, multi-segment/center-weighted/spot metering, B&W/vivid/sepia creative color modes, daylight/tungsten/cloudy/flash/fluorescent/custom white balance, fluid playback, compatibility with a large number of powerful Minolta flash units, image rotating, PictBridge compliant, auto-400 ISO equivalent, 15-1/1,000 shutter speed, AE and AF lock, auto/fill/auto with red-eye reduction/slow-sync/off flash modes with 5-sec. recycling time, fine/standard/economy quality modes, self timer, contrast and sharpness select, date imprint, JPEG/MOV/DCF 2.0-compliant/DPOF-compliant/Exif 2.21 file formats, and SD card and MultiMediaCard recording. Includes neck strap, lens cap, accessory shoe cap, AV cable, 16MB SD Memory Card, USB cable, Dimage Viewer and ArcSoft VideoImpression software and batteries. 4-1/3Lx3Wx3-1/6D”.
The stylish, SLR-style Konica Minolta Dimage Z2 is offers appealing features for all kinds of photographers–from sports enthusiasts to serious wildlife photographers. Packed with power, yet easy to use, the Dimage Z2 features an amazing 10x optical zoom lens, quick startup time (1.8 seconds), and a rapid autofocus (the fastest for digital cameras of this class as of January, 2004) that helps you capture images in virtually any situation. It also offers a 4-megapixel resolution, VGA-quality video mode with audio, and a real-motion LCD monitor.
Optics and Resolution The Dimage Z2 has a maximum resolution of 2272 x 1704 pixels, good enough for enlargements up to 20 x 30 inches. It also offers 1600 x 1200 (2 MP), 1280 x 960 (1 MP) and 640 x 480 (VGA) resolution modes. The camera’s 10x optical zoom lens is a fast f2.8 – f3.5, allowing fast shutter speeds for sports or natural-light photography. With a focal range of 5.8mm-58mm, it is equivalent to a 38-380mm 35mm camera lens. When combined with the seamless 4x digital zoom, it has an amazing 40x zoom range, equivalent to a 38-1520mm lens.
The Dimage Z2 can record high-quality VGA (640 x 480) movies at 30 frames per second (fps), which is comparable to S-VHS video. It also offer’s the world’s first (as of January, 2004) SVGA option, with a resolution of 800 x 600 and a 15 fps rate. Viewed on a PC, the SVGA movie delivers approx. 6.3 more pixels than the standard QVGA (320 x 240) found on many other comparable digital cameras. You’ll be able to record as much video as your
The Dimage Z2 features Rapid AF with Predictive Focus Keep watch over to ensure sharp images with minimum delay. The Rapid AF system uses a high-speed drive to focus the lens quickly and smoothly–a 0.3 second focusing time at a focal length of 5.8mm and 0.4 seconds at 58mm–giving the DiMAGE Z2 the world’s fastest AF among digital cameras with a built-in 10X or greater optical zoom as of January 1, 2004. The Predictive Focus Keep watch over compensates for the minute delay from when the shutter-release button is pressed until the image is captured and adjusts focus right up until the exposure is made.
Startup time is a mere 1.8 seconds and shutdown time is 2.4 seconds. After focus has been locked, the shutter-release time lag is 0.06 second — comparable to a 35mm SLR camera. The Z2 is ready to capture another image in just 1.2 seconds after the previous exposure.
The powerful built-in flash can cover distances of up to 20 feet (6.1 meters) with the lens at its widest angle. Unlike most compact digital cameras, the Dimage Z2 offers extra versatility with flash photography. It has a hot shoe for attaching any of these Konica Minolta flash units: the Maxxum Flash 2500(D), 3600HS(D), or 5600HS(D).
The Real Motion LCD monitor uses a 60 fps rate, showing action smoothly compared to the slower 30 fps rate of conventional monitors. It’s also equipped with Konica Minolta’s exclusive Switch Finder, a unique system allows the camera’s LCD monitor to be viewed either directly or through the viewfinder. Since a single monitor is used, you want not worry about the color, contrast, and resolution difference between separate rear and viewfinder monitors. Automatic monitor amplification brightens the monitor under low light so the live image is all the time visible
Select the UHS (Ultra High Speed) option from the rapid shooting menu. The enlarged 32MB internal memory allows the Z2 to capture 15 images at 10 frames per second. When the shutter-release button is pressed and held, Progressive Capture begins saving images in the buffer memory. Five frames are saved with standard continuous advance and 12 frames with UHS continuous advance
Other features include:
- Super Macro mode allows you to focus as close as 1.2 in. (3cm) from the front of the lens
- Real-time histogram shows the luminance distribution of the image before it is captured
- Output photos directly to a PictBridge-compliant printer without having to go through a personal computer
- Flash modes: auto, red-eye reduction, fill flash, and slow sync
- Five subject programs–portrait, sports action, landscape, sunset, and night portrait–cover common and specialized shooting conditions and can be selected manually
- Four exposure-Keep watch over modes: programmed AE, aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual
- Three selectable metering modes: multi-segment, center-weighted, and spot
Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Safe Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards; a 16 MB starter card is included (in an effort to store approximately 17 standard 2272 x 1704 images). It transfers images to Macs and Windows-based PCs via a speedy USB 2.0 connection.
CxProcess II Image Processor
Konica Minolta’s newest image processing technology, CxProcess II, is used to bring out the best in the 3.3 megapixel CCD. CxProcess II controls the essential image qualities of color, contrast, and sharpness at the same time as minimizing noise. Brilliant, saturated color remains vibrant without becoming unnatural. Subtle contrast is rendered to retain the richness and depth of the subject at the same time as preserving details in the highlights and shadows. Sharpness is controlled to show fine detail at the same time as minimizing hard, unnatural edges.
Power and Size
The camera is powered by four AA batteries (alkaline included; NiMH rechargeables recommended). The Dimage Z2 measures 4.3 x 3.1 x 3.2 inches and weighs 10.8 ounces without batteries or recording media.
What’s in the Box
This package contains the Dimage Z2 digital camera, 16 MB Safe Digital memory card, 4 AA alkaline batteries, neck strap, lens cap, accessory shoe cap, USB and A/V cables, and CD-ROMs with Dimage Viewer and ArcSoft VideoImpression software.
4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
GT 10x optical lens system combines with 4x digital zoom for 40x total zoom
TV-quality movie recording; 1.2-inch super macro mode; 1.8-second start-up time
Store images on Safe Digital (SD) memory cards
Powered by AA-size batteries