The DiMAGE Z5's 12x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom combine for a total 48x zoom. Konica-Minolta's proprietary CCD-shift Anti-Shake System--the same one used on the top-of-the-line Dynax 7D, Maxxum 7D, and DiMAGE A200 models--is particularly effective at such high zoom levels. It allows the photographer to shoot with shutter speeds four to eight times longer (2-3 stops) than when shooting without an anti-shake function. It also works to give steady, shake-free images of evening or other dimly lit shots, which are susceptible to shaking because of their slow shutter speed. This means significantly less shaking even without a flash or tripod.
To ensure that you don't miss those beautiful images, the DiMAGE Z5 has a Rapid AF that's the fastest autofocus for digital cameras with predictive focus control. Focusing in a mere 0.2 second (approximately) at wide angle and only 0.3 second (approximately) at telephoto, it's ideal for capturing any subject, moving or still.
The DiMAGE Z5 has everything you need to take high-quality pictures: 5.0-megapixel CCD, high-performance GT APO lens, and Konica Minolta's proprietary CxProcess III image processing technology, which gives you images as beautiful as those you see with your own eyes.
The Z5 boasts a large, easy-to-view 2.0-inch LCD monitor. This makes navigating menus easier and allows you to see exactly what you're shooting.
In addition to rapid AF, the DiMAGE Z5 has fast startup, short shutter release time lag, Ultra-High-Speed Continuous Advance, Progressive Capture, and Real Motion monitor for smooth display on the LCD. All of these combine to let the user capture any subject, no matter how fleeting, on the spur of the moment, and not miss a photo opportunity.
In addition to beautiful stills, the DiMAGE Z5 takes high-quality, high-resolution VGA movies that look as good as TV images. These movies are also shake-free thanks to the anti-shake function.
The Z5 fits its 12x optical Mega Zoom and large 2.0-inch LCD into a compact body. With a design that's easy to hold and an LCD that?s easy to view, you?ll have a secure grip and a clear view to beautiful pictures.
CCD-Shift Anti-Shake Function
The DiMAGE Z5 uses Konica-Minolta's proprietary CCD-shift Anti-Shake function, convenient for telephoto shots and dimly lit situations. Anti-Shake compensates to minimize the effect of camera shake, allowing you to shoot with shutter speeds four to eight times longer (2-3 stops) than on cameras without an anti-shake function. The DiMAGE Z5 can correct shaking without increasing shutter speed or raising ISO sensitivity, factors that increase image noise. The CCD-shift method doesn't require extra correction lenses like optical anti-shake systems, so the DiMAGE Z5's body remains compact and light. The Z5's Anti-Shake system is effective in correcting both the fine movement of pressing the shutter-release button and the larger and slower movements of the user's body.
Rapid AF is Fastest in Class for Autofocus (AF)
The DiMAGE Z5 focuses in a mere 0.2 second (approxiamtely) at wide angle and only 0.3 second (approximately) at telephoto. In Continuous AF, the DiMAGE Z5 includes Predictive Focus Control, which allows you to capture sharper images of moving subjects--like a child running at full speed. When it comes to fast and reliable autofocusing, the DiMAGE Z5 is clearly ahead of the pack.
5.0-Megapixel CCD for Beautiful Prints
The 5.0-megapixel, 1/2.5-inch CCD produces plenty of detail for creating high-quality enlargements as big as 21.7 x 16.3 centimeters at 300-dpi print resolution. In addition, the CCD's primary color filter offers high color fidelity.
Konica Minolta GT APO Lens
The DiMAGE Z5 employs a high-performance lens system that supports CCDs with 5 million effective pixels. The optical lens system consists of 13 elements in 10 groups and includes two AD (anomalous dispersion) glass lenses and two aspheric elements, a construction that adds up to sharp, high-quality images. Multi-coating on 14 lens surfaces ensures minimal flaring and ghosting in all zoom ranges. A 5-vane iris diaphragm beautifully reproduces a near-circular fading effect.
Superbly Detailed Images with CxProcess III
The DiMAGE Z5 incorporates CxProcess III, the latest evolution of Konica Minolta's proprietary image processing technology. This means even higher resolution and the ability to capture the subtlest details of texture, resulting in photos that look as natural as the subject itself.
High-quality Movies as Beautiful as TV Images
The Z5 takes movies in VGA size (640 x 480) at 30 frames per second (fps) for smooth video with sound rivaling TV images. You can also choose from other movie image sizes. The Anti-Shake function also works with the movie function to give shake-free telephoto movies. The XR (Extended Recording) Movie function lets you record movie clips onto the SD memory card as long as it has the capacity. With Night Movie, the DiMAGE Z5 can record in extreme low-light conditions. The Select Shot function allows you to make stills from movie clips, while the Movie Editing function allows you to cut unwanted parts from movie files.
Large, Easy-to-View 2.0-inch LCD
The DiMAGE Z5's 2.0-inch LCD gives you the big picture. The large screen makes it easier to take pictures, easier to play back stills and movie clips, and easier to navigate menus.
Get as Close as 1 Centimeter with Super Macro
Shoot amazing close-ups in either Macro or Super Macro modes. Whichever mode you choose, Konica Minolta?s superior image quality will make your close-ups look stunning and powerful. In Super Macro mode, you can bring the lens as close as 1 cm from your subject.
Real Motion LCD Monitor
The DiMAGE Z5 features the Real Motion LCD monitor, which delivers crystal clear images. The smooth, realistic movement displayed on the monitor makes it ideal for shooting moving subjects.
UHS (Ultra High Speed) Continuous Shooting
The DiMAGE Z5 captures 20 images at 10 fps (approximately) at an image size of 1024 x 768 in UHS (Ultra High Speed) continuous shooting. This function is convenient for situations where you need to capture and study your form in continuous movement, such as with a golf swing.
With the DiMAGE Z5 in Progressive Capture mode, the last several images in the sequence--as many as 20 images at 10 fps (approximately) at an image size of 1024 x 768--get saved when you stop pressing the shutter-release button. So when shooting fast-moving subjects, Progressive Capture ensures that they are recorded when and where you want them. These functions are handy for shooting sports events or for recording and improving your form in personal sports training situations.
Noise Reduction gives exceptional night images by automatically preventing the blemishes and graininess associated with slow-shutter shots.
PASM Exposure Control and Metering Modes
The DiMAGE Z5 offers incredible control over exposure. There are four modes: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. The DiMAGE Z5 has three metering modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, and Spot. Multi-segment metering uses 256 segments to determine exposure.
Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection
Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically chooses the best recording mode for your images. You can also manually select from Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset and Night portrait modes. Either way, this convenient function enables you to take fabulous photos with ease.
For added flexibility and convenience, the flash button can be customized to handle different settings. This means that instead of going through the menus on the LCD, you can use the flash button to change settings like the drive mode, white balance, focus mode, color mode, or sensitivity.
Forget all about complicated connections with a PC. Get fast, fun printouts directly from your camera by connecting the Z5 to a PictBridge-compliant printer.