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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z1
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z1

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z1

Editor's Review

The Minolta DiMAGE Z1 combines space-age styling and an impressive 10x optical zoom. The Z1 offers remarkably fast operation and autofocus, and is powered by universally available AA batteries, which should boost its appeal among travelers and outdoorsy types.


  • 3.2 megapixels (effective)
  • 10x optical/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format only
  • ISO range 50 - 400
  • 4 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • UPC: 00043325994371
  • Release Date: Sep 17, 2003

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z1 Reviews

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z1 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wonderful value (Joe Mullins — 12/01/2007)

Incredibly easy to use, makes fantastic pictures. Nice balance and weight.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent pictures (Rahul Dhar — 02/09/2007)

This is an excellent camera in its class and price band. The use is perfectly easy and picture quality is also best in its class.

  • 5.0 out of 5
+++ (ringo — 09/28/2006)

luv it, great video, sound zoom

  • 5.0 out of 5
just brill (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

magic does what it says on the box video as good as my digital 8 camcorder

  • 2.0 out of 5
Nice pictures, poor materials (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When I first got this camera it took wonderful pictures, but they slowly started to deteriorate. The housing for the camera is very cheap, the casing that holds the batteries will only close on 1 side (the little plastic latch on the door broke off) and causes the connections to work only sometimes. I contacted Minolta and was told that the part couldn't be replaced as it is on the main camera body, not the door itself! Therefore I would have to pay someone lots of $$$ to refurbish the camera, or buy a new one. So I am off to do the latter... buy a Sony H5 and stay as far away from Minolta as possible. (My last camera was also a minolta, and it didn't live up to expectations... never again!)

  • 5.0 out of 5
70th Wedding Anniversary (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was really impressed with the sturdiness of the metal body. I like the digital stabilization feature (and I am talking about the Z-1!). You have to play with the controls a bit to activate it, but once you turn it on it's great. I was able to do my aunt and uncle's 70th wedding anniversary celebration and scrapbook it. I didn't find the built in flash until about 3 months later after purchase, but that turns out some of the most beautiful indoor pictures I've ever seen. Another thing I like is that I don't have to sit it on a charger dock to keep it charged, all I need is 4 AA batteries.
I have used mine for family functions, school functions, art reproduction for computerized printouts, and for medical illustrations for school presentations. A wonderful camera. I got mine on sale for $299.00. I think it was originally priced at around $899.00 when it first came out.
Then the digital movie clips work pretty good. I was able to do some keepsake disks to send to friends who live far away from me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
NOT cheaply made (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i love this camera and have had it for over 3 yrs. it has been dropped onto hard surfaces many times (i am very clumsy) and has completely survived every fall. i constantly get compliments on the quality of my photos and i find it to be very versatile and easy to use.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best Camera I've Ever Owned! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I can't believe how wonderful this camera really is!
It's got a great zoom I can take a photo of a car driving almost a mile away and still see it clearly!
I've taken many many great photos and video's with this camera of my two daughters, and if it can keep up with them it can keep up to anything!
My only problem with it is it makes like a mechanical noise when video recording, but I've noticed other people's doing that as well. And it's not annoying or anything.
I bought my camera used off of ebay and I'm very satisfied with it! I am actually thinking of buying another one to keep in a closet so if this one ever goes out. It's definately worth the money to do that!

  • 5.0 out of 5
will not dissapoint (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Ok; This has been my experience with my z1. First of all i bought my camera as refurbished. I have had zero problems with it. Now i'll give it to you straight, hope not to offened cannon, kodak,pentax owners. These are the cameras my friends own at up to 6 megapixels. And who do they call when they need a great pic taken, me and my 3.2 z1 so to those of you who paid a lot more for more megapixels, keep them. If you want awsome pics at low price this is the camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Big But Beautiful (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My Z1 has proven to be a perfect digital SLR. After years of using film SLR cameras the Z1 is a giant leap forward in technology in that same direction. I bought the camera specifically for the powerfull optical zoom capability, which produces great long distance quality shots. Unlike the pocket sized cameras on today's market,the Z1 can handle long distance shots and a wide range of manual control for those tricky scenic, nature and action shots. The Z1 may not be the camera to buy for a first time home user who wants a "digital camera"; rather it seems to have been designed for the serious 35mm film SLR user. It can do all the things the pocket sized cameras can do, but the optical zoom puts this camera in a different league. The Z1 feels big and bulky compared to a small pocket camera, but if your into long distance shooting this one has the ability to produce excellent shots.

  • 1.0 out of 5
cheaply made (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

good pictures outdoors, spotty indoors. Zoom mechanism is cheaply made and can break with a slighth bump when extended. Warning, cost of repair equals cost of a new camera. Invest in something made more substantially.

  • 4.0 out of 5
takes great pic but poor mechanical (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i actually bought this camera from my uncle who owned it for a few months. When i got it part of the zoom button had broken ,however zoom was still working. Now the zoom has completely stopped working. I live in Trinidad and i sent it to repair at minolta in Miami. They said that it will cost me $300 US to fix the zoom. Now i'm wondering if it's worth it since a one like it is a little over that.
The camera works great otherwise. Takes great pics . Zoom is great.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor materials (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera takes great pictures - no doubt about that. BUT the lens cap pops off with the slightest bump and the memory card door opens at random times. It's always felt like cheap plastic so I try to look after it - difficult as I use it outdoors a lot (hiking, camping). Now - the final straw - the battery housing cover has broken. It's always been difficult to replace the batteries so I've been real careful (as it felt cheap and badly designed) but it was in my backpack in the back of my car on a dirt road Saturday and the (tiny) piece of plastic holding the cover on snapped off. I am fed up. I expected this to last me 5-7 years - I cannot afford to spend this much money on a camera every 2 years!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Surprised by photos (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Got some great pic, but takes a bit too long to get used to using the camera. Biggest problem was always forgetting to make sure the selector is on automatic, as it gets bumped & moved during normal handling.
The LCD screen is too small to use effectively, for my purposes, so I use the lens view finder for 99% of my pictures. I will use the LCD when I have to raise the camera over a crowd to take a shot.
I ended up using 1600 resolution for photos that I blow up to 8x10, and find it more than sufficient. The ability to see what u shot sure beats a 35mm.
Don't like the chintzy lens cap cover, but the camera has a nice feel to it, once u know where to place ur trigger finger.
Only other mode I've used is the MACRO, outside of AUTOMATIC. I only use the Optical zoom, & that is more than sufficient, plus it cuts down on lot on shakiness.
I use rechargeable batteries, one set always in a charger, for easy & quick switching. I have a dc input unit, but the 256mb chip I use is easily downloaded into a computer..I can get over 244 shots on a chip at around 1600mb resolution. I download and work on my pics right away, and clear the chip. No need for a bigger chip. If I'm gonna take movies, I'll buy a movie camera. Duh!
I'm ready to move up to the Z5 as it is the next model that has anti shake built into it.
Took class pictures, over 600, & have had over 14,000 looks at them. Also took pics on a recent trip to Canada. So did others, but they pics are still in their camera, or on their 35mm film.
Camera feels kinda tinny, & would like to have a larger LCD. I think the Z5 has what I want.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Cheap housing did this one in (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The cheap plastic zoom control broke right away. Later, just after the warranty expired (of course), the entire mechanism broke after a slight jostle. Now it's in the trash. I did get some good pictures outdoors, but very few that I took indoors turned out well. Most of the zoomed pictures were blurred.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Build Quality poor (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned the minolta Z1 for 18 months cant fault the pictures, but zoom thumb botton broken off when it caught on my shirt, when hung around my neck.
also battery door warped showing a gap of 1 mm or so.
now got a camera that I cant resell or part\ex.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Outstanding Value (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

In the roughly 18 months I've had my Z1, I've had not one complaint about it...except for one picky little detail, but I'll get to that later. First, don't be put off by that 3.2 megapixel figure. I've found it to be more than sufficient for all my purposes, easily equal to all but the finest-grain 35mm film I've ever used. Unless you're hoping to be able to pick a face out of the crowd a mile away, you'll be just fine.

Mine came with a 64MB card, which is sufficient for most uses. However, I upgraded to 256MB which allows me to shoot up to around five minutes of full-motion video, and there are much larger cards available if I want to upgrade even further. It even contains a built-in microphone, which sounds about the way you'd expect. It ain't no 44BX, but what is? For decent audio, though, it's sufficient.

Optically, the 10X zoom is very effective. The Z1 also has a macro mode which is equal to any film camera I've ever used.

My one and only picky little complaint is that it won't take filters. It's never really been that big a deal, although once in a while it would be nice for getting that nearly indigo daylight sky.

In my opinion, this is one helluva camera for the money.

  • 1.0 out of 5
great picture really bad mechanical (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

great pictures, easy to use. however very unreliable. The first time I use this camera,
the mechanical lens that goes over the viewing screen,so that you can use the viewfinder, broke.
Minolta fixed it under warranty however I had to pay to ship and lost use of the camera in this time. Now just one week over the one year I have the same problem. I would guess I would have to pay the whole bill since it just went out of warranty. I will be looking for a different brand
that does not have this mechanical cover that goes over the lcd monitor.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera, would buy again, but a few bad things (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First off, features for price this camera is Excellent!!! Shutter lag is on par with film SLR's (i.e. you don't have to "plan" when to press the shutter to get the shot) Some digital cameras have nearly a second of delay from the time you press the shutter to when it actually takes the pic.. unacceptable when you are trying to get action shots, but with the dimage Z1 I don't have to think about it, I press the shutter when I want the pic taken and it takes it. Also I like how the screen doesn't go blank or freeze for long when the focus "locks on" like the other cameras i considered. I love the long optical zoom but rarely use the digital. original lens cap is crap, but I never planned to use it, I use a 45-52MM adapter that allows me to use 52mm screw on filters and a real lens cap (and still allows full use of the zoom), I just keep a sky filter on at all times, which protects my lens and makes the camera look MUCH better, not to mention gives a great place to hold it when taking pics and blocks out most of the focus noise during videos. Print quality is awesome, I'm printing with a cannon i960 and you cant tell my digital 4x6 prints from a film print..

Now the bad... The only bad things I have to say are about the auto focus, it has a LOT of trouble in low light, due to not having a low light focusing lamp, I went from a 1.3MP Kodak with a focus assist lamp to this one without and really missed it, I end up just using a flashlight to shine on the subject in low light to get it to focus then take the pic with a flash... Also certain rare outdoor conditions make the auto focus not work...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love This Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned this camera for a year after doing extensive research on digitals. I am far from being a professional; just your average person taking mostly family pictures and I have been very delighted with all the pictures I have taken with this camera. It is very easy to use and pictures come out great. I even used the video at a concert and was thrilled with the picture and sound - no background noise at all! For the money, I think this is one great camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent options at an incredible price... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was about to buy an entry level digital camera for my son when I saw a $199 price tag at Costco. I just love the features and quality of picture cannot be compared to any other similarly priced digital cameras I ever had. This is a great buy.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I paid too much, but I love the camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After researching and shopping for over a year, I bought the Minolta Z1 and took it on a 14 day cruise. I was able to get 644 photos on a 128MB SD card at resolutions acceptable to print 4x6 or use as screensavers. I bought one set of 4 AA alkaline batteries and they lasted me the whole trip plus 3 months more. My friends spent most of the time feeding their digital cameras cards and batteries, and did not have any where near the number or quality of pictures I returned with. I paid over $500 for the camera, and I am about to buy another one for my college bound daughter for under $200. This camera rivals my Minolta Maxxum SLR in picture quality because it has a real optical lens instead of one of those "button" plastic lenses commonly found on inexpensive digital cameras. (That is why I spent the extra money to get the Minolta Z1). What a bargain you have now! Also, I bought two 512MB SD cards to carry with me when I travel. Each one has four times the picture holding capacity of a 128MB SD card, and they are usually on sale with rebates for about $50.00. You will never run out of "film" again. Plus, you can increase the resolution of your pictures to over 1600 and still take lots of pictures of much higher pixel density, making it nicer if you want to blow them up when you print them at the photo shop. It is easy to operate, and has useful features instead of a lot of things you would never use. I purchased an optional full sized digital external flash that works on both my Minolta Maxxum and the Z1. It is an adjustable angle bounce flash that helps with big group pictures indoors. You can do as much as you want with this small, lightweight but very full featured quality camera. I would highly recommend it to anyone who either has never owned a camera, or an old pro like me.

  • 4.0 out of 5
amazing (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera after years of film. I love the simplicity and the quality! The camera has made me a believer in digital photography

  • 1.0 out of 5
Piece of plastic. And not even good plastic! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera worked fine for 10 months. Gears wore out in telephoto. Sent to Minolta for repairs under warranty. They reboxed it and sent it pack, but repaired nothing. Called them the day I received to complain. They said someone would call. No calls yet, been months. I will never buy another Minolta product.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad choice (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera after reading many great reviews. Sadly, from day 1 I have been anything but pleased with this camera. I do lots of hiking and outdoor activities. The cheap plastic design means I am forever in fear of breaking the camera. The plastic door that protects the memory card pops open constantly. The lens cap falls off the lens with the slightest movement. Both of these problems are serious when you are hiking or anywhere outdoors. The video mode is rendered useless. The autofocus makes a very annoying clicking sound that is recorded in the audio. I contacted K-M, who told me this clicking was normal. Who wants to listen to clicking while watching video playback? The nice picture quality falls far short in making up for these serious flaws. If you plan on using your camera outdoors, do not use this one.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Cannot beat the value and quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera after more than a month of research, testing, and general confusion. It wasn't until a photo shop person told me that I really didn't need anything more than a 3MP camera for normal 4X6 pictures. The Z1 has its faults : The flimsy feeling case, the background noise when recording video with sound ( which you can turn off and turn on zoom in video mode ), and I am still a little uncertain about the whole viewing mechanism. However, I just had my first few dozen pictures printed and I am so impressed. (even the photo lady was impressed ) I even had a 8X10 printed and there is little distinction that this came from a 3MP digital camera. I am extremely happy with this camera, the quality of the pictures, the video feature, the battery life, the programming features, and for a zoom the size of camera. 6 months to the day and I don't doubt I made the right decision

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very Good Value (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought my Z1 at Wal-Mart. I guess they aren't going to carry it anymore because they had it clearance for $197. It seems to be easy to use and the controls are simple. The only problem I have is you need to remain perfectly still when takes shots of far away things or the picture comes out fuzzy. Other than that I am totally enjoying my new camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I am very satisfied (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have heard the pro's and con's of this very nice little camera. My opinion is that it is wonderful. Yes it is lightweight plastic. There have been times I have carried it around my neck all day and have forgotten it was there. It takes a beautiful crystal clear picture. It brings the subject in extra close with the 10X optical and 4x digital zoom. It proved great on our trip to Alaska and Maine and I brought home some wonderful pictures to relive our trips over and over. I am very satisfied. Everyone that I know that sees it and the pictures it takes, and the ease of learning it wants one.