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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2

We've given the Z2 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

The Minolta DiMAGE Z2 offers 4-megapixel resolution, a powerful 10x optical zoom, and 30-frame-per-second video recording. Though at first glance the Z2 is remarkably similar to the successful DiMAGE Z1, it incorporates a number of significant changes, including a more advanced lens, higher resolution, and a new rapid autofocus system. Despite these changes, fans of the Z1's space-age design will be glad to see that Minolta has used the same unusual styling in the Z2.


  • 4.0 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
  • Part Number: DIMAGE Z2
  • UPC: 043325995071
  • Release Date: Feb 23, 2004

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2 Reviews

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
battery door (vickey moore — 09/22/2009)


  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery door broken/blurry pics/expensive camera! (JANENE WICK — 06/05/2009)

After 4 years of owning this $400 camera the battery door finally broke making it unusable; but after 3 years one of the hinges of the door broke making it difficult to take pictures. The camera's ability to zoom in at 10x must mean the camera is able to take a good picture at that level - well, it doesn't, yes, it is tooooo blurry, everytime. Let me remind you that this camera was expensive - i am not able to use it everyday to take close-ups of my baby's face, and now i can't even take a picture since the batteries fall out of it!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery door breaks with use (Andrew — 04/14/2009)

This camera was great, until the battery compartment door broke after three years of use. Do a search online and you will find that this has happened to many owners. I even came across a review from 2006 where the reviewer noted that the battery door seemed "flimsy." If only I had paid closer attention then.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Picture retakes... (Sam — 05/23/2008)

I don't know how many times I have to retake pictures. The pictures always come out blurry, so I have to take 2 pictures of one thing. Hopefully one will come out right. If you have kids and try to take pics of them, then this isn't the camera for you. I get tired of telling my kids,"OK let's try it adain." The extra zoom doesn't help, because everything shows up blurry as well.

The video is ok. There is good sound, but everything shows up orange. It drives me nuts. Is this my family or are they all pumpkins...

I spent a lot of money for this camera, that's why we still have it. We're saving up for a SLR camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I love this camera! (Lindsay — 05/14/2008)

I got the z1 three years ago, but my brother dropped it so he got me the z2. I love both of them. Its great for someone who's serious about photography, especially if you don't have a lot of money for equippment. Great zoom! I'm not even kidding. The "M" setting lets you manually adjust shutter speed and apeture, but there are other settings for easy picture taking. It's not overly-complicated like some digital cameras. The only problem I have now is that my z2 suddenly died. I'm working on finding out why that is. But I still love this camera. I don't like using anything else

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to use, Great Pictures.. (DRew — 09/14/2007)

I've had this camera for 2 years now and love it.. It's small enough to carry around with me every where I go, but with it's 10x optical zoom and macro features I get all the features of a much larger camera without having to carry around the extra weight and lenses. It is also the easiest camera i've ever used. It's features are straight forward and intuitive. I've even had some of my pictures published from this camera!! Great camera for the on the go photographer...

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT camera (Oblique Photography — 04/01/2007)

I do professional to semi professional photography.. I have used Rebel XT and other Minolta Products I love this camera, It might be that I love the features and the ease of use.. This camera produces some of the best quality pictures I have seen in a long time.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera for the casual photographer (J. Johnson — 11/11/2006)

I have owned my Z2 for a little over a year now and have been very happy with it. It takes great pictures in good lighting and is a good all around camera for the money - especially for the casual photographer. I've taken it on a few vacations and have gotten some really incredible pictures.

The factory settings for action shots, normal shots, portraits, etc. all work well. My only complaint has been the low light shots. They are OK - but the camera has a tough time auto-focusing when there isn't enough light.

The most outstanding feature of the camera has to be the movie mode. You can take some incredible movies in really poor lighting and they come out amazing! I've taken 1-2 minute action movies and used them on my website and gotten tons of comments on them. And if you are computer savvy... you can 'pull' some incredible action stills off the movies and make prints of them.

Good camera for the price with some nice features.

  • 5.0 out of 5

Very good. You dont have to be a professional to use it and you can catch breathtaking pictures

  • 5.0 out of 5
too many options? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

my wife and me were going for a road tripp to new mexico, and i bought this camera for me... so may many options, possibilities and combinations of options!!! coool heh!..well, not wife use the fuji210 and i used this one.. my 10 zoom was amazing, my macro was fantastic...but generally her 210 took more consistant ly better pictures, especially under low light conditions... my pictures in low light were always redder than life, and the flash h was pretty well useless... either not enuf or washed the subject out...her 210 at full zoom, only 5 i think, was crisper than mine at 5... the z2 is useless at full zoom, even with a tripod, and perfect light..still i love it.. would recommend it.. just be forewarned.. the learning curve is very very long....would buy it battery life of any camera i used

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad plastic exterior and battery cover (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought Z2 from Ritz with extended warranty. The flimsy battery door failed as the tabs broke and of course the batteries would not work unless you taped it shut. The camera was babied and not handled improperly. We understood Ritz would repair or replace within two weeks. Over 2 months later after repeated calls we got a replacement Z2 which has the same exact battery door. We missed important trip pictures and family events and now have the unpleasant task of trying to get our money back so we can buy a real camera. Everyone take note that the newer models have changed the battery cover yet Minolta/Ritz is trying to pawn off the defective version under "warranty" Very stupid!

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

This camera has excellent zoom capability and all the features are easy to use. Portrait shots turn out beautifully when taken in well lit areas; however, action shots tend to be blurred. Overall, I've been quite satisfied with this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good pictures shame about product backup from Konica Minolta (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I own the Z1 model of this camera.Great pictures in good light, indifferent pictures taken either with the flash or in poor light. Lens cap comes off at the drop of a hat. However, major complaint is about Konica Minolta who now want to charge me 50% of the purchase price for fixing switch. (expensive camera ownership!!!)

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very reliable. Great zoom features including digital zoom (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Overall, camera has served us well. Movie mode is fantastic.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Wery good close ups (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I decided to buy this camera one year ago, and I have had some experience in taking good close ups photos, in all cirkumstances. Both macro and portrait are wery good when I had gained some good control over all the manual adjustments of this brilliant camera.

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

i was going to a wet wet wet concert (the concert of my life) so i needed a camera with a good zoom lens...i know nothing of digital cameras so i trusted the seller when he recommended this to me...
i went to the concert and took a total of 700 pictures and i tell you when i saw the results of the pictures i nearly cried of joy...each and every one of them were so clear and up close...i could have been standing right next to him.....!!!!....absolutely brilliant nothing less.
a HUGE thanks to Konica :-)


  • 4.0 out of 5
only one complaint (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A great camera that is easy to use and yet does almost everything an SLR will do. Aperture and shutter settings etc. In auto is as easy as any point and shoot.The sequential shooting (lots of shots in quick succession) is great. The battery life is stunning I use 188 and 2000 NMHs and you can go all week snapping away before changing out. The only reason it has 4 stars is that it is a little light greedy and night shooting is a problem for the auto focus.

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

Great for a less than $400 camera. Fast focus in the light, very slow almost unusable in dark. However maunal focus does work, and I'v even photographed lightning with this camera. It has tons of settings, and can be made to take a picture in almost any light. Mine has never locked up, so it would apear that they may have a quality control issue. (fingers crossed)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Addition to collection (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After much shopping around and researching I bought this camera from and was so impressed with price/customer service. I am so pleased with the overall quality and the abilities are endless. A long time owner of Minolta 35mm and have been reluctant to go to digital. The capability of changing shutter speed, color schemes and the instant gratification of digital is priceless. I recommend a high speed Memory Card and NiMH batteries (my AA died in 3 days). My lens cover broke already after falling on the ground and they are sending me a new one with a lens filter cover! Will update after much more playing with the camera! Great camera for those who really want a good camera to take everywhere!

  • 5.0 out of 5
very close to pro (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First, I would like to say that there IS no movable LCD viewer, so the above reviewer does not have a Z2.
As a semi-pro photographer, this camera is as close to high-end as one can get for it's size and price. I have gotten beautiful shots in all sorts of situations, including dancers on a stage and without blur. (Just have to know how to set your shutter speeds).
I prefer to use the viewfinder, and I hold the camera in various positions and even holding it over my head to take downward shots, I get fantastic results. It's easy to handle, set up shutter and aperature and the flash is pretty responsive.
Minuses-no available remote and the lenscap pops off too easily. I also was told I can set it up for sequential shots on timer, but it doesn't seem to do that.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible value (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

There are positives, particularly the fast focus on actions shots, but the negatives outweigh them. The biggest is, like the "Not to be trusted" writer, it just siezed up and support from Minolta was/is horrible.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Plus & Minus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The "pluses" include a really good zoom lens, a body design that makes it easier to handle than most other digital cameras, and excellent results when taking outdoor pictures.

The "minuses" include terrible indoor focusing under low-light conditions, incomprehensible program modes (at least for the non-expert photographer), and short battery life.

Would I recommend this camera to a friend? Yes, providing he or she will not use it for indoor flash pictures under low light conditions.

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

I am still experimenting with the camera, but up to now I've found it extremely easy to use and the picture quality to be great. The biggest problem i have come across up to now is that it does not focus well in low light.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not To Be Trusted! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I researched extensively before deciding to go with the DiMAGE Z2. It had all the features I needed on my vacation to photograph the many archeological sites within Mexico, and I was very pleased with essentially every aspect until, zap, it simply gave out.

The camera would seize up at various stages upon booting up and there was no way of bringing it back to life. So a trip planned for over a year in the southern jungles of Mexico was ruined, and in my particular case, there were no camera shops close by to even purchase a replacement.

When I finally got through to Minolta (their phone number for service in the accompanying literature was incorrect) I got no sympathy. My problem, even though I owned the camera for only four weeks. Because I purchased it in the United States, Minolta would not ship it to Mexico, and the nightmare goes on and on. It cost me over $300 in the end to get the camera back after waiting four weeks for its return.

If you are considering a camera for an important photographic expedition, I would definitely eliminate this one as a contender. It may have something to do with the unusual movable LCD viewer, but it can all of a sudden stutter after you turn it on and that it the end of it.

This camera is not to be trusted and can easily let you down when you need it the most.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great all rounder (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A great camera for the snapper or the more experimental photographer. I have taken hundreds of photos and never leave home without it. My one complaint is it doesn't focus too well in low light. Beyond that a great camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A superb camera at an affordable price! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Months ago I invested my hard-earned money in the Minolta Konica Z2. I think it is a superb camera. I have recently come back from NYC where it was simply fodder for the camera. The results I got back were great! I recommend this camera to anyone. Colour, Vivid Colour, Black and White, Sepia or Macro (Including a fantastic Super Macro) it takes superb pictures!

  • 3.0 out of 5
It's OK (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Overall the camera takes very good pictures, has lots of features and is very good on the batteries. I can usually go almost a week of heavy use before swapping out the rechargeable batteries. If you are taking pictures during the day...this camera is great. However, in medium to low light the auto-focus just won't work and you get fuzzy pictures. The flash is pretty weak beyond 4 feet or in a big room. The pictures and features are better than my old Olympus C-2020, but the auto focus and flash are much worse. No remote for the camera either.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Pictures In An Easy To Use Package (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have owned the Konica Minolta DiMage Z2 for about 7 months now and have found it to be an exceptionally good camera. I have taken hundreds of photos with and I have no complaints. The camera is very user friendly and the photos always come out wonderful. The zoom capability is much more then I expected. When you are looking at the photos on your computer the clarity of the photos is amazing even when you zoom in 300 - 400% the regular size. Since I also purchased a 512MB memory card to go with it I usually take all of my photos in it's highest setting. I have found that the quality of the other settings is also very good. I would recommend this camera to others, in fact I am buying 5 more of them as Christmas gifts.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Superb 4MP at sub $300 price mark (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
PROS: Great image quality with its 4MP CCD; powerful bright flash; 10X zoom comes in very handy; very fast zoom and focus; great for stop action/sports photography; uses non-proprietary batteries (standard AA). CONS: Needs anti-shake technology at long end of zoom (available in the Z3); somewhat flimsy battery and memory card slide doors; grainy image in electronic viewfinder; auto mode is lackluster so not ideal for point & shoot casual photography.