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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3

Editor's Review

The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3 boasts a remarkable 12x optical zoom and a professional-looking black body. Capitalizing on the success of their previous two ultra-zoom models, Minolta has packed even more telephoto power into the Z3, ranking it among the most powerful of the extended zoom digital cameras. The body of the Z3 has also been streamlined, giving it a sharper look and a slick black exterior.


  • 4.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 12x 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: 2733151
  • UPC: 000000000000
  • Release Date: Aug 18, 2004

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3 Reviews

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Zero problems, great little camera! (dave — 03/14/2009)

I bought the Z3 as I knew someone with a Z2, and I had used it enough I had gotten used to it, so when a Z3 became available for a cheap price, I grabbed it. It does a good all around job taking pics for ebay and personal use, and the video performance is pretty impressive too. I will soon be buying a new camcorder, but until my Z3 dies or has an accident, I won't be buying another camera. I wish KM hadn't exited the camera business soon after I bought it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
value for money (terry — 07/19/2007)

I bought my Z3 a year ago on e-bay re-conditioned it has given me excellent service so far(fingers crossed) as a very amateur photographer this is a great camera for the price ,it basically thinks for you if you use the auto settings,my one concern is that they should have increased the megapixels to at least 5or6

  • 2.0 out of 5
Too expensive to repair! (Joan — 07/02/2007)

I bought my camera about 2 years ago. I've taken many, many pictures with it, sorry don't know the number off hand. This spring it began to make a noise every time I turned it on and the anti-shake came on. I sent it in for a repair estimate and it would have cost me $225 to repair it. I figured I can buy a new camera for that cost. I did like the features of the camera, although found it to be slow start-up and poor for sports pictures of my kids. I'm really disappointed that I paid almost $400 for this camera that lasted only two years. I be looking for a more reliable model next time. I thought I'd done my research last time as I spent almost a year looking at different cameras and trying to decide what to buy. Sigh! Now to work on that process all over again. Wished I'd found this sight sooner.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera, had no problem with it (James Koh — 02/15/2007)

I don't understand why some of you have problems with Z3. I have used it for more than two years and have no problem whatsoever. I have shot more than 20,000 pictures. I think it is an excellent camera for the price, far better than some which cost 2 or 3 times more. Excellent macro, telephoto, auto-focus, video, burst-mode, and anti-shake. Only downside is small screen which had been enlarged with Z5 and Z6. On the whole, very satisfied with it, including the software that came with it—allow for recovering even underexposed pictures to their normal condition. Hope Sony will continue production of this range of camera now that they have bought over Konica Minolta. I suppose if you treat you camera gently, it will serve you with no problem... maybe...just maybe... But really I have no problem with it. (To Moana, you can download the camera manual from their website. I downloaded mine as I wanted an electronic copy of it.)

  • 2.0 out of 5
repair, repair and repair (or medium range shots- on the rd and back to bangkok for another set of repairsjohn boy — 12/12/2006)

4 cd's worth and in 4 repairs 4 the second time-1st anti shake no good + wells fargo NO COVER UNDER WARRANTY-128 BUCKS-now zoom grinds and auto-focus no focus-see on medium or long range shots while on vacation so HAVE TO STOP AND RETURN TO BANGKOK 4 2ND REPAIR JOB IN LESS THAN 1 MONTH. shitty picture quality overall-EXTREMLY disapointed, massive anger spending time back and forth -NEVER buy minolta-well they don't make cameras anymore anyway!!!!!!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
repair, repair and repair (john boy — 12/12/2006)

4 cd's worth and in 4 repairs 4 the second time-1st anti shake no good wells fargo NO COVER UNDER WARRANTY-128 BUCKS

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very fragile (Hans J — 11/04/2006)

Well I thought I bought a very good camera, with a surperb zoom, but after 2 months it couldnt focus and there was a shadow in upper right corner. Back to store, they sent it to Minolta����s repairservice, but they wouldnt repair it under guarantee, they claimed it has been dropped!! They didnt even opened the camera to see what was wrong. I knew it wasn����t dropped, so I opened the camera to see what was wrong, I����m sure it was a manufactory fault, but still the wouldnt repait it.
So never never buy minolta, at least not in Denmark.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Bought privately but came with no userguide. (Moana — 10/03/2006)

Does anyone know where I can find a userguide for the Z3 please? :o(

  • 1.0 out of 5
Z1/Z3 both stopped working (Paul Stocker — 08/09/2006)

I owned a Z1 previously whose motherboard melted after only 3 months of low usage. After Minolta refused to repair the d(i)amage on warranty, I obviously had SERIOUS doubts about buying another, but to my shame I purchased a Z3 which now has a locked lens. Since Sony took over Konica Minolta, i guess its touch and go again, whether or not it will be fixed this time! I do not recommend ANY Konica Minolta product and will never buy one again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
In the shop most of the time (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After months of blurry images my DiMage z-3 went into the shop— a few weeks of sporadic use and it is broken again— this time it has been in the shop for two MONTHS!! I regret having purchased it

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

I have had no problems with my minolta Z3. I have taken approximately 5000 shots. It is a fantastic camera when sufficient light is present. The mechanized antishake mechanism is really great for candid shots, as they come out less blurry than other cameras would deliver, because it actually works. You have to spend big money to get a camera better than this, and it is too bad Minolta is leaving the camera business. They were great pioneers but their dealer network was devastated, and they never could make it to the mass-merchandise chains where Sony, Olympus and others hung out. Chalk it up to a marketing failure for a superior device, just like the Sharp Viewcam which pivoted with a big screen; it was by far the best camcorder ever designed, but bombed because it was different. The huge zoom on this camera combined with its small size is a miracle, and it uses regular AA batteries. A wonderful attribute.

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

I bought my Z3 one year ago both for work and for my upcoming trip to Israel.

The macro focusing lens is exactly what I need for technical photography.

8 x 10 full frame prints from this 4 megapixel camera are fine.

I advise buying several sets of rechargeable NIMH batteries.

  • 2.0 out of 5
failed at the critical moment (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

At first, I loved this camera. Then, when I was attending the first of two events for which I bought it, the screen went dark. No, not the batteries. Display info shows, but no picture. And of course, I left my trusty Pentax 35mm at home in retirement. Wrong! Z3 goes back to camera store this week, trading it in. Was going to upgrade to Z6, but thinking maybe best get out of the KM-Z series altogether, despite the fabulous features. Zoom was fantastic, great shots, but...missing the shots for which it was purchased puts it on my bad list.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Had two Z3's, both failed after a couple of hours use! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was very disappointed in the Z3. My first Z3 developed a serious fault after about 2 hours use. The optical system got out of alignment, and there was a black quarter circle shadow in one corner of the viewfinder a nd pictures. (No, I had not dropped or misused the camera in any way.) I returned the camera, which was replaced by the retailer. My second Z3 was also faulty - the camera would respond randomly to different exposure conditions, and no pictures could be taken. I returned the second Z3, this time for a full refund. I have since bought a Panasonic FZ3, which cost £90 less, and has performed faultlessly for the last 6 months and thousands of photos.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great camera....low durability even though I babied it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like the camera but then it simply stopped working even though I took great care of it. I had it serviced. It came back with the viewfinder not working so now I need to send it back in again. Poor service from Konica.

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

This is an excellent digital camera for the 35mm photographer switching to a digital camera. The Z3 allows the user to control shutter speeds and aperature controls which allows for control of the photos just like on a 35mm camera. The automatic settings work great most of the time. The 12X zoom is awesome!!!!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Love it when it works, but have sent it in two times for repairs and need to again (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love the camera. It was exactly what I was looking for and I finally decided to spend the money. It worked beautifully for the first month. Then I had problems with the focus. Once zoomed in, it wouldn't zoom back out to a normal focus. Sent it in for service so I was without it for a month and a half. Got it back and used it for about a month . . .and the same problem occurred. Sent it in for service again for a month and a half. Got it back in time to go on my vacation. Looked like it was doing great, but it just developed the zoom problem again. So now I have to send it in again. Not excited that out of the 8 months of ownership, I have gotten to use it a little more than 4 months. I asked if I could have a new camera last time I sent it in, but received no response. We'll see what happens this time . . . .

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great camera, poor viewfinder/LCD image (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Purchased a Z5 prior to touring the southwest. Really liked the features and capability especially optical zoom with stabilizer feature. Snapped very good pics. Problem...when using the zoom or with bright or low light, the focus image was fuzzy and hard to see what you wanted to focus on, using both the viewfinder or the LCD. Also, at an outdoor low light wedding reception, there was no image to view before snapping the pic because the LCD and viewfinder were totally black. Two other family members had a Z2 and had the identical problems. Even though I liked most features, I returned the camera due to the 2 problem areas.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good Camera, Lousy Service (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera for my wife. She is what I would call an advanced amateur. First camera would not take pictures nor focus in low light. Flash did not work right out of the box. We sent it to Konica for repair and after four weeks it was returned as repaired but with the same problems! We went to the store that sold it and they gave us a new camera and returned the old one to Konica. This one worked. My wife is in love with the speed of the shutter recovery and the pictures the Z3 takes. It is the focus that still and occasionally gives problems. I will not buy another Konica based on their response to a customer who received a defective camera that Konica would not repair.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not Bad, Not Good either (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is great outdoors where light is abundant. When taking pictures or video indoors, don't expect anything great. This camera has a hard time focusing in lower lighting and the video quality is poor under low light conditions. It also has a hard time capturing motion. If you have a video capture device, don't expect capturing video from this camera. It has an auto shut off that won't allow the user to capture video even with an AC adaptor plugged into it. It would have been nice to use it as a web camera and I would think that there is no reason that support for such a simple purpose would be included. The Z3 is a decent camera that has many features for on the go use. As long as you do not plan on using this camera in dim light it should serve you well. 4 mega pixels definitely are good enough to print pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great for Outdoors and fast be ready pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Z3 is such a great camera so very fast from getting it out of the bag to taking pictures in a flash. The 12X Optical Zoom can't be beat along with the Autofocus to get your image clarified when you need it, faster than the Panasonic Z20 and each program is set apart from the next making each one essential for whatever environment. The Super Macro is second to none as it takes such close clear images. I compared the Z3 to the Canon S1IS, Kodaks, Panasonic's, etc. The design feels so comfortable in my hand as it was designed so well, with enough manual controls to make you feel in charge at all times. I live close to an airport and at the spur of the moment do run for the camera to take shots of F-15's to Commercial Aircraft. The movie mode is fast 30fps, keep in mind one thing, 12X Optical, 4X Digital, and then view image at another 6X viewing. that feature isn't mentioned hardly but is wonderful. The continuous and progressive frames are just great on moving subjects.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lousy action shots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I was so unhappy with this camera I finally returned it and upgraded to a Canon Rebel. Any time I used the zoom I got blurred shots even indoors. I bought it specifically to take sports (football) pics and my old Olympus 2.1 ultra zoom took better shots. Much happier with the canon but high cost is involved.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Super Quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
My first digital camera. There is a lot to learn about this great camera. However I was able to take it out of the box, put in some batteries and take an excellent pic right away. I suggest familiarizing yourself with this camera one function at a time to take full advantage of all its options and functions. You can point and shoot, but if your a technophobe maybe it isn't for you. Combined with an HP 8450xi, the photo quality is stunning. I have even used the macro to take photos of poor quality, old family photos and enhance them with my existing software. The camera has a nice solid feel to it and the 12x zoom is great for nature photography. I love it!
  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it (Ken — 01/18/2005)

I am truely impressed with this lovely little 35mm look-a-like. It has most of the popular features of a 35mm without having to change lenses. I can go from a telephoto shot (12x) to a super macro shot of 1 cm in the blink of an eye. Using the manual settings and the built in meter I have taken some very nice shots in "candle-light"

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This camera has the best features of them all. anti-shake,12x optical zoom, video with sound with 30 frames per second, AA batteries. if you had a 2gig memory card you can get a hour of video. i have been using a 512 card. on best setting I get over 200 images or almost 9 min of video. Camera would be best if it was 5 meg/pix. Make sure you buy from a reputable dealer - no grey market -