Pros Fast, full-featured, 12x zoom, excellent macro, very good images
Cons so-so low-light performance, somewhat soft images, somewhat understated colors
Summary I got the camera a few days ago and am very pleased with it. It is fast, easy to use, full-featured and produces very good pictures. Straight out of the camera the pics are a bit soft and a bit dull, but a touch of unsharp mask and color boost makes them very good indeed. I don't use the video function, so I won't judge the camera on this basis. I took pics of similar subjects with my other cameras (Konica Minolta A2, G500, Panasonic FZ20)and found the Z6 to compare favorably with them after a bit of sharpening and color boost. The images are quite noise-free. Low-light performance is good, provided there is a point of light or strong contrast for the camera to latch on to. The 12x optical zoom is wonderful, as is the macro and super-macro performance. It has lots of features and functions and is small side of medium. It is heavier and more solid than the Z1. Another nice feature is that accessories from my A2 work with this camera also--ac adapter and flash. It uses AA batteries and battery life is very good. Highly recommended.Updated
Once I learned how to maximize its performance and take advantage of the camera's great flexibility, I am happier and happier with it. For better detail and more natural color I lowered the contrast 1 notch. Manually adjust ISO in iffy shooting situations. Check the white balance visually in mixed lighting. Check out actual photos on the pbase website to see what quality the camera is capable of.
Pros Extremely fast, quiet, accurate, flexible, and beautiful
Cons Rear screen doesn't swing out for self portrait (Minor flaw)
Summary Wow! This camer is geourgos! I love the way it operates. Very easy to use, it takes beautiful pictures! 12X Analog zoom, works perfectly! I've owned several digital, and SLR's in the past, and I have to say, for the money this camera is spectacular value. I researched Cnet.com for a while, unitl I came across this one. It was love @ first sight. I compared it to the canon G6, hands down, this camera blows away the G6. I've had mine for about 3 weeks now, I've taken some beautiful portrait pictures of my wife with it, and I've blown them up to 11x17" and they look awesome! The hot shoe on top of the built in flash is very cool feature. The flash has to be pulled up manually, 'no big deal', it works really good for fill in flash, and does a good job on indoor photography as well. Buy this camera, and you'll be very happy with it. Konica has always done very well, and Minolta too. Have fun shooting pictures...
"Awesome Camera"on by lokill138
Pros 12x zoom, manual controls, lightweight, compact for functionability and price point, macro, anti shake
Cons EVF resolution could be improved
Summary This camera is well suited for those wanting to break free from the monotony of the point and shoot world. Compact and full of manual options, it gives the user possibilities to explore what the more professional side of digital photography. It takes superb photos, I have snapped over 500 in 2 days in Seattle's inclimate fall weather and it has exceeded the expectations that i had for it.
Cnet's review complains about the button configuration though it hasn't been a problem since one of the buttons is the macro, which this camera is very well suited for, enabling pics at 1cm, and the other button is a programmable function button which you can toggle for flash, white balance, iso, etc...so using them isnt paramount, hence their location. I fully enjoy it, though the evf could be better in the pixel department as it is a little grainy at 114,000, i believe, and the video mode that i dont plan to use is small, but i wasn't looking for a camcorder, i was looking for an intermediate, capable camera, with good manual control and a great zoom, and i found it. I hope that this helps and that you find what you are looking for for yourself or your loved ones.
Pros Image Stabilization - 12X Zoom
Cons Flip-Up Flash
Summary After my last camera bit the dust (sand actually) it was time to do the daunting task of finding a new camera.
I knew I wanted more than the standard 3X optical zoom and wanted 5 Megapixel or more, with a price less than $400. With the help of these review boards, I narrowed my search to the following camera's.
Konica Minolta Dimage Z6
I am not a professional or even an avid photographer so I was at the mercy of other reviewers to tell me the goods and bads.
The Dimage Z6 came out the winner because it had a couple of features the others didn't. The Fuji didn't have image stabilization which put it out of the running early. Many reviewers mentioned that as a needed feature for quality pictures.
Choosing between the Minolta and the Panasonic was tougher though. The deciding factor was actually the battery pack on the Panasonic. I like being able to use standard AA batteries when needed.
After getting the camera I am very satisfied with the quality, ease of use and feature set of the camera. Some of the default settings were not what I would select (like image name retention), but it caused me to go through all of them to make sure it was setup properly.
The only con I would say is the flash. It is a little difficult to raise up and I have already taken a few pictures and realized afterwards that I didn't have the flash up. The pictures did come out surpisingly well without the flash though.
Good job on the camera Konica-Minolta and thanks to all other reviewers out there for not leaving me at the mercy of the Best Buy or Circuit City salesman.
Pros Wonderful pictures - a lot of versability - exceptional zoom
Cons For a novice, it takes a little while to learn all the features.
Summary I wanted a camera that I could have a little more control over than just the regular point and shoot as I like experimenting but am not an experienced or knowledgable camera person. The Minolta Dimage Z6 is great for that. I absolutely love the zoom range. I have trouble with blurry pictures at times, but I attribute that to still learning the features of this camera. I have probably taken a couple thousand pictures with this camera and am very impressed with it and am sure I will be more so once I become familiar with all the features.
This camera has a nice feel to it - more like a regular 35mm. It fits my hand great and has good balance - feels solid in your hand. Not cheap and flimsy. I like to feel like I have a camera in my hand and somewhere to put my hand without getting in the way of the lens. This camera has that.
The manual flash is sometimes forgotten, but actually the more you use the camera, the less you forget to flip the flash open. Also I've found that a lot of pictures can be taken inside without the flash.
I would not say this is a camera for the person who wants to just point and shoot. But it is a camera for someone who wants to experiment or have more control over their picture taking, but not sure they want the expense of buying a digital SLR. I actually debated between the Dimage Z6 and the Cannon Rebel and the Minolta Dimage won out. Figured I'd better learn a little first before I spent that much money. I haven't been disappointed with my decision at all.
I debated purchasing this camera due to some of the negative reviews on this camera, but I'm very glad I went ahead and purchased it. I have taken some exceptional pictures with it. I previously was using a Nikon 4300 and 5700 and I have to say that I enjoy this camera much more. I couldn't be more pleased with it - even when "I" screw up the pictures.