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The Z6 has a good range of creative options, including full manual exposure controls, five different scene modes and a hot shoe for an external flash, although like all Konica Minolta models this is a non-standard fitting that will only take Konica Minolta flashguns.
Surprisingly for such a well-specified camera, the Z6’s movie mode is rather lackluster. It shoots at a resolution of 320x240 pixels with a frame rate of 30 or 15 fps and only offers mono sound. However, it will keep shooting until the card is full and unlike some cameras the zoom lens can be used while shooting. The zoom motor is silent, so there’s no annoying whirring on the soundtrack.
Apart from the problems with barrel distortion at wide angle, overall picture quality is quite good. Colour rendition in normal shooting mode is extremely natural, focusing is accurate and exposure is generally very good, although there did seem to be a tendency to burn out bright highlights in some high contrast shots. Noise control is excellent. The Z6 has an ISO range of 50 to 320, but even at the highest setting there is little visible noise, just a slight loss of detail.
The Konica Minolta Dimage Z6 has an impressive specification, outstandingly good handling and above average performance, all for a very good price. There are few cameras that can match its zoom range, and the anti-shake system means that it’s usable even at full zoom. It would suit a birdwatcher, keen amateur photographer or anyone who appreciates good design.