Minolta Z20 LCD Screen

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Morris.C, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. Morris.C

    Morris.C Guest

    I recently purchased a Minolta Z20, and have found that the quality of the
    LCD screen in low light was horrible. (Very grainy/noisy)
    When you're trying to take a photo, the screen looks good when the focus
    has locked in, and the photos turn out OK, but trying to see what you're
    trying to take a picture of, before focusing, is near impossible.

    Is it only this model, or does it happen to all digitals?
    Has anyone else found the same thing on the Z20?
    Or, is the one I've bought faulty?

    Thanks.
     
    Morris.C, Mar 6, 2005
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  2. Morris.C

    Rodrigo C. Guest

    I' think that is because te camera boost the LCD brightness in order you can
    see something in low light conditions, instead of looking a completely black
    LCD screen

    I do not own that camera, so I can't tell you if the situation you decribe
    is normal.
     
    Rodrigo C., Mar 7, 2005
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  3. I've got a Z10. Certainly the quality of the screen is not great, and in
    low light very noisy, as you say. One has to accept some compromises in
    low-priced cameras. I've noticed the screen go very dark briefly *while*
    focusing, and when going from very bright to very dark conditions it
    sometimes takes the camera a few seconds to adjust.

    But if it is literally true that "trying to see what you're trying to
    take a picture of, before focusing, is near impossible" then it sounds
    as if there's something wrong with your camera.
     
    Stephen Poley, Mar 7, 2005
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  4. Reposted; first attempt doesn't seem to have appeared after >12 hours.

    I've got a Z10. Certainly the quality of the screen is not great, and in
    low light very noisy, as you say. One has to accept some compromises in
    low-priced cameras. I've noticed the screen go very dark briefly *while*
    focusing, and when going from very bright to very dark conditions it
    sometimes takes the camera a few seconds to adjust.

    But if it is literally true that "trying to see what you're trying to
    take a picture of, before focusing, is near impossible" then it sounds
    as if there's something wrong with your camera.
     
    Stephen Poley, Mar 8, 2005
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  5. Morris.C

    Morris.C Guest

    The thing is, I don't consider the Z20 a low-priced camera. Having a retail
    price, in Australia, of AU$500, being 5MP, 10x optical zoom, etc etc, I
    expected a better quality screen.

    Another thing I found occurs when you try and view a dark object with a
    lighter colored back-ground. The background looks perfect, move the camera
    so the darker object is now in view, and the object looks like
    grainy/noisy. Very strange.
    But, just to mention it again, the photos turn out great.
     
    Morris.C, Mar 9, 2005
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  6. Morris.C

    Morris.C Guest

    The thing is, I don't consider the Z20 a low-priced camera. Having a
    retail price, in Australia, of AU$500, being 5MP, 10x optical zoom, etc
    etc, I expected a better quality screen.

    Another thing I found occurs when you try and view a dark object with a
    lighter colored back-ground. The background looks perfect, move the
    camera so the darker object is now in view, and the object looks
    grainy/noisy. Very strange.
    But, just to mention it again, the photos turn out great.
     
    Morris.C, Mar 9, 2005
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  7. Well, it's a subjective matter, of course. I believe that equates to
    about EUR 300, which seems to me fairly low priced for 5Mp and 10X
    optical zoom. The Z10 (3Mp and rather cheaper) was the cheapest of the
    cameras I seriously considered buying. And it's a lot cheaper than most
    of the cameras people rave about in this group anyway. ;-)

    ....
    Yes, I'm pleased with mine, too.
     
    Stephen Poley, Mar 9, 2005
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  8. Morris.C

    J.S.Pitanga Guest

    [Morris.C:]

    I understand that the KM Z20 is, together with other KM models (Z1, Z2, Z3,
    Z5 and Z10), one of the few cameras whose LCD and EVF gains up in low light,
    which means that, even though the displayed image may be grainy or e, you
    can still see something and decently frame your subject.

    Many other cameras, including much more expensive ones, such as the
    Panasonics FZ20, FZ3, FZ4, FZ10 etc., do not gain up in low light, with the
    result that the LCD or the EVF simply blacks out, and you can have no idea
    of what you are going to shoot.

    Julio.
     
    J.S.Pitanga, Mar 10, 2005
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  9. Morris.C

    J.S.Pitanga Guest

    [Morris.C:]

    I understand that the KM Z20 is, together with other KM models (Z1, Z2, Z3,
    Z5 and Z10), one of the few cameras whose LCD and EVF gains up in low light,
    which means that, even though the displayed image may be grainy or e, you
    can still see something and decently frame your subject.

    Many other cameras, including much more expensive ones, such as the
    Panasonics FZ20, FZ3, FZ4, FZ10 etc., do not gain up in low light, with the
    result that the LCD or the EVF simply blacks out, and you can have no idea
    of what you are going to shoot.

    Julio.
     
    J.S.Pitanga, Mar 10, 2005
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