Minolta Z3 opinions?

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Phil, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. Phil

    Phil Guest


    I am looking for a new digital camera as my Mk 1 IOUs seems to
    have died. I am greatly impressed by the specs of the Minolta Z3.
    Does anyone have an opinion good or bad?

    Phil, Nov 17, 2004
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    Aerticeus Guest

    All my "research" points to:
    - great arrangement if you can live with the noise (and boy do I mean noise)

    I don't own one for that reason

    Aerticeus, Nov 17, 2004
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  3. Phil

    Phil Guest

    Many thanks for the speedy reply. I must admit that noise is one
    thing I had not thought to check. Do you have a need for a silent
    camera or is this disturbingly loud for anyone?

    I am wondering how to test this as camera shops do not normally
    have cameras with charged batteries.

    Any other opinions, please

    Phil, Nov 17, 2004
  4. Phil

    Aerticeus Guest


    Nice one Phil - the noise I referred to is image noise

    If ever you look at a digital image on 'pooter or print and it looks as if
    too much dust has settled on it. Or maybe the monitor needs a wipe to
    remove adhering dust particles. But doing that doesn't make the image look
    any cleaner then ...

    there is a good chance that the image is a noisy image

    Look for samples (any camera) with lovely blue sky.

    Zoom in - if the blue sky starts to look as if it has speckles where
    speckles shouldn't really be - then this is probably image noise or plain
    ordnary noise.

    If at 200% or 300% zoom it looks as if great lumps of fibre are floating in
    the blue ether - then that is also a good indicator of noise.

    Not finished yet ... look at the EXIF - especially ISO values - if a low
    ISO gives a lot of noise well be reassured that higher ISOs will give
    humungous lumps of it.

    Is it important? Yes - it can be but 6 by 4's or 8 by 6's will probably bear
    it well

    Aerticeus, Nov 17, 2004
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    dj_nme Guest

    By noise, I believe that Aerticeus meant noise in the image and not
    operating sounds the camera makes.
    Operating sounds can be lived with, but noisy images (presumably in low
    light) can be truly frustrating.
    dj_nme, Nov 17, 2004
  6. Phil

    Phil Guest

    If I can spread a little happiness...

    But I will admit I had not come across the term in relation to
    still cameras before. Hey I'm new here.

    The Minolta sample pictures do not have an samples that would
    show this (deliberately?). Are Minoltas known for this?

    Phil, Nov 18, 2004
  7. Having tried a Minolta A2 - the supposed flagship of the range - I found
    it poor in construction and poor in image quality unless you were prepared
    to take pictures in RAW mode (which produces much larger files and takes
    more post-processing time).

    We sent the Minolta back, and bought a Panasonic FZ20 instead with which
    we have been delighted! The Image Stabilised f/2.8 Leica lens lives up to
    its high reputation.

    David J Taylor, Nov 18, 2004
  8. Phil

    Aerticeus Guest

    I have recently become the proud owner of a Canon S1 IS

    At the moment I cannot recommend it highly enough - but wait!

    (Only kidding Canon :)

    Seriously - from the 10 shots taken today it is a very good piece of kit

    Don't worry about the 3 MP - you can alway R&R in IrfanView using a variety
    of algorithms

    Aerticeus, Nov 18, 2004
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    Zenbob Guest

    After spending considerable time on forums and reviews, I also chose
    the Panasonic DMC-FZ20 and really like it. Look for sample picks at
    several camera review sites:


    All of these sites have reviews and sample photo from the Z3 and FZ20.
    You can compare.

    Zenbob, Nov 23, 2004
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