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lclarsen May 31, 2004 5:27 PM


I just bought a DiMAGE Z2 about a week ago. Like many of you, I read a lot of reviews before I decided on the Z2. One thing I noted while researching the camera online, was a reviewer who was not very satisfied with the mechanical lcd/viewfinder switch - "...seems to be just another thing thatcan break..." (I don't remember if it was Steve). The list of features and the price, got me convinced that this was the camera for me, however.

Lo and behold, today my viewfinder got stuck! I can only use the top viewfinder. The camera refuses to enable the lcd screen. I have tried everything and I have just e-mailed Minolta with the problem.

The camera is pretty good aside from that. However, it does tend to create some rather pinkish shots, in my opinion. This can be corrected in Photoshop, though.

I'll keep you posted of the status of the viewfinderproblem and Minolta's level of support in this matter.

lclarsen Jun 1, 2004 9:19 AM

It seems rather complicated to get the camera repaired. I live in Denmark and bought the camera in Sweden. The Danish service center refuses to repair the camera unless the international warranty certificate has been signed by the dealer, which itis not! I might have to return the certificate to Sweden for signing and then send the certificate and the camera to the Danish service center.


lclarsen Jun 16, 2004 10:49 AM

Well, well, well. The Swedish online store refuses to sign the International Warranty Certificate because, as they said, it could get them in trouble with Konica-Minolta or something. I don't understand how or why that might happen. However, they suggested thatI send the camera back to them and they will now take care of the repair.

I'd say, if you are planningon buying this camera in another country, make sure there is a Konica-Minolta Photo service center in your own country and demand that the retailer signs the warranty certificate!


montrealqc Jun 16, 2004 12:09 PM

Hi !

I have had no problems with my switch finder. However, I must admit I do not really use it. I much prefer the lcd screen. Having said that, the store from wich I bought my z2 told me they never had customers complaining about the switchfinder, neither from the z2 nor the z1.

About the the pinkish shots, I haven't noticed that either. However, I find that my pictures have a yellowish tint. But by playing with the white balance, I can pretty much control that. Have you tried modifying WB?


lclarsen Jun 17, 2004 9:36 AM

I really hope (and it sounds like) I have just been unfortunate to have a bad sample. However, the mechanical switch is still an inherent weakness in the product compared to an electronic solution IMO.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Regarding the tinted shots - I have not played around with the white ballance much (I'd only used it for an hour when it broke). However, I did go for a walk in a nearby forrest after the camera broke (and just used the ocular viewfinder) where I took a lot of shots.When I came home,I noticed that the color of the tree collumns came out with a reddish tint. Adjusting theWB might have helped, but I can't check it now. When I get the camera back, I'll go to the forrest and try it again.

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style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Thanks for your reply.

lclarsen Jun 21, 2004 10:15 AM


Just got a replacement camera from the online store today! Very fast service I must say. I don't think they bothered to look into the problem much. When I returned the camera, I included all the items that came with the camera. It looks like they just opened the package and exchanged the camera and sent it back to me. The old camera came with the V1.0 firmware, but the new replacement camera is updated with the V1.02 firmware, but it looks to be brand new!

I'm happy that I'm up and running again! Can't wait to do some actual photography!

For future reference: The store I used was (is it allowed to post such links here?) Anyway, it's all in good faith...

lclarsen Jun 25, 2004 5:52 PM

Just want to say that I went back to the woods to take some photos with my replacement camera. I noticed the same problem with the trees having that reddish tint. Then I tried to change the WB to the "Sun" preset and the colors came out totally natural! I guess you shouldn't rely too much on the WB being on "auto" even for simple outdoor shots. Lesson learned :-)

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