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Old Oct 14, 2004, 11:14 AM   #1
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Hi all.
I was reading the review by Jeff Keller.
Apparently its not much in favor of the Z3 which is quite a shame as the Z3 looked hopeful !

" What I didn't care for:

* Images seemed soft and noisy
* Poor low light focusing; no AF-assist lamp
* Lens is on the "slow" side
* EVF and LCD are small, low resolution
* Plastic body scratches easily; SD card slot cover ready to break off at any moment
* Camera bundle is not great

more here http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/mi...ew/index.shtml

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Old Oct 14, 2004, 3:27 PM   #2
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Well, for completeness, he also said:

What I liked:
  • 12X optical zoom lens [/*]
  • Anti-shake image stabilizer [/*]
  • Blazing AF performance in good light [/*]
  • Full manual controls [/*]
  • Supports wide-angle conversion lens and external flash [/*]
  • EVF and LCD "gain up" in low light [/*]
  • Good redeye test performance [/*]
  • Excellent macro and movie modes [/*]
  • Many continuous shooting options [/*]
  • Can use optical zoom in movie mode [/*]
  • Histograms in record and playback mode
After running a few thousand exposures thru the Z3, I would have to say it's a very good camera for the money. Picture quality is not what I had hopedin low light situations (I was spoiled by film), but it does a great job when there's plenty of light. It has features of cameras costing twice as much. Because I had already paid big bucks for the Minolta 5600 flash for my Maxxum 5 film camera, I wanted to stick with Minolta. Had it not been for that, I would have taken a harder look at the Panasonic FZ20 and others in the price range.
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Old Dec 19, 2004, 11:42 AM   #3
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couldn't say it better than Jerry, it's great camera, and once you get used to it, it will provide you with nice shots. Right now weather isn't good here so I mostly take macroshots and find this mode just exellent.
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Old Dec 21, 2004, 9:58 AM   #4
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Hi, I've had the Z3 for a month and shot about 1,000 frames. I agree with other comments - good pictures, great zoom but not good in low light conditions. Even outside, if the weather is gloomy then pic quality suffers more than with a Dimage f100 that I've used previously.

The firmware upgrade is important - resolves issues with the continuous mode for example.
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