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Old Jul 29, 2006, 8:59 PM   #1
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My beloved Konica Minolta Z2 was stolen, so I need a replacement.
What I'm looking for is:
At least 10x zoom
Optical stabilizer
Good quality lens (not an ultracompact with a tiny micro-lens in the corner)
Powered by AAs (not proprietary, expensive lithium cells)

I could get one of the newer Z series, but I also want a sensivity of at least 400, but 800 would be better (if at all possible without too much noise). The newer Minolta Zs only get to 320, and since I do quite a bit of photography in not perfectly lit, large places more sensitivity is needed.
I do not want a DSLR. A big, good quality lens means the digicam won't fit in my pocket, and I'm ok with it, but I still want an integrated. Carting around a bag of lenses and other paraphernalia isn't my idea of fun.

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Old Jul 29, 2006, 9:15 PM   #2
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Let's face the fact that KM is out of business, shall we. The only element of their business that survived was the DSLR business, that was taken over by Sony, and I honestly don't think that you are looking for a DSLR camera.

So perhaps you ought to take a good look at the Panasonic TZ-1 or the soon to be released (Sept) Fiji S-6000. Perhaps they will work for you.

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Old Jul 30, 2006, 5:03 AM   #3
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Huh?
I see plenty of Minolta Z series digicams in shops around here.
They have dropped the Konica part, but they hardly seem out of business to me.

Will look at the Panasonic.

In the meantime, if I could get more suggestions it'd be great.

Forgot to mention two things:
1) I hate sony and I hate memory stick, so I won't be buying no sony digicam
2) I want something that uses SD or CF. XD is way too expensive.
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My thought was that theremight not be much servicing or repair capability for the Minolta, or the Konica Minolta brand. Or perhaps limited at best.

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I had a look at the TZ1, and it seems pretty good, but it uses a proprietary lithium cel, not AAs.

Besides, it's pretty expensive.

The Fuji uses xD, so it's a no-no for me.

I'm actually thinking of getting a Minolta Z3 on ebay... the only thing that's stopping me is the 400 sensivity. I lived with it on the Z2, but more would be better.
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A KM Z-3 shooting under low light level shotting conditions at a High ISO setting really produces a lot of image noise, as do the Panasonic FZ-3,4,5, and 7 (which also have propietary batteries. Even a Canon S-2 is noise limited at ISO 400.

That leaves the Fuji F-10, 11, and 30 noted for their extra low noise and great resolution at high ISO settings. The choice is yours.

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