The winner of our last photo survey was the only camera with an optical stabilizing device, the Panasonic FX8. If this functionality is still rare for ultra flat cameras, it is more and more present in bridge cameras. Canon, Konica Minolta and Panasonic were the first. Nikon and Sony followed with the Coolpix 8800 and the DSC-H1. Today, Kodak releases the new P880 (8 megapixels + wide angle manual zoom at 600 €). Panasonic answered with the future Z30, also equipped with stabilized manual zoom and 8 megapixels.
The last one, just announced in the US, is the Konica Minolta Z6. This evolution of the Z5 includes a bigger sensor of 6 megapixels as compared to 5 megapixels for the previous version. The 12X zoom is stabilized (35 – 420 mm) and the monitor in the back is 2” wide.
Besides the sensor change, Konica also announced a longer battery life. They haven’t however strangely mentioned the lower video quality. If the big zoom Dimage cameras were amongst the first to have “good” 800 x 600 pixels video modes, this one is reduced to 320 x 340 pixels.
This camera will be released mi September in the US at $399.