Digital Camera nostalgia (4 imgs)
At the time the KD-400 (forefather of KD-500) came, the hottest selling camera was Canon IXUS which at that time (summer 2002) had 2 megapixels.
Thus, Konica, by offering 4 MP and added to that a "tank like" build that still was small, could sell quite a lot in spite of them being a lot smaller as a camera company than Canon.
The KD-500 came half a year later, in autumn of 2002 and gave notably higher IQ but shared the menu system and body/lens from the 400.
There never, to this day, came any sturdier cameras in the digital compact camera world than the Konica KD-series. I am very happy having found one after losing the one I bought in spring 2003. It then cost some 6000 swedish kronor, this used one came for 300 skr (50 US bucks...)
Of course, now, the modern onslaught of the water/dust/impact-protected crowd that Olympus did give bith to a few years ago can be said to be sturdier than this Konica series, but that´s another story...
On Kodak B/W 400 CN:
Yes, it is quite a film, very low grained and with IMHO good tonality.
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