Konica KD-500 Zoom

Announced Sep 29, 2002 •
5 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 39 – 117 mm (3×)
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I confess to having owned this camera for less than a day, but as I have a few million pictures behind me, using various types of cameras since boyhood (from Hasselblad 6x6 to Minox GL) I think my verdict is pretty un-biased. During these 24 hours I have had a number of problems with downloading the pictures into my PC (running Win ME), both when downloading direct and via a SD reader. BUT, apart from that, it has been a pure pleasure! The pictures are a tiny bit over-exposed, the red-eye ...

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KO -NICA Its a knockout. We may not expect much in the quality area from a point-and-shoot camera but Konica have managed to make it simple and sharp. The pictures from this tiny metal model are astonishingly great. Almost in par with any larger slr type five meg model. I have it as backup for my Sony 717 slr which performs excellently - and uses 'Memory Stick' storage. But it does not slip into the pocket! The Konica is well constructed - though the sliding door DOES scrape the body, ...

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Roadcruiser
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This is one excellent camera. One of the biggest things with me is how something is made and the quality of the materials used in its construction. The KD-500 gets full marks from me. Particularly because of it's metal body. I hate things made out of plastic. Plastic is just cheap. Before I bought the KD-500, I was using the Canon S-110. Great camera, and again metal body. I looked at the Canon 4 meg cameras...plastic bobies. Waytago Canon, you blew it with me. Anyway, for the person who said ...

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Arie Vis
 
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excellent camera, very sharp images, good battery, feels very solid but the lens cover (wich is also the on/off switch) leaves marks on the body. I'm not interested in the features; for daily family use it is enough. Problems: Red eye reduction does not always give acceptable results. In general with digicams: Provide better storage (more mb) even if this means the price goes up!

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moo see
 
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i expected much better image quality from this 5 mega pixel konica than from my old canon powershot s10. i took a few pictures of same subjects indoors by both cameras with the same setting (flash,1600x1200, top quality compressions:fine on konica and super fine on canon s10). konica came out very disappointing, with poor colors, lots of noise and less clear images. the outdoor images did better than its indoor ones, but the colors are not as rich as those by the canon s10. the body is ...

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Before I had this camera I had a Fujifilm Finepix 4700Z which took great photos but produced a massive barrell effect on door frames and buildings and it cost me over £500 two years ago. The Konica KD-500Z camera is considerably smaller - only slightly bigger than a credit card. The pictures are really excellent and the flash so much more effective than my old camera. Also it's size and looks are impressive and it takes both secure digital and memory stick cards. It has a bright LCD screen ...

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Very good indeed. Not much of manual control, but give pin sharp image every time I press the shutter release button. What do you want to tweak if it always gives the best image possible? Battery lasts a very long time, and you've got to love its startup time. It is practically ready to shoot in a second. Having only JPEG format also makes the image files very small, therefore turnaround time is very quick. In short: Small, Sharp Images, Quick, Long Last Battery. Perfect for those who ...

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Mats Neander
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S.Ph: It´s GOT continous mode!!! (among other goodies...) Just read the manual! I bought it 30th of April 2003, but have had the opportunity to use it several times since it came out in the fall 2002. Liking it a lot made me shell out...finally, after some thoughts on what I might miss and whether I could live with those missing things or not... What´s GOOD: The resolution! Super-low noise! Ultra-clean colors! In addition to the somewhat "low-key" images regarding contrast and in-camera ...

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manher
 
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Like this little camera very much. Close-up feature is very good. Great value for money. (Euro 620 incl. 124 mb mem) Problems: None

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Liming Zhou
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I am starting to like this camera after the initial mess. It is a excellent point and shoot digital camera, which is all I want. Problems: My first camera has two hot mixels, and the replacement has one hot pixel too. I gave it a last try because of the very good user opinion. Af last, I got a good one from another supplier. I can't tell if it is due to the distributor's trick or bad quality control.

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