Konica KD-500Z Review

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Konica Digital Revio KD500Z




Features & Controls


Konica Digital Revio KD500Z


The KD500Z is equipped with an 8 - 24mm Hexanon zoom lens (equivalent to 39-117mm on 35mm camera.) This is an all-glass lens with 7 elements in 6 groups and has a maximum aperture of F2.8 (wide) - 4.9 (tele.) When powered down, the lens retracts fully inside the body and is protected by the front, sliding cover.

The focusing system works from 0.5m to infinity in wide angle and from 0.8m to infinity in telephoto. Macro coverage is 6cm to infinity in wide angle and 0.5m to infinity in telephoto.



Konica Digital Revio KD500Z

The real image optical zoom viewfinder is small with a very narrow viewing angle. It shows approximately 85% of the captured image. There is no diopter adjustment. The two LEDs indicate focus and flash status.



Konica Digital Revio KD500Z

The builtin flash is auto-adjusting with modes for Auto flash, Red-eye reduction auto, Flash ON, Slow sync and Flash OFF. The working range: Approx. 0.5 - 3.5m (Wide); approx. 0.5 - 2m (Telephoto). It has a 5 second recycle delay with a fully charged battery.



Konica Digital Revio KD500Z

One of the KD500Z's more unique features is the series of blue LED lamps across the front. When you first turn the camera on they flash momentarily. They also light up when you have the shutter half-pressed and serve as a visual cue to your subject that the picture is about to be taken. When using the selftimer these lamps light up and then cycle as the timer runs down.



Konica Digital Revio KD500Z

The controls are minimal but effective. Across the top is the PLAY mode button, the DISPLAY button (push once to clear LCD overlay information and a second time to turn off the color LCD) and the TRASHCAN button to delete the currently displayed image. On the right are the WIDE and TELE buttons which operate the zoom in Record mode and serve as the magnified image controls when the camera is in Playback mode. Below them is the builtin speaker.

On the bottom is the MENU / SET button, it calls up the menu and accepts selections. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menu screens and options, select images for playback and in Record the "right" side selects the Flash mode and the "left" side selects Macro, Infinity and Selftimer functions.



Konica Digital Revio KD500Z

The KD500Z features a dual card slot for both SD (or MMC) and Memory Stick flash media. Konica supplies a 16MB SD card. Both card slots can be occupied simultaneously.

The dual card slots share the battery compartment on the bottom of the camera.



Konica Digital Revio KD500Z

The only I/O connector is a USB 1.1 connection for data downloads to the computer. There is no DC IN or Video Out port on the KD500Z.



Konica Digital Revio KD500Z

Like most "mini" digicams, the KD500Z is powered by a proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. The ultra-slim DR-LB4 is a 3.7v 820mAh pack with enough power for 100 pictures with LCD on or 200 pictures with the LCD off (normal humidity and temperature, flash intensity 50%, shot every 30 sec. zoomed one direction once.) And 90 minutes of continuous playback time.

The DR-LB4 is the -only- battery that can be used in this camera so be sure to buy a spare and keep it with you -- or else your picture taking is over when the battery runs out!  The included DR-BC-K4 120-240V AC charger will replenish the battery is approx. 2.5 hours.





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