Konica KD-500Z Review
Features & Controls
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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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