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Konica's KD-200Z digital camera. Courtesy of Konica. Konica KD-200Z specs and photos!
(Thursday, May 31, 2001 - 18:00 EDT)

Konica digicam we first showed you at PMA becomes official...

We have now added the second of Konica's new announcements, the Digital Revio KD-200Z digital camera to our database... The KD-200Z, which we first told you about back at the PMA show in Orlando last February, features a 2.11 megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens, along with MultiMediaCard / SD Card storage, built-in flash, USB connectivity and movie capability in an ultra-compact chassis.

One thing we noticed that is rather unusual is that the camera doesn't have any video-out connectivity, something almost every other ultra-compact digicam does have (being a feature of most camera chipsets, it usually isn't very difficult or expensive for manufacturers to implent this). At a predicted price point of ¥68,000 (US$570) the KD-200Z could face some stiff competition from other 2 megapixel, 3x optical zoom cameras such as Canon's PowerShot S300 Digital ELPH and Nikon's Coolpix 775, whilst 3 megapixel, 3x zoom cameras like Pentax's Optio 330 and Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-P1 are only about $1-200 more expensive. The choice of MultiMediaCard / SD Card memory could prove troublesome to buyers as well, with the CompactFlash and MemoryStick cards used in the other cameras mentioned here being much easier to come by.

That said, Konica have yet to announce the camera outside of Japan, and it is perfectly possible that pricing elsewhere around the world, as well as the camera bundle, could be attractive enough to counter these points. Specifications highlights for the Konica Digital Revio KD-200Z are as follows:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Konica Digital Revio KD-200Z
Konica's Digital  Revio KD-200Z digital camera, front view. Courtesy of Konica.
Model Number: KD-200Z
Camera Format: Ultra-compact
Price: Street ¥68,000 (US$570)
Date Available: July 2001
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.370" 2.11 megapixel RGBG CCD
Image Resolution: 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): 35 - 105 mm (3x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 1.5x, 2.0x
Auto Focus: Yes (TTL Contrast Detect type)
Manual Focus: No
Normal Focus Range: 25 cm to Infinity; 10.2 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 25 - 80 cm; 10.2 - 32.7 in
Aperture Range: f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.6 (tele) - ???
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real image type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.5 inch, 118,000 pixel)
ISO Settings: Unlisted
White Balance Settings: Auto, Sun, Incandescent, Flash and Fluorescent
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 2 - 1/2000 second
Exp Adj Range: Unlisted
Metering Modes: Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer (seconds): 3 or 10
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, On, Off
Flash Range Description: 0.8 - 3.0 meters (wide) / 2.0 meters (tele)
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: MultiMediaCard, SD Card
Memory Included (MB): 8
File Formats: JPEG, AVI (MotionJPEG)
More Information
Weight: 170 g; 5.9 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 100 x 62 x 31mm; 3.9 x 2.4 x 1.2in
Notes & Features: Shutter speeds 1/8 - 2 seconds in slow shutter mode only. Battery life with CR-V3 Lithium claimed to be 500 shots with LCD off, 250 shots with LCD on or 300 minutes playback. With AA Alkaline, battery life claimed to be 300 shots with LCD off, 150 shots with LCD on or 75 minutes of playback. Bundled with 8MB SD flash card, CR-V3 Lithium battery, hand-strap, CD-ROM and USB cable.
More Photos
Konica's Digital  Revio KD-200Z digital camera, front view. Courtesy of Konica.

Source: Konica Japan website

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