Written on: 28/08/2002 by Alan.
Size, price appearance, dual card system, fast start, finish and apparent build quality, silent and speedy zoom, generally ergonomic.
Limited manual features, lack of supplied external power, no choice of aperature or shutter priority, plastic tripod bush, lack of TIFF, only basic 15 second (max)videos.
The Konica Revio KD-400 is a lovely little gem - perfectly sized and clad all-round in steel armour (except battery cover and curiously -tripod bush). Despite having very few buttons, the camera is reasonably ergonomic in most point and shoot modes and is pleasing to use - with all functions having a quality feel too them.
Most pictures are extremely sharp and detailed on 'normal compression' although the camera often slips up by slipping into slow speeds with inevitable blurry results on action and candid shots. Images, when in focus are well balanced and detailed with little noise. Macro goes as close as about 4 inches with a minor curvature. Useful spot metering and exposure compensation options (although the latter is embedded deep in the menu system). Difficult to set date printing on photos.
Excellent post picture digital zoom and review feature and shots can be edited without turning main camera functions on. Very little difference between normal and fine modes - yielding 148 4mp shots on 128 mb. card. The camera has the ability to transfer images from card to card - although setting card priority lies inconveniently deep in the menu structure.
Sometimes difficult to switch camera off since the lens cover is only a few millimetres from the lens. Battery life is better than previous models - approximately 60-80 shots with screen on and zoom etc. Battery recharges in about 2 hours.
Konica supply an optional case which is rather natty and has a pocket for accessories. The only other accessory is a ower supply - but one would probably be better off using a card-reader.
The price of this little powerhouse is comfortably below equivalent models making it good value for an object so conspicuously desirably and effective. It's small enough to carry everywhere but really needs a case only because of the exposed screen.