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Its very fast start up speed is the main feature of the Konica Revio KD-420Z. But it does also include full manual exposure control as well as auto exposure scene modes. In addition, there are some image effects modes and some limited custom functionality.
Design and construction
Quality materials and an attractive design make the 420Z stand out. The slimline steel-clad body looks like it will stand the test of time well, while the lens is well-protected by the sliding cover that doubles as the on/off switch. The arrangement of buttons on the back panel is both logical and stylish and shares a functional theme with the unusual menu system too.
Handling and ease of use
In most areas, the 420Z is an easy camera to get up and running with. Being quite a small and slim design doesn't detract from general ease of use as most of the controls are logically placed. The camera is also responsive, with few situations arising where you have to wait for the camera. If there is a weakness, it's that some settings are hidden away inside the menu system and there is no video-out port for connection to a TV.
The 420Z has an excellent lens and, apart from an over-warm colour balance, resolution, control of flare and high contrast fringing are all very good.
Speed of operation
The 420Z is one of the fastest cameras in its class. It powers up and down very quickly, while the shot to shot and continuous shooting rates are very good for a camera of this class. And none of this is at the expense of noisy mechanics – the camera proved to be refined and quiet in normal operation.
There were no undue complaints about the AF system in general use. In very dark conditions the lack of a focus assist light was telling, but in moderately dark conditions the AF system seemed to cope surprisingly well.
Value for money
If you shop around, the Konica Revio KD-420Z, or the nearly identical Minolta Dimage G400, can be found at very competitive prices compared to its obvious competition.
Things we liked about the Konica Revio KD-420Z:
• Speed of operation
• Design and build quality
• Continuous shooting modes
• General image quality
• Compact and slim dimensions
• Versatility of dual SD and Memory stick compatibility
Things we didn't like:
• Over-warm colour balance
• Lack of video-out port
• Some functions buried by menu system
• Very basic movie mode
It's easy to like the Konica Revio KD-420Z – it's stylish, well made and works well. The over-warm colour balance of results can be easily fixed if necessary. If you are looking for a pocketable camera with a good range of creative control facilities, the 420Z, or its Minolta Dimage G400 sibling, can be heartily recommended.
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