135compact.com 35mm ultra compact cameras Konica Big Mini Ex
made several ultra compacts in different lines. The non-zoom optics are
all moderate wide angles of 35mm focal length. Only the Big Mini F
opens up to F2.8. As it is also the smallest of the Konicas, it's the
most expensive. The A4 is much cheaper, so it's a good alternative. The
Big Mini Ex seems to be a cheaper model, there is very little
information about it. It looks like the others, but has a cheaper
lens. Its main features are:
34mm F4.3 Konica lens, autofocus with focus lock, min. focus ?m Electronic shutter Size 115x63x33, Weight 175 gr. without battery Limited
DX coding (only 2 contacts), automatic film advance, several modes,
including self-timer, makro, flash Off and B shutter (2s max)
front, switched off. Lens is protected by a flat coated glass.
Bottom. Tripod socket.
back. Film type window, viewer with 1 LED (exposure/flash confirm), battery compartment. Takes a CR123 battery.
On top: LCD
screen, mode button, shutter
release and on/off button.
Camera on. The lens only moves out a little..
Back open. The film leader is safely engaged when you close the back.
camera is easy to use, push the on/off button, the lens moves out a bit and it's ready.
Autofocus is responsive and works well. Putting a film is easy as well, drop the filn, tear the film leader up to the mark and that's it. The
camera winds it automatically. It has few manual settings if needed, the menu is very easy to access on a LCD screen. Auto
flash setting at start, which is the case with most ultra compacts.
It's a basic point and shoot camera
with a good, moderate wide angle lens, good picture quality, in a very small pocketable body.