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Solid APS choice
Member Name: snowgoon
Date: 08/08/01, updated on 08/08/01 (228 review reads)
Advantages: size, cost, features
Disadvantages: zoom could be better
I've owned my Konica Revio for about two years, it has been all over the world with me, and has yet to let me down.
When I first looked into buying a small compact APS camera, the Canon IXUS was the camera to buy. The IXUS is small, neat and full of features, and seemed an obvious buy. The camera shop staff were knowledgeable enough, and thrust a few alternatives into my line of sight. One being the Konica.
It has all the standard features - three pictures sizes, built-in flash, and plenty of extras include several choice of picture management. My fav of these is the ability to set the focus point further out. This way if you are behind a fence you can take a picture through it and it seems to disappear.
Size wise the camera is small enough to fit (and be forgotten about if not careful) into a trouser or shirt pocket. The carry case is soft material, so won't protect it if you drop it, but will stop scratchs and minor damage.
As it is an APS camera, loading and retrieving the film is simple - you literally can't get it wrong. You can double up exposures to get twice as many prints from one film, and you can stamp the date and time as to give a permanent record of when you were where!
The only downside of a camera this size, and it is a common ailment, is the lack of a good zoom. The Konica does offer a reasonable lens, and it copes admirably with most snapshot requirements.
Make no mistake, this is not a camera if you want 'arty' pictures, but if you want an ideal holiday snapshot camera, then the Revio is an excellent choice. It is competitively priced (you don't seem to pay for the 'name'), and very robust for it's size - it has survived three falls off tables so far.
If you want more exposures - get a digital camera, if you want more control over your pictures get an SLR, but if you want a small, robust, fully featured snapshot camera I can recommended the Konica R
evio highly - you will love it!