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Konica Big Mini F--viewed from front, top, and back

Mini Camera, Big Success
Pretty, tiny, stylish, and capable. Konica Big Mini set an example for modern p&s.

Announced in 1997*, Konica Big Mini F was the update model of its senbai, the popular BM 301. Major upgrade includes a metal front and a new 35/2.8 lens.

When it comes to actual shooting, BMF is a good performer. The grip is good, and the viewfinder is bright & clear(if maybe a bit prone to flare). Same nice features as BM 301 including the useful +/- 1.5EV compensation, which gives it an edge over most others in the competition. Unfortunately, BMF also inherits the (questionable) no-lens-cap design. This virtually prevents me from carrying it in my pocket without case, as I often did with Yashica T5. Slight comfort is, I seem able to capture perticularly saturated blue sky with BMF in strong sunlight, which might've been partially due to the built-in skylight filter. --to be continued--

*: Discontinued 2001.

>> 試拍結果 / mini test result
>> 兩代比較 / mini vs mini

• Technical info:
35mm auto focus compact camera
Lens: Konica Lens 35mm f/2.8
3 element 4 group lens
Shutter Speed: 1/450-4sec
Focusing Type: active af
Minimum focusing: 35cm
Exposure control: Shutter priority AE
exposure compensation +/-1.5EV
ASA 25-3200
Powered by One CR123 lithium battery
Size: 115x63x34.5, 180g