The Konica MG is a very capable 35mm point and shoot auto focus camera. Despite the slider cover that might suggest it's a small P&S, it's actually about the same size as the Nikon L35AF or the Canon Sure Shot (which is great in my opinion - makes for more solid shooting). I aquired this one through Ebay and was fortunate that it came to me in good solid working condition - signs of wear (or should I say love), but very respectable for its age, and still fun to shoot with. This camera did very well with a roll of Kodak Ultramax 400 during my test shoot. Sample photo and specs below...
LIKES: sharp 35mm F3.5 lens; manually set ASA to 1000 (but see note in dislikes); sliding cover (more often found on smaller point and shoot cameras); focus lock; self-timer; super easy film loading; takes regular AA batteries; slowest shutter speed 1/30th second, matching the lens so you can always be sure of a steady shot (very nice!).
DISLIKES: noisy moter drive (typical of this generation though); no ASA 800 setting (even though it goes up to 1000).
TIPS: As I've said with other point and shoot cameras of this generation - these cameras thrive on 400 speed film in my opinion. The reason is simple - in the lack of any exposure controls, using faster film will guarantee smaller apertures and faster shutter speeds which of course means better sharper images in most cases.
View gallery: Konica MG sample images
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|~ SPECIFICATIONS ~|
|Type:||Automatic focus, automatic exposure 35mm slide cover type lens shutter camera with built-in auto-flash, automatic wind and automatic rewind mechanism.|
|Film format:||24 x 36mm negative, 135(35mm) film.|
|Lens:||Konica Hexanon 35mm F/3.5, 4 groups, 4 elements.|
|Shutter:||Between-the-lens electronic shutter, 1/30th - 1/500th sec.|
|Shutter release:||Electromagnetic release, shuts off automatically when slide cover is closed.|
|Focus:||Automatic focusing (active-type infrared type system), effective range 1.1m through infinity, with focus lock mechanism and finder-peripheral focus lock LED.|
|Aperture:||Electronically controlled program auto-exposure system.|
|AE coupling range:||EV9 (F/3.5 at 1/30th sec.) - EV17 (F/16 at 1/500th sec.) for ISO 100; at ISO 400 coupling effective as low as EV7; underexposure warning signal activated at EV9 (ISO 100).|
|Film speed settings:||ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 1000.|
|Finder:||Reverse galileo type albada direct view finder, 0.43X magnification, bright frame (picture area) covers approx. 80% of finder area; auto-focus frame and parallax correction marks.|
|Flash:||Built-in electronic flash; coupled with auto-focus mechanism (auto-flash); coupling range 1.1-4.5m (3.6-14.5 ft); guide numbers coupled to ISO settings; recycle light; equivalent GN12 (ISO 100 m); recycle time 8 sec. w/new alkaline batteries, 10 sec. w/new manganese batteries.|
|Film loading:||Konica auto-load system.|
|Film advance:||Internal electric motor advances and rewinds film automatically, film advance one frame/sec.; film advance motor stops automatically at end of roll and red light flashes to signal film end; rewind switch for automatic rewind (w/lock); red lamp lights during rewind.|
|Frame counter:||Additive type, automatic reset.|
|Self-timer:||Electronic timer activated by simultaneous depression of timer switch and shutter, approx. 10 sec. delay indicated by blinking red light.|
|Power consumption:||At room temp. (20 degrees C/52 degrees F), w/new alkaline batteries, 24 frame film, approx. 80 rolls can be exposed without flash, approx. 8 rolls with flash; w/new manganese batteries, approx. 40 rolls can be exposed without flash, 4 rolls w/flash.|
|Power source:||2x 1.5 volt LR6 (AA) battery cells (Nickel cadmium batteries may not be used).|
|Size, weight:||119x71x44.5mm, (4.7"x2.8"x1.8"). 288g (10.2 oz) (without batteries).|