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valerieS Nov 25, 2003 9:49 AM

Konica KD 500z or G500
I posted this question on the Konica Forum but am not sure people would see it so I thought I would ask here also.
I am able to get both these cameras at the same price ($399) and am wondering which I should chose. As far as I understand they are pretty much the exact same camera but when Konica and Minolta merged it became the G500. Am I right on that? So with that being said do I chose the new model or the old?
thanks for the help

JimC Nov 25, 2003 9:57 AM

No, they are not the same. The Konica KD-510z (not the KD-500z)is the same as the Minolta G500.

The KD-500z is the older model. Although the KD-510z uses the same body size (different colors), 1/1.8" 5 Megapixel CCD, Control Layout and Lens; the KD-510z represents a major overhaul in the feature set.

The new KD-510z includes user adjustable ISO speeds (50, 100, 200, 400), user adjustable contrast, sharpness, saturation, color (separate adjustments for Red, Green and Blue Channels), and more -- all tied to user profiles.

It also includes a new manual exposure feature, noise reduction on exposures 1/2 second or longer, and longer exposures (up to 15 seconds in manual exposure mode).

Now, having said all of that, I've found that the KD-510z takes great photos using the default settings anyway. I have found no need to adjust contrast, sharpness, saturation, color, etc. Also, the flash is powerful enough so that ISO 100 is fine for indoor photos with flash (I've started leaving my KD-510z on ISO 100 for all photos anyway).

So, if you don't need the manual exposure mode, or longer exposure capability with noise reduction, or the ability to shoot at higher ISO speeds (ISO is fixed to 100 in the older KD-500z), the KD-500z is a great choice (especially if you can find one at a bargain price, compared to the KD-510z. has a good review of the older model KD-500z. You'll also find a review at for the KD-500z.

Also, a firmware upgrade is available from Konica-Japan for the KD-500z, improving it compared to the models that were reviewed (if you buy one, let me know, and I'll find send you the firmware upgrade links and instructions (they're in Japanese, but the upgrades are multi-lingual, supporting English, too).

Both are great little cameras.

Before locating the newer KD-510z in July (I bought a Japanese Model with no warranty), I gave strong consideration to the KD-500z.

valerieS Nov 25, 2003 11:14 AM

thanks for the info Jim I will definately let you know if I decide on the 500Z
valerie S

JimC Nov 25, 2003 11:17 AM

No problem. However, if you check with online vendors, you should be able to find the newer (and much more flexible and fuller featured) KD-510z, at a lower price than the older KD-500z.

Such is technology -- sometimes newer, better models, can cost less than the models they replaced.

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