Konica A4/Big Mini BM-101 First Thoughts

EDIT: This camera turned out to be defective, so i will not be writing a review of it.

After waiting nearly a month for my A4 to get here from Japan, I am finally testing out the one and only Konica Big Mini for the first time! I have to say, so far I am very happy with this little beast.

One of the first things you notice about this camera is that it looks cool as f***. The two-tone exterior gives it sort of a retro look, and when I first saw it it almost reminded me of the styling on old school cars from the 80’s. while its not as sleek looking as its successors the Big Mini 300’s, 201, and F models, it has its own aesthetic that I really enjoy. Its not exactly the slimmest camera either, but it doesn’t bother me, and it doesn’t detract from the looks of the thing.

As far as handling goes – like most point and shoots from back in the day, its fine. The buttons are a tad mushy for my taste, and they are a bit small for my fingers, but this camera is almost totally automatic so it doesn’t really matter anyway. It feels good in the hand, and everything is placed in such a way that my fingers don’t interfere with use – an issue that I have had with a few other point and shoots.

The viewfinder is nice as well. Very clear and bright, with very little distortion. My only concern is that the framelines are a bit hard to see, and your eye has to be lined up with the center of the finder for them to appear completely lit up. In addition, the framelines can be hard to see against bright scenes like backlit skies, screens, or even snow.

All in all though, I like it so far. I will post a full review after I put a few rolls through it, but for now I have high hopes for this camera.

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