Konica Q-EZ (1996)

In 1996, the Konica Q-EZ was the world's first digital camera to support Intel's Flash Miniature Card (see memory card page). The camera was a very bulky chunk of hard plastic. It had 640x480 pixel resolution and a serial interface. Despite it's bulkiness the camera had no TFT screen to preview images nor a possibility to connect one. Instead it had an info LCD screen. The Konica Q-EZ had a clear silver body and dark grey buttons on the back. Apparently the Konica also came with a PCMCIA miniature card adapter (MC-AD1). If you have a picture of that one I would want to post it here. The Konica Q-EZ was re-issued one year later in 1997 as the HP Photosmart digital camera. 

Mr. Roman Kober recently informed me that Olympus also used this memory card in their digital voice recorder D1000. Investigating this it turned out that Olympus also offered an extra PC kit for this device. Great news! I bough the kit and, lo and behold, finally had the world's only Flash Miniature Card adaptor in my hands. I could install the software and drivers on an old laptop but wasn't able to read images so far. Above you can see pictures of the set and adaptor.

Specifications

  • Brand: Konica
  • Model: Q-EZ
  • First mentioned: 1996
  • Marketed: yes
  • MSRP: $599
  • Imager Type: 0.35MP 1/3" CCD
  • Resolution: 640x480
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: Intel Miniature Flash Card
  • Lens: f=6mm /F2.8
  • Shutter: 1/30s - 1/2,000s
  • Aperture Range: F2.8
  • LCD screen size: -
  • Size: 154 x 86.5 x 68mm
  • Weight: 350 gr.
  • Remarks: -

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