Konica Kanpai

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Designed as a "party camera", the Konica Kanpai (or Konica Kanpa!), meaning "cheers" in Japanese, reacts to voices and tries to shoot the source of the sound. The camera itself is a basic fixed focus model with flash, but also a waist-level finder. The main attraction is its voice-activation, though. After adjusting to the ambient sound level, the camera reacts to loud voices or noises, indicated by a row of LEDs on the front. Standing on its funny tripod with basket shoes, it turns within a 45° angle toward the source of the sound and takes a picture automatically. As the model name implies, the intention is to take pictures when everyone at the table shouts "kampai", without user intervention. The Konica Kanpai was released in 1989, and cost 216 US dollars or 4 000 yen. It was sold in red and black colour, and a variation clad in a collage of the letters P, A, R, T, Y.

Specifications

  • Lens: 34 mm f/5,6 (3 elements/3 groups)
  • Focus: Fixed focus from 1,1 m to infinity; voice activated mode switches to close focusing (0,9–1,8 m).
  • Shutter: 1–1/200 s. Electronic self-timer.
  • Exposure: CdS cell, EV6–EV15,6
  • Flash: Built-in, flash-matic exposure, automatically activated or forced. Can be turned off. Slow synchro up to one second. Range 1,1–3,3 m (ISO 100).
  • Film transport: Motor wind and auto rewind.
  • Power: 1 x 2CR5 6 V lithium battery.
  • Dimensions & weight: 126x67x48,5 mm, 195 g (without battery).


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1990: Konica Kanpai | 1991: Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P | 1992: Konica Hexar | 1993: Nikonos RS | Sigma SA300 | 1994: Olympus µ[mju:] Zoom Panorama | 1995: Ricoh R1 | 1996: Fujifilm GA645 | 1997: Canon IXY | Contax AX | 1998: Olympus C1400L | 1999: Nikon Coolpix 950 | Tamron AF28-300mm F3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical IF MACRO lens | 2000: Nikon D1 | Konica Hexar RF | 2001: Bronica RF645 | Fujichrome 100F/400F film | 2002: Minolta DiMAGE X | Nikon FM3A | 2003: Fujifilm GX645AF | Hasselblad H1 | 2004: Canon EOS Kiss Digital | Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM lens | 2005: Nikon F6 | Epson R-D1 | 2006: Ricoh GR Digital | Zeiss Ikon | 2007: Sony α100 | Adobe Lightroom software | 2008: Sigma DP1 | Fujichrome Velvia 50 film | 2009: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 | Casio EXILIM EX-FC100 | 2010: Sony Exmor R sensor | Canon EF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM lens | 2011: Fujifilm FinePix X100 | Epson MAXART PX-5V (R3000) printer |

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