Originally released in 1995 in Japan, the Konica K-mini sits right at the low end of the compact point & shoot spectrum; being the little brother of Big Mini. The K-mini has a fixed focus 28mm lens, an on-off switch and a shutter button, thatʼs about it. Everything else is automated.
My friend T, who imports cameras from Japan and sells them here in Hong Kong, recently dug up a black K-mini, she showed me the picture of it and it was love at first sight. After meeting her and getting the K-mini, I went straight to Choi Hung Estate, a popular public housing famous for its vibrant rainbow colour, and fired away.
The company I worked in recently moved to a new neighbourhood – Quarry Bay, it is a mix of old residential and new commercial areas. It is very interesting and I find something new every day.
I cannot explain how comfortable it is to hold the K-mini. It slips right in my hand perfectly and it is ever so joyful to shoot!
The K-mini gives experiences and images similar to a disposable camera does, but you can change the film. It is certainly not for everyone, but that’s how I love it.