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Konica made several ultra compacts in different lines. The non-zoom optics are all moderate wide angles of 35mm focal length. Only the Big Mini F opens up to F2.8. As it is also the smallest of the Konicas, it's the most expensive. The A4 is much cheaper, so it's a good alternative. And then there is the Lexio 70. It goes from 28 to 70mm and it has impressing data at the wide end: F3.4. So it's as good as the other 28mm premium ultra compacts which all open up to F3.5.

The Z-up 110 VP shown here is one of a mid range series, Z-UP series has several models and style variants. This one was lauched in 1998. 
Its main features are:

38-110mm F3.6-9.8 Konica lens, 6 elements in 5 groups, autofocus with focus lock, min. focus 0,8m
Electronic shutter, 1-1/300
Size 120x67x57,  Weight 275 gr. with battery
25-3200 ISO, automatic DX coding, self-timer, automatic film advance, exposure correction +1.5EV, infinity lock

Camera front closed. 

Camera back. On top: Viewer. Film indication window.

Camera swithed on.
The lens only moves out a little to wide position.

Lens moved out to tele position.

View from above. Mid roll rewind, mode button,
LCD screen (flash off set), power button, shutter release. Camera sets auto flash as default. Flash guide number ~20 (!) (m/ISO 100). Tele/Wide switch at the edge.

Back open. 
The film leader is safely engaged when you close the back.

View from the bottom.
Tripod socket. Battery compartment. Takes a CR123 battery.

This camera is easy to use. Autofocus is responsive and works well. Putting a film is easy as well, you drop the film
, tear the film leader up to the mark and that's it. The camera winds it automatically. It has some manual settings if needed, the menu is very easy to access on a big clear LCD screen. In comparison to the other ultra compacts, this is only mid range quality. The lens is a bit dim at the wide end. The camera is bulkier and heavier than it seems. There are better ones from Konica, like the above mentioned Lexio 70.

It's nevertheless a good point and shoot camera with a moderate wide angle zoom lens, good picture quality and nice finish.