Konica is a Japanese brand that specializes in the manufacture of imaging and optical products, including cameras, photocopiers, and printers. The company was founded in 1873 and was originally known as Konishiroku Photo Industry Co., Ltd. The company later changed its name to Konica and then Konica Minolta before ceasing operations in 2006.
Konica was known for their film cameras, 35mm and medium format, and rangefinders, as well as its color film production. They also produced a variety of lenses and other photography accessories, and even for a period of time, professional video equipment.
Konica was also a major player in the field of professional and industrial photography, with a range of high-end film and digital cameras, as well as a variety of specialized lenses and other accessories.
Konica was also known for its advanced technology, particularly in color photography and printing. They were one of the first companies to produce color film, and they developed a number of proprietary technologies, such as Hexar lenses and Hexar AF, that set them apart from other camera manufacturers.
Unfortunately, as the digital photography market grew, Konica struggled to keep up with the competition, and eventually, the company merged with Minolta and later cease its operation. Despite this, the brand is still well-regarded among photography enthusiasts and is remembered for the quality and innovation of their products.