Kyocera Finecam SL300R review

Started Dec 28, 2003 | User reviews
totalgeno
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Kyocera Finecam SL300R review
Dec 28, 2003

Swivel lens is very effective, and seems to be solidly built.

Using a Panasonic 256 mb SD, which supports Sandisk Ultra II speeds (but without the price tag).

The video comes out to 2 megabytes a second at 640x480 30 fps, using 64-kbps 8-bit audio (it sounds mediocre, no better than my old Sony DSC-S75).

Contrary to what dpreview has on its specs page, the video mode is really unlimited until memory card full, and there is NO tripod mount on the camera.

The LCD works like a PDA's, with or without backlight (cannot fully turn off). Dayfine technology works very well, and the LCD is totally visible under direct sunlight.

Nice to have the manual controls available (limited manual focus - but its there, white balance, long shutter speeds of 2/4/8 seconds)

Action shots really do go at 3 frames a second, but is heavily dependent on ambient light. In a room with marginally enough light, you can barely go 1 frame every 2 seconds.

Comes with a camera bag that has extra SD pouches! Nice touch.

Problems:

Macro mode not one button. Need to press scene select button, scroll down a bit, then get to macro.

NO tripod mount, which makes the long shutter speeds somewhat useless

Action shots burn battery like no tomorrow.

Slow write speeds after flash used in normal mode (takes 3-4 seconds to write)

Metal casing marks easily... be careful, and I've owned it for only a week!

Long shutter speeds needs a lot of pressing to get to, as is turning on manual focus.

Very limited flash range. realistically, beyond 3 meters makes the photos turn out really bad.

Problems with red-eye... mostly solved when using anti-RE, but it still happens

totalgeno's score
4.2
Average community score
4.2
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