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Contax N Digital

By dpreview staff on Nov 16, 2001 at 04:00 GMT

The Japanese digital camera website 'digitalcamera.gr.jp' run by Yamada Kumio has today broken the news of Contax's long awaited N Digital. This digital SLR is based on the N1 film SLR and is fitted with a full frame (36 x 24 mm) 6 megapixel (3040 x 2016) Philips CCD. The latest specifications now also include ISO sensitivity of 50 to 1600, 3 frames per second continuous shooting speed, N series lens mount, 2" 200,000 pixel LCD, Compact Flash Type I/II, JPEG / TIFF / RAW image format. Price (in Japan) is expected to be 800,000 YEN (US$ 6,550) and the camera is said to be available February 1st 2002.

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Contax N Digital specifications (official)

Name Contax N Digital
Production 1,000 / month (Japan + Worldwide)
Price 800,000 YEN (US$ 6,550) - unconfirmed
Available February 1st, 2002 (Japan)
   
Sensor 36 x 24 mm Philips 6 megapixel (6,290,000 pixels total)
Low pass filter Ultra-thin "Monocrystalline technology"
Lens mount Contax N series (Contax 645 lenses can be used with an adapter)
Image size 3040 x 2016 (6.13 megapixel)
Image formats  • TIFF - 18 MB
 • RAW - 9 MB
 • JPEG1 (1/4) - 3 MB
 • JPEG2 (1/8) - 1.5 MB
 • JPEG3 (1/16) - 0.8 MB
ISO sensitivity  • 50 to 1600 (0.3 EV steps)
Shutter speed  • P/Av - 4 to 1/8000 sec
 • M/Tv - 32 to 1/8000 sec
 • X-Sync: 1/125 sec (up to 1/200 sec)
Metering modes  • Evaluative
 • Center weighted average
 • Spot
Exposure compensation  • +/2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
ABC lever  • 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV correction
White Balance  • Auto
 • Fluorescent
 • Flash
 • Custom 'one push' preset
 • Colour temperature (Kelvin)
Focus modes  • Single AF
 • Dynamic AF
 • Manual Focus
AF Assist lamp  • Yes
Image processing  • Tone (contrast) adjustment
 • Sharpening adjustment
Drive modes  • Single
 • Continuous
 • Self-Timer
Continuous speed  • 3 frames per second
Self timer  • 2 or 10 seconds
Storage  • Compact Flash Type I / II
 • IBM Microdrive 1 GB supported
Viewfinder  • TTL (95% frame coverage)
 • Dioptre adjustment (-3D to +1D)
Focusing screen  • Matt (FX-2) standard
 • Can be changed (FX type)
Viewfinder information  • ABC indicator
 • Frame counter
 • Self-timer
 • Focus indicator
 • Flash indicator
 • Focus display
 • Aperture
 • Shutter speed
 • Exposure meter
 • Exposure compensation indicator
 • Manual exposure indicator
Top LCD status panel  • Focus frame selection
 • Exposure compensation value
 • Drive mode
 • Battery status
 • Aperture
 • Shutter speed
 • ISO sensitivity
 • Custom function
 • ABC indicator
Rear LCD status panel  • Frame counter
 • Image mode (JPEG, TIFF, RAW)
 • White balance
 • Custom function (digital)
 • Battery status
LCD  • 2.0" TFT, 200,000 pixel
Playback modes  • One frame
 • Nine frames
 • Magnification
 • Histogram (record review & playback)
 • Highlight indication
Connectivity  • IEEE 1394 (Firewire)
Power  • 4 x AA batteries (NiMH) - supplied & charger
 • AC adapter
Dimensions 152 x 138 x 80 mm (6.0 x 5.4 x 3.1 in)
Weight 990 g (2.2 lb)

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