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Kyocera Optics, Inc. (US) has today confirmed the Contax N Digital announcement we saw from Kyocera Japan yesterday. The US press release contains more information and more detailed specifications which now reveal that this six megapixel digital camera is capable of 3 frames per second for 5 images at JPEG 1/4, 8 images at JPEG 1/8, 13 images at JPEG 1/16 and 3 images in RAW or TIFF mode. The N Digital becomes the first digital SLR with a full frame six megapixel sensor. There's one thing the press release doesn't discuss - price, the Japanese press release said 800,000 YEN, my sources tell me that this camera is likely to cost more than that in Europe and the US.
Digital SLR Uses Full Array of Auto Focus Carl Zeiss Lenses
SOMERSET, NJ Kyocera Optics, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the Contax N Digital, the worlds first digital SLR camera to employ a full-frame 35mm, 24 x 36mm, 6+ megapixel CCD. This achievement allows the camera full use of auto focus Carl Zeiss T* lenses while offering the user world-class digital picture quality.
The N Digital is based on the Contax N1 and provides the perfect ergonomic platform. The N1 which was introduced in the fall of 2000 has proven itself as a high quality product that can stand up to the every day rigors of the working photographer. The N Digital and N1 cameras share all basic functions as well as the unique features incorporated in the N1. This includes the "Dual Focus Mechanism", the worlds first "5-point Wide Array Diagonal Auto Focus System", and "Fine Focus ABC (Auto Bracketing System)". The N Digital can offer greater control and creativity to meet the photographer's demands by incorporating the Dual Focus Mechanism along with the highly advanced SLR digital image technology. The N Digital offers a high-resolution equivalent to film-based photography, meeting the needs of both professional and serious amateur photographers.
The new Contax N Digital will be able take advantage of the impressive lens line from the N system, which includes a total of seven lenses. In addition, the Contax N Digital can also use all eight lenses from the Contax 645 system with the NAM-1 adapter. The option of using lenses from the Contax 645 system is especially important to 645 owners since they could utilize their current lenses with the N Digital with the simple addition of the NAM 1 adapter.
1. 6 Mega Pixel, 35mm format, full frame (24mm X 36mm) CCD
The N Digital is the worlds first Digital SLR to use a full frame 35mm CCD with 6.29 mega pixels. This gives the photographer the ability to use a full range of Carl Zeiss T* lenses as the focus angle (angular field) is exactly equal to that of a 35mm film camera. The photographer is now able to concentrate on shooting, as the capture area is the same size as in traditional film based photography.
2. Thin, lowpass filter developed by Kyocera crystal technology
An optical uncolored crystalline lowpass filter eliminates false color producing frequencies that often affect image quality.
3. Wide range of image recording modes
The N Digital can write in several formats, including JPEG (3 compression ratios) RGB-TIFF, and RAW formats.
4. Menu of white balance selections
5. Recording media: Compact Flash Type I and II & Micro Drive
The N Digital uses the popular Compact Flash type I and II, which can offer large storage capacity. In addition, the N Digital also uses the IBM Type II Micro Drive to meet high capacity requirements.
6. High Speed DSP and IEEE1394
The N Digital uses high-speed digital image processing (DSP), which makes for real time processing and photography at 3 frames per second. The N Digital is equipped with a computer interface for reliable high-speed Firewire (IEEE1394) image transfer. It is possible to transfer a RAW 12.5 Megabyte file to a computer in one second and also handle high speed, data transfers efficiently.
7. An LCD monitor for immediate playback
A 2.0-inch, low-temperature, polysilicon, TFT color LCD monitor, with a Graphic User Interface (GUI) is located on the back of the body. The photographer can check exposure, focus and file information directly from the LCD monitor.
8. Shooting assist function
A. The LCD offers a visual Shooting Assist Function histogram.
B. Confirmation of exposure range (which can be shown in bright tone distribution graphics).
C. Displays exposure information and other file information simultaneously.
9. Basic functions of CONTAX N1
The N Digital shares all basic functions of the Contax N1. The photographer can concentrate on shooting because the N Digital can be handled the same as a traditional 35mm SLR. Some of the basic functions shared between the Contax N Digital and the N1 are as follows:
All specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
|Type||35mm focal plane shutter AF/AE SLR digital camera|
|Image Size||24 x 36mm|
|Image Device||35mm format full-frame square pixel RGB primary color CCD|
|Effective Pixels||6.29 mega pixels|
|Recording Pixels||6.13 mega pixels|
|Recording format||JPEG (compression ratio 1/4-1/8-1/16)
(RAW data should be developed through image data processing with the dedicated application software)
|Recording Media||CompactFlashTM card (type I, II), MicrodriveTM (510MB, 1GB)*1|
|White Balance||Auto, fluorescent light, flash,
one-push preset setting,
color temperature setting (pre-defined value)
|Auto White Balance||Measured by an internal sensor|
|Image regulation||Tone curve, edge emphasis|
|LCD monitor||2.0 inches low temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD, approx. 200k pixels|
|Playback Display||Single image, 9 image index, playback zoom function, histogram view, high light view|
|Lens Mount||Contax N Mount|
|Shutter||Vertical-travel focal plane shutter|
|Shutter Speed||Av, P: 32 sec. to 1/8000 sec.
Tv, M: shutter dial setting 4 sec. to 1/8000 sec.
Command dial setting 32 sec. to 1/8000 sec.
|Sync Settings||X setting (1/200 sec. or slower), direct X setting sync-terminal provide|
|Self-timer||Electronic type with 2 & 10 sec. Delays|
|Shutter Release||Electronic release with dedicated cable switch socket|
|Exposure Control Modes||Aperture priority auto
Shutter priority auto
TTL auto flash
|Metering System||TTL evaluative matrix, center-weighted average or spot (selectable)|
EV 0 to 21 (evaluative matrix / center-weighted metering)
|Speed Range||ISO50 to 1600 equiv. (1/3 step)|
|AE Lock||EV at image plane stored in memory|
|Exposure Compensation||+2 EV to 2 EV, in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps (selectable)|
|Exposure A.B.C. System||Compensation : 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV
or l EV steps
(selected with Exposure A.B.C. Lever)
|Coupled Flash System||TTL direct flash control|
|Flash Coupling||Automatic shutter speed adjustment when Contax flash unit reaches full charge|
|Flash Auto-set||Available for Contax flash units with auto-set function|
|Second-curtain Sync.||Available for Contax flash units with second-curtain sync.|
|Focusing System||TTL phase-difference detection (5-point)|
|Focus Modes||Single AF, continuous AF (predictive), manual|
|Fine Focus A.B.C.||System Automatic (set with focus dial)|
|Viewfinder||Fixed eye-level pentaprism (long eye-point) 95% field-of-view, 0.73x magnification (with 50mm standard lens at infinity -1 D diopter, fitted with eyepiece shutter|
|Diopter adjustment||Internal mechanism, adjustable from -3D to +1D; FM type eye piece lenses (2 types) optionally available|
|Focusing Screen||Supplied with whole-view matte FX-2; interchangeable with other FX-type screens|
|Finder Display||Focus frames. Exposure A.B.C. icon, Fine Focus A.B.C. icon, Exposure counter/Self-timer counter/Exposure A.B.C. sequence, Fine Focus A.B.C. sequence, Metering indicator, Flash ready, Focus indicator, Aperture, Shutter speed, Exposure meter/Exposure compensation/Metering divergence, Manual exposure icon, Exposure compensation icons|
|Drive Modes||Single-frame, continuous exposure, self-timer (2, 10 sec.)|
|Continuous shooting Speed||Max. 3 frames per second in continuous
[with fresh battery at room temperature]
|Max. Burst Shooting||
JPEG1 (1/4 compression) approx. 5 shots
|Exposure Counter||Subtractive type, visible on top-LCD panel, rear-LCD panel and inside viewfinder, top-LCD panel and rear-LCD panel displays "99" when more than 99 shots remains|
|Accessory Shoe||Direct X contact (coupled W/TLA flash)|
|Power Source||AA-type Ni-MH rechargeable battery x 4, AC power adapter|
|Battery Check||Automatic, status indicated on display panel|
|Number of shots||Approx. 500 shots or more (room temperature, JPEG 3)|
|Other Features||Exposure check button, Depth-of-field preview button, AF light, Camera customized functions, Digital function customized setting, Vertical shutter release button (with lock function), Focus target selector|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||152.0 x 138.0 x 79.5mm (6 x 5-7/16 x 3-1/8 in.)|
|Mass (weight)||990g (2.18 lbs) - no battery|
|Standard Accessory||AA-type Ni-MH rechargeable battery x 4/Quick battery charger, AC power adapter, Strap, CCD parameter CDR|
All specifications are subject to change without prior notice.