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Kyocera Finecam L30 - with MPEG-4 video

Oct 18, 2003 at 05:13 GMT

Kyocera Japan has announced the three megapixel, three times optical zoom Finecam L30. At first sight this appears to be 'just another' three megapixel digital camera (indeed very similar in appearance to the L3v/L4v) however the Finecam L30 has superior video recording capability. The reason for this is that the L30 records video using the MPEG-4 video compression codec which should mean much smaller video file sizes and longer recording times. The L30 records video at 320x240 (15 fps) or 160x112 (30 fps) for as long as there is space on the storage card (SD/MMC plus 16 MB built-in). Lets hope this is the first of many digital cameras which will provide MPEG-4 as their video compression codec (almost all current digital cameras use Motion JPEG or MPEG-1).

Phil: it's worth noting that there have been other digital cameras (Panasonic) with MPEG-4 capability but they have mostly been marketed as compact gadget cams.

Kyocera Finecam L30 Specifications


Sensor 1/2.7" 3.34 million pixels
Effective pixels 3.2 million
Still image sizes • 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
(Also 2560 x 1920 interpolated)
Movie sizes • 320 x 240, 15 fps
• 160 x 112, 30 fps
Limited only by storage space
File formats • Still: JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• Video: MP4 (MPEG-4) *
* Can be played with QuickTime 6 or later
Lens • 3x optical zoom
• 38 - 115 mm equiv.
• F2.8 - F4.7
Digital zoom x1.3 - x3.2
Focus range • Normal: 60 cm - Infinity
• Macro: 20 cm - 60 cm
Exposure mode Program AE
Metering Evaluation
Exposure comp. • -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV
• 0.3 EV steps
Aperture • Wide: F2.8 / F7.5
Shutter speed 2 - 1/2000 sec
White balance • Auto
• Sunlight
• Incandescent
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent
Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
LCD Monitor • 1.5 "
• 120,000 pixels
Flash • Built-In
• Range: 0.6 - 2.5 m
• Modes: Auto, Auto Red-Eye Reduciton, On, Off, Slow Sync
Storage • 16 MB Internal (can be used as 'emergency storage')
• SD/MMC slot
Connectivity • Video Out
• USB 1.1
• DC-IN
Power • 2 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended
Dimensions 33 x 111 x 55 mm (1.3 x 4.4 x 2.2 in)
Weight 160 g (5.6 oz)