Kyocera Finecam S3 / Yashica Finecam S3

Announced Mar 12, 2001 •
3 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 38 – 76 mm (2×)
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I've used this camera for about a year now. It is an incredibly small camera - sometimes almost too small because you have to be very careful not to produce shaky images in low-light-situations: the shutter button should be pressed carefully. One other thing one should be aware of is the delay between the shutter button being pressed and the actual image being taken. When given to strangers the camera tends to produce shaky images because the delay is unexpected. This is not an issue with my ...

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Absolute fantastic camera!!! Problems: Battery life.

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I like this camera a lot. However, it had an Achille's Heel – the whole camera is very sturdy and strong – however, the battery compartment is made of plastic and has not proven as good of a design idea as the camera on whole. My camera has gone to the shop twice from a defective battery compartment. Yes, I dropped it both times - what good is a solid steel camera if the corner of it is made of soft plastic? OTHERWISE - and a very important, "otherwise", the camera is great. I use it MOSTLY ...

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I bought it about a year ago (02/02). Shot about 600 pictures in that year. Construction: ------------------- The case is a good quality, very robust (metal!), and extremely well styled one. Somehow the TFT display is erroneous, that's why the cam is in service right now, that is the only reason I didn't give it a 5. The camera has the exact size of a pack of cigarettes - which makes it just as portable as that and a lot better for your health. The case gets warm if the camera is turned on ...

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If you take the camera for what it is, the S3 is an excellent choice. The camera is incredibly small and light. Great for a day trip. Daytime shots are all pretty much spot on. I like the MMC card USB interface that came with the camera (mounts the MMC card like a floppy drive). I picked mine up new for USD $275 from an auction site. Great value for that price. Problems: Battery Life, as everyone else has said, could be better. This is not a good low light or night time camera.

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I brough it 6 months ago in China with one 64M MMC card free, the total package is 480USD (now S4 only 470USD), And i like it very small easy to use, and just like others, whrn I began to use , most of the pictures are burl and I found the it is too samll and light and when you press the button you must hold it hard, and the quality of the picture is just so so, I read the review carefully and I agree, but as a pocket DC, this is OK. Problems: The battery is a big problem and I brough ...

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Got this camera to support an Oly e-10. Beast to lug arround. The Kyocera slips into a pocket. Fair enough, the pics are not in the same leauge, but neither was the price, over twice the cost. I can always seem to slip the kyocera into a pocket, but getting out the Oly is MUCH more a chore. Don't really need to do any PhotoShop work for OK point and shoot quality, and that is just what I need from this camera. Really small, and almost always with me. Great in that respect. Based on the ...

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I have been thrilled by this camera! The build quality is exceptional. Minor Photoshop adjustments (USM and Contrast) result in excellent images. I have found that the camera functions well as a fixed-focus camera in sunny situations. I set the manual focus to near infinity. The camera is very fast in this mode and most images come out perfect. A spare battery fixes the battery life issue. Problems: Not a problem but my camera also gets hot with use. The autofocus motor is noisy so it ...

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This is really an excellent bit of kit. Goes everywhere with me. Just bought a spare battery and recently obtained a 12Vdc to 5Vdc converter so I can recharge it in the car. Also, pleased to note that MMC cards have come down in price so storage isn't a problem. Problems: Gets hot and 'graphics' on body soon wear off.

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Nice, small and reliable. I bought it a few months ago - so far, so good. I added a spare battery and a bigger memory chip ( 64 MB ) and ...it's alaways with me. Problems: Not so far.

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