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.
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
M/Tv - 32 to 1/8000 sec
X-Sync: 1/125 sec (up to 1/200 sec)
|Metering modes|| Evaluative
Center weighted average
|Exposure compensation|| +/2 EV in 0.3 EV steps|
|ABC lever|| 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV correction|
|White Balance|| Auto
Custom 'one push' preset
Colour temperature (Kelvin)
|Focus modes|| Single AF
|AF Assist lamp|| Yes|
|Image processing|| Tone (contrast) adjustment
|Drive modes|| Single
|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
Exposure compensation indicator
Manual exposure indicator
|Top LCD status panel|| Focus frame selection
Exposure compensation value
|Rear LCD status panel|| Frame counter
Image mode (JPEG, TIFF, RAW)
Custom function (digital)
|LCD|| 2.0" TFT, 200,000 pixel|
|Playback modes|| One frame
Histogram (record review & playback)
|Connectivity|| IEEE 1394 (Firewire)|
|Power|| 4 x AA batteries (NiMH)
- supplied & charger
|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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