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Kyocera has today announced that it has decided to terminate the Contax branded camera business. Contax joined forces with Yashica in the 1960s, which became part of the electronics giant Kyocera in the mid-1990s. The history of the name goes back to the original Contax camera produced by Zeiss Ikon AG in 1932. The company announced its first 35mm SLR film camera, the Contax S, in 1949. A dark cloud has been hanging over the Contax brand since Kyocera announced it was to end of camera production last month.
Sources at Kyocera have confirmed that the company is to cease production of film and digital cameras, putting a huge question mark over the future of one of the oldest brands in photography, Contax. Contax cameras have been produced since the early 1930's, when the brand was launched by German optical legend Zeiss Ikon. Contax joined forces with Japanese manufacturer Yashica in the 1960's, becoming part of electronics giant Kyocera in the mid-1990's. UPDATE: Kyocera Japan has officially confirmed that it is to quit production of digital cameras.
Contax has today announced the four megapixel i4R.The rather unconventionally designed camera has a sliding lens that also incorporates the flash. The fixed lens camera has a 1.5-inch LCD and can capture 640 x 480-pixel movies. It will be available in November priced £299 (approx $447) and will come with a high capacity SD card, approximately 256MB. This will be updated when we receive more information.
Contax has today announced a lookalike of the SL300R T*; the four megapixel Contax U4R. The swivel lens camera has a curvier body and boasts a Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 3x zoom lens and a 2-inch LCD. It will be available in October priced £399 (approx $595) and we're told that will include a 'fairly large' SD card of around 256MB. This will be updated when we receive more information.
PMA 2004: Buried within a press release for their RTUNE engine are the announcements for the two new Kyocera cameras being shown at PMA. The Finecam SL400R which is essentially a 4 megapixel version of their recent SL300R, and the M410R a 4 megapixel, 10x optical zoom digital camera, the Japanese press release also shows the same camera in silver as the M400R, we're not sure whether this is a Japanese only model though. RTUNE provides unparalled high speed capture, faster start-up/shutter response/shot-to-shot times and improved picture quality.
Kyocera Japan has announced the new Finecam S3R. This is a 3 megapixel version of the S5R launched in August. As with the S5R it contains the image processor dubbed 'RTUNE' which allows the S3R to shoot at 3 frames per second until the SD card is full. This does however require a high speed SD card capable of 10 MB/sec or more. The S3R comes in 3 colours, silver, red and blue and will be available in December.
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).
Kyocera Japan has today announced a twisting lens compact digital camera the Finecam SL300R. Looking very much like a Nikon Coolpix it has a 3.1 megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens, a 1.5" TFT LCD, is powered by a lithium ion battery and uses SD cards for storage. It will be available in later this month and the price is expected to be approximately 45,000 Yen.
Kyocera has today announced the new Finecam S5R. This update to the S5 ultra-compact sees a slightly revised body design and an improvement in performance thanks to a new image processor dubbed 'RTUNE'. The RTUNE processor allows the S5R to shoot at 3 frames per second until the SD card is full. This does however require a high speed SD card capable of 10 MB/sec or more. The S5R also supports movies of 640 x 480, 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 at 15 or 30 fps (with audio) limited only by card space. Expected price in Japan will be 75,000 YEN (approx. US$600).
2003: Kyocera has today announced two new models to its popular Finecam
series, the 3-megapixel Kyocera Finecam L3v and the 4-megapixel Kyocera
Finecam L4v. Both feature their new "DayFine" 2.5-inch LCD and
a 3x optical zoom (35-105mm equiv. 35mm). The suggested retail price for
the Kyocera Finecam L3v is $449.00; suggested retail price for the Kyocera
Finecam L4v is $549.00.
UPDATED: New official pictures added.
Contax has today confirmed the digital version of its TVS line of compact cameras. The TVS Digital was first seen (and reported on here) during Photokina last September. This new announcement by Contax confirms the specifications, sale date in Japan and availiability of the camera in both silver and black finishes. The TVS Digital has a five megapixel 1/1.8" CCD sensor and a three times 'Carl Zeiss' optical zoom lens. Storage is to SD/MMC cards and the camera is powered by a proprietary Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery.
Photokina 2002: About a month ago we first heard of the Kyocera Finecam S5 and some hint of a new Contax TVS Digital. At Photokina Kyocera / Contax took the covers off a pre-production TVS Digital, and a stylish looking compact digital camera it is too! As far as we can tell the five megapixel TVS Digital is based on the Finecam S5 digital engine but has a different lens, which is labelled "Carl Zeiss" (not the same Carl Zeiss lens as the Sony's?;) UPDATED: Specifications confirmed and updated.
Photokina 2002: Kyocera has announced the new Finecam S3L and S5. Both cameras are based on the previous ultra-compact Finecam platform but now feature a new silver body design and new features. As the name implies the S5 features the same five megapixel sensor we have seen as an upgrade to several other models at this Photokina. Both cameras have a three times optical zoom lens, store images on SD/MMC cards and come supplied with a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery.
Kyocera Germany has today announced the five megapixel Finecam S5. This camera will be introduced at Photokina (25th September). The camera is an ultra-compact which is clearly based on the S4 design. This camera appears to be another new five megapixel based on the new five megapixel 1/1.8" CCD. Also mentioned in this news release is a new digital Contax TVS which is described as a "5 Megapixel for the semiprofessional use", sounds interesting.
Kyocera Japan has today posted three sample images from the much awaited six megapixel full-frame sensor Contax N Digital. These three samples are available on the Kyocera Japan website, all were taken at either ISO 25 or ISO 50 (which is a little concerning). Although these images look good reduced in size but are not as sharp or detailed as images from the Canon EOS-D60, Nikon D100 or Nikon D1x. UPDATE 15/May: Kyocera has pulled these samples from their website. UPDATE: Reduced size images have been put back.
Carl Zeiss (the company), who of course will have more than a passing interest in the N Digital, has today posted a news article titled "Contax N Digital Passes the First Practical Test with Flying Colors!". It's about an opportunity 30 Italian photographers and dealers had to get their hands on the N Digital at the end of last month, "It was the unanimous opinion of all participants that the Contax N Digital passed this test with flying colors despite adverse weather conditions in Rothenburg."
Kyocera Japan has today announced that the Contax N Digital will finally go on sale on Sunday 19th May (we hope). Interestingly there have also been a number of specification changes announced. These are: a reduction in final image size from 6.13 to 6.04 megapixels, addition of colour saturation adjustment, reduction in sensitivity from ISO 50-1600 in the original specification to ISO 25-400 for the final camera, an reduction of battery life expectation from 500 to 300 images and an increase in weight of 10 g to 1 KG (2.2 lb).
Two weeks ago (12th March) Contax Japan put a message up on their corporate server to say they were sorry but that the launch date for the N Digital which had supposed to have been that day was pushed back until the 25th. Digital Camera guru Yamada Kumio reporting from the Photo Expo 2002 (Japan) has apparently been told that this launch date must be again postponed due to "final adjustment". I'm sure there are many people who were excited by this camera six megapixel full-frame digital SLR when it was announced almost two years ago.
In a message posted on Kyocera's Japanese website the company informs those buyers who were expecting to be able to purchase the camera today that the sale of this camera has been delayed by 13 days. The new official sale date for the N Digital (at least in Japan) is now March 25th 2002. For those who don't know the Contax N Digital is the first digital SLR with a full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor. The sensor is a six megapixel unit made by Philips. This camera was first announced in the summer of 2000, the camera is expected to go on sale for US$7,000.
PMA 2002: We got our hands on Contax's long awaited N Digital D-SLR today. This camera has been on the books now since July 2000. For those who don't know or don't remember the N Digital is based around the full frame (36 x 24 mm) Philips 6 megapixel chip. At last years PMA Contax had a plastic mock-up, this year we find real working pre-production models which shoot, review and have working menu systems. Contax seem confident that the camera isn't too far away. My concern is that they'll be bringing an expensive six megapixel to market at least a year too late.
Pre-PMA 2002: 03:00 EST: Kyocera has today announced the new Finecam S4 (four megapixel, 3x optical zoom) and Finecam S3x (three megapixel, 3x optical zoom). The S3x is an 'improved' S3 with a new 3x optical zoom lens to replace the S3's 2x unit. Note the new pop-up flash and shifted viewfinder to make space for the larger lens mechanism.The S4 is based around a four megapixel CCD sensor and the same 3x optical zoom lens used in the update S3x. Prices in Japan for the S4 and S3x are expected to be 88,000 YEN (US$660) and 98,000 YEN (US$740) respectively.
Kyocera Optics, Inc. (US) has today confirmed the Contax N Digital announcement we saw from Kyocera Japan yesterday. The US press release contains more information and more detailed specifications which now reveal that this six megapixel digital camera is capable of 3 frames per second for 5 images at JPEG 1/4, 8 images at JPEG 1/8, 13 images at JPEG 1/16 and 3 images in RAW or TIFF mode. The N Digital becomes the first digital SLR with a full frame six megapixel sensor. There's one thing the press release doesn't discuss - price, the Japanese press release said 800,000 YEN, my sources tell me that this camera is likely to cost more than that in Europe and the US.
The Japanese digital camera website 'digitalcamera.gr.jp' run by Yamada Kumio has today broken the news of Contax's long awaited N Digital. This digital SLR is based on the N1 film SLR and is fitted with a full frame (36 x 24 mm) 6 megapixel (3040 x 2016) Philips CCD. The latest specifications now also include ISO sensitivity of 50 to 1600, 3 frames per second continuous shooting speed, N series lens mount, 2" 200,000 pixel LCD, Compact Flash Type I/II, JPEG / TIFF / RAW image format. Price (in Japan) is expected to be 800,000 YEN (US$ 6,550) and the camera is said to be available February 1st 2002. UPDATED: Official Contax Specifications.
Kyocera's tiny Finecam S3 is the smallest 3 megapixel digital camera on the market. It features a 2x optical zoom lens, a good range of manual controls and photographic features. It's supplied with an Lithium-Ion battery and charger / AC adapter, 16 MB MMC card, soft case and MMC card reader. The S3's tiny size and light make it one of the most portable digital cameras out there, so how does it stack up to our tests? UPDATED: Samples gallery now online.
Kyocera (Yashica) are quite proud of the S3, it's the smallest (yes, it's very small) three megapixel digital camera, indeed it's quite a bit smaller than most ultra-compact 2 megapixel digital cameras. It's kitted out with a 2x optical zoom lens (with an automatic lens cover), supplied rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery and a sturdy stainless steel case. The Finecam S3 first hit the headlines just before PMA 2001, indeed I had the pleasure of authoring the news article for the S3 while half way across the Atlantic on my way to Orlando.
Today Kyocera US announced the Finecam S3, a camera we've covered previously. Dubbed as the "world's smallest 3.34 megapixel digital camera with a 2x zoom". The S3 weighs just 200 g (7 oz) and is actually slightly smaller than Canon's Digital IXUS (ELPH). Fitted out with an all metal case, a 1.5" LCD and several manual features it certainly looks competitive.
The Japanese website Impress PC Watch picked up news of a development by Kyocera (owner of the Contax name) to produce a digital version of their N1 35mm camera, dubbed the N Digital it will feature a 6 megapixel sensor (not yet confirmed CCD or CMOS) which will be the size of a 35mm frame (thus no focal length multiplier), a two inch LCD and support CF Type II. The camera will support Contax's own "N mount" lenses, so far four Carl Zeiss lenses exist with this mount. Kyocera are hoping to price the Digital SLR at around 800,000 YEN (approx. US$7,400). Expected Spring 2001.
UPDATED 19/July/2000 - Exclusive photographs of the camera
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