Contax SL300R T* Review

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Review posted 04/28/04


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The 3.2 Megapixel Contax SL300R T* offers a solution for digital camera fans who have been frustrated by "missing the moment" due to the combination of the shutter speed lag time and slow "click to click" speed. Utilizing RTUNE Rapid Tuning Technology, the SL300R T* offers a virtually non-existent lag time of 0.07 second, and it can capture images at an incredible unlimited 3.5 frames per second! The SL300R T* is only limited by the size of the SD memory card in terms of how many images can be consecutively captured.

The swivel lens/flash body of the SL300R T* revolves, enabling easy framing of any scene from high overhead to low angle shots. The rotating lens provides easy movement for perfect framing in every scene such as self- portrait, low and high angle shots and macro mode. Its diminutive size (3.9" wide x 2.5" high x .6" thin) and sleek all-metal body with leather grip accents are sure to make a fashion statement.

Special scene modes provide the perfect solution for any shooting situation. The seven modes include Standard, Sport Action, Night View, Night View Portrait, Portrait, Macro and Landscape. Each of the settings can be easily selected by using the scene button located on the back of the camera body.

The SL300R T* enables the user to easily shoot movies with audio at 30 or 15 frames/second up to the maximum capacity of the memory card. The recorded file is in AVI format and can be played back easily on the LCD Monitor or a personal computer.

The SL300R T* incorporates a 1.5-inch "DayFine" LCD Monitor that is easy to see in the brightest of sunlight conditions. In addition to the conventional back light system, "DayFine" technology includes a special optical film and exclusive light transmission circuitry that harnesses the power of the sun by absorbing incoming light and then reflecting the light back through the LCD, adding to the brilliance and contrast of the display.

The SL300R T* is provided with a USB cable that is perfect for uploading images to a personal computer. The cable complies with the USB mass storage class of accessories and images can be read via the cable as a mass storage devise on a computer.


SL300R T* Features:

  • 3-megapixel imager for up to 2048x1536-pixel still images
  • Carl Zeiss 3X optical zoom, F/2.8 (38-115mm 35mm equivalent)
  • Lens swivels 120° forward and backward
  • Unlimited capture at approx. 3.5fps
  • RTUNE Technology with 16-bit A/D reduces color noise
  • 1.5-inch Day Fine liquid crystal monitor
  • Macro focus as close as 3.5" from the lens
  • Aperture Priority (F/2.8 or F/9.6)
  • Program AE w/automatic shutter (1 - 1/2000 sec.)
  • Seven Scene modes: Standard, Sports, Portrait, Night, Night Portrait, Macro, Landscape
  • Motion video w/audio 640x480, 320x240 or 160x120 @ 30fps or 15fps, length of clips is only limited to capacity of the SD media
  • Long shutter speeds of 2, 4, or 8 sec
  • Manual focusing possible (0.6m to infinity)
  • Metering modes: Evaluation, Center-weighted or Spot
  • Selectable ISO sensitivity; Auto, 100, 200, and 400
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Flash Off or Night Backdrop
  • Color modes (Color, Sepia or Black & White)
  • White Balance (Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Cloudy, Fluorescent, or Manual Pre-set)
  • Exposure compensation (+/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps)
  • Ultra compact and durable steel body design
  • Rechargeable lithium battery pack and charger included
  • Epson PRINT Image Matching compatible






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The SL300R T* compared in size to the Casio EX-Z40.





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SL300R T* Specifications

Type Digital still camera with record, playback, and erase modes
CCD imager 1/2.7" CCD with 3,340,000 pixels gross
Effective pixels 3,170,000 pixels
Still image size 2048x1536, 1600 x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
Image quality 2 settings: F (Fine), N (Normal)
Lens KYOCERA Zoom lens (7 lenses in 6 groups)
Focal length 5.8 ~ 17.4mm (35mm camera equivalent to about 38 ~ 115mm)
F stops F2.8 ~ 4.7
Digital zoom 1.3x, 1.6x, 2x (3steps)
Focusing control Video feedback auto-focusing (Wide AF/Spot AF selectable), Manual focus
Focusing range approx. 0.6m ~ infinity (Tele/Wide modes)
approx. 20cm ~ 60cm (Macro mode)
Exposure control Program AE, Aperture Priority AE mode
Metering patterns Multi-area evaluation metering, center-weighted metering, spot metering
Metering range LV6 ~ LV16
Exposure compensation +2.0EV ~ -2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Shutter 1 ~ 1/2000 sec. using CCD electronic shutter
Option of 2 sec., 4 sec., 8 sec. possible in time exposure mode
ISO setting Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800
White Balance Automatic, daylight, incandescent, cloudy, fluorescent, preset
Sharpness +3 ~ -1 (5 steps)
Brightness +, 0, - (3 steps)
Flash Built-in
Effective range Approx. 0.6 ~ 2.5m (lens set to wide), about 0.6 ~ 2m (lens set to telephoto)
Flash modes Auto flash, Red-eye reduction auto flash, Fill flash, Flash off, Night scene mode
Movie sizes 640x480, 320x240, 160x120
Movie frame rate 30 frames per sec., 15 frames per sec. up to the recording media capacity
Movie sizes File format: AVI (Audio - Visual - Input), sound On or Off selectable
Continuous shooting Approx. 3.5 frames per sec.: up to the recording media capacity
Recording media SD Memory card/MMC (Multi-Media card) Complies with JPEG standard (Exif Ver. 2.2), DCF standard Supports DPOF
Voice memo Maximum 30 sec. per image
LCD monitor 1.5 inch DayFine TFT color LCD monitor, brightness adjustable
Resize mode Images resizable to 320x240 or 160x120 resizing image area selectable, JPEG file format
Erase Erase one image or erase all images.
Power source 3.7v 780mAh lithium ion battery, dedicated AC adapter
Display languages Japanese, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese
Interface DC (dedicated AC adapter), USB (mini B)
Dimensions 3.93" (W) x 2.46" (H) x .59" (D)mm (not including protruding parts)
Weight About 4.58 ounces (not including battery and memory card)
Operating temp: 32 ~ 113 degrees F
Outfit Contents Body, Leather case, PC connection cable (USB cable), video cable, lithium-ion battery pack, AC adapter, hand strap, SD memory card (16MB), CD-ROM






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