Kyocera Finecam M410R Review
Features and Controls
The Finecam M410R features a Kyocera 10x zoom lens (37-370mm equivalent in 35mm
photography), it is all-glass and composed of 11 elements in 9 groups. The lens does not
extend and retract like other super-zooms, it is always as seen above. The aperture range
is f2.8 - f8.0 (Wide) and f3.1 - f8.0 (Tele).
The M410R employs a robust autofocus system that uses video feedback
detection to determine its focus range. The default mode is a Wide area AF
with a user-selectable spot AF option. The focusing range of the lens is;
Wide: 23" - infinity (0.6 m - infinity), Tele: 6.6' - infinity (2.0 m - infinity)
and Macro wide: 4" - 23" (0.1 m - 0.6 m), Macro tele: 35" - 79" (0.9 m - 2.0 m).
Kyocera supplies this metal lens adapter that allows the easy attachment of
add-on lenses and filters with 52mm threads. The lens cap fits the camera
with or without the adapter installed. I suggest you buy a 52mm clear or UV filter and
leave it on all the time to protect your expensive lens.
The eyelevel viewfinder is a 300,000-pixel high-resolution color EVF (Electronic
Viewfinder) with full camera and exposure information displayed. It may be used for
preview, recording, and menu operations the same as the large color LCD on the back. It
features a dioptric adjustment.
The manual popup flash has Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in with red
eye reduction (in long time and shutter priority modes) and Off modes of operation.
The working range is Wide: 23" - 14.4' (0.6 m - 4.4 m), Tele: 35" - 13.1' (0.9 m - 4.0 m).
On the back is a 1.5-inch color transreflective TFT LCD monitor.
Next to the EVF is the manual flash popup button. The EVF/LCD button controls which
display is active. The +/- button calls up the onscreen Exposure Compensation menu.
The zoom lens buttons are easily actuated with your right thumb, in play mode the zoom
button magnifies the image and the wide button shrinks it.
The MENU button calls
up the onscreen menus, the center button accepts menu selections, and
in record mode is a quick shortcut to playback mode.
The 4-way selector
is used to navigate the menus, change camera settings, and navigate through
images in playback mode.
In record mode you press "Up" to change flash mode or press "Down" to enable macro or
landscape focus mode.
The Display button located at
the bottom controls the amount of information shown on the LCD or EVF.
On top is the shutter release, power button and Mode Dial with positions for Setup, Play,
Record, Continuous Record, Scene, EXT. (record mode with lots of options) and Movie
The I/O ports are on the side:
USB 2.0 port for image downloads to the host computer
DC IN for optional AC power supply
Video Out for connection to TV. Video format is user selectable for NTSC
The M410R stores images on SD (Secure Digital or MMC) cards. The camera ships with a 16MB
SD card and is compatible with any capacity SD card.
To take advantage of the camera's robust continuous or 30fps VGA movie recording
capabilities you need to use a fast SD card such as the high performance
Sandisk Ultra II 256MB shown here.
Kyocera did not specify the file sizes but my testing showed the following
average file sizes:
4MP 2272 x 1704 - 1.4MB / 914Kb
(the first size is Fine quality, second is Normal quality). JPEG images compress to
varying file sizes depending on the scene content in the image.
2MP 1600 x 1200 - 980Kb / 475Kb
1MP 1280 x 960 - 615Kb / 310Kb
VGA 640 x 480 - 165Kb / 95Kb
The camera is powered by four AA type batteries; alkaline, lithium or NiMH rechargeable
type may be used -- we strongly recommend the use of
NiMH rechargeables, they last longer, they're reusable and they'll save you money!
Kyocera claims a battery life of 100 frames with alkaline type -- you'll do much
better with high-capacity NiMH type.
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