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KYOCERA (Yashica)

Press Release - September 22, 2002




Kyocera Announces World’S Smallest 5 Megapixel Digital Camera

New Finecam S5 and 3.2-Megapixel Finecam S3L Digital Cameras Join the Kyocera Line


Kyocera Finecam S5


Somerset, NJ – Kyocera Optics, Inc., a leader in digital camera technology, announces two new additions to its family of digital cameras, the Kyocera Finecam S5, the world’s smallest 5-megapixel digital camera, and the Kyocera Finecam S3L. No bigger than a credit card and weighing only 5.8 ounces, these sleek, silver-finished cameras are packed with features and easy to use.

"These two new exciting products now extend our Finecam family of digital cameras, offering consumers a choice from very affordable to pro-sumer,” explained Ben La Marca, President of Kyocera Optics, Inc. “Both cameras offer an array of new and improved features including a technologically improved LCD monitor, longer battery life and voice message capability.”

The Finecam S5 is a high-precision, high-performance digital camera with 5-megapixels for superior image quality. A 3x optical zoom lens covers the focal length from 7.3mm to 21.9mm and is equivalent to a 35mm to 105mm zoom in 35mm format. This 3x optical zoom coupled with the 4x digital zoom achieves a maximum 12x zoom, perfect for shooting landscapes and distant subjects. The 3.2-megapixel Finecam S3L offers 3x optical zoom and 2x digital zoom for a maximum of 6x zoom.

According to Lee R. Middleton, Director of Marketing of Kyocera Optics, Inc., “A fantastic improvement to Kyocera’s digital cameras is the enhanced new “Day Fine’ 1.6” TFT color LCD monitor, which makes it easier than ever to view images while outdoors, in very bright conditions.”

Kyocera has pioneered a new technology for the monitor called the “Day Fine” LCD display. Utilizing Dual Backlight design, light passes through the LCD and is absorbed through a special optical film and then reflected back through an exclusive Wave Guide Filter. This increases the brilliance and contrast of the LCD even under the brightest outdoor conditions.

A new Lithium-ion battery with an increased capacity of 1000 mAh and power saving function extend battery life on both cameras to approximately 180 minutes of continuous playback time. The new resizing function allows for quick and easy downsizing of any images that are too large. The number of recordable images has also increased to 160 images, (full battery charge, 50% of images captured with flash).

The AVI movie mode on both cameras now gives users 120 seconds to make movies with sound. The video images can easily be replayed on the camera's LCD, computer monitor or home television. Another great feature new to the S5 and S3L is the voice message recording capability. A recorded message, up to 30 seconds, can be attached to each image with this very exciting feature, making it simple to remember when and where your picture was taken.

Both cameras offer multi-shooting modes. The macro mode allows the camera to focus as close to 4.8 inches to the object. Five flash modes handle all lighting situations: auto flash, red-eye reduction auto flash, fill-in flash, flash-off or nighttime portrait. Other mode choices include: landscape, color (color, sepia, b/w), white balance (auto, preset, daylight, tungsten, cloudy, fluorescent), sharpness and chroma. Exposure compensation is also adjustable.

A customized start-up screen is just one more sophisticated feature found on both the S5 and S3L digital cameras. Similar to a desktop, the user can view their favorite image when the camera is first turned on.

Both the Finecam S3L and S5 feature Epson’s revolutionary new PRINT Image Matching (PIM) technology, enabling it to work perfectly with the newest generation of EPSON Stylus Photo printers. With PRINT Image Matching, critical image specific parameters for printing are recorded by the camera and saved in each image data file. PRINT Image Matching-enabled Epson Stylus Photo printers use this information to ensure that they accurately reproduce the image created by the camera.

Kyocera’s new Finecams use Secure Digital (SD) or Multi Media Cards (MMC) for memory, commonly used with PDA's and Kyocera Smart Phones. Images are downloaded to any PC via the included USB cable. Both cameras come with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and ArcSoft’s Pixela Software. An optional Quick Time battery charger and custom fitted Leatherette case are also available.

The retail price for the Kyocera Finecam S5 is $599.95; the retail price for the Kyocera Finecam S3L is $399.95.

For a listing of authorized dealers, visit us at www.yashica.com.

About Kyocera Optics, Inc.

Kyocera Optics Inc., markets a complete line of digital and film based photographic equipment and accessories including consumer/pro-sumer digital cameras and 35mm auto focus zoom cameras. The company also maintains the exclusive license to incorporate the World renowned Carl Zeiss T* Vario Tessar lens in the new Kyocera/Yashica T4 Zoom camera.

About Kyocera Corporation:

Kyocera Optics, Inc., is owned by Kyocera International, Inc., the holding company for seven wholly owned Kyocera subsidiaries headquartered throughout North America.

Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), the group’s global parent, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, the company has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. Kyocera Corporation recorded consolidated sales of $7.78 billion for the year ended March 31, 2002. On July 15, Kyocera was ranked #25 in Japan, and #272 in the world, on BusinessWeek magazine’s annual "Global 1000” listing of the world’s most highly valued publicly held companies.

For more information, visit us at www.kyocera.com.




FineCam S5 Specifications

Type:
Digital still camera with record, playback, and erase modes.
Recording media:

SD Memory Card, Multi-Media Card (MMC)

Image format:

Complies with JPEG standard (Exif Ver2.2), DCF standard (Notes1), supports DPOF.

Effective pixels:
5.0 Mega-pixels
Pickup Device:
1.8” square-pixel interlace readout system CCD with 3,340,000 gross pixels.
Image dimensions in pixels (still image):
2048x1536
1600x1200
1280x960
640x480
Image dimensions in pixels (motion image):
320x240
160x120
Image quality:
F (Fine), N (Normal).
Lens:
KYOCERA 3x Zoom Lens (7 elements in 6 groups)
7.3-21.9mm (approx. focal length in 35mm format, 35-105mm)
F2.8-4.8
Digital Zoom:
x1.3, x1.6 and x2 (3 steps).
Focusing control:
Video feedback auto-focusing and manual focusing.
Focusing range
(measured from front lens surface) :
About 0.55m ~ infinity (all focal lengths),
Macro Mode: approx. 12cm ~ 55cm (all focal lengths),
From CCD surface, approx. 0.6m ~ infinity,
Macro mode: approx. 17cm ~ 60cm
 
Exposure control:
CCD electronic shutter and programmed electronic shutter
with independent aperture control (1 sec-1/2000 sec, 2 sec, 4 sec, 8 sec).
Metering Method:
CCD Multi-area evaluation, center-weighted and spot metering . 
AE Range:
LV6 ~ LV16.
Exposure compensation:
+2.0EV ~ 2.0EV (1/3EV steps.
Shutter:
CCD electronic shutter and programmed electronic shutter with independent aperture control (1sec-1/2000sec, 2sec,4sec,8sec).
White Balance:

Color Mode:

Automatic, Manual (Preset, Bright sun, Cloudy, Incandescent and Fluorescent light)
Color, B/W, Sepia.
Sharpness:

+3 ~ -1 (5 steps).

Finder:
True image zoom viewfinder.
Flash
Effective range
Recycling time:
Built-in flash, Pop-up type
Approx. 0.6 ~ 2.5m (wide), approx. 0.6 ~ 2m (telephoto)
Approx. 8 sec. (full battery charge, at room temp., based on Kyocera testing standards).
Flash mode:
1: Auto flash 2: Red-eye reduction auto flash
3: Fill-in flash 4: Flash off 5: Night time portrai .
Focus mode:
1: Wide AF area, 2: Spot AF area 3: Manual focus
4: Macro mode 5: Infinity mode .
Movie recording mode:
File format: AVI. Movie with available sound recording.
Recording time:
Up to 30 seconds in 320x240 resolution. Up to 120 seconds in 160x120 resolution
Playback by PC: Recommended use with QuickTime 4.1 or higher (Windows or Macintosh) .
Other shooting modes:
Long time exposure mode (OFF, 2sec, 4sec, and 8sec selectable), ISO Mode (Standard, ISO 100, 200, and 400 selectable), Self timer Mode (2sec or 10 sec. selectable),
Manual Focus setting(7 steps),
REC review On/Off selectable,
Digital Zoom On/Off selectable .
LCD monitor:
Built-in 1.6” 85,000-pixel TFT color LCD monitor (354x240pixels)
Bright viewing even under bright sunlight
LCD Brightness adjustable
.
LCD monitor display (camera mode):
+Remaining battery capacity, recording mode settings, number of images, size of image, image quality, exposure compensation, color/white balance mode, sharpness, chroma and focus frame.
Playback Mode:
Multiple image display (6 images), voice memo recording (in still image), protect, rotate, slides how, resize image, close-up playback (x2), movie playback, DPOF setting.
Voice memo recording:
Max. 30sec record and playback per image.
File format: wave .
Resize image:
Resizing original image to 320x240 or 160x120.
Resizing area selectable,
File format: jpeg .
Erase:
Erase one image or erase all images.
Set up mode:
LCD brightness adjust, Date setting, Date imprint setting, Memory card format, auto power off time setting, Mode lock, Shutter sound/Button sound setting, Language selectable (J, E, D, F, S), NTSC or PAL selectable, File number reset, default reset, LCD color bar color setting and Opening display on power up.
Video output mode:
NTSC/PAL composite video signal selectable, mono-sound output
Imput/output connector:
Video output connector (3.5mm mini-jack), external power input connector and USB connector (mini-B).
Power
Number of images recordable
Continuous playback time:
3.6V Lithium ion battery pack 1000mAh, dedicated AC adapter,
approx. 160 images (full battery charge, 50% images captured with flash, using Lithium ion battery BP-1000S, 2560x1920, Fine image quality, using LCD monitor)
approx. 180 min.
Dimensions:
92(W)x57.5(H)x33(D)mm (not including protruding parts).
Weight:
Approx.165g (not including memory card or battery pack).
Ambient operating temp:
0 ~ 45 degrees centigrade.



FineCam S3L Specifications

Type:
Digital still camera with record, playback, and erase modes.
Recording media:

SD Memory Card, Multi-Media Card (MMC)

Image format:

Complies with JPEG standard (Exif Ver2.2), DCF standard (Notes1), supports DPOF.

Effective pixels:
3.2 Mega-pixels
Pickup Device:
1.8” square-pixel interlace readout system CCD with 3,340,000 gross pixels.
Image dimensions in pixels (still image):
2048x1536
1600x1200
1280x960
640x480
Image dimensions in pixels (motion image):
320x240
160x120
Image quality:
F (Fine), N (Normal).
Lens:
KYOCERA 3x Zoom Lens (7 elements in 6 groups)
7.3-21.9mm (approx. focal length in 35mm format, 35-105mm)
F2.8-4.8
Digital Zoom:
x1.3, x1.6 and x2 (3 steps).
Focusing control:
Video feedback auto-focusing and manual focusing.
Focusing range
(measured from front lens surface) :
About 0.55m ~ infinity (all focal lengths),
Macro Mode: approx. 12cm ~ 55cm (all focal lengths),
From CCD surface, approx. 0.6m ~ infinity,
Macro mode: approx. 17cm ~ 60cm
 
Exposure control:
CCD electronic shutter and programmed electronic shutter
with independent aperture control (1 sec-1/2000 sec, 2 sec, 4 sec, 8 sec).
Metering Method:
CCD Multi-area evaluation, center-weighted and spot metering . 
AE Range:
LV6 ~ LV16.
Exposure compensation:
+2.0EV ~ 2.0EV (1/3EV steps.
Shutter:
CCD electronic shutter and programmed electronic shutter with independent aperture control (1sec-1/2000sec, 2sec,4sec,8sec).
White Balance:

Color Mode:

Automatic, Manual (Preset, Bright sun, Cloudy, Incandescent and Fluorescent light)
Color, B/W, Sepia.
Sharpness:

+3 ~ -1 (5 steps).

Finder:
True image zoom viewfinder.
Flash
Effective range
Recycling time:
Built-in flash, Pop-up type
Approx. 0.6 ~ 2.5m (wide), approx. 0.6 ~ 2m (telephoto)
Approx. 8 sec. (full battery charge, at room temp., based on Kyocera testing standards).
Flash mode:
1: Auto flash 2: Red-eye reduction auto flash
3: Fill-in flash 4: Flash off 5: Night time portrai .
Focus mode:
1: Wide AF area, 2: Spot AF area 3: Manual focus
4: Macro mode 5: Infinity mode .
Movie recording mode:
File format: AVI. Movie with available sound recording.
Recording time:
Up to 30 seconds in 320x240 resolution. Up to 120 seconds in 160x120 resolution
Playback by PC: Recommended use with QuickTime 4.1 or higher (Windows or Macintosh) .
Other shooting modes:
Long time exposure mode (OFF, 2sec, 4sec, and 8sec selectable), ISO Mode (Standard, ISO 100, 200, and 400 selectable), Self timer Mode (2sec or 10 sec. selectable),
Manual Focus setting(7 steps),
REC review On/Off selectable,
Digital Zoom On/Off selectable .
LCD monitor:
Built-in 1.6” 85,000-pixel TFT color LCD monitor (354x240pixels)
Bright viewing even under bright sunlight
LCD Brightness adjustable
.
LCD monitor display (camera mode):
+Remaining battery capacity, recording mode settings, number of images, size of image, image quality, exposure compensation, color/white balance mode, sharpness, chroma and focus frame.
Playback Mode:
Multiple image display (6 images), voice memo recording (in still image), protect, rotate, slides how, resize image, close-up playback (x2), movie playback, DPOF setting.
Voice memo recording:
Max. 30sec record and playback per image.
File format: wave .
Resize image:
Resizing original image to 320x240 or 160x120.
Resizing area selectable,
File format: jpeg .
Erase:
Erase one image or erase all images.
Set up mode:
LCD brightness adjust, Date setting, Date imprint setting, Memory card format, auto power off time setting, Mode lock, Shutter sound/Button sound setting, Language selectable (J, E, D, F, S), NTSC or PAL selectable, File number reset, default reset, LCD color bar color setting and Opening display on power up.
Video output mode:
NTSC/PAL composite video signal selectable, mono-sound output
Imput/output connector:
Video output connector (3.5mm mini-jack), external power input connector and USB connector (mini-B).
Power
Number of images recordable
Continuous playback time:
3.6V Lithium ion battery pack 1000mAh, dedicated AC adapter,
approx. 160 images (full battery charge, 50% images captured with flash,using Lithium ion battery BP-1000S, 2048x1536, Fine image quality, using LCD monitor)
approx. 180 min.
Dimensions:
92(W)x57.5(H)x33(D)mm (not including protruding parts).
Weight:
Approx.165g (not including memory card or battery pack).
Ambient operating temp:
0 ~ 45 degrees centigrade.




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