Kyocera Finecam M410R Review

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Kyocera M410R

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 Finecam M410R

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.

Kyocera Finecam M410R

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.

Kyocera Finecam M410R

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).

Kyocera Finecam M410R

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.

Kyocera Finecam M410R

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 recording.

Kyocera Finecam M410R 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 or PAL.

Kyocera Finecam M410R

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
    2MP 1600 x 1200 - 980Kb / 475Kb
    1MP 1280 x 960 - 615Kb / 310Kb
    VGA 640 x 480 - 165Kb / 95Kb
(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.

Kyocera Finecam M410R

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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