Kyocera Finecam M410R Review

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Kyocera M410R

Review posted 6/22/2004

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The Finecam M410R is Kyocera's most advanced digital camera yet and is designed for those who demand the very best, especially when trying to capture sports or action images. The 4.0 Megapixel digital camera utilizes Kyocera's revolutionary RTUNE image processing for incredibly fast, continuous shooting at 3.3 frames per second. Photographers will love the compact (4.2" W x 2.9" H x 3.4" D) and lightweight M410R with its fast f/2.8 and powerful 10X optical zoom lens, integrated USB 2.0 for fast image transfers and the high-precision color Electronic Viewfinder.

Utilizing Kyocera's RTUNE Image Processing Technology, the M410R offers the world's fastest consecutive shooting of any 4.0 Megapixel digital camera. In combination with virtually non-existent shutter lag time of 0.07 second, it can capture images at an incredible, unlimited 3.3 frames per second (when used with an optional high-speed SD memory card). The M410R also offers the option of Continuous Auto Focus shooting at 2 frames per second. Even as the subject moves near or far from the camera, focus is adjusted on every image. You can fill a high speed SD memory card with continuous images and then review the images and select the ones you want to keep. And this all happens at the full 4 Megapixel resolution which allows users to create tack sharp 11" x 14" print enlargements.

The high resolution Kyocera 10X zoom lens is perfect for capturing fast action images, its long reach brings distant objects close, isolating the subject from its background. Now, you can capture your subject on the playing field in any sport without the distractions usually found. The focal length range of the lens is equivalent to 37~370mm on a 35mm SLR camera. The high-speed f/2.8~3.1 lens ensures fast shutter speeds to freeze action along with the shallow depth that helps isolate the subject. A 52mm filter adapter is supplied to accommodate tele and wide angle lenses as well as filters.

As an important factor for framing pictures, the Finecam M410R is equipped with an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with 300,000 high precision pixels for a true representation of your captured image. Now the photographer has the ability to see an accurate color representation with incredible detail of their framed image in "real time". The Finecam M410R incorporates a 1.5" DayFine LCD Monitor that is easy to see in the brightest of sunlight conditions. In addition to the conventional back light system, DayFine TFT (Thin Film Transistor) 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 M410R offers a vast array of very flexible functions such as preset scene modes to suit any type of shooting conditions, voice memo feature that makes it possible to record a voice message with an image, and movie mode with sound that can be recorded in VGA or QVGA resolution at 15 or 30 frames/sec. until the memory card is full. Five flash modes are available (Auto flash, Red-eye reduction auto flash, Red-eye reduction fill-in flash, Fill-in flash, Flash off), three color modes (Color, sepia, B/W), six white balance modes (Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Preset), five sharpness settings (+3, +2, +1, standard, -1), two chroma settings (standard, +, -) and exposure compensation (+2.0EV ~ -2.0EV) is also available.

Integrated USB 2.0 allows faster-than-ever image and movie transfers between the camera and your PC or printer. This new specification is up to 10 times faster than USB 1.0. The incorporation of "PictBridge" Photo Printing allows direct photo printing right from the camera without using your PC. PictBridge is the new communication standard for sending images direct to your PictBridge capable printer via the USB port. Quantities and sizes are selectable on the camera for transmission to the printer.

Finecam M410R Features:

  • 4-megapixel effective CCD image sensor
  • Image sizes: 2272x1704, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480
  • 10X Super Zoom (37-370mm) all-glass F2.8 lens
  • Lens adapter for 52mm filters is included
  • 300,000 pixel Eye level electronic viewfinder
  • 1.5" color Dayfine LCD, transreflective TFT monitor
  • Small, compact and lightweight
  • Built in flash (auto, red-eye, forced, slow-sync and off)
  • AVI Movies at 640x480 pixels, 15 or 30fps w/audio, length limited only by memory
  • Program Auto, Aperture priority, Shutter priority and 4 scene modes
  • High Speed 3.3 frames per second capture at full resolution
  • ISO sensitivity of Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800
  • User-adjustable color, contrast and sharpness
  • Video output with user-selectable NTSC or PAL format
  • Secure Digital (SD) card storage, 16MB included
  • High-speed USB 2.0 port for Windows and Macintosh
  • PictBridge direct-print compatible
  • Powered by four AA type batteries

The Kyocera Finecam M410R is shipped with the highly rated Adobe Photoshop Album software, The street price Is $499.99.

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Kyocera M410R

Kyocera M410R

Kyocera M410R

Kyocera M410R

Kyocera M410R

Kyocera M410R

Kyocera M410R

Kyocera M410R and a standard CD disc for size comparison.

Kyocera M410R

10X zoom / 4 Megapixel duo: Kyocera M410R and the Olympus C-765UZ.

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Kyocera M410R Specifications

CCD Sensor 4.0 megapixels effective, 4.23 megapixels gross 1/2.7" square-pixel interlace readout system CCD
Image Sizes 2272 x 1704
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
Image Quality Fine, Normal
Lens Kyocera 10x zoom lens, 5.7 - 57mm, f/2.8 - 3.1
11 elements in 9 groups
(35mm camera equivalent to approximately 37 - 370mm)

Lens adapter included for 52mm filters and lenses

Auto-Focus Video feedback auto focus (Wide/Spot selectable)
Auto-Focus Range Wide: 23" - infinity (0.6 m - infinity), Tele: 6.6' - infinity (2.0 m - infinity)

Macro wide: 4" - 23" (0.1 m - 0.6 m), Macro tele: 35" - 79" (0.9 m - 2.0 m)

File Format EXIF 2.2 JPEG, DCF (Design rule for Camera File system)
High Speed Continuous Up to 3.3 frames per second at full resolution (2 fps with continuous AF) Continuous until card is full when using optional high-speed memory card
Shutter CCD electronic shutter, Programmed electronic shutter with independent aperture control
Exposure Control Program auto, Aperture priority, Shutter priority: 1/2000 sec. - 1 sec., f/2.8 - f/3.1 Long time: 2, 4 or 8 seconds, f/2.8 - f/3.1
Aperture f/2.8 - f/8.0 (at wide-angle lens position)
Exposure Correction +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Metering CCD multi-area evaluation, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Range: LV6 - LV16
White Balance Automatic, Fixed mode (Preset, Daylight, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent)
Scene Modes Sports, Portrait, Night view, Night portrait
Sensitivity Automatic, 100, 200, 400, 800 (ISO equivalent)
Color Modes Color, Sepia, Black and white
Image Adjustment Sharpness -1 to +3, Chroma -/0/+, Contrast -/0/+
Movie Mode 30 or 15 fps, 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 AVI movie with or without sound, continuous until card is full (when using optional high-speed memory)
Built-in Flash Range: Wide: 23" - 14.4' (0.6 m - 4.4 m), Tele: 35" - 13.1' (0.9 m - 4.0 m)
Modes: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in with red-eye reduction (in long time and shutter priority modes), Off
Video Interface Provides NTSC and PAL video output signal
Playback Options Single image, Multiple image, Protect, Erase (single, multiple, all), Rotate, Slide show, Movie
Microphone Built-in
LCD Monitor Built-in 1.5" 110,000-pixel TFT color LCD DayFine™ monitor with dual backlight and adjustable brightness
Interface Options LCD brightness, Shutter and operational sounds, Startup screen selection, Language (English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Chinese)
Storage Media Secure Digital 8MB to 512MB, ships with 16MB
Eye level Viewfinder Liquid crystal viewfinder, 300,000-pixel equivalent with dioptric adjustment
Self Timer 10 or 2 seconds
Tripod Mount Built-In
Data Interface USB 2.0 compatible with USB 1.1
Power Type: Accepts four AA sized batteries (alkaline, lithium or NiMH)
Life: Up to 100 frames with alkaline batteries.

Optional AC adapter.

Operating Environment 32º - 113ºF (0º - 45ºC) without condensation
Dimensions and Weight Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.2" x 2.9" x 3.4" (107 x 73 x 86.5 mm)
Weight without batteries: 10.9 oz. (310 g)
System Requirements Windows (98/2000/ME/XP) and Apple Macintosh (OS 9.0, OS 10.1.3-10.1.5, 10.2) operating systems

Specifications as represented by the manufacturer

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