Kyocera Finecam S3L Review

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Review posted 12/18/02

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The Finecam S3L is the 2002 upgrade of Kyocera's S3, one of the world's smallest high- quality 3.34 megapixel digital cameras. The same height and width of a credit card, the Finecam S3L shoots crisp, sharp images and is housed in a sleek and durable stainless steel body. The Finecam S3L utilizes the latest in digital technologies to capture still images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels and record 320 x 240 motion video sequences with audio that can be played back on the camera's LCD or any television set.

The upgrades include an all glass, 3X zoom lens (35-105mm equivalent in 35mm) with a 2X digital zoom option. A new "Day Fine" 1.6-inch TFT color LCD monitor which makes it easier to view images while outdoors in bright light. The display utilizes a dual backlight design that lets ambient light pass through and is then reflected back through a special filter. The lithium battery has an increased capacity of 1000mAh and along with the power saving function it extends battery life to approx. 180 minutes of playback time. Capture up to 160 still images on a full charge, using the flash 50% of the time. 320 x 240 movie recording time has been extended to 30 seconds (160 x 120 up to 120 secs.) and audio is now simultaneously recorded.

The Finecam S3L stores images, movies and audio on postage-stamp sized SD or MMC cards, the latest in digital storage technology. Still images are saved in Exif JPEG compressed format with one of two quality levels. 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 exposure options include: color (color, sepia, b/w), white balance (auto, preset, daylight, tungsten, cloudy, fluorescent), sharpness and chroma. Exposure compensation is also adjustable.

The Finecam S3L features Epson's revolutionary new PRINT Image Matching 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 Kyocera Finecam S3L 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.

Finecam S3L Features

  • Compact and durable stainless steel body
  • 3X optical zoom with 35-105mm equivalent coverage
  • Macro focus as close as 4.7" from the lens
  • 3-Megapixel CCD for images up to 2048 x 1536
  • 320 x 240 motion video with audio for up to 30 secs.
  • Shutter speeds 1 sec to 1/2000 automatic
  • Long shutter speeds of 2, 4 or 8 seconds
  • Multi-area, center-weighted and spot metering
  • Program AE or Aperture Priority (wide open or fully closed)
  • Wide area AF, Spot AF or Manual focusing
  • 1.6-inch "Day Fine" color LCD monitor
  • 5 Flash modes (Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill, Night Portrait or Off)
  • Color modes (Color, Sepia or Black & White)
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto or 120, 200 or 400 fixed
  • White Balance (Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Cloudy, Fluorescent, or Preset)
  • Audio and Video output (NTSC or PAL format)
  • High capacity 1000mAh lithium battery and charger
  • Epson PRINT Image Matching compatible

The Finecam S3L is available now with a street price of $399.

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Kyocera Finecam S3L

Kyocera Finecam S3L

Kyocera Finecam S3L

Kyocera Finecam S3L

Kyocera Finecam S3L

Kyocera Finecam S3L

Kyocera Finecam S3L

The Finecam S3L compared in size to a standard CD.

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Finecam S3L Specifications

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

SecureDigital (SD), MultiMedia Card (MMC)

Image format:

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

Effective pixels:
3.2 Megapixels
Pickup Device:
1.8" CCD with 3,340,000 gross pixels.
Still Image Sizes:
Movie Sizes:
Image quality:
Fine or Normal (JPEG compression).
KYOCERA 3x Zoom Lens (7 elements in 6 groups)
7.3-21.9mm (approx. focal length in 35mm format, 35-105mm)
Digital Zoom:
x1.3, x1.6 and x2 (3 steps).
Focusing control:
Video feedback auto-focusing and manual focusing.
Focusing range:
About 19.7 in (0.55m) ~ infinity,
Macro Mode: approx. 4.7 ~ 23.6 in (12cm ~ 55cm)
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)
CCD electronic shutter and programmed electronic shutter with independent aperture control (1s - 1/2000sec, 2s, 4s, 8s).
White Balance:
Automatic, Manual (Preset, Bright sun, Cloudy, Incandescent and Fluorescent light)
Color Mode:

Color, B/W, Sepia.

+3 ~ -1 (5 steps).

True image zoom viewfinder.
Effective range
Recycling time:
Built-in flash, Pop-up type
Approx. 2 ~ 8.2 ft (0.6 ~ 2.5m) Wide, approx. 2~ 6.5 ft (0.6 ~ 2m) Tele
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 portrait
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 sound recording.
Recording time:
Up to 30 seconds in 320x240 resolution
Up to 120 seconds in 160x120 resolution
Playback by PC: QuickTime 4.1 or higher (Windows or Macintosh) .
ISO Sensitivity:
Standard, ISO 120, 200, and 400 selectable)
Other shooting modes:
Long time exposure mode (OFF, 2sec, 4sec, and 8sec selectable)
Self timer Mode (2 or 10 sec. selectable),
Manual Focus setting (7 steps),
REC review On/Off selectable,
Digital Zoom On/Off selectable .
LCD monitor:
1.6" 85,000-pixel TFT "Day Fine" 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: Windows WAV
Resize image:
Resizing original image to 320x240 or 160x120.
Resizing area selectable,
File format: JPEG .
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:
Audio and Video output connector (3.5mm mini-stereo jack), external power input connector and USB connector (mini-B).
Battery Power
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). Continuous playback time approx. 180 min.
3.6(W) x 2.26(H) x 1.3(D) in.
92(W) x 57.5(H) x 33(D)mm (not including protruding parts).
Approx. 5.8oz / 165g (not including memory card or battery pack).
Ambient operating temp:
32 ~ 113°F (0 ~ 45°C)
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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