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Concord's Eye-Q 3X digital camera, front left quarter view. Courtesy of Concord Camera Corp. Concord Camera introduces 3x zoom digicam!
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, February 23, 2001 - 16:22 EST)

Concord shows 3x zoom digital camera with electronic viewfinder...

Concord camera had 4 digital cameras on show at PMA, three of them new. The first and perhaps most interesting is the Eye-Q 3X digital camera, a point-and-shoot style unit using an electronic viewfinder. The camera has a 300,000 pixel sensor but interpolates this up to a resolution of 1.2 megapixels... Concord calls the camera an SLR, which we'd have to dispute - whilst it does use the same lens for imaging and viewfinder, it does not use a reflex mirror and nor does it have the form factor people associate with an SLR - we'd call it an EVF camera ourselves. Unfortunately Concord's press release and website contradict each other somewhat on the specifications, the website saying that the camera can store up to 72 images and capture 300 images on one battery charge whilst the press release says the camera can store up to 81 images and take 200+ images on one battery charge. We've taken the lower numbers in both cases - full specifications are as follows:

Concord Eye-Q 3X
Concord's Eye-Q 3X digital camera, front left quarter view. Courtesy of Concord Camera Corp. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Model Number: Eye-Q 3X
Camera Format: Compact
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 300,000 pixel, type and size unknown. Interpolated to 1.2 megapixel.
Lens
Focal Length (actual): 6.5 - 18 mm (2.77x optical zoom)
Aperture Range: F2.8 - ???
Display
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Electronic Viewfinder type)
LCD Viewfinder: No (Electronic Viewfinder can be used for image playback)
Flash
Internal Flash: Yes
Image Storage
Flash Memory: Built in
Memory Included (MB): Capacity unknown, can store up to 72 images
More Information
Weight: 128 g
4.1 oz
Weight With Batteries? Unknown
Size: Dimensions unknown, less than 1in (25mm) thick
Notes & Features: Uses a DisplayTech Lightview QVGA Electronic Viewfinder for image capture and playback. Battery life claimed to be up to 200+ shots. USB connectivity.
 

Original Source Press Release:

Concord Introduces Eye-Q 3X State of the Art SLR Digital Camera

Orlando, Florida - February 11th, 2001 - Concord Camera introduced the Eye-Q 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera at the PMA Show earlier today in Orlando. It is the most unique Digital camera present at the show.

The many unique features of this digital camera put it in a class by itself. The Eye-Q 3X is a true SLR, 3X Auto Focus, 2.8 all glass Optical zoom lens and features an internal LCD display for instant picture viewing. The Eye-Q 3X contains an image storage capacity of up to 81 pictures and has an extended battery life that lasts up to 200+ shots. Its palm size compactness and ergo dynamic style makes it an attractive and affordable product.

"There is a growing market for value-priced digital cameras," said Urs W. Stampfli, Concord's Vice President and Director of Global Sales and Marketing. "Our commitment, as always, to the retailer, is to offer high-quality appealing products at competitive prices that meet the demand of today's consumer.

About Concord Camera Corp.

Concord Camera Corp. is a global developer, designer, manufacturer and marketer of high quality, low cost, digital, instand, Advanced Photo System (APS), 35mm and 110mm format cameras and 35mm, APS and instant format single-use cameras. Concord markets its cameras under the trade names CONCORD, KEYSTONE, LE CLIC, GOLDLINE, APEX and ARGUS. Today, Concord is one of the world's leaders in the single-use camera category, one of the fastst growing segments of the camera market, and the largest producer of single-use cameras in the world in private label, corporate, premium and original equipment manufacturer segments of the industry. The Company sells and markets its camera products worldwide through direct sales offices in the United States, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and France and through independent sales agents. The Company manufactures its products in its expansive, vertically integrated manufacturing facilities in the Peoples Republic of China, which includes a class 10,000 "clean room" digital technology manufacturing and assembly facility. Concord's fiscal year 2000 revenue was approximately $173 million.

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