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Contax's N Digital SLR digital camera. Copyright © 2002, Michael R. Tomkins, all rights reserved. Contax Japan posts, withdraws N Digital samples? (UPDATED)
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(Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 01:00 EDT)

First three sample images from the upcoming digital SLR go on display, but only for a short time...

Kyocera Japan has posted three sample images from its Contax N Digital SLR digital camera, our friends at the Digital Photography Review website report. The pictures are as follows:
  • Indoor architectural shot: Vario-Sonnar T* 17-35mm F2.8 lens; 1/4 second; f/2.8, ISO 50
  • Outdoor street scene: Vario-Sonnar T* 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 lens; 1/125 second; f/5.6, ISO 25
  • Still life: Makro-Sonnar T*100mm F2.8 lens; 1/15 second; f/2.8, ISO 25 , one outdoor street scene and a still life)
The photos were all saved as JPEG files ranging from 0.9 to 1.9MB in size, and obviously we don't know if they've been post-processed in any way or will accurately reflect final production-level results.

That said, it seems that this could be a bit academic - at the time of this writing all three sample images seem to have been removed and we're getting '404' errors when we try to load them. The thumbnail page still exists, but at this time doesn't link to any photos...

Watch this space, and please - if you notice that the images have been replaced then email us and let us know so we can update this news item!

UPDATED 2002-05-17 11:59ET: IR reader Vesa-Pekka Peräkylä from Finland emailed to let us know the images are back up. However, as he noted in his email to us they are no longer full-sized sample images. What is available now has been resized down from 2008 x 3008 pixels (6.04 megapixels) to 422 x 600 pixels (0.25 megapixel)... This unfortunately makes it pretty much impossible to judge sharpness, resolution, noise or anything other than color and perhaps the overall 'feel' of the pictures. That said, if you're interested in the N Digital, you may still want to take a look...

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