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Kyocera's Finecam S3 digital camera. Courtesy of Kyocera Kyocera officially announces Finecam S3!
(Wednesday, March 14, 2001 - 15:47 EST)

Japanese manufacturer distributes announcement on its latest digicam...

Kyocera has this week officially announced its Finecam S3 digital camera, which was first shown at PMA. We first told you about the S3 back on February 10th, when we posted full specifications and numerous images of the camera taken on the show floor at PMA 2001...

Kyocera's US announcement does bring two new details for our American readers - a US price and availability info. We previously based this info on the Japanese annoucement of the camera, but can now confirm that the Finecam S3 will ship in the US in April 2001 at a price of $699...

The full text of Kyocera's announcement follows; we also have a press image of the camera to add to the images we took ourselves at PMA:

Kyocera's Finecam S3 digital camera, front right quarter view. Courtesy of Kyocera - click for a bigger picture!

Source: Yahoo! Finance / PR Newswire

Original Source Press Release:

Kyocera Releases the World's Smallest 3.34 Megapixel Camera with 2X Optical Zoom Lens

SOMERSET, N.J., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Kyocera announces the Finecam S3 digital camera, the world's smallest high-quality 3.34 megapixel digital camera. The size of a credit card, the Kyocera Finecam S3 shoots incredibly crisp, sharp images in a sleek, state-of-the-art advanced digital device. The Finecam S3 utilizes the latest in digital technologies to captures images rivaling conventional 35mm film.

The 3.34 Megapixel CCD, the image capture element for the Finecam, works in conjunction with a high-resolution all glass, 2X zoom lens ensuring image quality that exceeds 200 line pairs per mm. The camera is equipped with a high quality Polysilicon TFT Color 1.5" LCD and offers a 35mm equivalent of 38-76mm. The lens itself is all glass and contains 3 aspheric elements offering the user the finest optical zoom available.

The Kyocera Finecam S3 records images on the postage-stamp sized 16MB MMC (MultiMedia) card, the latest in digital storage technology. The camera also comes with an SD/MMC USB reader, and the popular ArcSoft PhotoImpression(TM) 3.0 software, for easy-to-use photo editing and creative design on your PC. The Kyocera Finecam S3 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 S3 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.

The Kyocera Finecam S3 offers an array of automatic and user selectable manual shooting and flash modes, including:

  • Macro, which allows photography 3.5" from the lens
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual focusing
  • 4 Flash modes (Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in or Flash Off)
  • Color modes (Color, Sepia or Black & White)
  • White Balance (Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Cloudy, Fluorescent, or Pre-set)
  • Exposure compensation (+ - 2EV, 1/3 EV step increments)
The Kyocera Finecam S3 digital camera is made of a durable stainless steel body. An additional 2X digital zoom allows for a maximum magnification of 152mm. The Finecam S3 also includes a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery with AC Charger/Adapter.

The camera will be available in April 2001 with a street price of $699.

For retail locations, consumers can visit the company's website at http://www.yashica.com. Kyocera Optics, Inc., a division of Kyocera Corporation, a world leader in Electronics and Communications Equipment, markets a complete line of high-end photographic equipment including medium format, SLR's, rangefinders and sophisticated compact zoom cameras. The company also maintains the exclusive license to distribute world renowned Carl Zeiss T* lenses for 35mm and Advanced Photo System cameras, and auto focus lenses for the medium format Contax 645.

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