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Konica's KD-300Z digital camera. Courtesy of Konica. Konica KD-300Z specs and photos!
(Wednesday, May 30, 2001 - 19:12 EDT)

Latest Konica digicam looks almost identical to Kyocera's S3 - but who makes it?

We have now added Konica's just-announced Digital Revio KD-300Z digital camera to our database, and in the process of doing so noticed something rather interesting... The camera looks almost identical in both specifications and layout to Kyocera's Finecam S3, with the only differences we can see being cosmetic, and a slight difference in the weights listed by the manufacturers. The similarity is such that we feel fairly comfortable in thinking they're both the same camera - perhaps the weight difference accounted for by the cosmetic changes or an error in one of the spec sheets. The question that springs to mind is - who actually makes it? It could be that either Kyocera or Konica manufacture the camera themselves, or perhaps both companies have purchased the design from a third party company... If we find the answer, you'll hear it here. :)

The Konica Digital Revio KD-300Z will reach the Japanese market in July at a price of ¥88,000 (US$733), very close to the $750 price announced by Kyocera for there camera (the difference is likely from exchange rate variations). Specifications as announced by Konica for the camera are in the database, and can be compared to the Kyocera specs to fill in any gaps; highlights are as follows:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Konica Digital Revio KD-300Z
Konica's Digital  Revio KD-300Z digital camera, front view. Courtesy of Konica.
Model Number: KD-300Z
Camera Format: Ultra-compact
Price: Street ¥88,000 (US$733)
Date Available: July 2001
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.555" 3.34 megapixel RGBG CCD
Image Resolution: 2048x1536, 1024x768
Focal Length (effective): 38-76 mm (2x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 2x
Auto Focus: Yes (TTL Contrast Detect type)
Manual Focus: Yes
Normal Focus Range: 90 cm to Infinity; 36.7 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 6 - 90 cm; 2.4 - 36.7 in
Aperture Range: f/2.8 (wide) / f/3.5 (tele) - ???
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real image type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.5 inch, 110,000 pixel)
ISO Settings: Unlisted (Standard, 2x, 4x)
White Balance Settings: Auto, Sunny, Incandescent, Cloudy, Fluorescent
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 8 - 1/2000 second
Exp Adj Range: Unlisted
Metering Modes: Matrix, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes: Auto, Aperture priority
Self Timer (seconds): 2 or 10
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto w/ red-eye reduction, On, Off
Flash Range Description: 0.9 - 2.5 meters (wide) / 2.0 meters (tele)
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: MultiMediaCard, SD Card
Memory Included (MB): 16
File Formats: TIFF, JPEG, AVI (MotionJPEG)
More Information
Weight: 165 g; 5.8 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 87 x 55 x 30mm; 3.4 x 2.2 x 1.2in
Notes & Features: Bundled with 16MB MultiMediaCard, Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, AC adapter, video cable and hand strap. Lens has 7 elements in 6 groups. Maximum auto exposure is 1 second, exposure of 2, 4 and 8 seconds possible manually. Aperture priority mode allows selection of apertures F2.8 or F6.2. Camera looks to be identical to Kyocera's FineCam S3 but with slight cosmetic differences.
More Photos
Konica's Digital  Revio KD-300Z digital camera, front view. Courtesy of Konica.

Source: Konica Japan website

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