Maxell announces ZD3 digital camera!|
(Monday, June 18, 2001 - 18:06 EDT)
New digicam has Zero Halliburton styling and a limited production run...
Hitachi Maxell has today announced a new digital camera, according to our friends at digitalcamera.gr.jp. The Maxell ZD3 features styling by Utah-based luggage and protective case manufacturer Zero Halliburton, with the distinctive double-ridge near the top and bottom of the camera echoing the styling of Zero's cases. The ZD3 will be sold in Japan this October in a limited run of 10,000 units (each with a plaque on the front with their production run number), and of these 8,000 cameras will be available for reservation online from July 1st.
The Maxell ZD3 is, with the exception of styling differences, and the related slight variation in size/weight, identical to Kyocera's FineCam S3 and Konica's Digital Revio KD-300Z digital cameras. As noted last month when the KD-300Z digital camera was announced, we don't currently know who is actually making these digital cameras - they're obviously the same model in different housings, but the manufacturer could be Konica, Kyocera, Maxell's parent Hitachi or a third party who is selling the design to all three companies.
Pricing information for the Maxell ZD3 has not yet been announced. The camera is in our database for comparison with Konica and Kyocera's models; where specs aren't listed for one camera, it is likely that the specs listed for the others apply (but we don't like to just quote it as a fact without confirmation). Size and weight differences are likely to be due to the different chassis designs... Since the camera has effectively already been announced by two other companies, we're not going to list specs in this news item, however following is a (computer generated?) press image of the Maxell ZD3: