DPReview tries out Kyocera's FineCam S3!|
(Thursday, July 26, 2001 - 12:16 EDT)
Phil Askey delivers decision on diminutive digicam...
Our friends at the Digital Photography Review website have now posted their full review of Kyocera's FineCam S3, a camera we reviewed ourselves a few weeks ago. Phil didn't seem too impressed, with a brief summary of his conclusion text noting a number of things he didn't like about the camera:
"Unfortunately I end this review feeling a little let down by this tiny digital camera. There's so much to like, but those things are overshadowed by the problems. Battery life was, to put it bluntly, pathetic. Auto focus was good as long as you had good light and a contrasty subject, but on several occasions I shot out of focus images when I would have expected the camera to be able to lock. Start up time is slow ... up close most images look soft and lacking in detail. Lastly there's the price, with a street prices of $650 it's on the expensive side. All in all a camera that will appeal to the gadget buyer who's turned on by the camera's diminutive proportions, however, this photographer would have to give the Kyocera Finecam S3 a miss." For more on this, and numerous sample images, read Phil's full review. Then get a second opinion from our own review of the camera. You can also find more in reviews from the Digital Camera Resource Page and Steve's Digicams. Note that Steve reviewed was a preproduction model and hence may differ significantly from the final versions described in in the more recent reviews. It is also worth noting that Konica's KD-300Z and Maxell's ZD3 appear to be identical to the FineCam S3 with the exception of some styling differences, so all of these reviews should apply pretty much equally to these cameras.
Digital Photography Review website