Rollei's rare d 30 flex - sample images!|
(Friday, August 10, 2001 - 14:17 EDT)
Interesting info on an uncommon SLR from Rollei...
A reader email directed us to the 'Inkmizer Group' website for info on a digital camera we've not mentioned in a long while on this news page. Rollei's 'd 30 flex' digital camera, originally announced at Photokina in September '98, was pretty high-spec for the time, with a die-cast aluminum SLR-style body, 3.5x optical zoom lens with a minimum aperture of f11, an unusual but rather clever flip-up flash design, RAW file format and a 30-bit color depth. PC connectivity options included SCSI, parallel and serial connectivity, and a Type-III PC Card storage slot was compatible with flash and hard-disk PC cards, CompactFlash cards including IBM's MicroDrive, SmartMedia cards, Iomega Clik! disks and Sony's MemoryStick.
There's really not a lot of info on the web regarding Rollei's camera, and a combination of early high pricing and launch delays hid the camera from the public eye whilst attention focused on what was probably its closest competitor of the day, Sony's Cyber-shot Pro DSC-D700. We can't actually remember ever having seen samples from the d 30 flex or a review anywhere until now... Inkmizer have posted 4 samples from the camera on their site, along with zip files containing unretouched 1280 x 1024 pixel versions, and seem rather impressed with the camera's image quality.
Unlike its competitors of the day, the d 30 flex is apparently still available, albeit extremely hard to find, at a price of around $1200. The resolution and connectivity may now be well out of date, but the camera does still boast some unusual features such as the wide range of media it accepts that current models don't have...
For more including the official Rollei brochure for the camera, visit the Rollei Dflex 30 Digital SLR Camera Sample Image & Information page...
Rollei Dflex 30 Digital SLR Camera Sample Image & Information page