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Contax' Tvs digital camera. Used by permission of LetsGoDigital.nl, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Contax's new Tvs digital at Photokina
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 23:17 EDT)

Regular readers may remember a brief news item we posted near the end of August, noting that Kyocera Germany had detailed plans to show a new digital camera under its Contax brand-name at Photokina.

Details at the time were (no doubt, deliberately) vague, but it was described as a "5 Megapixel [camera] for ... semiprofessional use". Our friends at LetsGoDigital.nl have now seen the camera in person, and posted a news item including views of the camera from several angles. Meanwhile, we now have specifications for the camera. The Tvs digital features a 1/1.8" 5.25 megapixel CCD imager coupled with a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 3x optical zoom lens, with a maximum image size of 2560 x 1920 pixels. There's also a 1.6" LCD display, USB and video out connectivity, movie recording capabilities and a range of manual features. Full specs courtesy of Contax follow:

Contax Tvs Digital
Contax' Tvs digital camera. Courtesy of Contax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
Type Digital still camera with record, playback, and erase modes
Recording Media Image Format: SD Memory Card, Multi-Media Card (MMC)/Complies with JPEG standard (Exif2.2), DCF Standard, supports DPOF
Effective Pixels: 5.0 mega-pixels
Pickup Device: 1/1.8”square-pixels interlace readout system CCD with 5.25 mega-pixels gross
Pixels (still image): 2560 x 1920 / 1600 x 1200 / 1280 x 960 / 640 x 480
Pixels (movie): 320 x 240 / 160 x 120
Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 7.3 mm – 21.9 mm F 2.8-4.8 6 elements in 6 groups (35 mm camera equivalent about 35mm – 105 mm)
WIDE F2.8 / F3.3 / F4.0 / F4.7 / F5.6 / F6.7
TELE F4.8 / F5.6 / 6.7
Digital Zoom: x1.3 / x1.6 / x2 / x3 / x4
Focusing Control: Video feedback auto-focusing and manual focusing
Focusing Range:
AF: 0.6m - infinity; MF: 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 1, 1.5, 2,5m, infinity
Macro (wide): 0.15–0.6m; Macrowide
Exposure Control: Program AE, aperture-priority AE, LT (Long Time) mode
Metering modes: CCD multi-area evaluation metering, center-weighted metering, and spot metering.
Automatic exposure range: LV 3 - LV 16.5
Exposure compensation:
+2.0 EV - –2.0 EV (1/3EV step ,can be set to1/2 EV step in C.) ABC (Automatic Bracketing Control
±0.3 EV / ±0.5 EV / ±1.0 EV
CCD electronic shutter and programmed electronic shutter with independent aperture control, 1 - 1/2000 sec
LT mode 1 sec / 2 sec / 4 sec / 8 sec
White Balance: Auto, Day light, Tungsten lamp, Cloudy weather, Fluorescent light, Preset
Color mode: Color, B/W, Sepia
Sharpness: +3 to -1 (5 steps)
Chroma: +, 0, - (3 steps)
Exposure sensitivity: Auto and Manual setting
Finder: Real-image zoom view finder
Optical Finder: Field of view approx. 83 %, magnification 0.35–0.99, diopter adjust -3 to +1 diopter
LCD monitor: 1.6”, 84960 pixels TFT Color LCD monitor (354 x 240 dots)
Flash: Built-in Flash, Light-compensation –1 to +1
Flash modes: auto-flash, auto red-eye-reduction flash, no flash, fill-in flash, night portrait flash
AF modes: Wide AF, Spot AF
Movie mode: File format: AVI file, sound record on/off
Recording resolution: 320x240, 160x120
Recording period: 30sec / session (320 x 240), 120sec / session (160 x 120)
Playback with PC: QuickTime 4.1 or above(Windows/Macintosh)
Function (still image):

Self-timer/remote release, AF mode, metering mode, ABC

C Menu: drive(s, c), LT mode, flash-light compensation, Color mode, Image Resolution, Image Quality, WB bracketing, Sharpness
D Menu: Chroma
Function (movie):

Self-timer/remote release, AF mode, Sound record on/off

C Menu: Color mode
D Menu: Movie Resolution
LCD Monitor: Flash mode, WB, metering mode, focus mark, drive(C ), pixels, quality, number of images recordable, exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, exposure sensitivity, Sharpness, Chroma, digital zoom, self-timer / remote release, macro, MF, AFL, ABC, WB bracketing, battery mark ,date
Display Panel: Flash mode, macro, drive mode(c), number of images recordable, MF, AFL, exposure compensation indicator, LT, battery mark
Playback mode: multiple image display, after record, protect, erase, all erase, resizing, slide show, DPOF setting, Close up image playback, Thumbnail Playback, Histogram display
After record: 30sec / still image file format .wav
Resizing: 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 file format .jpg
Delete: Single frame erase, Total frame erase
SET UP mode:

Flash default/ABC/AFL hold time, AE lock by AFL button, exposure comp. Hold time, exposure comp. step, LCD monitor

SET UP C: brightness, date, date imprint, format, auto-off time (power save), digital zoom, beep tone, shutter tone, select color, opening
SET UP D: display image, auto REC review, language, .le number reset, mode reset
Video output mode: NTSC / PAL composite video signal selectable
Input / output: Video output connector, External power input connector, USB connector (mini-B)
Power: 3.7V lithium ion battery pack (1500 mAh) / dedicated AC adapter
Outer material: Titanium
Dimension: 112(W) x 60(H) x 33(D) mm (not including protruding parts)
Weight: Approx. 210 g (without battery pack and memory card)
Operating temperature: 0–45° under the dry conditions
Option: Remote release (CONTAX REMOTE CONTROL)
More Photos
Contax' Tvs digital camera. Used by permission of LetsGoDigital.nl, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.

Our thanks to LetsGoDigital for providing us with an image of the camera. Be sure to visit their news item for more on this new Contax!

Source: Contax

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