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Sanyo's DSC-R1 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sanyo announces new 1.3 mpix digicam!
(Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 13:46 EDT)

DSC-R1 has a couple of rather unusual features for an entry-level model...

Sanyo Japan has announced a new digital camera, the DSC-R1, our friends at Online Access Networks emailed to point out. The entry-level DSC-R1 features a fixed focal length lens and 1.36 megapixel CCD image sensor. There are a couple of things that set this camera apart though - one being the claimed battery life of up to 10,000 photos using a CR-V3 Lithium disposable battery. (Alkalines get a more modest 980 photos with LCD off, or 350 photos with LCD on).

Another unusual feature is the use of a frame-transfer CCD imager - something we've previously only seen on much more expensive cameras such as Pentax's EI-2000 and EI-3000. If you're not familiar with frame-transfer CCDs, they offer improved image quality because unlike a standard CCD which reads off the image row by row, a frame transfer CCD features a larger area into which it transfers the entire image off the sensor area in one go, allowing less time for charge to escape and the image to be adversely affected...

In Japan, the Sanyo DSC-R1 will ship in early November at a price of ¥33,000 (US$275). Full specifications for the camera are already in our database, and highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Sanyo DSC-R1
Sanyo's DSC-R1 digital camera in white, silver and pink body colors. Courtesy of Sanyo.
Model Number: DSC-R1
Camera Format: Compact
Price: ¥33,000 (US$275)
Date Available: November 2001
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 1.36 megapixel (1.25 megapixel effective)
Image Resolution: 1280x960, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): 38mm (Fixed focal length)
Digital Zoom: 4x
Normal Focus Range: 20 cm to Infinity; 8.2 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 20 cm to 50cm; 8.2 to 20.4 in
Aperture Range: f/2.8, f/5.6
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.5 inch, 110,000 pixel)
ISO Settings: Auto (20 - 100)
White Balance Settings: Auto
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 1/4 - 1/500 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 1.5EV in 1/2EV steps
Self Timer: 10 seconds
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Range Description: Unknown
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash Type-I and Built-In
Memory Included: 1MB (Built-In)
File Formats: JPEG, QuickTime (PhotoJPEG)
More Information
Weight: 180 g; 6.3 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 121 x 65 x 38mm; 4.8 x 2.6 x 1.5in
Notes & Features: Price estimate of US$275.61 based on conversion of Japanese announced price, 33,000. Monthly manufacturing output is 10,000 units.

Complies with PRINT Image Matching, Epson's color management technology.

Features built-in sliding 'barrier' type lens cover, which doubles as a power switch. Available in silver, white and pink body colors.

Claimed battery life is up to 10,000 images on one CR-V3 Lithium disposable battery (!) Battery life with Alkaline battery, 33% flash usage, and 32MB (kA-DSM-C32G) CompactFlash card is rated at 980 photos with LCD off, 350 photos with LCD on, or 5 1/2 hours of playback time.

Comes bundled with USB cable, CD-ROM, hand strap and 4 x Alkaline AA batteries.

Source: Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd.
Thanks to Jerry Sehl / oani.net for this item!

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