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Sanyo's DSC-AZ1 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo. Sanyo announces DSC-AZ1 digicam! (UPDATED)
(Thursday, September 27, 2001 - 16:06 EDT)

New model updates the existing DSC-MZ1 digital camera to 4 megapixels...

Sanyo Japan has followed up its announcement earlier today of the entry-level DSC-R1 digital camera with a second new digicam, our friends at Online Access Networks emailed to let us know. The DSC-AZ1 updates the existing 2 megapixel DSC-MZ1 model which was unveiled in June of this year to a 4 megapixel sensor. Other updates include a Spot AF mode, extended exposure compensation capabilities (1.8EV in 0.3EV steps, where the old model was 1.5EV in 0.5EV steps), 256-segment matrix and spot metering. The camera retains the interpolation feature of its elder sibling, but now has a choice of two interpolated resolutions, with the actual sensor resolution of 2288 x 1712 pixels interpolated at 1.6:1 or 2:1.

In Japan, the Sanyo DSC-R1 will ship in mid-November at a price of ¥99,800 (US$833). Full specifications for the camera are in our database, and highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Sanyo DSC-AZ1
Sanyo's DSC-AZ1 digital camera, front and rear views. Courtesy of Sanyo.
Model Number: DSC-AZ1
Camera Format: Compact
Price: ¥99,800 (US$833)
Date Available: November 2001
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 4.13 megapixel (3.95 megapixel effective)
Image Resolution: 2288x1712, 1600x1200, 640x480. Also has interpolated resolutions of 3264x2448, 2880x2160.
Focal Length (effective): 35 - 98mm (2.8x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 4x
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity; 20.4 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 10 cm to 50cm; 4.1 to 20.4 in
Aperture Range: f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele) - ???
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image Optical Zoom type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch, 110,000 pixel)
ISO Settings: Auto (100 - 400), 100, 200, 400
White Balance Settings: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual
Manual White Balance: Yes
Shutter Speeds: 16 - 1/1000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 1.8EV in 0.3EV steps
Self Timer: Unknown
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, On (Slow Synchro), Off, Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Range Description: Unknown
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash Type-I and Type-II, Microdrive
Memory Included: Unknown
File Formats: TIFF, JPEG, Mono WAV, QuickTime (PhotoJPEG) w/ audio
More Information
Weight: 230 g; 8.0 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 106 x 63 x 41mm; 4.2 x 2.5 x 1.6in
Notes & Features: Price estimate of US$833.69 based on conversion of Japanese price, 99,800. Monthly production in Japan is 7,000 units.

Complies with USB Mass Storage Class for driverless connectivity with recent operating systems. Complies with PRINT Image Matching, Epson's color management technology.

Has built-in speaker for audio playback. Minimum macro focusing distance of 10cm is at wide-angle; at telephoto the distance is 25cm.

'Best Shot Selection' mode captures 4 images and displays them on screen at once, allowing selection of which image to keep with the jog dial. Has auto exposure bracketing feature (7 images) Has user-selectable noise reduction mode. Jog dial can be used to cue through video clips at 20x speed. Images can be resized for emailing in-camera. Voice memo feature allows 4 seconds of audio with each image. Voice recorder feature allows audio clips of up to 15 minutes. Images can be rotated to correct orientation for TV display automatically. Comment function allows addition of text to images (Japanese version allows hiragana and katakana). In-camera slide show has user-selectable display time and transition effects.

Battery life with 33% flash usage and 32MB (kA-DSM-C32G) CompactFlash card rated at 640 images without LCD, 180 images with LCD, or 130 minutes playback.

Comes bundled with USB cable, Sanyo Software Pack 6.0 CD-ROM, video cable, hand strap, 2 x AA NiMH batteries and charger.

UPDATED 2001-09-27 16:16ET: Whoops! We'd accidentally left the price for the DSC-R1 in the table for the DSC-AZ1 above. We've now corrected this!
Source: Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd.
Thanks to Jerry Sehl / oani.net for this item!

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