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Kyocera's EZ Digital 1.3 digital camera. Courtesy of Kyocera Optics Inc. Kyocera announces entry-level digicam!
(Sunday, July 22, 2001 - 14:52 EDT)

EZ Digital 1.3 offers 1.3 megapixel resolution, 8MB memory, CF slot, LCD and USB connectivity - but what will the pricing be?

Kyocera has announced a new entry-level digital camera in a press release which slipped by us at the end of last month, our friends at LetsGoDigital.nl point out. Pricing and availability for the new camera have yet to be announced, and specifications are a bit sparse, but essentially the Kyocera EZ Digital 1.3 is a fixed focus, fixed focal length unit with 8MB of built in memory, and CompactFlash storage. The camera has a resolution of 1.3 megapixels, both real image optical and 1.8" LCD viewfinders, USB and video connectivity and a built-in flash.

Full specifications for the camera are in our database, and highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Kyocera EZ Digital 1.3
Kyocera's EZ Digital 1.3 digital camera. Courtesy  of Kyocera Optics Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: EZ Digital 1.3
Camera Format: Compact
Price: Unannounced
Date Available: Unannounced
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 1.30 megapixel CCD
Image Resolution: 1280x960, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): Unknown (actual focal length 5.5mm, fixed focal length)
Digital Zoom: 2x
Auto Focus: No (Fixed Focus)
Manual Focus: No
Normal Focus Range: Unknown
Macro Focus Range: 30 - 60 cm; 12.2 - 24.5 in
Aperture Range: f/2.8; f/8.0
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch)
ISO Settings: Unknown
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: Unknown
Exp Adj Range: +/- 1.8EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Unknown
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer: 10 seconds
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, On, Off
Flash Range Description: Unknown
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash, Built-in (8MB)
Memory Included (MB): 8
File Formats: JPEG (Exif 2.1)
More Information
Weight: 108 g; 3.8 oz
Weight With Batteries? Unknown
Size: 107 x 66 x 48mm; 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.9in
Notes & Features: Comes bundled with 4 AA batteries (type unspecified), USB cable and video cable. Records date and time on images, has auto shut-off capability. 24-bit color depth. 8MB bundled flash memory is internal; CompactFlash Type-I slot allows for memory expansion. Info LCD shows Flash/Image Quality/Battery Status/Number of images remaining.
More Photos
Kyocera's EZ Digital 1.3 digital camera, front  view. Courtesy of Kyocera Optics Inc. with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Kyocera's EZ Digital 1.3 digital camera, rear  view. Courtesy of Kyocera Optics Inc. with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Kyocera's EZ Digital 1.3 digital camera, top view.  Courtesy of Kyocera Optics Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Source: Kyocera Yashica website

Original Source Press Release:


SOMERSET, NJ - E-mailing photographs is the number one use of digital cameras around the world and the new, easy-to-use, Kyocera EZ Digital 1.3 makes doing so simpler than ever. The new camera from Kyocera, well known for its Contax and Yashica lines of cameras, comes complete with ArcSoft Instant e-mail software that makes emailing images a snap.

The EZ Digital 1.3 features multiple resolution modes that make it the perfect camera for creating and sending online images. The 640 X 480 mode is ideal for sending images via email. The image created in this mode is small enough to send quickly and will be universally accepted by computers around the world. The 1280 X 960-resolution mode on the EZ Digital 1.3 is perfect for printing superb 5" X 7" prints.

The 2X digital zoom and fast f2.8 lens ensure that users not only close in on the action they are photographing, but fully capture all of that action as well. The ability to shoot the smallest pictures in macro mode and the most distant in infinity mode, as well as being able to focus anywhere in between, means that photographers always get the best pictures possible. Composing photographs is equally simple using either the camera's 1.8" color LCD monitor or the real-time optical viewfinder.

The Kyocera EZ Digital 1.3 also offers a host of features that make it the only digital camera one will ever need, including:

  • Date and Time on each image
  • A real time clock
  • Auto or manual white balance
  • Stores images as industry standard jpeg files
  • Four Flash Modes (Auto flash, fill-in flash, flash off and red-eye reduction flash)
  • Auto shut off
The camera can also run under Windows 98, Windows 2000 or Mac OS 8.6 or higher. Included with the EZ Digital 1.3 are:
  • 8MB Internal memory
  • A USB Cable for quick and easy downloads
  • An NTSC Video Cable for real time video
  • Four "AA" batteries (Either NimH, Lithium-ion, or standard AA Alkaline)
For retail locations, consumers can visit the company's website at www.yashica.com. Kyocera Optics, Inc., a division of Kyocera Corporation, a world leader in Electronics and Communications Equipment, markets a complete line of high-end photographic equipment including medium format, SLR's, rangefinders and sophisticated compact zoom cameras. The company also maintains the exclusive license to distribute world renowned Carl Zeiss T* lenses for 35mm and Advanced Photo System cameras, and auto focus lenses for the medium format Contax 645.

Kyocera Corporation, the Japan-based parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, is a 42-year-old, multi-billion-dollar conglomerate. Kyocera's diverse product line includes Contax and Yashica cameras. Kyocera was founded in 1959 and has grown to employee more than 40,000 people worldwide. In 1996, 1997 and 1998, and 1999 Kyocera was named by Industry Week magazine as one of The World's 100 Best-Managed Companies.

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