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The Kyocera  Finecam L30 enhanced shooting movies with MPEG4

The Kyocera  Finecam L30 enhanced shooting movies with MPEG4 - digital camera and photography news


Kyocera Corporation (President: Yasuo Nishiguchi) has announced the release of the Kyocera Finecam L30 compact digital camera in mid November 2003. The camera features an enhanced function for moving images through the use of the MPEG4 format for moving images. The camera also has 16 MB of built-in memory.

The MPEG4 file format enables moving image files to be compressed to a size significantly smaller than that used in conventional digital cameras. Using this format, the Kyocera Finecam L30 is now able to shoot moving image for a longer period than before. The camera also allows moving images to be shot consecutively until the capacity of the memory card is reached.
The camera body has 16 MB of built-in memory, enabling you to take photos without a memory card. Moreover, since the power source is compatible with AA alkaline batteries, you do not need to worry about running out of batteries as they can be readily purchased. The camera incorporates an optical 3x zoom lens and CCD, with an image pickup device of 3,170,000 effective pixels to provide a total of 3,340,000 pixels. Thanks to the use of image interpolation, the camera allows high-quality still images to be shot at equivalent to 5,000,000 pixels.

Product name KYOCERA Finecam L30
(* L30 model is available in Asia and Europe.)
Body color Silver
Scheduled release date Mid November, 2003
Standard price Price set by outlet
Sales target (total of domestic and overseas sales) 30,000 units/month
Standard set Body, PC cable with USB connection, video cable, two AA alkaline batteries, hand strap, CD-ROM containing driver software and image management software

Background to the development
According to the data released by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA), the total number of digital cameras shipped during fiscal 2003, including domestic shipments and those for export is expected to exceed 37,440,000 units, representing a 152.5 percent increase from the previous year. Kyocera's lineup of digital camera includes the Kyocera Finecam series with unique features, such as the Kyocera Finecam SL300R that features a function for shooting consecutive photos and a thin full-flat body design, and the Kyocera Finecam L4v that features a large liquid crystal monitor. We will soon expand the product line-up by releasing a compact digital camera in this series that allows you to take still images as well as moving images easily and clearly by enhancing the function for shooting moving images and incorporating a built-in memory.

Main Features of the Finecam L30
1. MPEG4 as a the Format for Moving Imags
MPEG4, the file format for moving images on the Kyocera Finecam L30, allows files to be compressed to a smaller size compared to the other moving image file formats, such as AVI or MPEG2, that are generally used with conventional digital cameras. When using a memory card of the same capacity, this feature allows you to shoot moving images for a longer time than before. For example, when the recording image size is 320 x 240 at 15 frames/second, use of the MPEG4 format allows you to shoot for approximately 4.8 times longer compared to the use of the AVI format on the conventional Kyocera models. The camera also allows moving images to be shot consecutively up to full capacity of the memory card.
There are two kinds of recording image sizes, 320 x 240 (set at 15 frames/second) and 160 x 120 (set at 30 frames/second). The video output terminal on the camera body enables you to play back images easily on a personal computer and camera body as well as using a TV.
* To play back your moving images on a personal computer, it is necessary to install QuickTime 6 or later.

2. 16 MB Built-In Memory
The camera has a 16 MB of built-in memory, enabling you to shoot without a memory card.
You can also use the built-in memory as emergency back-up memory when you use all of the memory in your memory card.

3. Image Interpolation that Provides High-Quality Photography Equivalent to 5,000,000 Pixels
The camera incorporates a CCD of 3,170,000 effective pixels, providing a total of 3,340,000 pixels and allowing you to shoot very high-resolution images. In the Superfine mode, you can take still images equivalent to 5,000,000 pixels using the image interpolation feature.

4. A Zoom of up to 9.6x through the Combination of a High-Resolution, Optical 3x Zoom Lens and a Digital Zoom
The camera incorporates a high-resolution optical 3x zoom lens, which provides a projected resolution of at least 200 lines/mm at the center of the image, covering a focal length of 5.8 mm (wide-angle) to 17.4mm (telephoto). These focal lengths correspond to approximately 38 mm to 115 mm using a 35mm film camera.
By combining the optical 3x zoom with the digital 3.2x zoom, you can shoot at a maximum zoom of 9.6x. You can also use a digital zoom of up to 4x when playing back images.

5. A Macro Mode that Enables Close-Ups at Approximately 20 cm and a Range of Other Modes
The camera incorporates a macro mode that allows you to photograph the subject from a minimum of approximately 20 cm from the front of the lens (when set at the limit of the Wide mode). In addition, the camera has a range of functions such as five flash modes, namely auto flash, auto flash for red -eye reduction, flash disabled, fill-in flash, night view portrait. The camera also has a distant view mode, color modes (color and monochrome) and a white balance that can be selected from automatic, sunlight, incandescent light, cloudy weather and fluorescent. Exposure compensation of +2.0 EV to -2.0 EV in 1/3 increments is also available.
October 18, 2003
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