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KyoceraFinecam S3R digital camera incorporates ''RTUNE'' image processing system

KyoceraFinecam S3R digital camera incorporates ''RTUNE'' image processing system - digital camera and photography news


Announcing the Release of the KYOCERA Finecam S3R

(This document was translated from the Japanese press release.)

November 19, 2003
Kyocera Corporation (President: Yasuo Nishiguchi) has announced that the Kyocera Finecam S3R compact digital camera with 3.17 million effective pixels is to be released on December 2, 2003. The camera provides high-speed, full-memory consecutive shooting at approximately 3.1 frames per second, and features high image quality. This release augments the lineup of the KYOCERA Finecam series.

Finecam S3R (Silver)

Like the Kyocera Finecam S5R released last August and the Kyocera Finecam SL300R released last October, the Kyocera Finecam S3R incorporates the Company's proprietary image processing system, RTUNE, providing full-memory, consecutive shooting at approximately 3.1 frames/second and high image quality with fine gradations. The camera also features a full range of functions, such as a maximum 8.4x zoom (consisting of an optical 3x zoom lens and a digital 2.8x zoom) and a function for recording moving images in VGA size with audio. The new compact digital camera combines a high-speed drive that allows you to capture every photo opportunity and high-quality image reproduction.

Main features

1. The Image Processing System, RTUNE

High-speed, full-memory consecutive shooting
The Finecam S3R provides full-memory consecutive shooting at approximately 3.1 frames/second at a high pixel value. The liquid crystal monitor follows to display images in real time during consecutive shooting. If it is difficult to photograph the subject, such as children or pets with fleeting expressions or moving subjects at an athletics meet or in group photograph with a number of people, taking consecutive photographs enables you to select only the best shots afterward. Kyocera believes that this new photographic style is the great feature that digital cameras have over conventional cameras.
* Full-memory consecutive shooting means shooting successive images until the capacity of the memory card is reached. It is available when using an SD memory card with a transfer speed of at least 10 MB per second for high-speed recording. (The consecutive shooting speed differs depending on the shooting conditions, the camera settings and memory card status. Free capacity may remain in the memory card, depending on images to be photographed.)

Images with a fine array of gradations
The high-speed processor of the image processing system, RTUNE, consists of an analog front end and a digital processor. It first adjusts the RGB color balance of the analog data received in the CCD at the analog front end, and then converts it to a digital signal (A/D conversion).
The A/D conversion process provides 16-bit internal conversion of the data and sends it as 12-bit digital data to the next digital processor. The digital processor that receives the digital data produces the final image data and outputs it at high speed, creating low-noise digital data. By drastically reducing a wide range of noise generated in the digital images, it is possible to reproduce natural color and a fine array of gradations. To reproduce clear images, the image pickup device of the Finecam S3R uses a 1/1.8'' square pixel CCD with an original color filter, featuring 3,370,000 pixels in total.

2. A High-Resolution, Optical 3x Zoom Lens Providing a Maximum Zoom of 8.4x When Used with the 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 from a focal length of 7.3 mm (wide-angle) to 21.9 mm (telephoto). These focal lengths correspond to approximately 35 mm to 105 mm for 35-mm cameras.
The lens combines a compact size and high performance through the technologies developed by the optical manufacturer, using a special low-dispersion glass and four aspheric lenses. By combining with the digital 2.8x zoom that minimizes the deterioration of images, you can photograph at a maximum of 8.4x zoom. You can also use a digital zoom up to 8x when playing back images.

3. A Scene Mode that Can Create Photographic Settings Easily According to the Situation
The camera incorporates a scene mode that enables the camera to make the most suitable photographic setting according to the situation, based on six predefined settings. They are: Standard, Sport, Night View, Night View Portrait, Macro and Distant View. Each of the settings can be easily selected using the Scene button.

4. Close-Ups from a Minimum of Approximately 12 cm
Setting at macro mode by using the Scene button allows you to photograph the subject from a minimum of approximately 12 cm from the front of the lens (in all zoom ranges). In the telephoto mode, you can fill the image area with a subject measuring just approximately 3.4 cm x 4.5 cm, allowing you to enjoy a very high level of detail.

5. Continuous AF that Allows You to Seize the Moment and a High-Speed Drive that Does Not Let You Miss an Opportunity
The camera incorporates a continuous AF that follows a moving subject, so it keeps it in focus while the camera remains turned on and allows you to seize the moment. The shutter delay time has been improved to 0.07 seconds, which is as fast as that of general, conventional film-based single-lens reflex cameras.

6. A Moving Image Recording Function with VGA Audio, which Can Be Viewed on a TV
The camera enables you to easily shoot moving images with audio at 30 frames/second up to the maximum capacity of the memory card. The record file is in AVI format and you can play it back easily on the liquid crystal monitor of the camera, a television or a personal computer. (To play back your movies on a personal computer, it is necessary to install QuickTime 4.1 or later.) When it is connected to a television, you can view fine, smoothly moving images in VGA 30 frames per second on the entire television screen.
* Moving image shooting up to the full capacity of the memory card is available when using an SD memory card with a transfer speed of at least 10MB per second for high-speed recording. (The shooting time differs depending on the shooting conditions, the camera settings and memory card status.)

7. A Function for Setting a Customized Start Screen Consisting of Your Favorite Image
The camera incorporates a function for setting a customized start screen that allows you to set an image that you have photographed for start screen. The image appears whenever you turn on the power. So if you use a photo of yourself, your family or your pet, you can enjoy the digital camera in other ways than taking photos.

8. A Function to Resize Your Photos for Easy Handling
It is possible to reduce the size of an image to 320 x 240 pixels or 160 x 120 pixels after it has been taken, and store it so that it can be handled by a portable terminal such as a PDA or via e-mail. You can select the new size of the photos from three options, whole image, quarter area and one-sixteenth area. You select the size using the selection button provided in the shape of a cross.
Using this function in combination with a PDA that incorporates an SD memory card slot allows you to easily create an image size suitable for the liquid crystal screen of the PDA.
November 20, 2003
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