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The Sanyo DSC-AZ3: with  4 million-pixels and 3x zoom you'll never miss the right moment






The Sanyo DSC-AZ3: with  4 million-pixels and 3x zoom you'll never miss the right moment - digital camera and photography news

PRESS RELEASE


(System translated version from Japanese)

Digital camera DSC-AZ3 is put on the market.

The main features  

1.  Light operation is realized by high-speed starting and photography which does not miss a moment for a good picture.
- Starting about 1.7 seconds, about 2 second [ of shutter intervals ], and reproduction interval about 0.8 seconds ※1  
2.  A newly developed graphics processing LSI "Super Graphic Processor II" realizes a high-definition output.
- The number of the class maximum record pixels ※2 "PICT RAIZU 800" which を実現(ed)
- The "real color equalizer III" loading which can reflect color compensation of 色相, the degree of 彩, and brightness in the main part of a camera  
3.  USB DIRECT-PRINT correspondence which can be printed without using a personal computer ※3  
4.  The maximum about 200 minutes ※4 A "連写 function" function of nine continuation Carry by の "an animation clip with a sound", and the 4.0 mega pixel.


※1 A shutter interval and a reproduction interval are a still picture [2288]. At the time of [NORM] mode (4.0 mega pixel)
※2 An equivalent for an eight mega pixel (3264x2448 pixels) : in a 4.0 mega pixel noncommercial use digital camera
(2002. Investigation of 9.30 present our company)
※3 USB DIRECT-PRINT correspondence of the Seiko Epson, Inc. proposal
※4 Total time at the time of 160x120-pixel microdrive [ o'clock and 1GB ] use  

An inquiry and a data claim place  

Visitor
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. Multimedia company Record media operation division Visitor consultation staff
1-1, Sanyo-cho, Daito-shi, Osaka, 574-8534
TEL:072-870-4184

Report relation
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. Multimedia company Record media operation division DI sales department Three DI sale
(Charge : the back, Shiozaki, Nagase)
1-1, Sanyo-cho, Daito-shi, Osaka, 574-8534
TEL:072-870-6247 FAX:072-870-6390  

I. Circumstances of development  


The print of a digital camera picture becomes easier by maintenance of the digital print environment by the DPE shop etc., the spread of home printers, etc., and high-definition-izing to a digital camera and the demand of the improvement in affinity with a printer are increasing. Moreover, the camera which can be used more simply [ a highly minute model ] and lightly is called for.

SANYO Electric has developed the series which pursues the highly minute photograph quality of image and handling nature of camera original apart from the "animation digital camera" series which has the feature in the animation KUORI tea represented by DSC-MZ3 announced the other day.

even a SUKIRUDO user needs to use it for a broad layer by loading in the expert mode which can make full use of the basic mode which can photo a highly minute picture easily, and the substantial manual photography function, being satisfied from an entry user -- I put "DSC-AZ3" on the market as a る digital camera  

II. -- the main features  

(1)  Light operation is realized by "high-speed starting and photography" which does not miss a moment for a good picture.  

The optical [ 3 times as many as this ] zoom lens which is compatible in a feeling of resolving and high-speed operation is carried. It passes through starting time for about 1.7 seconds from about 4 conventional seconds (conventional ratio about 43%), and it accelerates ZUMINGU from a wide angle end to a looking-far end from about 3 conventional seconds to about 1 second. ※5 (Conventional ratio about 33%) . Moreover, shutter interval small about 2 seconds ※1 Light operation was realized by the の quick response.

※5 DSC-AZ1 comparison
※1 Still picture [2288] At the time of [NORM] mode (4.0 mega pixel)  

(2)  A newly developed graphics processing LSI "Super Graphic Processor II" realizes a high-definition output.  

"PICT RAIZU 800" is effective -- it is the technology which carries out pixel generation and records the picture photoed by 4 million pixels on real time by the original algorithm which made full use of the filter between [ of three ] pixel assistant This machine can record the still picture taken in by 2288x1712 pixels (4.0 mega pixel) by 2880x2160 pixels (6.2 mega pixel) or 3264x2448 pixels (8.0 mega pixel). The number of the class maximum record pixels ※2 The highly minute picture which を実現 demonstrates an effect at the time of expansion printing or trimming printing.

The "real color equalizer III" which becomes the first in a class is carried. This is rectifying individually "色相", the "degree of 彩", and "brightness" of the color of 12 points, and realizes color reappearance with more high accuracy. the effective color compensation united with the photography scene by setting a color tone compensation value as a camera using exclusive PC software -- further -- an arch -- an image expression broad to stick photography is offered

※2 In a 3264x2448 pixels : 4.0 mega pixel noncommercial use digital camera (2002. investigation of 9.30 present our company)  

(3)  USB DIRECT-PRINT correspondence which can be printed without using a personal computer ※3  

It corresponds to USB DIRECT-PRINT of the Seiko Epson, Inc. proposal for the first time in the industry. If a direct file is carried out by the USB cable, the picture photoed simply, without using a personal computer and exclusive software can be printed. The menu of a printer setup is displayed on the liquid crystal display monitor of DSC-AZ3, various items, such as printing number of sheets and a layout, are set up, and a printing start can be directed. Since it is operated by the monitor to which are used, a print can be enjoyed easily.

※3 USB DIRECT-PRINT correspondence of the Seiko Epson, Inc. proposal  



(4)  The maximum about 200 minutes ※4 "High-speed 連写" of nine continuation is realized by の "an animation clip with a sound", and the 4.0 mega pixel.  


Photography of an animation clip with a sound (320x240 pixels and 160x120 pixels) is possible. If 1GB microdrive is used, the animation photography for total about 200 minutes is possible. Moreover, since it is recorded in a high definition QuickTime Movie form, it is utilizable as an edit material in still picture logging and the personal computer from an animation clip.

Furthermore, nine-sheet 連写 was realized by the highly minute picture of a 4.0 mega pixel. A photograph can be missed and taken also at the best moment of the photographic subject which cannot predict a motion. Since it 連写 by the 2288x1712-pixel full size, the high picture of printing KUORITI is obtained.

※4 160x120 pixels, total time at the time of 1GB microdrive use  

The feature of III. and others  
 

-  The time which can be battery used is improved by new style lithium ion battery adoption and power-saving design.  


The main part of a camera carries the lithium ion battery of mass 1090mAh despite a compact. It unites with optimization of power management algorithm, and they are 1.5 times of the conventional model. ※6 The の電池 life was realized.

※6 It is DSC-AZ1 comparison at the time of CompactFlash use and still picture photography at the time of normal temperature.  



-  "Dual menu" loading which can be properly used in accordance with a photography person's skill  


The menu screen is preparing the 2 modes of BASIC and EXPERT. BASIC mode carries the "scene selection shot" which can enjoy camera photography easily. Only by choosing each mode of a sport, a night view, and a portrait, it is automatically set as the program AE suitable for each scene, and photography whose scene the entry user also suited can be performed simply. EXPERT mode carries a colorful manual setup for responding to an intention of a photography person. The color tone compensation by a white balance, an exposure control system, focal area, the light measurement system, ISO sensitivity, and the real color equalizer, exposure compensation, etc. are enabled.  



-  PC camera functional loading  


This machine is connected with a personal computer by the USB cable, and a real-time video chat can be enjoyed using Windows Messenger by which the bundle is carried out to Windows XP. (However, frame rate is influenced by the CPU performance of a personal computer.)  



-  Stainless steel alloy metal body & compact design  


The strong stainless steel alloy was used and body rigidity and textures were raised. Furthermore, though the mass battery and the CompactFlash TYPE II slot were equipped, the thin shape design with a depth of 32.5mm was realized.  



-  A colorful function is carried.  


-  Digital zoom: A maximum of 51 times as many digital zoom as this is possible at the time of a maximum of 4 times and reproduction at the time of photography.  
-  Macro photography: A close-up of can be approached and taken to 10cm of shortest.  
-  Best selection shot: 4 division displays of liking which can extract one sheet easily are possible at the time of four-sheet 連写.  
-  Automatic-exposure-bracket shot: 連写 which changed 0.3 EVs of exposure at a time is possible. It can carry out variable [ of the center value of exposure ].  
-  Picture resizing function: A still picture can be resized and saved in the size suitable for mail etc. (Resizing to 640x480 pixels or 320x240 pixels is possible in 3264x2448 pixels, 2888x2160 pixels, 2288x1712 pixels, and 1600x1200 pixels)  
-  Voice memorandum function: The sound for about 4 seconds is recordable by the time of photography, and postrecording per picture.  
-  Voice-recorder ability: Recording for a maximum of 7 minutes is made per one session in the function which records only a sound.  
-  Operation sound setting function: Starting/end of a camera, a shutter, and the sound effect at the time of key operation can be chosen.  
-  Power save setup: By each, automatic power-off time can be set up at the time of a battery / AC adapter drive.  
-  A slide show with the transition effect: The screen change effect and change time can be chosen.  
-  Microdrive correspondence: 1GB of large scale realizes leisurely photography.  
-  Character input function: A comment can be added to a picture [ finishing / photography ] in a hiragana, katakana, etc.  
-  Slow synchronization photography: It is convenient when photoing a night view and a person simultaneously. (at the time of night view mode)  




-  Personal computer connection kit enclosure  


It corresponds to a USB strike REJI class. CD-ROM in which "real color equalizer 3.0 on PC" etc. which creates and saves the color tone compensation data of a camera on an exclusive USB connection cable, and the picture and animation managed software "Ulead Photo Explorer 7.0 SE Platinum" which also newly carried the Video CD creation function, and a personal computer was mentioned is enclosed.  

-  Exif Print correspondence  


Exif Print ※7 By using a correspondence printer, the photography information recorded on the picture file of a digital camera is reflected in a printing output, and brightness, natural tone, etc. of a photography picture are expressed more faithfully.

※7   Exif Print is the pet name of "picture file format standard Exif Ver2.2 for digital cameras" enacted as an industry standard standard.
September 30, 2002
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