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Contax launch two digital cameras in time for Christmas

Contax launch two digital cameras in time for Christmas - Both offer three frames per second shooting

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Contax launch two digital cameras in time for ChristmasFor those that demand style as well as performance from their digital camera then Contax has two new answers. The Contax U4R and Contax i4R cameras prove that beauty isnt always skin deep. No expense has been spared to create the Ferraris of the consumer digital camera market. Both 4 megapixel cameras use the ultrasharp Carl Zeiss lens to deliver stunning photographic images which can be taken at an unrivalled three frames per second. Both cameras also contain a 256Mb high speed card

Contax has a reputation for delivering beautiful cameras that take beautiful images. The latest additions dont disappoint and contain stunning design features including brushed magnesium and aluminium bodies, hand tanned leather finishing and sumptuous curves. Contax cameras are the perfect Christmas gift for those that appreciate the finer things in life.

The Contax U4R is a 4 megapixel camera and features the popular swivel lens design which allows photos to be taken from any angle. The brushed magnesium body with a hand-tanned leather finish (in black, indigo and camel) ensures that the camera not only looks great, but is well protected from scratching and wear and tear.

Contax launch two digital cameras in time for ChristmasThe Contax i4R is the first model to launch in the i range. The i4R is a slim and sexy camera whose straight lines and brushed aluminium body will have you begging for more. Lightweight enough to carry in a pocket or handbag, the camera uses an innovative slide mechanism which turns the camera on and also protects the LCD display. The i4R is available in black, silver and black to compliment any outfit.

What really sets these cameras apart from the crowded shelves is their RTUNE* double processor, which no other manufacturer currently offers. The RTUNE processor ensures that all images are processed incredibly quickly and avoids the frustrating delays between taking pictures that are common in all other digital cameras. The processor allows high speed continuous shooting at high resolution at up to three frames per second. You will never miss a shot again.

Both cameras feature Carl Zeiss lenses which are acknowledged as the finest available. This provides images which are incredibly sharp and ensures that the cameras good looks are more than matched by the images that they produce. The combination of the Carl Zeiss lens with the internal CCD chip ensures that all images offer reduced noise and high fidelity colour rendition.

The Contax U4R is one of the slimmest digital cameras on the market to feature a 3 x optical and 6 x digital zoom that can be used on the 130,000 pixel, 2 inch LDC display. The camera offers eight automatic programmes which include: action, low-light and portrait photography. For those more experienced photographers there are a wealth of features that can be used to deliver the perfect photograph.

The Contax i4r is incredibly easy to use for a camera that produces such wonderful pictures. The newly developed control system enables intuitive and fast handling of all the main setting options. The i4r offers eight imaging programmes and five preset white balance modes to ensure mages can be perfectly adjusted to the light conditions. The camera features a 3 x optical and 6 x digital zoom facility and all images can be previewed using the 1.5 inch LCD display.

Both cameras include a USB docking station which can be used to charge the cameras and also provide a link into a PC, TV and printer. Playing back still images and video footage is easy and fun. Both cameras support USB 2.0 for high speed data transfer and are PictBridge compatible. If connected to a PictBridge compatible printer, then images can be printed directly to without first downloading to a computer.

Specifications:

1. Contax i4R:

Camera

Contax i4R

Type

digital camera with record, playback and delete modes

Effective pixels

4 megapixels

Pickup device

1/2.5" CCD with 4,19 million pixels gross

Image dimensions in pixels (stills):

2272x1704, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480

Image dimensions in pixels (video):

640x480, 320x240

Video frame rate

30 fps, 15 fps., unlimited, depending on size of recording media

Recording format

JPEG (Exif 2.2), DCF standard, supports DPOF

Lens

Carl Zeiss Tessar T* with 4 elements in 3 groups with aspheric elements and special optical glasses

Focal length

6.5mm (corresp to 39mm in 35mm format)

Lens speed

F/2.8

Digital zoom

up to 6x (13 steps)

Focusing control

automatic (video AF)

Focusing range (from lens front surface)

approx 0.6 - ∞, Macro approx 0.05m 0.6m

Shutter speeds

CCD controlled electronic programme shutter (1/2000 1sec)

Exposure

programme AE, exposure compensation, ISO: auto, 50 400 (4 steps)

Continuous mode

3fps (without AF), 1.4fps (with AF) in highest quality, unlimited exposures, depending on size of recording media

White balance

auto and manual (options: bright sunlight, tungsten, cloudy, neon light, presettings)

Focusing control

video feedback autofocus

Focusing modes

Multi AF (9 points) or Spot AF

Features

Monitor

1.5" TFT LCD monitor, 130,000 pixels

Programmes

1. sports, 2. portrait, 3. nightportrait, 4. sunset, 5. twilight, 6. night, 7. black and white, 8. sepia

Flash/flash range

built-in/0.6m to 1.8m

Flash modes

full auto, full auto with red-eye reduction preflash, daylight fill-in flash, flash off

Interfaces/docking station

USB 2.0, video/audio, AC

Recording media

SD cards, MM cards

Sound recording

30 seconds per image, WAV format

Power source

3.7v / 760mAh

Dimensions

94x38.5x21mm (wxhxd)

Weight

90g (excluding battery and recording media)

Accessories (supplied)

Lithium-ion battery

X

AC adapter

X

USB cable

X

Video cable

X

Hand strap

X

Camera case

X

Docking station

X

2. Contax U4R:

Camera

Contax U4R

Type

digital camera with record, playback and delete modes

Effective pixels

4 megapixels

Pickup device

1/2.7" CCD with 4,23 million pixels

Image dimensions in pixels (stills

2272x1704, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480

Image dimensions in pixels (video)

640x480, 320x240

Video frame rate

30 fps, 15 fps

Length of video clips

unlimited, depending on size of recording media

Recording format

JPEG (Exif 2.2), DCF standard, supports DPOF

Lens

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 3x zoom with 6 elements in 6 groups with aspheric elements and special optical glasses

Focal length

5.8mm 17.4mm (corresp to 38 115mm in 35mm format)

Lens speed

F/2.8 4.7

Digital zoom

up to 6x (15 seps)

Focusing control

automatic (video AF)

Focusing range (from lens front surface

approx 0.6 - ∞ (total zoom range) Macro: approx 0.2m 0.6m (wideangle)

Shutter speeds

1/2000 1sec, 2sec, 4sec

Exposure

programme AE, exposure compensation, ISO: auto, 50 400 (4 steps)

Continuous mode

3.3fps (without AF), 2fps (with AF) in highest quality, unlimited exposures, depending on size of recording media

White balance

auto and manual (options: bright sunlight, tungsten, cloudy, neon light, presetting)

Focusing control

video feedback autofocus

Focusing modes

Multi AF (9 points) or Spot AF

Features

Monitor

2" TFT LCD monitor, 130,000 pixels

Programmes

1. sports, 2. portrait, 3. nightportrait, 4. sunset, 5. twilight, 6. night, 7. black and white, 8. sepia

Flash/flash range

built-in/0.6m to 3m (wide) 1.8m (tele)

Flash modes

full auto, full auto with red-eye reduction preflash, daylight fill-in flash, flash off

Interfaces

USB 2.0, video/audio, AC

Recording media

SD cards, MM cards

Sound recording

up to 30 seconds per image, WAV format

Power source

3.7v / 110mAh

Dimensions

102x63.5x19mm (wxhxd)

Weight

140g (excluding battery and recording media)

Accessories (supplied)

Lithium-ion battery

X

AC adapter

X

USB cable

X

Video cable

X

Hand strap

X

Filter adapter 28mm

X

Camera case

X

Docking station

X

*About RTUNE
RTUNE starts very early in the imaging process and through efficient color management reduces the amount of data to be processed by the camera. White balance, so crucial for a natural color rendition, starts directly behind the pickup device and not, as is normal with other models, in the digital section. The result is a considerable reduction in noise. Additionally, RTUNE prevents the so-called "cross talk" effect, in which neighboring ones can distort the signal of a pixel. This results in fewer digital artifacts and an increased purity of color. Because the subsequent digitalizing of the signal means less computing time for the elimination of aberrations, another source of interference with color reproduction is reduced. The RTUNE processor works with 16 bits and so achieves an extremely differentiated, practically continuously variable conversion of grays and colors. By executing many complex image-processing algorithms, the RTUNE processor accelerates the computing speed and makes the customary intermediate storage of images superfluous. Because the image files are built up more efficiently thanks to RTUNE and contain less superfluous interference, the JPEG files finally saved turn out much smaller. Correspondingly more images fit onto every costly memory card.

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