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Kyocera announce the launch of Contax N Digital SLR

Kyocera announce the launch of Contax N Digital SLR - This newly developed digital camera is based on the CONTAX N1 introduced last fall and is also equipped with such functions as Dual Focus mechanism, world's first 5-point Wide Array Diagonal Auto Focus System, Fine Focus ABC.

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This newly developed digital camera is based on the CONTAX N1 introduced last fall and is also equipped with such functions as Dual Focus mechanism, world's first 5-point Wide Array Diagonal Auto Focus System, Fine Focus ABC. This camera, combining dual focus mechanism and sophisticated digital SLR image technology, offers a high resolution and gradation equivalent to film based photography as well as instant digital capability. We believe this new system will fully meet a photographer's imagination and desire for creativity.

Main Specifications of CONTAX N DIGITAL
1. 6 Mega Pixels 35mm Format Full Size (36mm x 24mm)CCD 
Being the most important part of a digital camera, a 35mm format 6.29M pixels CCD has been employed. A  CCD for the full 35mm film format is a world's first. It enables highly advanced digital image recording to meet the renown of the name Contax as well as the Carl Zeiss T* lenses. As the angular field of the lenses is exactly equal to that of a 35mm camera, a photographer can shoot in exactly the same way he is used to from traditional film based photography. This model realises the Contax philosophy in the digital field and provides an excellent tool for photography.

2. Thin lowpass filter developed by Kyocera crystal technology
An optical lowpass filter is a non-colored crystallized filter which eliminates the specific space frequency in order to reduce false color which affects picture quality. Due to Kyocera's technology, this lowpass filter is only 1/6th as thick as traditional ones.

3. Various image recording modes
There are 5 image modes: the most popular JPEG (can select compression ratio in 3 ways), a non-compression mode, RGB-TIFF, and RAW mode, which makes image processing possible on a computer. Especially the RAW mode is important in the field of commercial photography. Connected to a laptop, it offers high speed shooting even outdoors.

4. Various white balance modes
In addition to 'Auto' adjustment by a built-in color detecting sensor, there are 'One Push Preset', which presets the white balance on a specific area of the subject and 'Custom', where one can choose a favorite color temperature manually. A photographer can choose any one of these white balance modes to meet a specific situation.

5.Recording media CF type I/II & Micro Drive
As an interchangeable recording medium Compact Flash has been employed, which is very popular and offers large capacities. The N digital can also be used with Micro Drive TYPE II by IBM to meet higher capacity demands.

6. High Speed DSP and IEEE1394(Firewire)
N DIGITAL is using high speed image processing. This makes real time processing and 3 frames per second possible. For interfacing with a computer, the reliable high speed IEEE1394 has been employed, which can transfer RAW data of 6.29M pixel to a computer in one second and cope with high speeds and large capacity of data processing.

7. LCD monitor for playback
The camera back is equipped with a  2.0' low temperature poly-silicon TFT color LCD combined with a Graphic User Interface (GUI), giving a  very clear picture. This is very effective for checking exposure, focusing and file information.

8. Shooting assist function
The LCD displays Shooting Assist Function visually in a histogram. It simultaneously displays exposure information stored on image file and other file information.

9. All basic function of CONTAX N1
N DIGITAL has all the basic functions of the CONTAX N1 launched last fall. A photographer can therefore concentrate on shooting, because the N DIGITAL can be handled in the same ways as the N1. The main functions of CONTAX N DIGITAL as well as N1 are as follows;
1) Dual Focus Function
2) 5 points Wide Array Diagonal Auto Focusing
3) Focus A.B.C.
4) High Speed Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/8,000 sec. and a  flash sync time of 1/200 sec.
5) TTL evaluative metering, center-weighted average metering, spot metering.
6) Auto flash function
7) Mount Adapter NAM-1 as an optional accessory for CONTAX 645 mount lenses
8) Custom Functions
9) Optional N1 & NX accessories

All the interchangeable lenses and accessories for the CONTAX N1 system can be used on the CONTAX N DIGITAL. In addition, CONTAX 645 lenses and accessories are available for use with the CONTAX N DIGITAL.

Pricing and availability
The planned UK launch for the N Digital is at FOCUS in the NEC 24th-27th Febuary, and we've been told the price is expected to be around 5999.
  
Contax N Digital Specifications

Type
35mm focal plane shutter AF/AE SLR digital camera
CCD Size 36 x 24mm
Imager Device 35mm format full-frame square pixel RGB primary color CCD
Effective Pixels 6.29 megapixels (3072 x 2048 pixels)
Recording Pixels 6.13 megapixels (3040 x 2016 pixels)
Recording format JPEG (compression ratio 1/4, 1/8, 1/16), RGB-TIFF, RAW12bit)(RAW data should be developed through image data processing with the dedicated software)
Recording Media CompactFlash card (type I, II), Microdrive (510MB, 1GB)
Provided File Size JPEG1 (1/4 compression) approx. 3MB
JPEG2 (1/8 compression) approx. 1.5MB
JPEG3 (1/16 compression) approx. 0.8MB
RGB-TIFF approx. 18MB
RAW approx. 9MB
White Balance Auto, fluorescent light, flash, one-push preset setting, color temperature setting (pre-defined value), Auto White Balance Measuring with internal sensor
Image regulation Tone curve, edge emphasis
LCD monitor 2.0 inches low temperature poly-silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 200k pixels
Playback Display Single image, 9 image index, playback zoom function, histogram view, bright view
Lens Mount Contax N Mount
Shutter Vertical-travel focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed Av, P : 32 sec. to 1/8000 sec
Tv, M : shutter dial setting 4 sec. to 1/8000 sec
Command dial setting 32 sec. to 1/8000 sec
B : Bulb, X : 1/125
Sync Settings TLA-X setting (1/250 sec. or slower), direct X setting sync-terminal
Self-timer Electronic type with 2 & 10 sec. delays
Shutter Release Electronic release with dedicated cable switch socket
Exposure Control Modes (1) Aperture priority auto (2) Shutter priority auto (3) Program auto (4) Manual exposure (5) TTL auto flash
Metering System Evaluative TTL, center-weighted average, spot (selectable)
Metering Range EV 0 to 21 (evaluative/ center-weighted metering)(ISO100, F1.4) EV 3 to 21 (spot metering ; based on 3mm diameter area in center of viewfinder)
ISO Range ISO 50 to 1600 equiv. (1/3 step) AE Lock EV at image plane stored in memory
Exposure Compensation +2 EV to -2 EV, in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps (selectable)
Exposure A.B.C. System Compensation : 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV or 1 EV steps
Dedicated Flash System TLA/TTL direct flash control
Flash Coupling Automatic shutter speed adjustment when Contax TLA flash unit is fully charged
Flash Auto-set Available for Contax TLA flash units with auto-set function
Second-curtain Sync. Available for Contax TLA flash units with second-curtain sync.
Focusing System TTL phase-difference detection (5-point)
Focus Modes Single AF, continuous AF (predictive) , manual. Fine Focus A.B.C. Automatic Focusing System (three steps)
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism (long eye-point) 95% field-of-view, 0.73x magnification (with 50mm standard lens at infinity -1 D diopter), fitted with eyepiece shutter
Diopter adjustment Internal mechanism, adjustable from -3D to +1D; FM type eye piece lenses (2 types) additionally available
Focusing Screen Fitted with full matte FX-2; interchangeable with two other FX-type screens
Drive Modes Single exposure, continuous exposure, selftimer (2 or 10 sec.)
Continuous shooting Speed Max. 3 frames per second in continuous (C) mode [with fresh battery at room temperature]
Max. Burst Shooting JPEG1 (1/4 compression) approx. 5 shots
JPEG2 (1/8 compression) approx. 8 shots
JPEG3 (1/16 compression) approx. 13 shots
RGB-TIFF approx. 3 shots
RAW approx. 3 shots
(Shooting speed should decrease after 3rd shots, complying the recording mode)
Accessory Shoe Direct X contact and dedicated TLA contacts
I/O Interface IEEE1394/Firewire
Power Source AA-type Ni-MH rechargeable battery x 4, AA-type alkaline primary battery x 4, AC power adapter
Battery Check Automatic, status indicated on display panel
Number of shots Approx. 500 shots or more (room temperature, JPEG 3)
Other Features Exposure check button, Depth-of-field preview button, AF auxiliary light, Camera customized functions, Digital function customized setting, Vertical shutter release button (with lock function), Focus target selector
Dimensions (W x H x D) 6 x 5-7/16 x 3-1/8 in. (152.0 x 138.0 x 79.5mm)
Mass (990g) w/o battery
Standard Accessory AA-type Ni-MH rechargeable battery x 4/Quick battery charger, AC power adapter, Strap, CCD parameter CDR

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