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KYOCERA Announces World's Smallest 5-Megapixel Digital Camera

New Finecam S5 and 3.2-Megapixel Finecam S3L Digital Cameras Join the Kyocera Line

Somerset, NJ – Kyocera Optics, Inc., a leader in digital camera technology, announces two new additions to its family of digital cameras, the Kyocera Finecam S5, the world's smallest 5-megapixel digital camera, and the Kyocera Finecam S3L. No bigger than a credit card and weighing only 5.8 ounces, these sleek, silver-finished cameras are packed with features and easy to use.

"These two new exciting products now extend our Finecam family of digital cameras, offering consumers a choice from very affordable to pro-sumer," explained Ben

La Marca, President of Kyocera Optics, Inc. "Both cameras offer an array of new and improved features including a technologically improved LCD monitor, longer battery life and voice message capability."

The Finecam S5 is a high-precision, high-performance digital camera with 5-megapixels for superior image quality. A 3x optical zoom lens covers the focal length from 7.3mm to 21.9mm and is equivalent to a 35mm to 105mm zoom in 35mm format. This 3x optical zoom coupled with the 4x digital zoom achieves a maximum 12x zoom, perfect for shooting landscapes and distant subjects. The 3.2-megapixel Finecam S3L offers 3x optical zoom and 2x digital zoom for a maximum of 6x zoom.

According to Lee R. Middleton, Director of Marketing of Kyocera Optics, Inc., "A fantastic improvement to Kyocera's digital cameras is the enhanced new "Day Fine' 1.6" TFT color LCD monitor, which makes it easier than ever to view images while outdoors, in very bright conditions."

Kyocera has pioneered a new technology for the monitor called the "Day Fine" LCD display. Utilizing Dual Backlight design, light passes through the LCD and is absorbed through a special optical film and then reflected back through an exclusive Wave Guide Filter. This increases the brilliance and contrast of the LCD even under the brightest outdoor conditions.

A new Lithium-ion battery with an increased capacity of 1000 mAh and power saving function extend battery life on both cameras to approximately 180 minutes of continuous playback time. The new resizing function allows for quick and easy downsizing of any images that are too large. The number of recordable images has also increased to 160 images, (full battery charge, 50% of images captured with flash).

The AVI movie mode on both cameras now gives users 120 seconds to make movies with sound. The video images can easily be replayed on the camera's LCD, computer monitor or home television. Another great feature new to the S5 and S3L is the voice message recording capability. A recorded message, up to 30 seconds, can be attached to each image with this very exciting feature, making it simple to remember when and where your picture was taken.

Both cameras offer multi-shooting modes. The macro mode allows the camera to focus as close to 4.8 inches to the object. Five flash modes handle all lighting situations: auto flash, red-eye reduction auto flash, fill-in flash, flash-off or nighttime portrait. Other mode choices include: landscape, color (color, sepia, b/w), white balance (auto, preset, daylight, tungsten, cloudy, fluorescent), sharpness and chroma. Exposure compensation is also adjustable.

A customized start-up screen is just one more sophisticated feature found on both the S5 and S3L digital cameras. Similar to a desktop, the user can view their favorite image when the camera is first turned on.

Both the Finecam S3L and S5 feature Epson's revolutionary new PRINT Image Matching (PIM) technology, enabling it to work perfectly with the newest generation of EPSON Stylus Photo printers. With PRINT Image Matching, critical image specific parameters for printing are recorded by the camera and saved in each image data file. PRINT Image Matching-enabled Epson Stylus Photo printers use this information to ensure that they accurately reproduce the image created by the camera.

Kyocera's new Finecams use Secure Digital (SD) or Multi Media Cards (MMC) for memory, commonly used with PDA's and Kyocera Smart Phones. Images are downloaded to any PC via the included USB cable. Both cameras come with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and ArcSoft's Pixela Software. An optional Quick Time battery charger and custom fitted Leatherette case are also available.

The retail price for the Kyocera Finecam S5 is $599.95; the retail price for the Kyocera Finecam S3L is $399.95.

For a listing of authorized dealers, visit us at www.yashica.com.

About Kyocera Optics, Inc.

Kyocera Optics Inc., markets a complete line of digital and film based photographic equipment and accessories including consumer/pro-sumer digital cameras and 35mm auto focus zoom cameras. The company also maintains the exclusive license to incorporate the World renowned Carl Zeiss T* Vario Tessar lens in the new Kyocera/Yashica T4 Zoom camera.

About Kyocera Corporation:

Kyocera Optics, Inc., is owned by Kyocera International, Inc., the holding company for seven wholly owned Kyocera subsidiaries headquartered throughout North America.

Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), the group's global parent, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, the company has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. Kyocera Corporation recorded consolidated sales of $7.78 billion for the year ended March 31, 2002. On July 15, Kyocera was ranked #25 in Japan, and #272 in the world, on BusinessWeek magazine's annual "Global 1000" listing of the world's most highly valued publicly held companies.

For more information, visit us at www.kyocera.com.

Kyocera Finecam S5 Specifications*
Type Digital still camera with record, playback, and erase modes
Recording media SD Memory and Multi-Media (MMC) cards
Image format Complies with JPEG standard (Exif Ver2.2), DCF standard (Notes1), supports DPOF
Effective pixels 5.0 Mega-pixels
Pickup device 1/11/1.8" square-pixel interlace readout system CCD with 5,250,000 gross pixels
Image dimensions in pixels (still image) 2560x1920, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
Image dimensions in pixels (motion image) 320x240

160x120
Image quality F (Fine), N (Normal)

Lens
  • Focal length
  • F stops
  • Digital Zoom
KYOCERA 3x Zoom Lens (7 elements in 6 groups)
7.3-21.9mm (approx. focal length in 35mm format, 35-105mm)
F2.8-4.8
x1.3, x1.6, x2, x3, and x4, (5 steps)
Focusing control Video feedback auto-focusing and manual focusing
Focusing range

(measured from front lens surface)
About 0.55m ~ infinity (all focal lengths),

Macro Mode: approx. 12cm ~ 55cm (all focal lengths),

From CCD surface: approx. 0.6m ~ infinity,

Macro mode: approx. 17cm ~ 60cm
Exposure control
  • Control Method
  • Metering Method
  • AE Range
  • Exposure compensation
Automatic or manual setting to F2.8 or F9.6* (Note2)

Long shutter speeds settable to 2sec, 4sec or 8sec.

CCD Multi-area evaluation, center-weighted and spot metering

LV6 ~ LV16

+2.0EV ~ 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Shutter CCD electronic shutter and programmed electronic shutter with independent aperture control (1sec-1/2000sec, 2sec,4sec,8sec)
White Balance

Color Mode
Automatic, Manual (Preset, Bright sun, Cloudy, Incandescent and Fluorescent light)

Color, B/W, Sepia
Sharpness +3 ~ -1 (5 steps)
Chroma +, 0, - (3 steps)
Viewfinder True image zoom viewfinder
Flash
  • Effective range
  • Recycling time
Built-in flash, Pop-up type

Approx. 0.6 ~ 2.5m (wide), approx. 0.6 ~ 2m (telephoto)

Approx. 8 sec. (full battery charge, at room temp., based on Kyocera testing standards)
Flash mode 1: Auto flash 2: Red-eye reduction auto flash

3: Fill-in flash 4: Flash off 5: Night time portrait
Focus mode 1: Wide AF area, 2: Spot AF area 3: Manual focus

4: Macro mode 5: Infinity mode
Movie recording mode

File format: AVI Movie with available sound recording
Recording time Up to 30 seconds in 320x240 resolution. Up to 120 seconds in 160x120 resolution

Playback by PC: Recommended use with QuickTime 4.1 or higher (Windows or Macintosh)
Other shooting modes

Long time exposure mode (OFF, 2 sec, 4 sec, and 8 sec selectable), ISO Mode (Standard, ISO100, 200, and 400 selectable), Self timer Mode (2 sec or 10 sec selectable),

Manual Focus setting (7 steps),

REC review On/Off selectable,

Digital Zoom ON/OFF selectable
LCD monitor Built-in 1.6" 85,000-pixel TFT color LCD monitor (354x240pixels)

Bright viewing even under bright sunlight

LCD Brightness adjustable
LCD monitor display (Camera Mode) Remaining battery capacity, recording mode settings, number of images, size of image, image quality, exposure compensation, color/white balance mode, sharpness, chroma and focus frame
Playback mode Multiple image display (6 images), voice memo recording (in still image), protect, rotate, slide show, resize image, close-up playback (x2), movie playback, DPOF setting

Voice memo recording

Max. 30 sec record and playback per image File format: wave
Resize image Resizing original image to 320x240 or 160x120. Resizing area selectable,

File format: jpeg
Erase Erase one image or erase all images
Set up mode LCD brightness adjust, Date setting, Date imprint setting, Memory card format, auto power off time setting, Mode lock, Shutter sound/button sound setting, Language selectable (J, E, D, F, S), NTSC or PAL selectable, File number reset, default reset, LCD color bar color setting and Opening display on power up
Video output mode NTSC/PAL composite video signal selectable, mono-sound output
Imput/output connector

Video output connector(3.5mm mini-jack),external power input connector and USB connector (mini-B)

Power
  • Number of images recordable
  • Continuous playback time
3.6V Lithium-ion battery pack 1000mAh, dedicated AC adapter,

approx. 160 images (full battery charge, 50% of images captured with flash, using Lithium-ion battery BP-1000S, 2560x1920, normal image quality capture mode, using LCD monitor)

approx. 180 min.
Dimensions 3.6"(W)x2.3"(H)x1.3"(D) (not including protruding parts)
Weight Approx. 8.5 ounces (not including memory card or battery pack)
Ambient operating temp.

0 ~ 45 degrees centigrade


Kyocera Finecam S3L Specifications*
Type Digital still camera with record, play back, and erase modes.
Recording media SD Memory and Multi-Media (MMC) cards
Image format Complies with JPEG standard (Exif Ver2.2), DCF standard (Notes1), supports DPOF
Effective pixels 3.2 Mega-pixels
Pickup Device 1/ 1.8" square-pixel interlace readout system CCD with 3,340,000 gross pixels
Image dimensions in pixels (still image) 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
Image dimensions in pixels (motion image) 320x240

160x120
Image quality F (Fine), N (Normal)

Lens

Focal length

F stops

Digital Zoom

KYOCERA 3x Zoom Lens (7 elements in 6 groups)
7.3-21.9mm (approx. focal length in 35mm format, 35-105mm)
F2.8-4.8
x1.3, x1.6 and x2 (3 steps)
Focusing control Video feedback auto-focusing and manual focusing.
Focusing range

(measured from front lens surface)
About 0.55m ~ infinity (all focal lengths),

Macro Mode: approx. 12cm ~ 55cm (all focal lengths),

From CCD surface, approx. 0.6m ~ infinity,

Macro mode: approx. 17cm ~ 60cm
Exposure control
  • Control Method
  • Metering Method
  • AE Range
  • Exposure compensation
Automatic or manual setting to F2.8 or F9.6* (Note2).

Long shutter speed settable to 2sec, 4sec or 8sec.

CCD Multi-area evaluation, center-weighted and spot metering

LV6 ~ LV16

+2.0EV ~ 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Shutter CCD electronic shutter and programmed electronic shutter with independent aperture control (1sec-1/2000sec, 2sec,4sec,8sec)
White Balance

Color Mode
Automatic, Manual (Preset, Bright sun, Cloudy, Incandescent and Fluorescent light)

Color, B/W, Sepia
Sharpness +3 ~ -1 (5 steps)
Chroma +, 0, - (3 steps)
Finder True image zoom viewfinder
Flash
  • Effective range
  • Recycling time
Built-in flash, Pop-up type

Approx. 0.6 ~ 2.5m (wide), approx. 0.6 ~ 2m (telephoto)

Approx. 8 sec. (full battery charge, at room temp., based on Kyocera testing standards)
Flash mode 1: Auto flash 2: Red-eye reduction auto flash

3: Fill-in flash 4: Flash off 5: Night time portrait
Focus mode 1: Wide AF area, 2: Spot AF area 3: Manual focus

4: Macro mode 5: Infinity mode
Movie recording mode

File format: AVI. Movie with available sound recording
Recording time Up to 30 seconds in 320x240 resolution. Up to 120 seconds in 160x120 resolution

Playback by PC: Recommended use with QuickTime 4.1 or higher (Windows or Macintosh)
Other shooting mode

Long time exposure mode (OFF, 2sec, 4sec, and 8sec selectable), ISO Mode (Standard, ISO 100, 200, and 400 selectable), Self timer Mode (2sec or 10 sec. selectable), Manual Focus setting(7 steps), REC review On/Off selectable,

Digital Zoom On/Off selectable
LCD monitor Built-in 1.6" 85,000-pixel TFT color LCD monitor (354x240pixels)

Bright viewing even under bright sunlight

LCD Brightness adjustable
LCD monitor display (camera mode) Remaining battery capacity, recording mode settings, number of images, size of image, image quality, exposure compensation, color/white balance mode, sharpness, chroma and focus frame
Playback Mode Multiple image display (6 images), voice memo recording (in still image), protect, rotate, slides how, resize image, close-up playback (x2), movie playback, DPOF setting

Voice memo recording

Max. 30sec record and playback per image. File format: wave
Resize image Resizing original image to 320x240 or 160x120.

Resizing area selectable, File format: jpeg
Erase Erase one image or erase all images
Set up mode LCD brightness adjust, Date setting, Date imprint setting, Memory card format, auto power off time setting, Mode lock, Shutter sound/Button sound setting, Language selectable (J, E, D, F, S), NTSC or PAL selectable, File number reset, default reset, LCD color bar color setting and Opening display on power up
Video output mode NTSC/PAL composite video signal selectable, mono-sound output
Imput/output connector

Video output connector (3.5mm mini-jack), external power input connector and USB connector (mini-B)
Power
  • Number of images recordable
  • Continuous playback time
3.6V Lithium-ion battery pack 1000mAh, dedicated AC adapter,

approx. 160 images (full battery charge, 50% of images captured with flash, using Lithium-ion battery BP-1000S, 2048x1536, normal image quality capture mode, using LCD monitor)

approx. 180 min.
Dimensions 3.6"(W )x 2.3"(H)x 1.3"(D) (not including protruding parts)
Weight Approx. 8.5 ounces (not including memory card or battery pack)
Ambient operating temp.

0 ~ 45 degrees centigrade


*Specifications subject to change without prior notice


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