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KYOCERA Introduces Two New Digital Cameras Featuring World's Largest LCD Display*

Somerset, NJ -- Kyocera Optics, Inc., an imaging industry leader, continues to bring innovation to the world of digital cameras by adding two new models to its popular Finecam series, the 3-megapixel Kyocera Finecam L3v and the 4-megapixel Kyocera Finecam L4v.

Both cameras set industry standards with their new "DayFine" 2.5-inch LCD. Compared to typical digital camera LCD's, it's like having Home Theatre in your digital camera! The "Dayfine" LCD is manufactured by Kyocera to surpass the performance currently available in any competitive model. The "Dual Backlight" design incorporates a newly developed special optical film to increase the transmission of light from the LCD. In addition, ambient light is used to increase the intensity of the image displayed on the LCD. This increases the brilliance and contrast even under the brightest outdoor conditions.

"As a leader in the optical industry, Kyocera is dedicated to offering breakthrough technologies and enhancements such as the first 2.5" LCD, which comes standard on our new Finecam digital cameras," explained Ben La Marca, President of Kyocera Optics, Inc.

The Finecam L3v and L4v are packed with a wide assortment of features that allow the user to create amazing pictures. The Finecam L4v comes equipped with a 3x optical zoom, covering the focal length of 5.8-17.4mm, which is equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm format. The 3x optical zoom, coupled with 4x digital zoom achieves a maximum 12x zoom. The Finecam L3v contains a 3x optical zoom and 2x digital zoom for a maximum of 6x zoom. Both cameras feature multi-shooting modes, which include macro, landscape and color (color, sepia, b/w), and five flash modes handle all lighting situations: auto flash, red-eye reduction auto flash, fill-in flash, flash-off or nighttime portrait.

The new Finecam L3v and L4v cameras make it easier than ever to remember when and where pictures are taken with voice message recording capability. A recorded message, up to 30 seconds in length, can be attached to each image with this very exciting feature. Additionally, an AVI movie mode gives users the option of recording a movie with sound, up to 120 seconds. The movie can be played back on the camera's large LCD monitor, a computer monitor or a home television.

A customized start-up screen is one more sophisticated feature found on both the L3v and L4v digital cameras. Similar to a desktop, the user can view their favorite image when the camera is first turned on. Further, the cameras boast a built-in Image Resizing Mode (IRM), a flexible feature that allows the user to keep their original image while resizing the same image into a separate folder for easy e-mailing to family and friends.

The included CR-V3 Lithium battery provides up to an impressive 3-plus hours battery life. Two rechargeable Ni-MH AA batteries (optional) may be used instead. A Battery Conservation Power Save option allows one to choose the length of time that the camera remains active before automatically shutting off.

Each camera sports a unique front LED "Picture Confirmation Light" (PCL) that signals the subject as to when their image is about to be captured. The L3v and L4v are encased in metal, weigh approximately 6 ounces and measure 4.4" W x 2.1" H x 1.4" D in dimension.

The Finecam L3v and L4v feature Epson's revolutionary new PRINT Image Matching (PIM) technology, enabling them 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. ArcSoft's Pixela Software is included and images are downloaded to any PC via the accompanying USB cable.

The suggested retail price for the Kyocera Finecam L3v is $399.00; suggested retail price for the Kyocera Finecam L4v is $499.00.

For more information and 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/prosumer 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.

Specifications of Finecam L4v**
Type Digital still camera with record, playback, and erase modes
Recording media SD Memory card. Multi-Media Card (MMC)
Image format Complies with JPEG standard (Exif Ver2.2), DCF standard (Design rule for Camera File system), supports DPOF
Effective pixels 4.0 mega pixels
Pickup Device 1/2.5" square-pixel interlace readout system CCD with 4,230,000 pixels gross
Image dimensions in Pixels (still image) 2304x1728

1600x1200

1280x960

640x480
Image dimensions in Pixels (motion image) 320x240

160x120
Image quality F (Fine), N (Normal)
Lens
  • Focal length
  • F stops
  • Digital Zoom
3x Zoom Lens
5.8-17.4mm (35mm camera equivalent to 35-105mm)
F2.8-4.7
x1.3, 1.6, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0
Exposure control/

Metering method
CCD multi area evaluation, center weighted, and spot metering
Focusing range

(measured from front lens surface)
About 0.6m-(all zoom range),

Macro Mode: About 20cm-60cm (fixed to wide-angle position)
Exposure control
  • Control Method
  • Exposure compensation
  • Aperture Control
  • Automatic Exposure Linkage Range
Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Long Exposure modes

+2.0EV--2.0EV(in 1/3 steps)

Automatic, or manually settable to F2.8, F7.5 (brightness converted F value)

LV6 to LV16
Shutter CCD electronic shutter and programmed electronic shutter with independent aperture control (1 sec-1/2000 sec, 2 sec, 4sec, 8 sec)
White Balance Automatic, Manual (Preset, Bright sun, Incandescent light bulb, Cloudy weather, and Fluorescent light)
Color Mode Color, B/W, Sepia
Sharpness +3-1 (5steps)
Croma +, 0, - (3steps)
Finder True image zoom viewfinder

Field of view ratio: 80% or more (within 3m)

Magnification: about 0.3x (wide angle) to about 0.8x (telephoto)
Flash

Effective range
Built-in flash, recycling time about 8 seconds (on new battery, at room temp, based on our testing standards)

About 0.6-2.5m (zoom set at wide)
Flash mode 1:Auto flash 2:Red-eye reduction auto flash

3:Fill-in flash 4: Flash off 5:Night backdrop 6:Red-eye reduction forced flash (at long-time exposure mode)
Focus mode

Focusing Control
1:Wide AF area, 2:Spot AF area 3:Manual focus

Macro mode and landscape mode

Video feedback auto focusing and manual focusing
Movie recording mode

Recording time
File format: AVI. Movie with Sound recording also available.  

Up to 30sec in 320x240 resolution. Up to 120 sec in 160x120 resolution.

Playback by PC: Recommendable to use QuickTime 4.1 or over (Windows or Macintosh)
Other shooting mode Long time exposure mode (OFF, 2 sec, 4 sec and 8 sec selectable)

ISO Mode (Auto, ISO 80, 160, 320)

Metering modes (evaluation, center weighted, spot)

Digital Zoom ON/OFF selectable
LCD monitor Built-in, 2.5" 110,000-pixels TFD color LCD monitor (474x234pixels)

Bright Viewing type even in the under bright sunlight.

LCD Brightness adjustable
LCD monitor display Remaining battery capacity, recording mode settings, number of images, remaining recordable seconds of movie, digital zoom setting, date, focus frame, SD memory card write protect status, image recorded, playback mode setting, set up mode
Playback Modes Multiple image display, audio recording, protect, erase, all erase, rotation, slide show, DPOF setting, resizing
Voice memo recording Maximum 30seconds recordable and playback voice per 1 image.

File format: wav
Resize image Resizing original image to 320x240,or160x120.

Resizing area selectable,

File format: jpg
Movie Modes Macro/Landscape recording mode, color modes, white balance, focus, audio ON OFF.
Erase Erase one image or erase all images.
Set up mode Brightness control, date, date inserting, memory card format, auto power off time setting, mode lock, beep volume, shutter volume, select color, startup screen, REC review, display language (J/E/G/F/S/C), file number reset, default reset.
LED
  • Self timer (red)
  • Card access (orange)
  • Standby (green)
  • Caution (red)
  • Front
Indicate self timer operation, recording completed, or connected to a PC

Lights while recording the image, processing a warning or writing to the memory card

Indicate focus display

Indicate flash charging or camera shake warning

Lights Start the camera and goes off automatically while starting operation
Input/output connector External power input connector; USB connector (mini-B).
Power Source Lithium battery pack (CR-V3), 2 pcs. AA type Ni-MH batteries, dedicated AC adapter
Dimensions 4.4" W x 2.1" H x 1.4" D (not including protruding parts)
Weight Approximately 6 ounces (not including memory card or battery)
Ambient operating temperature 0-45 degrees centigrade

Specifications of Finecam L3v**
Type Digital still camera with record, playback, and erase modes.
Recording media SD Memory card. Multi-Media Card (MMC)
Image format Complies with JPEG standard (Exif Ver2.2), DCF standard (design rule for Camera File system), supports DPOF
Effective pixels 3.2 mega pixels
Pickup Device 1/2.7" square-pixel interlace readout system CCD with 3,340,000 pixels gross.
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
3x Zoom Lens
5.8-17.4mm (35mm camera equivalent to 38mm to 115mm)
F2.8-4.7
x1.3, 1.6, 2.0
Exposure control/

Metering method
CCD multi area evaluation, center weighted, and spot metering
Focusing range

(measured from front lens surface)
About 0.6m-(all zoom range),

Macro Mode: About 20cm-60cm(fixed to wide-angle position)
Exposure control
  • Control Method
  • Exposure compensation
  • Aperture Control
  • Automatic Exposure Linkage Range
Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Long Exposure modes.

+2.0EV--2.0EV(in 1/3 steps)

Automatic, or manually settable to F2.8, F7.5 (brightness converted F value)

LV6 to LV16
Shutter CCD electronic shutter and programmed electronic shutter with independent aperture control (1 sec-1/2000 sec, 2 sec, 4 sec, 8 sec)
White Balance Automatic, Manual (Preset, Bright sun, Incandescent light bulb, Cloudy weather, and Fluorescent light)
Color Mode Color, B/W, Sepia
Sharpness +3--1(5steps)
Croma +, 0, - (3steps)
Finder True image zoom viewfinder

Field of view ratio: 80% or more (within 3m)

Magnification: about 0.3x (wide angle) to about 0.8x (telephoto)
Flash

Effective range
Built-in flash, recycling time about 8 seconds (on new battery, at room temp, based on our testing standards)

About 0.6-2.5m(zoom set at wide)
Flash mode 1:Auto flash 2:Red-eye reduction auto flash

3:Fill-in flash 4:Flash off 5:Night backdrop 6:Red-eye reduction forced flash (at long-time exposure mode)
Focus mode

Focusing Control
1:Wide AF area 2:Spot AF area 3:Manual focus

Macro mode and landscape mode

Video feedback auto focusing and manual focusing
Movie recording mode

Recording time
File format: AVI. Movie with Sound recording also available.  

Up to 30sec in 320x240 resolution. Up to 120sec in 160x120 resolution.

Playback by PC: Recommendable to use QuickTime4.1 or over (Windows or Macintosh)
Other shooting mode Long time exposure mode (OFF, 2 sec, 4 sec and 8 sec selectable),

ISO Mode (Auto, ISO100, 200,and 400 )

Metering modes (evaluation, center weighted, spot)

Digital Zoom ON/OFF selectable
LCD monitor Built-in, 2.5" 110,000-pixels TFD color LCD monitor (474x234pixels)

Bright Viewing type even in the under bright sunlight.

LCD Brightness adjustable
LCD monitor display Remaining battery capacity, recording mode settings, number of images, remaining recordable seconds of movie, digital zoom setting, date, focus frame, SD memory card write protect status, image recorded, playback mode setting, set up mode.
Playback Modes Multiple image display, audio recording, protect, erase, all erase, rotation, slide show, DPOF setting, resizing.
Voice memo recording Max.30sec.recordable and playback voice per 1 image.

File format: wav
Resize image Resizing original image to 320x240,or160x120.

Resizing area selectable,

File format: jpg
Movie Modes Macro/Landscape recording mode, color modes, white balance, focus, audio ON OFF.
Erase Erase one image or erase all images.
Set up mode Brightness control, date, date inserting, memory card format, auto power off time setting, mode lock, beep volume, shutter volume, select color, startup screen, REC review, display language(J/E/G/F/S/C), file number reset, default reset.
LED
  • Self timer (red)
  • Card access (orange)
  • Standby (green)
  • Caution (red)
  • Front
Indicate self timer operation, recording completed, or connected to a PC

Lights while recording the image, processing a warning or writing to the memory card

Indicate focus display

Indicate flash charging or camera shake warning

Lights Start the camera and goes off automatically while starting operation
Input/output connector External power input connector; USB connector (mini-B).
Power Source Lithium battery pack (CR-V3), 2 pcs. AA type Ni-MH batteries, dedicated AC adapter
Dimensions 4.4" W x 2.1" H x 1.4" D (not including protruding parts)
Weight Approximately 6 ounces (not including memory card or battery)
Ambient operating temperature 0-45 degrees centigrade
*As of 3/2/03, the Kyocera Finecam L3v and L4v feature the largest Liquid Crystal Display panel to be incorporated into a fixed lens consumer point and shoot digital camera.

**Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

For product images contact Shari Ehrlich at (212) 355-5049 ext. 113 or email to sehrlich@hwhpr.com 

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