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KYOCERA Launches New Finecam L3v And L4v Digital Cameras Featuring a 2.5-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor

Somerset, NJ - Kyocera Optics, Inc., an imaging industry leader, launches the newest additions to its Finecam family of digital cameras with the Finecam L3v and Finecam L4v, which both feature the world's largest LCD's at 2.5-inches. The street price for the 3.2-megapixel L3v is $399.00, while the street price for the 4-megapixel L4v is $499.00.

These cameras not only come at a great price, they set industry standards with their new "DayFine" 2.5-inch LCD. Knowing that consumers want a high-quality product that is easy to use, Kyocera is the first to feature a 2.5-inch LCD on their point-and-shoot digital cameras. The Finecam L3v and L4v are some of the few digital cameras in the world that deliver this great feature. The 2.5-inch display makes it extremely easy to compose the picture and scroll through the menu. Squinting to view the menus is a thing of the past as the 2.5" LCD is more like having a 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 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 a 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 innovative feature. Additionally, the 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 Finecam 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 of 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 turning 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 both encased in metal covers for durability. They 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 Finecam digital cameras 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 street price for the Kyocera Finecam L3v is $399.00; street 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 Megapixels
Pickup Device ½.5" 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 (equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm film format)
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)
Approx. 2 feet (at all focal lengths),

Macro Mode: Approx. 8 inches to 24 inches (set at wide-angle position)
Exposure control
  • Control Method
  • Exposure compensation
  • Aperture Control
  • Automatic Exposure Linkage Range
Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Long Exposure mode

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

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

LV 6 to LV 16
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 sunlight, Cloudy/Overcast, Incandescent light and Fluorescent light)
Color Mode Color, B/W, Sepia
Sharpness +3 ~ -1 (5 steps)
Chroma +, 0, - (3 steps)
Finder True image zoom viewfinder

Field of view ratio: 80% or more (within 10 feet)

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

Effective range
Built-in flash, recycling time approx. 8 seconds (with new CRV3 new battery, at room temp, based on Kyocera standards)

Approx. 2 feet – 8.2 feet (zoom set at wide position)
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 2:Spot AF 3:Manual focus

Macro mode and landscape modes

Video feedback auto focusing and manual focusing
Movie recording mode

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

Up to 30 sec. 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 Modes (Auto, ISO 80, 160, and 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)

"DayFine" easy-view LCD monitor

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 30 seconds per 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
  • Card access (orange)
  • Standby (green)
  • Caution (red)
Indicates self timer operation, recording completed, or connection to a PC

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

Indicates focus confirmation

Indicate flash charging or camera shake warning

Lights when the camera is turned on, after a mode is selected or when the camera is connected to a PC
Input/output connector External power input connector; USB connector (mini-B).
Power Source Lithium battery (CR-V3) or 2 AA type Ni-MH batteries (optional)
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 32-113 degrees F

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 Megapixels
Pickup Device ½.7" 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 (equivalent to 38mm to 115mm in 35mm film format)
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)
Approx. 2 feet (at all focal lengths),

Macro Mode: Approx. 8 inches to 24 inches (set at wide-angle position)
Exposure control
  • Control Method
  • Exposure compensation
  • Aperture Control
  • Automatic Exposure Linkage Range
Programmed AE, Aperture Priority AE, Long Exposure mode

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

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

LV 6 to LV 16
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 (5 steps)
Chroma +, 0, - (3 steps)
Finder True image zoom viewfinder

Field of view ratio: 80% or more (within 10 feet)

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 2:Spot AF 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 30 sec. 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, ISO 80, 160 and 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)

"DayFine" easy-view LCD monitor

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 30 seconds per 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
Indicates self timer operation, recording completed, or connection to a PC

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

Indicates focus confirmation

Indicate flash charging or camera shake warning

Lights when the camera is turned on, after a mode is selected or when the camera is connected to a PC
Input/output connector External power input connector; USB connector (mini-B).
Power Source Lithium battery (CR-V3), 2 AA type Ni-MH batteries (optional)
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 32-113 degrees F
*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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