Contax Announces the N Digital: World’s First Digital SLR with Full-Frame 6+...

Contax Announces the N Digital: World’s First Digital SLR with Full-Frame 6+ Million Pixel Sensor


Kyocera Optics, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the Contax N Digital, the world’s first digital SLR camera to employ a full-frame 35mm, 24 x 36mm, 6+ megapixel CCD. This achievement allows the camera full use of auto focus Carl Zeiss T* lenses while offering the user world-class digital picture quality.

The N Digital is based on the Contax N1 and provides the perfect ergonomic platform. The N1 which was introduced in the fall of 2000 has proven itself as a high quality product that can stand up to the every day rigors of the working photographer. The N Digital and N1 cameras share all basic functions as well as the unique features incorporated in the N1. This includes the “Dual Focus Mechanism”, the world’s first “5-point Wide Array Diagonal Auto Focus System”, and “Fine Focus ABC (Auto Bracketing System)”. The N Digital can offer greater control and creativity to meet the photographer’s demands by incorporating the Dual Focus Mechanism along with the highly advanced SLR digital image technology. The N Digital offers a high-resolution equivalent to film-based photography, meeting the needs of both professional and serious amateur photographers.

The new Contax N Digital will be able take advantage of the impressive lens line from the N system, which includes a total of seven lenses. In addition, the Contax N Digital can also use all eight lenses from the Contax 645 system with the NAM-1 adapter. The option of using lenses from the Contax 645 system is especially important to 645 owners since they could utilize their current lenses with the N Digital with the simple addition of the NAM –1 adapter.

CONTAX N DIGITAL Main Specifications

1. 6 Mega Pixel, 35mm format, full frame (24mm X 36mm) CCD

The N Digital is the world’s first Digital SLR to use a full frame 35mm CCD with 6.29 mega pixels. This gives the photographer the ability to use a full range of Carl Zeiss T* lenses as the focus angle (angular field) is exactly equal to that of a 35mm film camera. The photographer is now able to concentrate on shooting, as the capture area is the same size as in traditional film based photography.

2. Thin, lowpass filter developed by Kyocera crystal technology

An optical uncolored crystalline lowpass filter eliminates false color producing frequencies that often affect image quality.

3. Wide range of image recording modes

The N Digital can write in several formats, including JPEG (3 compression ratios) RGB-TIFF, and RAW formats.

4. Menu of white balance selections

The Photographer can select from a menu of white balance modes:

Auto: automatic adjustment by a built in color-detecting sensor.
One Push Preset: selects a white balance based on a specific subject area
Custom: the photographer can use to select a favorite color temperature manually.

5. Recording media: Compact Flash Type I and II & Micro Drive

The N Digital uses the popular Compact Flash type I and II, which can offer large storage capacity. In addition, the N Digital also uses the IBM Type II Micro Drive to meet high capacity requirements.

6. High Speed DSP and IEEE1394

The N Digital uses high-speed digital image processing (DSP), which makes for real time processing and photography at 3 frames per second. The N Digital is equipped with a computer interface for reliable high-speed Firewire (IEEE1394) image transfer. It is possible to transfer a RAW 12.5 Megabyte file to a computer in one second and also handle high speed, data transfers efficiently.

7. An LCD monitor for immediate playback

A 2.0-inch, low-temperature, polysilicon, TFT color LCD monitor, with a Graphic User Interface (GUI) is located on the back of the body. The photographer can check exposure, focus and file information directly from the LCD monitor.

8. Shooting assist function

A. The LCD offers a visual Shooting Assist Function histogram.

B. Confirmation of exposure range (which can be shown in bright tone distribution graphics).

C. Displays exposure information and other file information simultaneously.

9. Basic functions of CONTAX N1

The N Digital shares all basic functions of the Contax N1. The photographer can concentrate on shooting because the N Digital can be handled the same as a traditional 35mm SLR. Some of the basic functions shared between the Contax N Digital and the N1 are as follows:

Dual Focus Function
5 Point Wide Array Diagonal Auto Focusing
Fine Focus Bracketing (A.B.C.)
High Speed Shutter, maximum speed 1/8,000 sec., flash synchronization speed 1/200 sec.
TTL evaluative metering, center-weighted average metering, spot metering.
Flash auto set function
Mount Adapter NAM-1 as an optional accessory for CONTAX 645 mount lenses
Custom Functions
Shares N1 & NX accessories
All the interchangeable lenses (Contax 645 lenses with NAM-1 adapter) and accessories from the Contax N1 and Contax NX can be used with Contax N Digital.
All specifications are subject to change without prior notice.