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Konica to Debut Credit-Card-Sized Digital Camera Weighing 70g

Konica Corp. said it will release the “Revio C2,” a slim credit-card-sized digital camera, at the end of November.

The product is lightweight, weighing 70g without a battery, and the company claims it is the world’s lightest camera as of Oct. 1 among products with an LCD monitor in the one-megapixel class.

Revio C2 (photo) shoots pictures with 1.22-million-effective pixel resolution. It will be open-priced, with the expected market price being about 20,000 yen. The product will be available in three colors: silver, blue and pink. (124.13 yen = US$1)

Revio C2 starts up in 1.3 seconds after turning the power on. It can be used for close-up photography, with the camera able to be positioned as close as 30cm from the subject. It also features an automatically activating flash function. Images are captured by the 1/3.4-inch CMOS sensor. The lens is a single-focus type, with a focal length equivalent to 37mm on a 35mm film camera. The F value is 2.8.

Besides still pictures, it is possible to record a video with a maximum length of 10 seconds in AVI format. Still photos can be taken in two sizes: 1,280 x 960 and 640 x 480 pixels, and video can be recorded in 320 x 240 pixels. Its memory media is a built-in 14MB flash memory. It can record up to 110 frames for still pictures and six titles of video.

The Revio C2 uses AAA batteries as a power source. With alkaline batteries, it can shoot around 100 frames when the 1.6-in. LCD monitor is switched on, and around 150 frames when it is switched off. The camera is turned on when its cover lens on the front surface of the main body opens. It uses a USB interface for data transmission to a PC. The body measures 85.8mm x 55.8mm x 13.5mm.

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