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New Contax 4.2mp announced

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Old Tuesday 23rd November 2004, 13:31   #51
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Andy, Have you charged it yet?
No, seriously, have you anything to report on the 4UR? I am sure that there are a lot of forum members awaiting your review before posting Christmas present want lists.
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Old Wednesday 24th November 2004, 19:40   #52
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The specification does NOT mention an Aperture Priority Mode.
Lack of this turns it into an expensive point & shoot job.
Three weeks ago I posted the above comment, at the same time I emailed Contax.

Today I received a reply to the question:-

Contax 4UR
Specification does not mention Aperture Priority Mode. Is it available?

Reply is:-

No, it doesn't have it.

Best Regards,
The KyoceraImaging Technical Support Team

Memo to Andy Bright
Your comment re- Sport Mode really does contradict the "maufacturer"

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Old Monday 29th November 2004, 05:22   #53
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A new Contax has been announced called the U4R, I have some basic detail and a couple of piccies.
Similar in many ways to the SL300RT*

The Contax U4R incorporates a 9-point Multi AF function. The 9-point Multi AF Function is the perfect solution especially with subjects that are not centrally located in the composition. With the 9-point Multi AF system, the U4R automatically selects focus via one of the nine focusing points for precise focusing accuracy.

2 inch monitor. This should be excellent for digiscoping.

Easy Charge USB Cradle, the user no longer needs to be concerned about plugging an ac adapter into the camera each time the battery needs to be charged or a USB cable to transfer images. With the Easy Charge USB Cradle user hooks it up once to an ac outlet and to a personal computer via the supplied USB cable. Once the Easy Charge USB Cradle is connected to an outlet and computer, whenever the camera needs to be charged, it is just placed in the cradle for charging. When captured images need to be transferred from the camera, the camera is just placed in the Easy Charge USB Cradle for convenient transfer of images.
Hi Andy,
Is the Kyocera SL400R comparable in quality to the Contax U4R ?? Here in canada it seems to be the only version available ,but the price at $280 canadian seem too cheap compared to the European prices for the Contax.
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Old Saturday 4th December 2004, 02:49   #54
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Hi Andy,
Is the Kyocera SL400R comparable in quality to the Contax U4R ?? Here in canada it seems to be the only version available ,but the price at $280 canadian seem too cheap compared to the European prices for the Contax.
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Hi Andy Lockery

Contax US says that the U4R is availible early December.
I advice to wait, because if I read all comments between Kyocera and the
Contax version right, than the optic of the Contax versions is worth the money.
With the low dollar exchange rate the new U4R is significant cheaper than
for example the 400 British Pounds it goes for in the moment.

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Old Monday 6th December 2004, 09:23   #55
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I had my Kyocera SL400R out in the field for the first time today. What a little beauty. I was able to track this White-Browed scrubwren across a rock face and for the first time ever catch it with a grub. Only two problems - not enough battery power to last more than 1 hour and too many photos to look at when you get home. My CP4500 will only be used as backup from now on.Neil
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Old Tuesday 15th February 2005, 23:08   #56
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Contax U4R versus Contax SL300R?

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Just received the new Contax U4R .... just been charging the camera. The 2 inch monitor is great!! A few points that need to be cleared up.... it doesn't have a dedicated aperture priority as with the sl300 but 'sports mode' should be identical in that it will take the shot at widest aperture and give fastest shutter-speed for the given light.
The multi-point focus doesn't seem to be user adjustable.
Camera is slighter deeper than sl300 so the current cable-release adapter doesn't fit on it... new one shouldn't be far away.
I'll get back later with the most important aspects... image quality.

Andy
Hi Andy have you had a good try out of the U4R version of the Contax camera, and how does it compare to the SL300R? Does the lack of Apperture priority cause problems for digiscoping? (I am going to be a beginner in this game and am wondering which is the best modle to buy for digiscoping SL300R or U4R, or something else if there is anything this simple and better!?)

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Old Thursday 17th February 2005, 12:26   #57
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Have now had my Contax U4R for a fortnight, however, have only used it breifly due to a bad bout of flu. I have previously done quite a bit of digiscoping with a Nikon 4300, which got traded in as part of the acquisition. However, from initial results I am very pleased with the new camera - size and speed are excellent and large screen is a big bonus and has excellent colour resolution - far better than my old nikon. I am yet to try it in good conditions, which should hopefully get me some decent results. A couple of shots are attached below.

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Old Thursday 17th February 2005, 15:30   #58
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Very nice results Matt. I'd still consider it as a replacement for the CP4500 for digiscoping. I have the Contax SL300RT which produces decent enough results but it looks like the 4 mp versions give that much more fine detail.
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Old Wednesday 9th March 2005, 11:22   #59
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Talking First decent shots

Having chased all around Forest Park,Bracknell for the flightly flocks of Waxwings they finally turned up in my front garden! The Contax enabled to shoot off 100 pics a few of which turned out OK. You'll notice one has a ring and bands on its legs. Perhaps someone could point the appropriate person at this website?

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