Kyocera Finecam S3R

Kyocera Finecam S3R

Kyocera Finecam S3R Review

The Kyocera Finecam S3R also has the dubious honour of being the first digital camera reviewed here on dpreview which uses MMC (Multi Media Card) storage cards (so that’ll be another bunch of memory cards rattling around my desk drawers). These dinky storage cards are just slightly thicker than a SmartMedia card but are considerably smaller (more of this later).

Kyocera will almost definitely be betting on the camera’s resolution, tiny size and stainless steel case to carry this price. One thing noticeably absent from the S3 is a USB or any type of digital I/O terminal.  I suppose not including USB helps to cut down the amount of space taken up by the cameras electronics.

Kyocera Finecam S3R

Body type
Body type Ultracompact
Max resolution 2048 x 1536
Other resolutions 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h 4:3
Effective pixels 3 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 3 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.8″ (7.144 x 5.358 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 35–105 mm
Optical zoom 3×
Maximum aperture F2.8–4.8
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Single
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (1.3x, 1.6x, 2x, 3x, 4x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 60 cm (23.62)
Macro focus range 17 cm (6.69)
Screen / viewfinder
Screen size 1.6
Screen dots 70,000
Touch screen No
Live view No
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 1 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority No
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 2.50 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction, Fill-In, Flash Off, Slow Sync
Continuous drive 3.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 640 x 480, limited only by storage
Storage types SD/MMC card
Storage included 16 MB SD card
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable
Weight (inc. batteries) 205 g (0.45 lb / 7.23 oz)
Dimensions 92 x 58 x 33 mm (3.62 x 2.28 x 1.3)
Other features
Orientation sensor No
Timelapse recording No


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