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Contax TVS Digital 4 to 5 Megapixel

4 star rating
                      4 / 5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $900.00

  • Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution5 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom3x
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens35 - 105 mm
    Digital Zoom4x
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Focus Range23.62 in. to Infinity (w)
    Macro Focus Range5.91 - 23.62 in. (w)
    Focal Length7.3 - 21.9 mm
    Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 2560 x 1920 • 1600 x 1200 • 1280 x 960
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA) • 160 x 120
    Max Movie Length120 Seconds
    Video FormatAVI
    Aperture Rangef6.7/f6.7 (w/t) - f2.8/f4.8 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed1 - 1/2000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual
    Memory TypeMMC Card • SD Card
    Compression ModesFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG
    File Size (High Res.)4 MB (32 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.14 MB (about 914 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 400 • 80
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash
    ViewfinderOptical (Through-the-lens)
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size1.6 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution85,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeProprietary Lithium
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Mp3 Built In
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Tripod MountWith Tripod Mount
    Width4.41 in.
    Depth1.3 in.
    Height2.36 in.
    Weight0.46 lb.
    Warranty1 Year
    Included AccessoriesRemote Control
    Product ID20268955

Product Description

  • Titanium chassis
  • Sensor: 1.8 inch 5.2 megapixel CCD
  • Max resolution: 2560x1920 pixels
  • Lens: Carl Zeiss T* Vario-Sonnar 7.3-21.9mm (35mm equiv: 35-105mm) w. 4x digital zoom
  • Exposure: Program AE, aperture-priority AE, LT (Long Time) mode, and exposure compensation
  • Movie mode with audio and voice memo
  • Selectable white balance
  • Image format: JPEG standard (Exif Ver2.2)
  • Storage Media: SD Memory Card, Multi-Media Card (MMC)
  • Interface: USB

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    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Keith a Professional

    Date Reviewed: June 17, 2015

    Strengths:    Wonderful build quality. Fantastic lens. Massive pose value. Proof that fashion changes but style remains. Collector's item. Has outlasted all its competition. A joy to be in the same room as it. A joy to own. Beautiful attention to detail with titanium and Sapphire etc. Comes with nice case. One of the few digital cameras that will go up in price. Good battery life. Pin sharp and very bright coloured images. Easily spotted by camera buffs who instantly envy you. The best Contax digital. The last Contax camera, so an historical item. A digital T3. The pics are better than the T3 is capable of.

    Weaknesses:    A bit slow. 5mp is just enough to justify the great lens. Not good for all uses, though I would suspect it wouldn't be the only camera users would own. Was it ever? Well built with common technology of the time, though no customer service, which is still better than Canon....

    Bottom Line:   
    As the years pass by you can look back at the reviews of this item that were posted back in the day and see how wrong people were. The cost new was the main issue, yet people tried to justify their wrath with silly, inaccurate vitriol, praising other cameras above it that are now land fill. Yes, what happened to all those Canons, Hitachies, Sonys etc, that were so much better? Land fill, is the answer. Many photographers now realise that a second longer for start up isn't the end of the world. Slow auto focus is still faster that manual, which was always good enough, and often still is. A half an inch smaller display won't stifle your muse. Other digitals of the time proved unreliable. The Canon Ixus was such a great camera till they all went wrong with 'Card Error' messages. Others became very ugly and often very stupid in their design. Others had silly card systems which became obsolete as soon as the camera was built. All those Sony memory stick systems. There was much talk about the 'inferior' sensor. When a batch went wrong, we found out that it used a common sensor used in many, if not all, of its competitors. The web was full of jibber-jabber and anger, usually an amalgamation of criticisms gathered around other reviews, posted by non-owners...or those, 'I soon returned mine' folk. Now, I'm not saying this will ever be an owner's only camera. There are better cameras for action shots etc. This is a lovely camera just to carry about for casual snaps. In the day, I used SLRs professionally, but carried a Rollei 35 for snaps. It was slow to use and not madly over-featured. However, it was a joy to use. This is one of those cameras that is a joy to use. Others include Leica rangefinders, tiny Rolleis, Minox stuff and the gorgeous Olympus XA and classic Trips. There are many others, including other Contax compacts. If you can get one of these, just do. It will improve your quality of life!

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    Purchased At:   London Camera Centre

    Similar Products Used:   Leica, Nikon, Asahi Pentax, Rollei, Lumix G, silly stuff. Contax T compacts, XAs of all types, Canons etc...

    Type of photography:   Other

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Hiro Hosono a Expert

    Date Reviewed: May 8, 2010

    Strengths:    1. Amazing color. I have a digital SLR now....but it does much better color.
    2. MF gives this camera good response.
    3. Good design, good size to use.
    4. Clear view finder

    MF+ evaluation metering + Program AE......this set up turns this slow camera into Quick shooter. Actually, it is better than using AF with Digital SLR.

    Weaknesses:    1. AF is accurate, but slow. Faster to use MF.
    2. LCD is small and not clear.
    3. Slow to start up.
    4. No RAW or TIFF image

    Bottom Line:   
    This was my 1st digital camera after 20 years of Canon F-1,
    Like lots of old people, I was not interested in DIgital until I got this. But, after I experienced the amazing color , I stopped using Canon F-1 and got another Tvs Digital.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $450.00

    Purchased At:   Palarel imported

    Similar Products Used:   Another Tvs Digital

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by gusice a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: July 15, 2006

    Strengths:    Presentation.

    Weaknesses:    All the ones stated on my review.

    Bottom Line:   
    The fact of having a great name behind like contax doesn't really yeald the best results as this camera shows.Having a great optics like Carl Zeizz sonar T lens won't suficce when the electronic desing is mediocre. I a not going to repeat myself with countless technical details that abond in other review sites. Instead I am going to tell why I don't recommend to buy this camera. Very slow either writing to sd card, reading and transfering. Very poor choice of materials on buttons and keys it resemble cheap plastic buttons on children's toys. Poor light metering managment on dim light conditions. Poor metering and focusing resulting in out of focus pictures that any normal & descent digital camera should be able to handle. Lack of downloable firmware upgrade s on contax site to improve speed and other bugs in this camera (actually there's an firmware upgrade on the website of kyocera, help yourself if you read japanese...). Too small letters on the menus. Worst lcd display I've ever seen: is to small for a camera at this price tag, it has a very low refresh rate and flickers to much, it can be seen very well in strong daylight conditions but the worst is the annoying "flickering" of the lcd display. It doesn't come with an auto lamp to add to focus using the lcd display in dim/dark light conditions. It desn't come witha descent cpapacity memory card for the price paid (the 16 mb is actually miserably useless). The shutter release button has to much play and feals cheap. Who needs a jewells grade shapire on the viewfinder since it's in a receded cavity? They should have cover the lcd screen with an anti-scratch layer which is more prone to scratchs than the viewfinder. Who use the viewfinder with aa good lcd screen anhyways? It would've been nice to have the chance to charge the battery out of the camera using an external battery charger. Nice woud've been also to have the chance to choose speeds (speed priority). And last but not least Price, too high for the mediocre results that this camera yields. For all this reason I don't recommend buying this camera I am thorougly disapointed with contax and this is my last contax camera.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $899.00

    Purchased At:   wolf

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Sebastiaan F.C. Harm a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: September 20, 2004

    Strengths:    classical design,
    build quality,
    "analoog" feel,
    exellent optics
    quick start
    fairly quick auto focus
    good overview (operation)
    bright viewfinder
    battery life
    easy pc transport (USB)

    Weaknesses:    80%viewfinder
    only jepg

    Bottom Line:   
    I must say I don't (din't:-) like digital camera's. Too expensive, bad quality, too cold, hard pictures etc,etc.
    It't is that I'm back to school again and a digicam was recommended because off the large amound of pictures must being
    taken, digi is cheaper in the long run.
    You must understand that my understanding of digital camera's is not that great.
    I sometimes play around with them when a friend had one.
    I most of the time found them fustrating;
    Tons of useless info and operations, a shutter delay of I-dont-now-how-long and a out focus even wurse the the G1(contax:-)
    With this Idear in mind I was looking for a camera and saw this deal.

    I found this black finished TVS by chance I liked classical (analoog) apperance, the sold build construction. The Zeiss lens, 5mp and size. I't has a more timeless feel than other digicams.

    When I finaly got him, I feld quickly 'at home' the operation is what getting used to, but ones you get the hang of it (quick:-) i'ts where logical and analoog...
    I think is a good camera for analoog minded photographers, there is a good licht metering system, color managment. and a fairly good manual focus opparation.
    The format (JPEG) is maybe limited, but good anough for the concept of a compact/rangfinder. How use a Tiff/Raw (outside studio) annyway?
    The zeiss lens is exellent (this is one of the reasons to write this review because many dispute the quality of the lens in opinions/reviews I have seeing. IMHO it's more due to other reasons than the lens but more as Digital in general, commpared to analoog)
    Would I recommend the cam?

    Yes, When you are Analoog orientated I surtenly do, It is a classical, not to ovious camera with a easy operation and exellent
    picture quality.

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    Price Paid:    $449.00

    Purchased At:   www.kamera-express.n

    Similar Products Used:   NON digicams :-)
    Pentax ME, Canon Eos300, Canon AE1(!), Contax G1, Lomo mca, Yashica-MAT6X6, Ensign selfix 820

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by nvanallens a Expert

    Date Reviewed: August 5, 2003

    Strengths:    - build quality, like all T compacts
    - Zeiss lens, great colour and contrast
    - fill flash/skin tones (awesome)
    - perfect size
    - good battery life
    - easy menus
    - includes leather case
    - no lens cap (hooray)
    - did I mention build quality?

    Weaknesses:    - no RAW images
    - no hot shoe
    - no full manual mode
    - software could be better
    - not the fastest camera

    Bottom Line:   
    I am very happy with this camera. It fits very nicely in a pocket, is built like a tank (and therefore a wee bit heavy), looks good :-) , has a Zeiss lens, lasts a good long time on its batteries and takes excellent images. It is relatively simple to operate, but you can use it "like" a manual with a few adjustments. However, I'm perfectly happy on program or AV mode, as this is basically my take everywhere camera. Note, though, that this is not an idiot-proof camera. In the hand, it feels like my old T2, which is to say perfect. If you appreciate a Contax camera, this may be the digital for you. It will cost more than the G5s of this world, though (especially in the gorgeous black), and you may consider the options that those camera have, at a lesser price, to be the way to go. I did, but then I came back to the Contax - primarily for the fill flash and the skin tones.

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    Similar Products Used:   Oly 2020, 3030, D-10; Canon G3, G5, S50.

    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

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