23 "Japanese Historical Cameras" of 1999 Named

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The Historical Camera Committee (25 Ichibancho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0082 : Chairperson - Ms. MORIYAMA, Mayumi), a review group established within the Japan Camera Industry Institute, has chosen the 23 cameras which were released in 1999 and 1 camera which was released in 1998, a total of 24 cameras listed below as its "Japanese Historical Cameras" of 1999.


Film cameras chosen for "Japanese Historical Cameras" of 1999 (12 models)
Release Date Name of Camera Company Name Model Photosensitive Material Frame Size Characteristics
1999-02-01 Voigtlander Bessa-L Cosina Co. Ltd. Direct-view finder
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135 24x36 A Leica-type ("M39") screw mounting manual focus camera with wideangle lens.
It has a mechanically controlled focal plane shutter, which is combined with blinding shutter.
1999-02-20 CONTAX 645 Kyocera Co. Ltd. Single Lens Reflex 120/220 45x60 A built-in dual focus mechanism with no AF / MF switching required.
A mid-size format AF SLR camera with improved image flatness when using 220 format film, by the help of "film vacuum".
1999-03-20 Canon EOS Kiss III Canon Inc. Single Lens Reflex 135 24x36/13x36 Small-sized and lightweight SLR camera with built-in 35-zone AE metering and 7-point autofocus system.
1999-05-01 FUJIFILM instax 100 Fuji Photo Film Co.,Ltd. Direct-view finder Instant Film 62x99 Adopts a horizontally wide frame size of 62x99mm, based on the golden section ratio (1:1.6) which is closed to a naked eye.
1999-06-19 MINOLTA Vectis 2000 Minolta Co., Ltd. Direct-view finder IX240 C/P/H With the help of precision processing technology, a three-dimensional curvature that was difficult to obtain by metallic materials(aluminium), is achieved.
1999-06-24 Konica Revio Z3 Konica Corporation Direct-view finder IX240 C/P/H The new high-efficiency recharging circuit of the speedlight called the "Eco-flash" system brought 50% increase of film shooting from minimizing the use of electricity.
1999-07-01 OLYMPUS u [mju;]-II ZOOM VF Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. Direct-view finder 135 24x36/13x36 With the LCD viewfinder indication system, it blacks out when shutter is released, thus you can actually see the shutter release.
1999-08-25 PENTAX MZ-7 (ZX-7) The Asahi Optical Co., Ltd. Single Lens Reflex 135 24x36/13x36 The ease of use has improved with the help of illuminated mode dial and automatically illuminating LCD panel, and camera shake warning indicator.
1999-09-01 CONTAX TVS III Kyocera Co. Ltd. Direct-view finder 135 24x36 The folding front cover automatically opens and closes when the power of the camera is turned ON or OFF.
1999-09-01 Mamiya 645AF Mamiya O.P. Single Lens Reflex 120/220 45x60 Mid-size format AF-SLR camera with CPU placed on each component to achieve precision stability and high precision.
1999-11-27 Canon Advanced Photo System TM Camera IXY D5 Canon Inc. Direct-view finder IX240 C/P/H Underwater macro mode is built in and it can shoot close-up pictures of up to 45 centimeters.
1999-12-21 Konica Hexar RF Konica Corporation Direct-view finder 135 24x36 A double-image-superimposing rangefinder camera that uses M-bayonet mount ("Konika KM-mount") lens system and has aperture-priority AE mechanism and automatic film operation.
Film camera additionally chosen for "Japanese Historical Cameras" of 1998 (1 model)
Release Date Name of Camera Company Name Model Photosensitive Material Frame Size Characteristics
1998-11-10 FUJIFILM instax mini 10 CHEKI ! Fuji Photo Film Co.,Ltd. Direct-view finder Instant film 42x62 Used 42x62mm size film and was very popular due to a reasonable market price.
Digital cameras chosen for "Japanese Historical Cameras" of 1999 (11 models)
Release Date Name of Camera Company Name Model Storage Media Total Numbers of Pixels Characteristics
1999-03-04 FUJIFILM Finepix 2700 (MX-2700) Fuji Photo Film Co.,Ltd. Optical viewfinder SmartMediaTM 2.3 million pixels Lens equivalent to 35mm on a 35mm(135) format camera, and it can achieve picture of 3:2 vertical-horizontal ratio, just like a 35mm camera.
1999-03-13 CASIO QV-5500SX Casio Computer Co.,Ltd. Optical viewfinder CompactFlashTM 1.31 million pixels A large buffer memory of 16MB and can take the next picture in 0.5 second.
1999-03-25 Nikon COOLPIX 950 Nikon Corporation Optical viewfinder CompactFlashTM 2.11 million pixels Best-Shot Selector mode, which chooses the "sharpest" image out of 10 consecutive shots, is built in.
(It has 2.11 million-pixel 1/2-in. CCD and uses 3x zoom lens equivalent to 38 -115mm on a 35mm(135) format camera.)
1999-04-08 OLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-2000 ZOOM Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. Optical viewfinder SmartMediaTM 2.11 million pixels It has 2.11 million-pixel 1/2-in. CCD and uses 3x zoom lens equivalent to 35 -105mm on a 35mm(135) format camera.
1999-09-10 CASIO QV-2000UX Casio Computer Co.,Ltd. LCD screen CompactFlashTM 2.11 million pixels Uses CompactFlashTM storage media Type II, and with the combination of IBM's "MicrodriveTM" (340MB), it can store approx. 400 pictures in "Fine" mode.
It also has a vertical-position shooting sensor and by using a software called "PhotoLoader", the image is automatically converted to vertical image.
1999-09-15 OLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-2500L Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. Single Lens Reflex SmartMediaTM,
CompactFlashTM
2.5 million pixels To store images, it can use SmartMediaTM storage media, as well as CompactFlashTM card.
Both storage medias can be used to store images at the same time interchangeably.
1999-09-21 SONY Cybershot DSC-F505K (DSC-F505) Sony Electronics Inc. LCD screen Memory StickTM 2.11 million pixels A unique design with 5x optical zoom lens and by also using 2x digital zoom, it becomes "10x precision digital zoom".
1999-09-29 Nikon Digital SLR Camera D1 Nikon Corporation Single Lens Reflex CompactFlashTM 2.74 million pixels A digital camera with 2.74 million pixel CCD, and is operational like the Nikon F5 or F100.
1999-10-16 Canon Powershot S10 Canon Inc. Optical viewfinder CompactFlashTM 2.11 million pixels A camera that is designed like the Canon's "IXY" ("ELPH") Series Advanced Photo SystemTM camera, and it has a 2x zoom lens equivalent to 35 -70mm on a 35mm camera.
1999-10-21 MINOLTA Dimage RD3000 Minolta Co., Ltd. Single Lens Reflex CompactFlashTM 2.7 million pixels Uses dual CCD system, which uses two 1.5 million pixel 1/2-in. CCD.
The lens is compatible to "V lens" series of Advanced Photo SystemTM SLR camera Vectis S-1 / S-100.
1999-11-20 FUJIFILM FinePix PR21 Princam Fuji Photo Film Co.,Ltd. Optical viewfinder SmartMediaTM 2.3 million pixels A digital camera that has a built-in instant film printer.

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