Concord Camera Corp.
has released its first two digital cameras using Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) technology: the Concord Eye-Q 3340z and the Concord Eye-Q 4060AF. Both cost US$249.99 and are compatible with Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.x.
The Concord Eye-Q 3340z, due later this month, features a 3 megapixel CCD sensor and a high resolution 3x internal optical zoom system; the Concord Eye-Q 4060AF, available now, packs a 4 megapixel CCD sensor, a 6x digital zoom, and an instant-release shutter and focusing system. Both cameras come with 16MB of internal flash memory and are equipped with an SD card slot for expanded storage.
Both models have five pre-set scene modes for capturing shots in a variety of settings, such as fireworks, night, indoor, sunset and beach/snow scenes. You also have the option to manually select the white balance for different lighting conditions. The Concord Eye-Q 3340z offers four image resolution levels; the Concord Eye-Q 4060AF offers five.
The cameras have multiple flash modes, auto white balance and preset exposure scenes. You can tackle close-up photography at distances as close as four inches with the Concord Eye-Q 3340z or eight inches with the Concord Eye-Q 4060AF. The cameras’ continuous shooting mode will automatically take seven uninterrupted pictures within two seconds. And they have self-timers, video modes, and a 1.5-inch color TFT Liquid Crystal Display that allows video and image viewing at up to 6x magnification.
The Concord Eye-Q 3340z sports an all-glass, non-extending zoom lens system. The optical zoom mechanism uses internal folded optics that remain inside the camera body at all times; the lens moves within the camera to zoom from wide angle to telephoto. This zoom design keeps the camera’s form factor small, even while being used. Combining the 3x optical zoom and a continuous 4x digital zoom, the Concord Eye-Q 3340z provides a total 12x smooth and zoom capability. The camera also has a fast response continuous auto-focus system, according to Concord.