Yashica Samurai V-70

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The Kyocera (Yashica Samurai) V-70 is a still-video camera announced in prototype form by Kyocera in early 1990[1] and marketed the same year in Japan. The vertical styling (resembling an amateur video or movie camera) was taken from the Samurai half-frame 35mm camera series, such as the Samurai Z2. As with other models in the still video category, it was not actually a digital camera, but rather recorded analog television scan lines onto special 2" Video Floppy disks. The designation "high-band" refers to a revised VF standard permitting greater image resolution.

The V-70 offers a 3x, f/1.4 9-27 mm zoom, entirely enclosed within the camera body. Images are recorded with a 1/2"-format, 360,000-pixel CCD sensor. The V-70 was apparently only sold in Japan, at a price equivalent to USD $770, with a dock for playback adding $220[2]. The main sensor provides autoexposure, contrast-detect autofocus, and TTL flash auto-exposure; it can record bursts up to 10 frames per second. A macro setting allows close-ups down to 4½"[1].


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Battle of the prototypes: A still-video sextet," May 1990 Popular Photography (Vol. 97, No. 5; page 56).
  2. "17 Top Electronic Cameras," December 1991 Popular Photography (Vol. 98, No. 12; page 110).


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