Yashica Samurai V-70
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May 1990 Popular Photography
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The Kyocera (Yashica Samurai) V-70 is a still-video camera announced in prototype form by Kyocera in early 1990 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. 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".
- "Battle of the prototypes: A still-video sextet," May 1990 Popular Photography (Vol. 97, No. 5; page 56).
- "17 Top Electronic Cameras," December 1991 Popular Photography (Vol. 98, No. 12; page 110).