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Analog revival rolls on: Rollei Vario Chrome slide film coming soon

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:00:00 Z

Dear film photographers! Rollei Vario Chrome 135-36 is a medium to high-speed color reversal film that is intended for photography under low-level daylight illumination or under other light sources using proper filtration. Rollei Vario Chrome has a medium degree of sharpness, its image results are characterized by a slightly visible grain and a warmish image tone. As the name of the film suggests it has a broad exposure latitude from 200 to 400 ISO (DX coded at 320 ISO). If you intend to project the slides we suggest to shoot the film at 200 ISO whereas 320-400 ISO is preferable for scanning applications. Pre-sale will start next week on Monday July 3rd. We expect the supplies to arrive in week 28 so that we'll be able to start shipping between July 10th and 14th. We hope you'll like the film as much as we do and thank you all for the support.

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Well this is some unexpected, but exciting news: German photography shop and producer of Rollei-branded film, Maco Direct, has announced Rollei Vario Chrome 135-36. It's an ISO 320 color reversal film stock with medium sharpness and a warm tone, which sounds perfect for grey Seattle days.

That brings the count to four new, reformulated or resurrected film stocks that will become available this year. The others include: Kodak Ektachrome, Ferrania P30 b/w film, and a reformulation of LomoChrome Purple 400 film. Not to mention Lomography also announced three new single-use cameras and German film maker ADOX announced it will doubled the size of its film plant. All this means more options for analog diehards.

You can pre-order a roll (or more) of Rollei Vario Chrome come July 3rd, and orders will begin shipping as soon as the middle of the month. Of course, it makes some sense to wait and see what images from this new film look like, unless you're the gambling type. In that case, please share your results as soon as possible.

Has this Rollei news whet your appetite for film? Here are 10 excellent, affordable film cameras that are easy to track down and get started with.

RCP-Technik releases Rollei 8x zoom lens for iPhone 4

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 18:51:40 Z

(image) Building on the brand's illustrious heritage in the medium format sector, RCP-Technik has applied the Rollei name to a clip-on 8x F1.1 telephoto zoom lens for the iPhone 4. Priced at €34.95, the manual focus lens will be available by the end of this month including a hard case, a mini tripod and tripod mount.

Click here to read the press release (in German)


Rollei dp8300

Thu, 14 Jul 2005 09:46:50 Z

German manufacturer Rollei has announced its offering for the 8 megapixel market with the dp8300. The metal-bodied compact offers a 36 - 108 mm 3x zoom lens, large 2.5-inch LCD, 5cm macro function plus 640 x 480-pixel movie mode which is limited only by the size of the memory card. The Rollei dp8300 will be on sale at the end of the month for around €349 ($422). Press Release: Ambitious Pixel Giant July 2005 - Stylish 8.1-megapixel Rollei digital camera dp8300 opens up new horizons Over eight million sensor pixels are no longer a preserve of professional digital cameras. With the Rollei dp8300, any discriminating shutter bug can now give full rein to his or her creativity. Special highlights of the Rollei dp8300: Duration of video recording limited only by the capacity of the storage medium and option of recording in high-quality TIFF format. The Rollei dp8300 will be available by the end of July 2005 for €349.- (incl. VAT); a 64MB SD memory card is supplied with the camera. The Rollei dp8300 undeniably offers greater possibilities than comparable digital cameras. This is due in great part to its sensational 8.3-megapixel resolution that is an optimum basis for creative editing or large-format printing. Framing your pictures is where it all starts. A 3x f/2.8-4.8 zoom lens with focal lengths from 7.5 -22.5 mm (equivalent to 36-108 mm in 35mm photography) and a powerful 5.1x digital zoom let you move in real close even to far-away subjects. A brilliant 2.5-inch TFT color monitor and an optical real-image viewfinder with eyesight correction make framing a cinch. Close up, focusing in the Rollei dp8300 is possible in the macro range from 5 to 50 cm. Beyond 50 cm, an autofocus system takes care of optimum focus. An important asset for subsequent creative processing of images is the option of recording in TIFF file format. The slightly less memory-intensive JPEG format may be used in FINE, STANDARD or ECONOMY quality. There is a choice of four different image resolutions. In addition to stills, the Rollei dp8300 will also record video clips with the duration of recording being limited only by the capacity of the memory card. In the Standard mode, the clips are recorded with 30 images per second, in the Eco mode with 15 images per second and 640 x 480 pixels. SD memory cards with up to 1 GB may be used; a 64MB SD card is supplied with the camera. In addition, the Rollei dp8300 will also record brief commentaries of up to 30-second duration. To give you maximum leeway for individual control, the camera offers an impressive range of options, starting with flash (Forced, Off, Red-eye Reduction) and white balance (Manual, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1 and 2) to multi zone evaluative and spot metering, and right up to automatic TTL focusing. When it comes to exposure compensation, you have a choice of Auto or Manual over ±2.0 EV in 1/3 increments. The self-timer, finally, has delays of 2, 10 and 10+2 seconds. To transfer your stills or video clips to your computer or a TV set, the camera has a USB 1.1 and a video interface (NTSC, PAL). Rollei dp8300 specifications Sensor • 1/1.88" Type CCD • 8.1 million effective pixels Image sizes • 3264 x 2448 • 2560 x 1920 • 1600 x 1200 • 640 x 480 Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30 fps • 640 x 480 @ 15 fps (economy) • Limited only by the capacity of the storage medium File formats • Still: JPEG, TIFF • Movie: AVI Lens • 36 - 108mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom • F 2.8 - 4.8 [...]

Rollei dr5100

Tue, 23 Nov 2004 17:20:00 Z

Rollei has announced a second new camera, the five megapixel wideangle lens dr5100. The aluminum-bodied compact offers a 3x zoom lens (28 - 85 mm) as well as a movie mode, 1.8-inch LCD plus a very close macro mode of 1cm. Like the dk4010 also announced today, the dr5100 has a hot shoe for accessory flash, as well as a built in flash. Storage media of choice is SD/MMC card and there's 16MB of internal memory to get you started, although with a five megapixel CCD, this isn't likely to last very long. It is available now priced €349 (approx. $458). Press Release: Five Wins Rollei add powerful 5.1-megapixel Rollei dr5100 to their line of digital cameras Weighing in at only 205 g, the Rollei dr5100 is a pleasure to handle. Its stylish aluminum body and an ergonomically shaped rubber grip on the right-hand side make the new digital camera very handy indeed. But there is more to the Rollei dr5100 than just easy operation and good looks. Both discriminating amateurs and professional users will be impressed by its features: 5.1 megapixels, 3x D-VarioApogon zoom lens, voice and video recording plus a host of manual controls. The Rollei dr5100 comes with a fast f/2.5-4.3 wide-angle zoom lens covering focal lengths from 28-85mm (converted to 35mm photography). The extremely short focal lengths at the lower end are ideal for sweeping panoramas and group pictures even in confined space. The 5.13-megapixel CCD sensor in conjunction with the Apogon lens is good for outstanding images that can be printed out to sizes up to DIN A3. The 3x optical zoom is backed up by a 4x digital zoom so that the range of focal lengths can, if necessary, be extended to a whopping 28-336 mm. Autofocusing is possible from 30 cm to infinity. A macrofocusing mode permits full-frame closeups right up to 1 cm from the lens. In addition to a real-image zoom finder there is a 1.8-inch TFT color screen with 130,000 pixels for high-fidelity image display. In the sync-monitor mode, the monitor will switch off at the instant of exposure. Professional users will appreciate the extremely short shutter lag of the Rollei dr5100. The camera is not only ready to shoot 1.2 seconds after it has been switched on, but will start exposure a mere 0.12 second after you have pressed the shutter release – certain to capture even fast-fleeting moments. The power-supply concept is versatile: Users may choose between alkaline or rechargeable size AA batteries and a 3.7V lithium-ion battery. Exposure, white balance and flash can be controlled either automatically or manually, to suit the shooting conditions. Automatic exposure control includes programmed AE and aperture-priority AE. Manual exposure compensation is possible in 1/3 increments over +/-2.0 EV. Metering methods include center-weighted average, multizone evaluative and spot metering. The built-in flash will save the day when the light is low, with auto, On, Off, red-eye reduction and fill modes. There also is a hot shoe for external flash units. In addition to Auto, white balance has presets for Manual, Sun, Cloudy, Tungsten and Fluorescent. A very practical feature is the electronic dial located near the shutter release, which serves to conveniently set aperture, white balance ISO sensitivity (ISO 60 – 1500!) and exposure compensation with your index finger. In addition to single frames, the Rollei dr5100 allows continuous shooting. A built-in self-timer will trigger the shutter with a delay of either 2 or 10 seconds. To simplify matters for the hurried or less skilled user, there are six subject modes, including portrait, sports, landscape, night, text and high sensitivity. Rollei dr5100 specifications [...]

Rollei dk4010

Tue, 23 Nov 2004 16:39:06 Z

Rollei has announced a super zoom in the shape of the 10x zoom, four megapixel dk4010. Despite going for a long zoom, popular with many manufacturers, it has a fairly small, by today's standards, 1.5-inch screen on the back. It also offers a 640 x 480-pixel movie mode, a burst rate of 3.3 fps and storage media is SD/MMC. The dk4010 can also accept wideangle and teleconverter lenses. It is available now priced €399 (approx. $524). Press Release: Rollei Is Zooming In Rollei launches 4-megapixel super zoom camera Rollei dk4010 with 10x zoom lens The new 4-megapixel digital camera by Rollei is sure to capture even very remote subjects in full detail: A 10x zoom lens and a 6x digital zoom let you zoom in on your subjects even over long distances. Other outstanding features are unlimited continuous shooting, a movie mode and the availability of filters and wide-angle or teleconverters to increase the flexibility of the Rollei dk4010 even further. It is available now. The new Rollei digital camera comes in a stylish silver-black body that underlines its professional leanings. But the features are equally attractive: A 10x zoom lens covers focal lengths from 5.7 to 57 mm, equivalent to 37-370 mm in 35mm photography. With f/2.8-3.1, its speed is remarkably high and optimally suited for the wide zooming range. A high-speed autofocus system guarantees consistently sharp pictures. Another remarkable feature is unlimited continuous shooting: The camera is capable of unlimited bursts of up to 3.3 frames per second with maximum resolution. The 1.5-inch TFT LCD monitor gives a clear and brilliant preview of your subjects. The additional electronic viewfinder has a resolution of approx. 300,000 pixels, which results in a more homogeneous color image and richer detail than in conventional LCD viewfinders, even in critical lighting conditions. Moreover, there is no time lag even during rapid panning or subject motion. Whoever wishes to leave all the "work" to the camera may choose one of four programmed AE modes: Portrait, Sports/Action, Night and Night Portrait. Enterprising photographers, on the other hand, will find ample manual control. In addition to automatic white balance, the Rollei dk4010 offers presets for bright sunlight, neon light, cloudy sky, tungsten plus Manual. The built-in flash has an Auto mode (including red-eye reduction) as well fill-in, likewise with red-eye reduction. In addition, the camera features both shutter-speed priority and aperture priority (ten EV steps each). If you wish to capture unforgettable events in the form of brief video clips, simply switch to the movie mode of the Rollei dk4010. The camera records video clips complete with sound with either 640x480 or 320x240 pixels and 15 or 30 frames per second, respectively, depending on whether your first priority is quality or memory space. Both stills and video clips can be recorded on SD or MultiMedia card. Alternatively, they can be transferred directly to a computer or TV set via the USB or video port. An adapter ring allows commercial filters or wide-angle and teleconverters to be attached to the lens tube for even greater creative freedom. Rollei dk4010 specifications Sensor • 1/2.7" Type CCD • 4.2 million pixels total • 4 million effective pixels Image sizes • 2272 x 1704 • 1600 x 1200 pixels • 1280 x 960 • 640 x 480 Movie clips • 640 x 480 • 320 x 240 • 30 + 15 fps • With sound F[...]

Rollei Prego dp5200

Tue, 09 Nov 2004 12:20:00 Z

Rollei has announced its latest high roller in the shape of the 5.2 megapixel Rollei Prego dp5200, which boasts a 2.5-inch LCD screen with high resolution movie mode. The metal-bodied compact is just 24mm thin and is said to fit in the 'middle class' of digital cameras. It also has a 3x optical zoom and a 32 - 96mm focal range. It is available now priced €329 (approx $424). Versatile new compact Rollei Prego dp5200 digital camera with 5.2 megapixels offers large and easy-to-read 2.5-inch TFT color display The powerful new Rollei dp5200 compact camera nicely fits into the "middle class" of digital cameras: It is an attractive combination of stylish, practical design and extremely high operator comfort as well as sophisticated shooting functions. Its extra-flat, stylish metal body houses a 3x zoom lens supported by a 4x digital zoom. Numerous additional functions include the possiblity of video and voice recording. The camera will be available from mid November 2004 for €329 (incl. VAT approx $424). Whoever is looking for a camera that is particularly easy to use will enjoy picture-taking with the Prego dp5200. With dimensions of 88.5 mm x 54.5 mm x 24 mm and a weight of only 130 g, it is remarkably handy and light in weight. What's more, its generously dimensioned 2.5-inch TFT color display gives a perfect view of subjects and settings. The technical specifications packed into the compact metal body leave nothing to be desired: The Prego dp5200 comes with a 5.2-megapixel CCD that easily copes with the requirements made of even large-format prints. Its 3x HFT f/2.8-4.8 zoom lens covers focal lengths from 5.4-16.2 mm, equivalent to 32-96 mm in 35mm photography. Automatic focusing is possible from 0.5 m to infinity, macrofocusing from 6 cm to 50 cm. Autofocusing is performed through the lens (TTL). In addition, the Prego dp5200 permits both average and spot metering. Available shutter speeds are from 1/2 s to 1/1000 s. Flash, white balance and exposure compensation can be controlled either automatically or manually. Manual exposure compensation is possible in 1/3 increments over +/- 2.0 EV. White-balance presets include daylight, cloudy, tungsten and fluorescent. Flash also offers various modes, including night portraits and red-eye reduction. Depending on the intended use of the photos and the capacity of the storage medium used, the photographer may choose between Fine, Standard and Economy image quality. In conjunction with a 512MB SD memory card, the Economy setting will give a very large number of images. A built-in microphone and loudspeaker together with suitable technology allow the Prego dp5200 to be used not only as a versatile still camera, but also as a mini video camera or even dictaction machine. Thus, brief voice recordings of up to 30 seconds are just as easy as the recording of video clips complete with sound. The latter my be recorded with either 640 x 480 pixels or 320 x 240 pixels in MPEG1 (AVI) format. A built-in self-timer with a 2 or 10-second delay makes natural group pictures child's play. Rollei Prego dp5200 specifications Sensor • 1/2.5" Type CCD • 5.2 million pixels total Image sizes • 2560 x 1920 • 2048 x 1536 • 1280 x 960 • 640 x 480 Movie clips • 640 x 480 • 320 x 240 • MPEG1 • Voice recording up to 30 seconds File formats • Still: JPG • Movie: AVI Lens [...]

Rollei Prego dp5300

Mon, 02 Aug 2004 17:10:00 Z

Rollei has today announced the metal-bodied 5.3 megapixel Prego dp5300. Similarly specified to its little brother the dp4200, it has a smaller LCD at 1.5 inches but a wider shutter speed ranging from 8 - 1/1500 sec as well as continuous shooting mode. And a built-in microphone allows you to record sound with 320 x 240-pixel video clips. Press Release: Compact and Powerful Rollei Prego dp5300 combines 5.2 megapixels and a 3x zoom lens with voice and video recording August 2004 Large-size prints of outstanding quality are no problem with a Rollei Prego dp5300. After all, it boasts an impressive 5.25 million pixels for resolution to boot. The compact and powerful digital camera with a 3x zoom lens and 4x digital zoom comes in an attractive metal housing. An integral video and voice-recording mode promises a lot of fun with your own short movie clips.  As of end of August 2004, the Prego dp5300 will be available for €329 ($396). A 1.5-inch LCD TFT color monitor and an optical real-image zoom finder make framing a cinch. And if your subjects are further away, a the 3x zoom lens plus a 2x digital zoom will bring them up close. The focal-length range of the 7.2-21.6mm f/2.8-4.7 zoom lens is equivalent to 35-105 mm in 35mm photography. Focusing is controlled automatically within a range of 0.8 m to infinity. A macrofocusing mode lets you shoot close-ups between 30 and 80 cm. The flash, white balance and exposure compensation are controlled automatically for easy candid shooting. Moreover, there is a self-timer with a delay of 2 s or 10 s. If you wish to take over control, for instance to make allowance for special shooting conditions, switch to manual. The built-in flash lets you choose between Forced, Off and Red-eye reduction. And if the lighting is critical, white-balance presets for daylight, cloudy, tungsten and fluorescent 1 and 2 may be the answer. Last but not least, there is the option of manual exposure compensation in 1/3 increments over ±2.0 EV. Depending on the intended use, image quality can be set – before each shot – to Fine, Normal or Economy. The choice of single frames or continuous shooting opens up even further creative possibilities. However, there is more to this camera than just stills: If you wish to record an entire scene with sound, simply switch to the video mode of the Prego dp5300. The camera will record short video clips with either 320 x 240 pixels. A microphone is built in, and an integral loudspeaker makes sure that you won't miss the sound during playback. The Prego dp5300 supports the JPEG (EXIF 2.2), AVI, DCF and DPOF formats. The files are recorded on SD cards with up to 512 MB or transferred to your computer or TV set via the USB or video interfaces (NTSC, PAL). Rollei Prego dp5300 specifications Sensor • 1/1.8" Type CCD • 5.3 million pixels total • 5.0 million effective pixels Image sizes • 2560 x 1920 • 2048 x 1536 • 1280 x 960 • 640 x 480 Movie clips • 320 x 240 • With audio File formats Still: JPEG (EXIF 2.2) Movies: MPEG1 (AVI) Lens • 35-105mm equiv. (3x zoom) • F2.8 - F4.7 Digital zoom U[...]

Rollei Prego dp4200

Mon, 02 Aug 2004 16:30:00 Z

Rollei has today announced the ultra-slim Prego dp4200 which offers a 4.2 megapixel CCD as well as video with sound. After announcing its highest resolution compact earlier this month, Rollei is aiming at the entry level market with lower priced cameras offering fewer megapixels. The metal-bodied dp4200 is just 24mm wide and boasts a 3x zoom and a large 2-inch LCD and takes SD memory. Press Release: The Slim-Down Digicam The extremely slim new Prego dp4200 digital camera by Rollei is the ideal "camera for all occasions" – with technical features to boot! August 2004 Actually, it's hard to believe how much "contents" you can squeeze into such a tiny package!  Rollei are now introducing a powerful, but ultra-compact 4.2-megapixel digital camera in an especially flat metal body, complete with 3x optical and 3.6x digital zooms plus video and voice-recording options. The Prego dp4200 will be available for €299 ($360) from end of August  2004. A mere 125 grams is what the Prego dp4200 weighs. And  its dream measurements are 88.5 x 54.5 x 24 mm. In other words, it will hitch a hike in just about any pocket. And it will show off its versatility in just about any situation. As a mini video camera or dictation machine, for example. The Prego dp4200 will record video clips with 320 x 240 pixels and 15 frames per second in MPEG1 format (AVI). For brief voice commentaries, there are 30 seconds. A built-in microphone and loudspeaker make it all possible. Conventional camera functions are enhanced by high-grade technical features. The 4.2-megapixel CCD of the Prego dp4200 makes the best of even larger print sizes than A4. Its 3x zoom lens f/2.8-4.8 covers a range of focal lengths which in 35mm photography are equivalent to about 32.4-97.2 mm. Plus there is a 3.6x digital zoom. A large, 2-inch TFT LCD color monitor and an optical real-image zoom viewfinder make framing very simple and fast. Autofocusing takes care of perfect focus  between 0.5 meter and infinity. Even close-ups are easy with the Prego dp4200. Macrofocusing is possible within 6 and 50 cm. Most of the camera modes are available on Auto and Manual. For the built-in flash, for example, there are – in addition to the auto modes – "Fored", "Off" and "Red-eye reduction''". For difficult lighting situations, there are manual white-balance presets for "Daylight", " Cloudy", "Tungsten" or "Fluorescent 1 or 2". „Forced“, „Off“ und „Red-eye-reduction“. And exposure can be compensated manually in one-third increments over +/- 2.0 EV. A self-timer with either 2s or 10s delay  makes for entertaining group photos. Depending on the intended use and available storage space, you can select image quality from "Fine", "Standard" and "Economy". Using the Eonomy setting, for example, the possible 512 MB of an SD card can be put to optimum use. And if you wish to obtain even more space, you can transfer your data via  the USB or video interfaces (NTSC, PAL) to your computer or TV set. Rollei Prego dp4200 specifications Sensor • 1/2.5" Type CCD • 4.2 million pixels total • 4.0 million effective pixels Image sizes • 2272 x 1704 • 1600 x 1200 • 1280 x 960 • 640 x 480 Movie clips • 320 x 240 (15 fps) • With audio File formats Still: JPEG (EXIF 2.2) Movies: MPEG1 (AVI) Lens • 32.4 - 97.2mm equiv. (3x zoom) • F2.[...]

Rollei Prego dp6300

Tue, 20 Jul 2004 06:00:00 Z

Rollei has announced its highest resolution compact camera to date in the shape of the 6.3 megapixel dp6300. The stainless steel-bodied camera also sports a 3x (35-105mm equivalent focal length) F2.8-4.7 optical zoom, a wide range of photographic features, ISO 50-200 sensitivity, shutter speeds from 8 - 1/1500th second, exposure bracketing and a 2.0" TFT screen. The 6.3MP CCD produces image sizes up to 2816x2116 pixels, large enough for prints up to A3 size. The Rollei dp6300 will be available at the end of July priced €449 ($558.60). Press Release: 6.3 megapixels and a 3x zoom lens for top results with the new Rollei Prego dp6300. The imposing panorama from your last holiday, poster-size. A candid shot of your girlfriend, A3-size. Whoever would like to blow up his or her digital photos should turn to a high-pixel camera. Like the powerful new Rollei Prego dp6300 with its 6.3 megapixels. In its stylish and rugged stainless-steel body, with a 3x zoom lens and a 4x digital zoom as well as numerous custom modes and manual settings, the Prego dp6300 makes professional-quality photos accessible to amateur photographers. As of end of July 2004, the Prego will be available for €449 ($558.60). The versatility of the Prego dp6300 is hard to beat: If you wish to send your friends a brief video message or record a particularly memorable scene from your holiday trip, capture a video clip with 320x240 pixels - even with sound because a loudspeaker and microphone are built in. Your video clips or photos can be recorded on SD cards with up to 512 MB and transmitted to a computer or TV set via the USB or video port (NTSC, PAL). And of course, there is an ample choice of recording formats: from JPEG (EXIF 2.2) and TIFF right up to AVI. Optimum image quality is ensured by a 6.3-megapixel CCD sensor plus a high-quality zoom lens f/2.8-4.7 with focal lengths from 7.2 to 21.6 mm (equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm photography). In addition to its 3x optical zoom, the Prego dp6300 has a 4.4x digital zoom. Depending on the intended use, pictures can be taken with fine, coarse or standard resolution or in TIFF mode (only with 2816x2116 pixels). Automatic focusing is possible from 0.8 m to infinity, macrofocusing from 9 to 80 cm. Shutter speed is controlled automatically from 8s to 1/1500 s. An easy-to-read 2.0" TFT color monitor displays the different settings. An optical real-image zoom viewfinder with eyesight correction makes for easy framing. There is an ample choice of individual settings that can be varied for each photo. Thus you can choose between single frames and continuous shooting (five images) or bracketing (-0.67 EV, 0 EV and +0.67 EV). A dial controls shooting modes such as programmed AE, AV, TV, manual, portrait, sports and night. A built-in flash unit comes in handy when the light is low; it can be set to Auto, Off, Forced or Red-eye reduction. White balance with an auto mode plus presets for manual, daylight, cloudy, tungsten and fluorescent tubes 1 and 2 takes care of precise color balance even in critical lighting conditions. Exposure can be compensated either automatically or manually in one-third increments over +/- 2.0 EV. Rollei Prego dp6300 specifications Sensor • 1/1.8" Type CCD • 6.3 million pixels total • 6.0 million effective pixels Image sizes • 2816 x 2116 • 2272 x 1704 • 1600 x 1200 • 640 x 480 Movie clips • 320 x 240 • With audio Lens • 35-105 mm equiv (3x optical zoom) • F2.8 - F4.7 Focus range • Normal: 0.8 m - Infinity • Macro: 9 - 80 cm Focu[...]

Rollei Introduces the Retro MiniDigi

Fri, 05 Mar 2004 22:36:22 Z

Following the current trend for retro looking digital cameras, it seems that Rollei are showing a digital version of their classic 1929 Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex at PhotoExpo 2004 in Japan. The Rollei MiniDigi has a 2 megapixel CCD, a 9mm F2.8 fixed lens and uses SD card for storage. In keeping with the original the viewfinder/LCD is at the top. According to the Japanese news site PC Watch it is expected to sell for 39,800 Yen and will be available from May 21st.

Rollei MiniDigi


Main features include:

  • 2 Megapixel sensor
  • Lens: F 2.8 9mm fixed focus
  • Focus range: 0.5m - Infinity
  • Shutter speed: 1/15 - 1/7500 seconds
  • Exposure adjustment: Automatic
  • White balance: Automatic
  • Storage media: SD card
  • Picture sizes:
    • 1280×1280 pixel
    • 640×640 pixel
  • LCD: On substance top 1.1 inch color LCD
  • Power: CR2 Lithium
  • Dimensions: W49×H73×D45mm

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Rollei d530 flex 5 mp D-SLR

Thu, 07 Mar 2002 04:00:00 Z

At the Focus On Imaging 2002 show last week in Birmingham Rollei had a mysterious camera in a glass case. It turns out that this camera is Rollei's latest foray into the digital realm. The d530 flex is a five megapixel with a non-removable three times optical zoom digital camera with a true TTL optical reflex type viewfinder (even has a micro-lens focusing screen). Curiously the camera only captures in RAW format. Storage is provided by a PCMCIA slot and playback on a 2.5" LCD monitor. This is a power hungry beast and requires no less than six AA batteries and is priced at £1,700 (inc VAT) - approx US$2,000 without taxes. Press release: Gimme Five Rollei is upgrading its successful digital single-lens reflex camera family with the five-megapixel Rollei d530 flex Equipped with a five million pixel CCD and clad in a new, sleek black look, the Rollei d530 flex is a worthy successor to the proven Rollei d30 flex. The digital SLR is fitted with a 10-30 mm f/2.8-4 HFT zoom lens. The images are captured via the PCMCIA interface on MicroDrive, CompactFlash or SmartMedia cards or on any other conventional media. With two automatic and one manual program, exposure control is extremely flexible. A wide assortment of flash modes ensure that the lighting is always perfect. An SCSI port is available for direct data transfer to a PC or Mac (or remote control), and there is also a video port. The Rollei d530 flex will be available in the 2nd half of 2002 and will cost under 1700 Pound Sterling (incl. VAT). With its outstanding optical and technical refinements, the new Rollei d530 flex offers the more demanding digital photographer absolute top quality and ease of handling. Now packed with 5 megapixels and sporting a smart black appearance, it slips effortlessly into the squad of semi-professional digital cameras. The Rollei d530 flex has a large, bright optical reflex viewfinder with a micro-lens focusing screen. It allows eyesight compensation between -3 and +2 diopters. The 2.5 inch TFT colour monitor with 112,000 pixels makes framing easy, particularly as the brightness can be regulated according to the angle of view. The camera status and current settings like the frame number, flash mode, self-timer, battery status, time, date, exposure data (speed/aperture), exposure correction, erase modes, single and double exposures, PAL/NTSC operation and manual release are indicated on the power-saving black-and-white LCD. Exposure control is either manual or via two automatic programs -oriented to fastest shutter speed or maximum depth-of-field. The CCD chip permits centre-weighted TTL integral metering. The phase comparison autofocus system provides for the necessary sharpness down to 0.6 m. In addition, manual focusing is possible via the focusing ring. The Rollei d530 flex works with an integrated TTL-controlled electronic flash unit. Four flash modes ensure that the subject is always correctly illuminated: auto, fill-in flash - both with or without red-eye reduction - manual and flash off. Its range is 0.6 - 3 metres. The d530 flex has a hot shoe with TTL control for the Rollei f28 system flash. All other shoe-mounted flash units and flash equipment can be controlled via the hot-shoe contact or X-cable adapter. The camera is powered by 6 rechargeable AA batteries or alkaline batteries. As the five million pixel raw data of the Rollei d530 flex digital camera offer a big storage volume it is advantageous to use a USB-Offline connection via a USB-card reader. With this method the data which is stored on the memory card inside the camera is transferred via the USB-card read[...]