A brief info on Kodak DCS-Series Digital Still SLR cameras
Part V - DCS-300 Series with Nikon APS 600i & 6i body Chassis

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The Kodak Professional DCS-315 Still Digital SLR camera, which based largely on a Nikon APS format Pronea 600i was launched in 1998. Unlike the all previous Kodak DCS-Series models, as this 300 Series camera was very much compact in size as it was using the smaller APS series to construct. This portable camera system was again updated a year later in 1999 with another model called Kodak Professional DCS-330 Still Digital SLR camera which, other than based on a newer APS-Nikon Pronea 6i, also incorporated many enhanced features, the main one is, an improved image capacity from 1.5 million pixels to 3 million pixels with its larger Indium Tin Oxide ("ITO") CCD which effectively affects focal length conversion when Nikkor lenses are used (1.9X versus 2.6X of the earlier DCS-315). However, as both cameras retain many of the basic operational features of the Pronea bodies, any Nikon users should have no problems getting easily adaptive to its functions. Come to think of it, why Nikon does give the APS-camera a rebirth in making them as the main digital framework, gives their lens mount larger diameter to accept all standard Nikkor lenses instead of making digital SLR so huge, heavy and bulkier than ever ??..

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The colour LCD panel with histogram provides visual checking of exposure and status of writing onto device. The second LC is a monochrome type for settings of camera functions

Features & Highlights: The DCS-300 Series bodies integrate Nikon SLR functionality with Kodak digital camera technology, provides a rich set of features that allows you to capture images in digital files readily. The following features are available in both the DCS 315 and 330 cameras:

Accessories/Computer Interface:
DCS 315: accepts removable Nikon IX-Nikkor AF and F-mount lenses.
DCS 330: accepts removable Nikon F-mount lenses (more info..)

Dual PC Card slots hold one Type III or two Type II or ATA PC cards. (The forward PC Card slot is currently inactive. It can be used to store an extra Type IIPC Card); High speed IEEE 1394 serial interface; Accepts six removable AA format batteries or the Kodak-specified AC Adapter

Image Quality:
Automatic scene balance which includes both color and exposure (+1 stop)
10 bit per channel color depth for a total of 30 bits pixel depth; ability to capture images directly in a Kodak proprietary TIFF format
DCS 315: focal length conversion of
2.6X with standard Nikkor lenses
DCS 330: focal length conversion of
1.9X with standard Nikkor lenses

NOTE: -See Instruction Manuals for respective Models at the bottom of this page.

Image Management:
DCS 315: Images saved as TIFF Custom and/or one of three levels of finished JPEG files
DCS 330: Images saved as TIFF Custom Image tag and delete capability
Records and associates sound files with images
Date/time stamp and thumbnail stored with each image

Image Information: 1.8 inch Image LCD panel provides review of images and other functionality. Image histogram and exposure information. Image

ISO (film Speed Equivalent): 100 - 400 (DCS-315); 125 - 400 (DCS-330)
Interface; IEEE 1394 high-speed serial interface
Built-in Flash: Built-in integrated flash; supports Nikon SB series flash attachments
1/4 inch x 20 inch tripod mount;
Dimension: Kodak DC-S 330: 6.9 in. (174 mm) tall, 5.3 in. (137 mm) wide, 3.0 in. (76 mm) deep; Weight: 2.8 lbs. (1.08 kg)

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The table below lists major difference between the two DC-S models: DCS 315 and DCS 330 cameras:
Feature DCS 315 DCS 330
Image Size 1.5 million pixels (1008 x 1520); Time to process) 2:3 aspect ratio 3 million pixels (1504 x 2008) ITO CCD 3:4 aspect ratio
Approximate Finished
File Size
TIFF - 1.7 MB
JPEG Best - 650 KB
JPEG Better - 350 KB
JPEG Good - 200 KB
TIFF - 3.3 MB
ISO 100 - 400 125 - 400
Burst 2 frames/second burst for 3 images every 11 seconds with Type III PC Card 1 frame/second burst for 8 images
Time from capture to storage and thumbnail display 2 seconds 7 seconds (Time depends on the
number of images in the burst)
Time to process and store finished JPEG Best in the camera Under 25 seconds per image -
Antialiasing Filter* Not included Included
Serial Port: - Included
* The chip in the DCS315 has heightened infrared sensitivity and the Hot Mirror reflects most infrared light, especially between 880 and 1200 nanometers, to offset this. you have to change the optional filter with different lenses. The filter for DCS-330 is included as standard accessory.

Technical Specifications:
Type of camera   Two models are available: DCS 315 and DCS 330. Both are integral-motor autofocus 35 mm single-lens reflex
Imager size   DCS 315: 1,532,160 million pixels
DCS 330: 3,020,032 million pixels
Lens mount   Nikon F mount
Usable Lenses   Refer to below for a list of compatible lenses*
Focus area   Wide and Spot selectable
Focus mode   Autofocus and Manual with electronic rangefinder
Operation mode   BASIC and ADVANCED
Focus mode   Single Servo AF, Continuous Servo AF, and Manual with electronic rangefinder
Focus Tracking   Automatically activated when subject moves in Continuous Servo AF mode
Autofocus detection system   Nikon CAM274 autofocus module
Autofocus detection range   Approximately EV 0 to EV +20 (at ISO 200)
Autofocus lock   Possible once stationary subject is in focus in Single Servo autofocus
Electronic rangefinder   Available in Manual Focus mode with lenses having a maximum aperture of f5.6 or faster
Exposure Metering   Three built-in exposure meters - 3D Matrix, Center-Weighted, and Spot
Metering range (ISO 200 w/ f.1.4)   EV 0 to EV 20 in 3D Matrix (DCS 330 only) and Center-Weighted, EV 4 to EV 20 in Spot
Exposure meter duration   Remains on for 8 seconds after the camera is turned On or after you remove your finger from the Shutter Release button
Exposure modes   Programmed Auto (Auto-Multi Program and Vari-Program), Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto, and Manual; only Auto-Multi Program and Vari-Program are selectable in BASIC mode
Programmed Auto Exposure control   Camera sets both shutter speed and lens aperture automatically; Flexible Program is possible
Shutter-Priority AE   Aperture automatically selected to match manually set shutter speed
Aperture-Priority AE   Shutter speed automatically selected to match manually set aperture

Manual Exposure control   Both aperture and shutter speed are set manually
Vari-Program   Six built-in types: Portrait, Hyper focal, Landscape, Close-up, Sport, and Silhouette Programs. Flexible Program is possible
Quick Recall function   Using the QR-OUT button, user-selected or original camera settings can be recalled; up to three settings can be memorized
Exposure compensation   With the Exposure Compensation button; ±5 EV range, in 1/2 EV steps
Auto exposure lock   By pressing the AE-L button while meter is on
Exposure bracketing   Three frames in 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Shutter speeds   Lithium niobate oscillator-controlled speeds from 1/8800 to 30 seconds (in 1/2 stop increments)
Viewfinder   Fixed eye level pentaprism high-eyepoint type Approximately 20 mm
Eyepoint   Approximately 20 mm
Focusing screen   Nikon new B-type BriteView screen III; fixed
Viewfinder information   LCD shows Metering system, Focus indication, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture, Electronic Analog display, Exposure Compensation value, Flash/Exposure Compensation mark; a Flash Ready LED is also shown
Camera Status LCD panel info   Vari-Program, Shutter speed, Aperture, Exposure mode, Flexible Program, Focus area, AF mode, Drive mode, Flash Sync mode, Exposure/Flash Bracketing mark, Exposure Compensation, Compensation value, and Selftimer.
Image LCD panel
  PC Card inserted, images available, folder name, number of images in folder, thumbnail of current image, location of current image in folder, file type, host PC connected, battery level, background image processing status, recording status, current image number, file type of current image
Status LCD panel illumination   Push the LCD Panel Illumination button to activate
ISO range   DCS 315: 100 - 400
DCS 330: 125 - 400
Self-timer   Electronically controlled; 10 seconds duration; can be canceled
Accessory shoe   Standard ISO-type hot-shoe contact; ready-light contact, TTL flash contact, monitor contact; mount receptacle for SB-27/SB-26’s Posi-Mount System
Built-in flash   Guide number: 20 (ISO 200, m); flash coverage: 20 mm or longer lens; Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash (DCS 330 only), Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync and Rear-Curtain Sync are possible
Flash synchronization   Up to 1/180 second Lights up green when flash is recommended
Flash recommended /ready-light   Lights up red when flash is ready; blinks to indicate flash output level was full in previous shot
Flash output level compensation   From -3 to +1 EV, in 1/2 EV steps
Power source   Six AA format batteries and/or AC adapter
Battery power confirmation   .On Image LCD panel
Kodak-specified AC Adapter   An alternative power source that allows you to conserve your battery while working indoors
Dimensions   Width: 137 mm, Height: 174 mm, Depth: 76 mm
Weight   Approximately 3 pounds; (camera containing a battery, PC Card and lens)

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