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Contax TVS

Contax TVS
alaScore 78

32 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Contax TVS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 32 reviews)

2 expert reviews

User Reviews  

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Digital Cameras - Contax TVS Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


When it comes to exposure, the TVS offers Program AE and Aperture Priority main exposure modes. Both modes are accessed via the Mode dial on the camera's top panel, which also offers Movie, Playback, and Setup options. In standard Program AE mode, the...

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Contax TVS Digital


perhaps among the best made dgital compact ever made, good quality image in its day, still very acceptable today. Still dream that Contax will come back once again, hopefully Zeiss will do it.

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Contax TVS Digital


Very well made robust camera compared to current line DC. IQ is just fantastic. Rich colors, sharp, lot of manual settings.Very happy I bought a new one last from available on the market. No camera from modern can produce images like this Contax.

not at all


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Contax TVS Digital


This is a very well made camera .Of course the Contax name means quiality.Been using mine for several; years now and get excellant photos I don't print any photos over 8 X 10,but had great results at that size..Because it's a Contax it holds it's...

Only problem is it 's format is strictly jpeg I do wish it also had Raw feature ; for the money it should have had Raw

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Owners Opinion: Contax TVS Digital (John Demetris, 13 Nov 05)


I'm no expert, but this camera has taken many great shots for me. Make sure the auto focus is locked, then just snap away. Sharp, crisp images. Colors need to be punched up a bit with software before printing, but that's simple to do. I've gotten a few...

Error in the camera, sometimes when using the flash the camera powers itself down, and unfortunately all photos on the SD card are lost! Very inconvenient. I set the camera to default to no flash

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Owners Opinion: Contax TVS Digital (pk pete, 12 Sep 05)


I bought it at full price when it first came out. Felt frustrated as it could hardly focus at dimm light. Recently, I found the Contax site in Japan in Japanese with a firmware update (1.05). Could not figure out the instruction how to do the firmware...

Contax did not even publish the firmware update in English ; A slow and dumb DC at today's standard

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Owners Opinion: Contax TVS Digital (jilly2005, 7 Sep 05)


I'm sorry Contax will no longer be making cameras, because this camera is a fine one. The ease with which I have made outstanding images with this camera is almost criminal. 400 ISO is noisy, especially the luminance channel, but the salt and pepper...

The LCD screen is hard to view in daylight. Indoors you can see it better. This camera is a little chunkier than a ; few of the newer compact digitals, but it also has more ; features than many. Oh, and I paid too much for the camera. It's a Contax

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Owners Opinion: Contax TVS Digital (Morgengeist, 2 Jun 05)


Let me put one thing right from the beginning: I´m a german, so at least excuse my bad english, please. Like so manys, I consider myself as being a quite ambitious photographer. I spent a lot of money into my expensive (analogue) hobby within the...

Slow, big, heavy, expensive, old, stinks

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Owners Opinion: Contax TVS Digital (NickW2, 25 Mar 04)


I have used the TVS film cameras for some years and this was a natural purchase to follow on. I am disappointed overall due to its unpredictability with exposures. It does have a superb lens - probably the best in compact digital cameras. I also find...

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Owners Opinion: Contax TVS Digital (GaryK, 31 Oct 03)


I really like this camera, but it's just an expensive point and shoot (although street price seems to have come down since I purchased mine). Automatic exposure and white balance exceed any digital camera I've seen. The image quality, in my experience,...

SLOW write this a function of the SD format

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built In Flash: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Data Back: No
DX Coding: Yes
Exchangable Lens: No
Exposure Regulation:Not Applicable
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Motor: Yes
Panorama:No / Yes
Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD
Water Protection: No


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Compact / SLR:Compact
Film Format:135 mm
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Bifocal / Zoom:Zoom


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: No
XD Card: No


Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice