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Kyocera CONTAX N Digital

Kyocera CONTAX N Digital
alaScore 85

18 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability. The screen and viewfinder get less positive comments. Views are divided on the image quality.


shutter, viewfinder, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Kyocera CONTAX N Digital is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 18 reviews)

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Contax N Digital


This review is written by Irakly Shanidze, a photographer and author whose reviews are widely published in both Russia and the United States. Even though the Contax N Digital failed in most markets, hopefully Co

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Owners Opinion: Contax N Digital (cvscotland, 5 May 07)


Great camera for quality landscapes or studio images. ISO usable from 25 to 100 only before noise starts to creep in. Dynamic range excellent also. Preview screen on the back hopeless compared with what is currently available. No use for sports...

Autofocus a bit iffy sometimes, and battery life issues solved with 2600 AA rechargeables

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Owners Opinion: Contax N Digital (1bluepenguin, 4 Dec 06)


The Contax N Digital is different than all other DSLR cameras. I have used Nikon and Fuji DSLR as well. However non of them makes a N Digital picture and gives a sentimental feeling like it does. This camera is like a wild horse. If you know how to...

Slow AF, ISO 25~400, No Long Exposure, High Price


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Owners Opinion: Contax N Digital (pigpig, 23 Aug 06)


Excellent image quality...


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Owners Opinion: Contax N Digital (hyunho, 12 Jun 06)



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Owners Opinion: Contax N Digital (LesJ, 23 Nov 04)


What a disappointment this camera is! It's built around the Contax N with the same controls, shape, size etc. -soundly constructed and for Contax users, the answer to a prayer until you view the results. Even with the wonderful lenses available for...

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Owners Opinion: Contax N Digital (fim, 21 Nov 04)


I bought this camera new a couple of months ago. The very last few left on the market. I use a N1 and a 645 so it is logical to buy the ND to complete the system. This camera IMO is the best digital camera regardless of price. The controls are so nicly...

white balance is very good for outdoor shots put poor for indoor ; Pictures using flash can be tricky even with the TLA 360 ; Camera sometimes freeze and you need to switch it off and on again ; The write speed to the CF card is slow

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Owners Opinion: Contax N Digital (Albert4321, 2 Sep 04)


Considering this camera has two year old technology and being the 1st full frame dSLR, it is a great camera even in today standard for image quality. You cannot expect to use it to shoot fast action sport as Contax's market is more for artists. It is a...

useable ISO from 25-200. Small buffer size

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Owners Opinion: Contax N Digital (photohag, 29 Aug 03)


Excellent camera for studio work. Pros: low iso, image quality, color, Dynamic Range, 250 flash sync, control layout, changing setting is very fast, fantstic Contax build quality and most of all... Zeiss Glass (plus you can use all of the 645 lenses)

long exposures (over a second) are worthless, noise in images with iso over 200

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Contax N Digital - (Digital SLRs)


Product Specifications

The Contax N Digital is the world's first digital SLR camera to employ a full-frame 35mm, 24 x 36mm, 6+ Mega Pixel CCD. This achievement allows the camera full use of Carl Zeiss T N series Auto Focus lenses while offering the user world-class digital picture quality. The N Digital is based on the Contax N1 and provides the perfect ergonomic platform. The N Digital's unique features include the "Dual Focus Mechanism, "the world's first" 5-point Wide Array Diagonal Auto Focus System" and "Fine Focus ABC (Auto Bracketing System)." The N Digital can offer greater control and creativity to meet the photographer's demands by incorporating the Dual Focus Mechanism along with the highly advanced SLR digital image technology. The N Digital offers a high-resolution equivalent to film-based photography, meeting the needs of both professional and serious amateur photographers. The new Contax N Digital will be able take advantage of the impressive lens line from the N system, which includes a total of seven lenses. In addition, the Contax N Digital can also use all eight lenses from the Contax 645 system with the NAM-1 adapter. The option of using lenses from the Contax 645 system is especially important to 645 owners since they can utilize their current lenses with the N Digital with the simple addition of the NAM-1 adapter.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash/CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Model:N Digital
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Contax

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only
Type: None



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:24 x 36mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):24 x 36 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 125 / ISO 160 / ISO 200 / ISO 25 / ISO 250 / ISO 320 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 64 / ISO 80
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical