A brief info on Kodak DCS-Series Digital Still SLR cameras
Part IV - DCS-500 Series with Canon EOS-1n body Chassis

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The Canon D2000 / Kodak Professional DCS-520 / Kodak Professional DCS-560 Still Digital SLR camera Still Digital SLR cameras

Features & Highlights: This advent of the EOS-520 was important, as Canon's EOS users can finally enjoy high resolution digital imaging with their EF lenses. Both the Canon D2000/Kodak DCS 520 and the DCS 560 cameras introduced at later stage opened up plenty of shooting possibilities for photojournalists and media users as with Nikon photographers.. Basically, DCS520's electronics and software related to digital imaging were designed by Kodak, while the camera body, essentially a EOS-1n's viewfinder display, metering, exposure control and lens system were based on Canon. Any differences between the few models are noted.

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Credit: Images of this 2 megapixels Kodak/Canon DCS-520 Image(s) courtesy of 'Shutterblade team' (e-mail)who specialises trading of new, used collectable cameras. The Company also operates a popular Ebay Store. All image(s) appeared herein are Copyright © 2005. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

One significant difference is, the DCS-520 was more compact than many of the Nikon based DCS-models (except the DCS-315 which uses a APS-Nikon). Other than the camera provides a rich set of features that allows you to capture images and stored in storage medium, the original DCS-520/D2000 accepts the full range of Canon EOS lenses, though their focal length is effectively multiplied by a factor of about 1.5 because the CCD measures about 23 x 16mm. The early DCS-520 has a effective working ISO from 200 to 1600, uses a 2 megapixel CCD that delivers a 1728 x 1152 pixel output with 2:3 aspect ratio. The Raw image function produces 2MB files (before colour-interpolation) and expands to approx. 6MB RGB files and may even be acquired into Photoshop as a 36 bit (11.4MB) file. The burst rate of the DCS-520/D2000 was impressive, it shoots at 3.5 frames/sec. burst for 12 images which is better than the DCS-560 (3 fps) introduced later (probably it was rushed for the Commonwealth games where it was officially debut for sports photographers).

The followed up model, a USD29,995 list price DCS-560 main feature is its lower working ISO range from 80-200 and higher image resolution at 6 million pixels (2008 x 3040) which makes the Canon finally catching up with the Nikon F-mount DCS-460 specification. The colour analysis in the DCS-560 works each pixel by 12 bits which contributes to a total bit depth of 36-bit color (the DCS460 has fixed ISO 80 equivalent, the earlier DCS-520 from 200-1600) but DCS-560 has variable sensitivity from ISO80 and ISO200. The larger CCD sensor also enables the camera's focal length multiplication to 1.3X from DCS-520's 1.5X. Overall, the DCS-520 is more inclined to speed while the DCS-560 is more for image resolution.

All the camera models represented merging of Canon and Kodak technologies. Image transmit and storage has a wide varieties of options as Fire wire (IEEE 1394) built-in (no SCSI) and you can also transmit images from your camera to a remote computer using a cell phone and there are a long list of
compatible storage media.

These features vary, depending on respective camera models:

* Image size: DCS 520/D2000: 2 million pixels (1728 x 1152) 2:3 aspect ratio
DCS 560: 6 million pixels (2008 x 3040) 2:3 aspect ratio
* Finished file size DCS 520/D2000: 6 MB
DCS 560: 18 MB
* ISO: DCS 520/D2000: 200 - 1600
DCS 560: 80 - 200
* Continuous frame rate: DCS 520/D2000: 3.5 frames/sec. If memory is full (burst depth of 12 is reached), the rate is temporarily reduced to .5 frame/sec.
DCS 560: 1 frame/sec. If memory is full (burst depth of 3 is reached), the rate is temporarily reduced to .15 frame/sec.
* Burst: DCS 520/D2000: 3.5 frames/sec. burst for 12 images
DCS 560: 1 frame/sec. burst for 3 images

These features are available on both the DCS 520 and 560:

*   Enhanced White Balance functionality including ability to save White Balance settings
*   An Intervalometer that sets your camera to capture a series of images automatically
*   Ability to recover deleted images
*   Global Positioning system that determines the exact latitude and longitude of the camera
*   Color display of images with histogram and highlighted areas of overexposure
*   Removable battery and Dual active slots for PC Cards
*   JPEG file processing that allows you to finish files on the camera (DCS 520 only)
*   Lossless compression TIFF raw data files (12-bit data)
*   IPTC data in image header
*   Full image viewfinder
*   Anti-aliasing filter to minimize color aliasing or IR filter to improve image quality
*   Controls for vertical shooting
*   Name plate that you can personalize
*   Remote port connector for Canon accessories
*   IEEE 1394 connection to computer (high speed serial bus)
*   E-TTL flash control

Important: As with most Digital cameras introduced prior to the new Canon D1hs and the 14 megapixels Kodak's 14n/c of 2003 which gives truthfully equivalent of 35mm format, both the DCS-520/DCS-560 cameras utilize Canon EF lenses designed for 35 mm film frames. Since the imager in the camera is smaller than a 35 mm film frame, there will be a lens magnification or telephoto effect present. These effects are indicated below (* The viewfinder is masked and magnified to provide corrected image framing.)





Magnification Factor

35mm System





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DCS 560





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

: The Canon D2000 has a revised model in December, 1998 called EOS D6000 in Japan. It has Two PCMCIA card slots accept two Type I or Type II cards, or one Type III card and uses IEEE1394 (Apple's firewire) interface.

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Type of camera   Two models are available: DCS 520/D2000 and DCS 560, with the latter having higher image capaicity and other enhancement. All three cameras combine 35mm focal plane shutter SLR (single lens reflex) with autofocus, auto exposure, built-in digital functionality.
Imager size   DCS 520/D2000: 1728 x 1152 pixels (22.5 x 15.1 mm)
DCS 560: 3040 x 2008 pixels (18.1 x 27.4)
Lens mount   Canon EF mount (fully electronic signal transfer system)
Usable Lenses   Canon EF lenses*
Viewfinder:   Fixed eye-level pentaprism.
Picture Coverage:   DCS 520/D2000: Gives 97% vertical and 98% horizontal coverage of actual picture area.
DCS 560: Gives 97% vertical and 97% horizontal coverage of actual picture area.
Magnification:   0.834 (-1 dpt, with 50mm lens at infinity).
Standard diopter:   -1 dpt, built-in dioptric adjustment mechanism provided with adjustment range of -3 ~ +1 dpt (eyepoint: 20 mm).
Focusing Screen:   Interchangeable (9 types available); standard screen: Ec-CII.
Reflex Mirror:   Quick return half-mirror (Mirror blockage: None to 1200mm f/5.6)
Viewfinder Information:   1) Within viewing area: Five focusing points, fine spot metering area mark (with Ec-CII)
2) Below viewing area: Shutter speed, aperture value, *AE lock, blinks at 2 Hz during AEB operation, M (manual), flash charge completion indicator, lights when exposure compensation or flash exposure compensation is set , in-focus indicator, blinks at 8 Hz when AF is impossible.
3) To the right of viewing area: Exposure level scale (±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments), exposure level indicator (1) AE mode, exposure compensation amount, (2) AE lock, real-time meter deviation value, (3) manual exposure level, (4) AEB step amount, (5) background exposure when using flash).
Depth of Field Preview:   Possible, by operation of Depth-of-field Preview button.
Light Metering:   TTL full-aperture metering using a 12-zone SPC (silicon photocell). Five metering modes available:
1) Evaluative metering.
2) Partial metering covers approximately 23% (DCS 520) and 15% (DCS 560) of the central picture area
3) Fine spot metering covers approximately 6% (DCS 520) and 4% (DCS 560) of the central picture area. In continuous exposure mode, first frame metered in real time, second and successive frames shot at same settings (AE lock).
4) Spot metering covers approximately 9% (DCS 520) and 6% (DCS 560) of the picture area at each AF frame position.
5) Center-weighted average metering.
Drive Mode   Two modes are available: (single exposure) and (continuous exposure).
Shooting Modes:   1) Shutter-priority AE (1/3-stop increments) 2) Aperture-priority AE (1/3-stop increments) 3) Depth-of-Field AE 4) Intelligent Program AE 5) A-TTL program flash AE 6) TTL program flash AE 7) Manual exposure 8) Bulb 9) E-TTL Program Flash AE
Metering Range:   DCS 520/D2000: At normal temperature with 50mm f/1.4 lens at ISO 200: 1) Evaluative metering, partial metering: EV -1 ~ 19 2) Fine spot metering: EV 2 ~ 19 DCS 560: At normal temperature with 50mm f/1.4 lens at ISO 100: 1) Evaluative metering, partial metering: EV 0 ~ 20 2) Fine spot metering: EV 3 ~ 20
Usable ISO Range:   DCS 520/D2000: ISO 200 - 1600
DCS 560: ISO 80 - 200
Exposure Compensation   1) AEB: +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments, shot according to Drive mode in sequence of underexposure, correct exposure, overexposure; repeatable, can be used with self-timer for delayed 3-sequence exposure.
2) Manual compensation: +/- 3 stops in 1/3-stop increments, by independent operation of quick control dial or combination of exposure compensation button + main dial; can be used together with AEB.
AE Lock   1) Auto AE lock: occurs simultaneously with AF completion in One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering.
2) Manual AE lock is possible in all metering modes by pressing AE Lock button.
AF Control System:   TTL-CT-SIR (Secondary Image Registration) phase detection type using Cross-type multi-BASIS (Base-Stored Image Sensor). Focus completion indicated by LED
according to Ap and audible beep (Lamp blinks at 8 Hz when autofocusing is impossible; beep sound can be turned off)
Focusing Points:   Five focusing points provided.
Focusing Point Selection:   Selected automatically by camera or manually by user
Focusing Modes   1) One-shot AF: At focus completion, AF operation stops, AF lock occurs and the shutter release is enabled.
2) AI Servo AF: AF system tracks moving subject until immediately prior to exposure, includes predictive focusing function, shutter release enabled at all times (however, predictive focus control has priority in continuous exposure mode); in-focus indicator does not light when focus is achieved, but blinks at 8 Hz when autofocusing is impossible.
3) Manual focusing: Possible by setting the lens’ focus mode switch to “M” and operating the lens’ manual focusing ring. In-focus indicator lights up when focus is achieved (with EF lenses having maximum aperture of f/5.6 or larger).
AF Working Range:   DCS 520/D2000: EV -1 ~ 17 (ISO 200).
DCS 560: EV 0 ~ 18 (ISO 100).
Shutter Type:   Vertical-travel, focal plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled.
Shutter Speed:   1/8800 ~ 30 seconds. (in 1/3-stop increments) and bulb. Maximum X-sync speed: 1/250 second.
Shutter Release:   Soft-touch electromagnetic release.
Self-timer:   Electronically controlled with 2- or 10-second delay, selectable; operation indicated by blinking lamp (blinking speed: 2 Hz when first activated, increasing to 8 Hz for final two seconds); self-timer counted down in camera’s LCD panel; can be automatically canceled by setting the main switch to (L).

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

Technical specifications cont...
CAMERA BODY   1) Accessory shoe: contact, directly-coupled contacts 2) PC terminal: JIS B socket (with lock screw) * (1) and (2) can be used at the same time.
Flash Contacts:    
Automatic Flash Exposure:   X-sync Shutter Speed and Aperture Settings (with EOS dedicated Speedlights)
Shooting Mode X-sync shutter speed Aperture value
P (program AE) Automatically set to 1/60 - 1/250 second. based on ATTL or TTL program. Automatically set according to A-TTL or TTL program
Tv (Shutter priority AE) Manually set to any shutter speed of 1/250 or slower. Automatically set according to ambient light level and shutter speed.
Av (Aperture priority AE) Automatically set between 30 seconds and 1/250 second according to ambient light level and set aperture value. Manually set to desired aperture.
M (Manual exposure) Manually set to any shutter speed of 1/250 or slower. Manually set to desired aperture.
If a shutter speed faster than 1/250 second is set, the camera automatically sets the shutter speed to 1/250 second.
Custom Function
  Several built-in custom functions selectable by user:
3) Beeping when in focus
4) AF activation method
5) Manual shutter speed and aperture value setting method
6) Shutter speed, aperture value, exposure compensation, flash exposure compensation and AEB setting increments
7) Manual focusing using the electronic manual focusing ring
8) Selection of center-weighted average metering
9) AEB shooting sequence
10) Cancellation of superimposed focusing points
11) Focusing point selection method
12) Mirror up photography
13) Spot metering linked to focusing points
14) Flash output control.
Image Display   Displays one, four, or nine images, and provides menu choices for camera functions.
Top LCD panel   Displays necessary information including AF mode, Drive mode, metering mode, shutter speed, aperture value, ISO, and exposure compensation.
Back LCD panel   Displays information including current frame number, frames remaining, battery status, white balance, and sound recording information
Remote Control:   3-pin remote control socket provided.
Imager:   DCS 520/D2000: 2 million pixel imager which operates at 200 - 1600 ISO.
DCS 560: 6 million pixel imager which operates at 80 - 200 ISO.
Microphone   Built-in microphone records sound in a.WAV file format at “telephone quality” 8-bits, 11 kilohertz, monaural.
PC-Card Slot   Designated to accept PC-Cards that support the PCMCIA “ATA” interface.
IEEE 1394 Connector   High-speed serial interface connector.
3-Pin Connector   For AC adapter
Tripod Mount   1/4” 20 thread
Dimensions   Height: 174 mm, Width: 161 mm, Depth: 92 mm
Weight   1.65 kg (without battery, lens, or PC Card)
Two modes are available: (single exposure) and (continuous exposure).



Remarks: *With firmware version 3.09, or higher, white balance is accomplished using image data rather than the White Balance sensor. An IR filter is included with the base camera kit. An anti-aliasing filter is included with the regular kit.
Image Display The Image Display has been designed for ease of use with maximized space for menu choices and image-related information. Menu Bar The Menu bar is only displayed at your request. When you turn on the Image Display, the last screen used appears without the Menu bar. If you then press the DISP/MENU button, the Menu bar appears. * Shortcut, press and hold the DISP/MENU button to turn on the Image Display and display the Menu bar. When the Menu bar is displayed, the remainder of the screen is grayed-out.
DCS-500WB.gif NOTE: Storage cards not listed below may not format correctly in the camera. The work around is to format the storage card using a PC and a PCMCIA card reader. The following PC Cards may be used with he camera:
Type III HD:·Calluna 520MB and 1GB;· Integral Viper 170, 260, 340MB;· Kingston DataPak 520MB
Type III ATA Flash: ·SanDisk 220MB FlashDisk; Type II ATA Flash: · Kodak Picture Card;· Lexar; · Hitachi; · SiliconTech 320MB;· Panasonic 160M PC CARD ATA
Type II HDD: · Calluna Type II 260MB Hard Drive; CF+; Type II: · IBM Microdrive; · Simple Technology 320MB
Compact Flash: Kodak Picture Card; · Hitachi; · Sandisk; · Lexar; Sony Memory Stick: All (Requires extended “Full format” time).
DCS-500topLCD.gif 1. Shooting Modes - Manual Exposure: M Shutter Priority AE: Tv Bulb Exposure: bulb Program AE: P Aperture Priority: Av
2. Aperture Value or Custom Function Control or AEB Value or Depth-of-Field AE
3. Metering Modes (Partial; Evaluative; Fine Spot)
4. Flash Exposure Compensation
5. AEB
6. Bulb Exposure Time; Self-Timer Countdown
7. Exposure Level Indicator; Bulb Exposure Time; AEB Value Amount Indicator; Flash Exposure Compensation Value Indicator; Custom Function Setting Indicator
8. Drive Mode Indicator (Single Exposure; Continuous Exposure; Self-Timer - 2 or 10 sec)
9. Exposure Compensation Value Index
10. ISO Indicator
11. AF Mode Indicator
12. Focusing Points
13. Shutter Speed; ISO; Battery Check (bc); Bulb (bulb); Depth-of-Field AE (dEP); Custom Function Control

Display the Menu bar and select a Menu bar icon: Press and hold the DISP/MENU button and rotate the Quick Control dial until the desired icon is highlighted.
Display a dropdown menu: Highlight the Folder, Menu, or Display icon , and continue pressing the DISP/MENU button until the dropdown menu appears.
Choose an item from a dropdown menu: Continue pressing the DISP/MENU button and rotate the Quick Control dial until the desired menu choice is highlighted.
Choose an item from a menu screen (e.g., Main menu): Press and hold the SELECT button and rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight your choice.
Tag an image: Quickly press and release the RECORD/TAG button.
Record a sound file: Press and hold the RECORD/TAG button and speak into the microphone.
Select a White Balance setting: Press and hold the W.BAL button and rotate the Quick Control dial until the desired White Balance icons appear in the Back LCD panel.

Credit: Images of this 2 megapixels Kodak/Canon DCS-520 Image(s) courtesy of 'Shutterblade team' (e-mail)who specialises trading of new, used collectable cameras. The Company also operates a popular Ebay Store. All image(s) appeared herein are Copyright © 2005

Anti-aliasing and IR Filters The camera contains an anti-aliasing or an IR filter. It may be necessary to remove the filter for cleaning. While it is not essential, you can wear lint-free, static-free gloves, available from your camera dealer. The antialiasing or IR filter can accommodate a fair amount of dust before cleaning is necessary. It should be cleaned less often than the imager to avoid damage. Removing, Cleaning, and Re-installing the Anti-aliasing Filter 1 Turn off the camera. 2 Remove the lens from the camera. 3 Carefully unscrew the captive screw at the bottom of the filter bracket using a jewelers screwdriver. Carefully remove the filter bracket from the camera. 5 Gently blow off the dust using commercially available “canned air.” 6 To re-install: place the filter bracket tabs into the upper two notches on the camera lens opening, and secure the screw at the bottom. 7 Carefully screw the captive screw. Do not over tighten or cross-thread the screw. 8 Replace the lens.

A visual showcase of the 6 megapixels Canon/KodaK DCS-560 Digital Still SLR camera. All images shown herein cortesy of Mr. Bigedspix. The Kodak DCS-1, 3 and 5xx range of of Digital SLR camera are using Canon EOS-1n body chassis to modified. If you want to find out more relating to the EOS-1N series, | CLICK HERE |.

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Credit: Image(s) appeared herein courtesy of Mr. Bigedpix , where I have found his camera via his Ebay Store. All images appeared herein are Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

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