Genesis III Public Relations Booklet
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Genesis III / GS-9 Introductory Guide


* ERGONOMIC BODY DESIGN FOR USER FRIENDLY ONE HAND CONTROL * BUILT-IN MOTORIZED 38-110 MM MACRO ZOOM LENS * WORLD'S ONLY DUAL MODE AUTO FOCUSING SYSTEM PASSIVE TTL AND MULTI AF COMBINED * WORLD'S ONLY COMPUTER CONTROLLED TRIPLE STAGE PROGRAMMED PICTURE COMPOSING SYSTEM COUPLED WITH TRIPLE PROGRAMMED AE  * TTL SINGLE LENS REFLEX VIEWFINDER WITH NEWLY DEVELOPED FINE-MATTE SCREEN * SEIKO FOCAL PLANE SHUTTER WITH SPEEDS FROM 1 SECOND TO 1/1000 SECOND * EVALUATIVE METERING SYSTEM WITH AUTO BACKLIGHT CONTROL AND AUTO FILL-IN FLASH CONTROL * UNLIMITED MULTIPLE EXPOSURE MODE * SELF-TIMER * CONTINUOUS SHOOTING · QUICK CHARGING, POWERFUL RED-EYE REDUCTION SENSOR FLASH. * LITHIUM BATTERY

THE KEY CONCEPT OF THE GENESIS III IS
AUTOMATIC ARTISTIC EXPRESSION.

At last, there is a camera that automatically creates pictures the way the photographer would view them.
With Chinon's revolutionary Automatic Picture Composition System which recognizes 3255 different subject variations,  the Genesis III from Chinon is always ready to take prize winning photographs automatically.  After the type of picture effect is selected, the suitable composing mode is inputted prior to pointing the camera at the subject and pushing the shutter release. The Genesis III then selects the optimum composing angle as well as the optimum exposure for that specific situation and produces the brilliant image - automatically - that the photographer would have had to do manually, using several steps. in the past. The Genesis III can also be adjusted with separate controls for both manual power zooming and the triple programmed AE just for those times when the photographer wishes to override the phenomenal judgment of the Genesis III.  To capture an artistic image automatically in a world that changes its expression and mood so rapidly sometimes requires thinking faster than the capability of humans.  It is destined to become the primary camera choice for any level of photographic expertise.  The Genesis III.


GENESIS III

REFLEX ZOOM

THE CHINON GENESIS III.
THE FIRST AUTOMATIC, FULLY CREATIVE AF ZOOM REFLEX
COMBINING HUMAN EXPRESSION AND JUDGMENT IN A
COMPUTERIZED CAMERA

The Genesis III utilizes a micro computer (EEPROM) controlled 38-1 10 mm macro zoom lens. Together with the accuracy and versatility of the world's only Dual Mode Auto focusing System. perfect composition and the absolute best possible picture quality are guaranteed.

· Image Program Composing Mode
In past photographic history, no camera has ever broken the automatic barrier to step into the era of complete automatic artistic expression. Their automatic functions had been limited to only basic forms of automation. The Genesis Ill is the world's first camera to break through such a barrier and thereby pioneer the technology automatic artistic expression by originating the Image Program Composing Mode. Once the preferred Image Program Composing Mode is selected, the Genesis III selects the optimum visual composition along with an artistic exposure control that photographers used to only dream about...all automatically4.butkus.org
 
· Manual Power Zoom Mode
Although the Genesis III utilizes the most sophisticated automation. it will still offer you the benefits of your own creative control with a manual power zooming capability. In this mode. you are the master for your distinct creative composition control.


 

1. PORTRAIT/SPORT COMPOSING MODE + AUTO CLOSE-UP
When beautiful portray or action pictures are desired. this auto composing mode should be called upon for a totally different automatic zoom and exposure perspective. In this mode, the Genesis 111 will select an optimum lens focal length and exposure setting emphasizing a greater telephoto magnification and wider aperture, plus faster shutter speeds, to better frame the portrait image and to increase the potential to freeze the motion for some exciting action sequences. In this mode and when the subject is within 1 to 0.85 meter (33.5 to 39.4 inches) from the camera, the Auto Close-up mode will be activated.
 
 


 2. STANDARD COMPOSING MODE
This mode is ideal for general picture taking. When this mode is chosen, the lens focal length will be automatically led so that the main subject or subjects will always be within the picture area. Since the standard program AE will always accompany this composing mode, it will maintain a fast enough shutter speed to avoid camera shake while an adequate depth of field will also be implemented to assure razor sharp pictures.
 
· MULTI IMAGE PROGRAM COMPOSING MODE There are 3255 different composing situations programmed into the Genesis III. From them, the optimum composing angle and exposure setting for each subject situation will be instantly analyzed. Using Multi AF Beam technology. the Genesis III will categorize the subject placement into 7 different patterns. Then the micro computer calculates the optimum focal length and exposure based upon data relative to the categorized subject pattern, distance and selected composing mode and then automatically produce flawless pictures. After the type of picture is selected by the photographer - a good snapshot. a beautiful portrait, heart stopping action or a beautiful landscape - the rest of the creative process will be molded by the Genesis III.

 

 
3. LANDSCAPE COMPOSING MODE
When the main subject is beautiful scenery. selection of this mode will direct the Genesis III to immediately institute a wider lens focal length and an automatic exposure setting that provides greater depth of field. This mode is also ideal for pictures of people in groups since the Genesis 111 will adjust the image size to include everyone in the gathering.

 

 


(Webmaster: the first LCD screen shows the "Action" mode.  Faster shutter speeds will be chosen.
   Second LCD show the "P" or Program mode. This balances the shutter speed and aperture demands
   Third LCD shows Landscape (person and mountains) or Creative mode.  The program allows for a smaller aperture
   for more depth-of-field for close ups or group shots.  These 3 program are just like the Chinon CP-5/6 or X 35mm cameras)4.butkus.org
 
· For subjects positioned off-center, the Multi AF (patented in the USA ) is a winner.  While an ordinary active AF or TTL passive AF would focus on the back ground, the Multi AF detects off-center subjects and focuses perfectly.


· For telephoto shooting or when the subject requires more focusing accuracy, such as close-up photography, the TTL Passive AF system has an advantage over the Active AF system.


 
· In total darkness, the Active AF system is a clear winner over the TTL Passive AF system as the Active AF utilizes an infrared beam.  Among the Active AF systems, the Multi AF is the best system because no matter where the subject is positioned, it will be detected by one of the triple infrared beams.



· The TTL AF system works perfectly for subjects viewed through glass or windows while the active AF focuses on the glass or window surface rather than the subject beyond the glass.

 


· The Multi AF system is also superior for low contrast subjects, just as it performs flawlessly in total darkness.


 

Conclusion:
Overall, the CHINON Dual Mode AF System is the best AF system available from today, auto focusing technology

FUZZY LOGIC BASED AF SYSTEM. THE WORLD'S FIRST!!
CHINON'S new invention, the Dual Mode AF system (patent pending), has been designed upon the concept of future computer technology, the Fuzzy Logic. Even if the Auto Focusing System could not detect the perfect auto focusing point, the micro computer calculates and then assigns the optimum focusing point in a fraction of a second.

· DUAL MODE AUTO FOCUSING SYSTEM Finally, there is a near-perfect auto focusing system combining both the TTL Passive AF and the Infrared Active Multi AF Systems: the Dual Mode Auto focusing System, a brand new innovation by Chinon. This exclusive system eliminates the inherent disadvantages of each AF system to permit virtually any subject to be properly focused under the widest possible variety of lighting conditions.

· Advantages and disadvantages of each AF System
 
Subject
Situations
Ordinary
Active AF
Multi AF TTL
Passive AF
Dual mode AF
Low Contrast O O ^ 0
Total Darkness O O X 0
Close-up or requiring more focusing accuracy ^ ^ O 0
Through glass x x O 0
Off-center x O X 0

O = Works perfectly
= Works but potential limitations exist
x = Does not work at all
 

1) INFRARED MULTI AF SYSTEM
This truly unique Active AF System was originally invented by Chinon for the Top Rated Auto 3001 Camera. This foolproof system eliminates the need for a focus lock, even when the main subject is off center. This system works perfectly with dark subjects or low contrast subjects as it uses an infrared beam for both distance and position detection. Although subjects shot through windows or located far away from the camera where the infrared beam will not reach may not be focused properly, the Genesis IlI's automatic ability to shift to the TTL Passive AF System eliminates such a disadvantage without any input or lost time what so ever on the part of the camera user.

2) TTL PASSIVE AF SYSTEM
This mode is ideal for telephoto pictures that require increased focusing accuracy. Its major disadvantage is that it requires the subject to have a certain amount of contrast or brightness, or the focusing may not be correctly determined. With the Genesis III's unique partnership with the Infrared Multi AF System, this disadvantage of the TTL Passive AF System is eliminated by reverting to the multi auto focus system.


 LCD Panel Display

(1) Image Program Mode/Program AE indication
(2) Auto Composing Mode
(3) Tele Converter Mode
(4) Exposure Compensation Indication
(5) Frame Counter
(6) Continuous Shooting Mode
(7) Self-timer Mode
(8) Battery Check Mark4.butkus.org


TTL viewing system
The Chinon Genesis III utilizes a TTL viewing system that visually confirms focusing accuracy and parallax.
With the Dual AF system and the TTL viewfinder, out of focus pictures suddenly become a thing of the past.

Viewfinder Information
(1) Viewfinder frame
(2) Auto focus frame
(3) Evaluative metering central measuring area
(4) Flash Ready Signal
(5) AF OK signal
(6) Slow Shutter Speed Warning


THE AMAZING GENESIS III LETS YOU
ZOOM UP TO 110 MM AND MORE

MANUAL POWER ZOOM MODE
When you wish to compose your picture according to your own creative style, just to switch the Genesis III's to the Power Zoom Mode and compose your picture as you wish. You can zoom from 38 mm to 110mm or even up to 154 mm with an optional teleconverter. With the Power Zoom Mode, you can engage any of the three Program AE and the Program AE system is designed to provide faster shutter speeds for telephoto shots and more depth of field for wide angle views, not only for enhancing the creative image of the different lens focal lengths, but also to help avoid a camera shake for telephoto shooting.

· Dual Mode Automatic Exposure Compensation
The world's first Dual Mode Automatic Exposure Compensation system in the Genesis ill the perfect solution for back lighted shooting situations.. When the flash is closed, the automatic Back Light Control system will be activated with a variable EV compensation ratio for perfect exposure compensation. When the flash is in its operating position, the automatic Fill flash will be activated with a possible assist from the Back Light Control whenever it might be necessary.

· Off flash or Fill-in flash photography with slow shutter sync. capability
The Genesis III offers both creative Off-flash and Fill-flash photography. Off-flash photography is simple. Under dim lighting conditions, just take a picture with the flash closed. The shutter speed can go as slow as 1 second or even to Bulb to provide a picture with a natural lighting effect. Fill-in flash picture taking is also possible by pressing the Flash Button while taking a picture. With Fill-flash photography, flash synchronization can even be made during a Bulb exposure to expose both foreground and background for night photography.

· Continuous Shooting Mode
When your subject is a fast moving subject, the Continuous Shooting Mode is ideal as the Genesis ill takes pictures continuously as long as the shutter Release Button is depressed. The Genesis ill can shoot pictures with a speed of 1.5 FPS. Since the shutter can only be released upon completion of the focusing, H guarantees perfect focusing results for moving subjects.

· SPOT AF System
The Spot AF Mode switches the Genesis IlI's focusing area strictly to the central par of the picture frame. For pin-pointing a particular subject, this mode is ideal. When the Spot AF Mode is activated with the Sport/Portrait Image Program Mode. and the subject is positioned within the close-up range, the Genesis III switches itself to the Automatic Close-up Mode to provide a vivid close-up photograph.


· Multiple Exposure Mode
The highly professional Multiple Exposure Mode is also featured with the Genesis III. Press the Drive Mode Button to set the Multiple Exposure Mode and create unlimited exposures on one frame. The effect can be amazing and unusual.4.butkus.org


· Red Eye Reducing Flash System
The Genesis 111 has a high-mounted flash system that virtually eliminates the possibility of the red-eye effect with flash photography. The flash is positioned 83 mm from the center of the picture taking lens to dramatically reduce red-eye.
 


· Automatic Bulb System

Whenever a shooting situation requires an exposure with a shutter speed slower Than 1 second, the exposure system of the Genesis III activates the Bulb shutter. Whet you are shooting stars or fire works, this mode will capture the emotion you've experienced right on to the picture.
 

Manual Exposure Compensation
For demanding photographers, the Genesis 111 provides a Manual Exposure Compensation control. Just press the Exposure Compensation Button and you can adjust the exposure by as much as +2.0 EV with 0.5 EV steps.


 

· Custom Functions
The Custom Function control built into the Genesis III lets you program your own standard shooting mode out of 12 different shooting patterns. All you need is to select your own shooting mode and turn the camera "OFF" while pressing the Function Button. Once programmed, your standard sheeting mode will be recalled whenever the camera is turned "ON".

 
· The Genesis III provides a 10 second Self-Timer mode.

· The Genesis III incorporates a Seiko Focal Plane Shutter with shutter speed
    from 1/1000 to 1 second, plus Bulb.

· DX film with ISO 25 to 3200 ratings can be accepted by the Genesis III. The proper
    film speed is automatically set immediately upon lading the film.

·  Automatic film rewinding will be activated simultaneously at the end of a
    roll of film.  Manual Power Rewinding in the middle of a roll of a film is also possible.

· The Genesis III uses the most powerful battery of its kind, the 6 V lithium
    battery (2CR5).  It should last for 3 years or more under normal shooting
    conditions (Chinon laboratory testing)


OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
The Auto GS-320 flash expands the flash versatility of the Genesis III, just attach the Auto GS-320 to the camera and shoot. The Auto GS-320 is especially effective when you need a stronger flash such as at parties or weddings.


 
  The SE-620 Slave Bracket is especially designed for people who already have a hot shoe type external flash unit. Attach your flash onto the SE-620 and set t with the Genesis III. Your flash will be automatically synchronized with the main flash unit by the built in slave unit for more far-reaching flash photographs.

 
 The optional Tele Converter lens extends the focal length of the Genesis III up to 154 mm. With the Tele converter Mode utilized in the Genesis III, vignetted pictures will be avoided. The eyepiece adapters are designed to adapt your particular eye sight to the camera's viewfinder

 
· The Genesis III has two different types of exclusive designed cases. Either the soft case or
    hard case protect the camera from unexpected shocks and rough handling.


· The Quartz controlled Auto Date version of the Genesis III is also available. It is ideal for
    people who wish to record the exact time or date when the picture was taken.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

MAIN FIGURED  - 35 mm TTL finder zoom camera
- 38 - 110 mm zoom lens
- Auto programmed zoom
- Hybrid auto focusing system
- Fully motorized film transport
- Built in sensor flash
- TTL metering multi mode program AS
- Built- in LCD

FILM TYPE: 135 mm size film
PICTURE SIZE: 24 x 36 mm

LENS: Aperture ratio: F/4.4-5.6
Focal length: f/38 mm 110 mm
Lens construction 12 elements in 11 groups
Macro - Yes 0.85 m (33.5") at tele position (1:5.5)
Zooming: 3 modes auto programmed zoom. manual power zoom, tele zoom

FINDER: Type TTL finder
Finder screen: Fine matte screen
Magnification: 0.73 x (50 mm inf. )
Coverage: Vertical: 85%. Horizontal 85
Diopter: -1 0
VF indication: AF indicator: multi AF OK signal, near warning, spot AF OK signal, near warning
Exposure indicator: Slow speed warning. bulb mode signal
Flash indicator: Flash sync. signal. recharging signal
Finder mirror: Motorized quick return mirror

FOCUSING SYSTEM: Type Combination AF TTL phase- differential detection / Muti AF
Focus lock/cancellation: Yes
Focus range: 0.85 m (33. 5' - inf.)

SHUTTER: Type Seiko electromagnetic vertical running focal plane shutter
Type of shutter release: Electromagnetic release
Shutter speed range: 1-1/1 000 sec
Shutter bulb: Yes
Release operation: Focus priority

EXPOSURE METER: Type TTL metering system
Exposure control: 5 modes: normal, action. creative. slow sync., flash program
Photo cell: Two divided SPD (1)
Exposure range: W: EV 4.2 EV 18.8 (ISO 100), T: EV 5 - EV20 (ISO 1 00)
Film speed sensing: DX film sensing: ISO 25 -  3200
ISO 25, ISO 25 to 40, ISO 50, ISO 50 to 80, ISO 100: ISO 100 to 160,
ISO 200: SO 200 to 320. ISO 400: ISO 400 to 640. ISO 1000
ISO 800 to 1250, ISO 1600: ISO 1600 to 2500. ISO 3200: ISO 3200
to 5000, Non DX film to ISO 25 setting
Exposure compensation: Yes +/- 2 EV (0.5 EV step)
Shutter speed limit: Flash program: max 1/38-1/1 00 sec.
Others: max 1 sec
Bulb exposure: Yes

TRANSPORT: Film loading: Auto loading
First frame setting: Automatic setting by closing film door
Film winding: Motorized winding
Shooting mode: 2 modes single, continuous (approx. 15 frame/sec.)
Film rewinding: Motorized rewinding
Rewinding actuation: Automatic
Rewinding stop: Automatic
Rewind button: Built-in
Frame counter: by LCD panel

FLASH: Type: Retractable sensor flash
Flashmatic: Yes
Auto recharging: Yes
Flash GN GN#. 14 (ISO 100 meter)
Effective range W 0.85 m- 5.1 m (33.5"-16 7') (ISO 100),
T: 0.85 m -40 m (33.5" -  131') (ISO 100)
Off flash mode: Yes
Fill flash mode: Yes
Recycle time: Approx. 4 sec.

OTHER FEATURES: Power source: Lithium battery pack (2CR5x 1): customer replaceable
Battery check: Yes: on LCD panel/release lock out 4www.butkus.org
Film door window: Built-in
Tripod screw: Built - in: U 1/4"
Self-timer Built - in approx. 10 sec
Multi - exposure: Yes
LCD indication: Built in Frame counter including film transporting signal,
Photographing mode indication continuous mode, multiple exposure, self timer
Exposure mode indication normal program, action program, creative program
Zoom mode indication: programmed, manual power tele zoom
Exposure compensation indication
Battery indication
Auto power shut off: Yes: approx. 60 sec.
Strap Hand/neck strap
Filter Attachable 58 mm
Lens hood: Attachable 58 mm
Converter lens: Attachable: Tele converter (1 4x)
Size: 126.5" x 84.5(H) x 126. 5(D) mm (5.1 x 3.4 x 5.1')
Weight: 710 9 (25.0 oz) (without battery)
Operation button: Mode button: exposure mode, photography
mode, programmed zoom mode
Function button: main switch rewind button, exposure compensation button. zoom button,
flash switch, central spot button

Specifications: subject to change without notice