Thanks for your quick reply. Alpha DS/Frazer was responsible for repairing my U4R recently, and in that process the camera 'regressed' to the lower more basic internal firmware state.
I understand that a firmware upgrade may have been available for download from a contax site (the US one?) at one time.
The upgraded version allowed, for instance, the camera to 'remember' the last flash setting prior to turning off - I didn't need to turn the flash off each time I turned the camera on. I'll keep looking and asking around (again!)...
As an aside really, it's only now that I am considering updating my digital cameras as the U4R IS now, but only relatively recently, becoming not leading edge.
I think Contax did very well producing a top notch camera, with it's 5MP count coupled with the T* lens, being equivalent or better than many 10MP+ digital compacts.
It's a great shame that they no longer market a product like it, and the Kyocera isn't there.
I'm currently exploring options: Sigma DP1, Panasonic LX3, Canon G10...
Any ideas most welcome!