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Casio's QV-5700 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio announces QV-5700 digital camera (UPDATED)
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, September 17, 2002 - 14:21 EDT)

Casio has today announced a new digital camera in both Asia and Europe, the QV-5700.

Regular readers will be aware of the camera, which we first detailed late last month, and which our friends at LetsGoDigital.nl posted a news item on yesterday. At this time, we have no information as to North American availability - although curiously we have heard rumor from one dealer that the camera won't be coming here, something we've yet to independently confirm.

The QV-5000 is a 5.36 megapixel update to the QV-4000, and features the same 3x optical zoom as that model. There are a range of manual capabilities: ISO ratings are selectable from 50 to 800, shutter speeds from 1/1000 to 60 seconds as well as a bulb mode, apertures from f/2.0 to f/8.0, as well as 4 white balance presets and a hold mode.

Two sample images from the QV-5700 have been posted on the Casio Asia website...
Casio QV-5700
Imaging Element
1/1.8-inch square pixel primary color CCD
(Total pixels: 5.36 million; Effective pixels: 5.0 million)
Image File Record Format
Still Images JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), TIFF, DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies AVI (Motion JPEG)
Recording Medium CompactFlash™ memory card Type I/II; IBM microdrive compatible
Image Sizes 2,560 x 1,920 pixels, 2,544 x 1,696 (3:2) pixels, 1,600 x 1,200 pixels, 1,280 x 960 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels
Image Capacity

Still Images

Image size (pixels)
Quality
File size
Number of images
64 MB memory card
1 GB Microdrive
2,560 x 1,920
Fine
2.3 MB
24
410
Normal
1.8 MB
30
513
Economy
1.3 MB
40
684
TIFF
14.4 MB
3
65
2,544 x 1,696 (3:2)
Fine
2.0 MB
27
466
Normal
1.6 MB
33
570
Economy
1.1 MB
50
855
TIFF
12.6 MB
4
75
1,600 x 1,200
Fine
1.02 MB
50
855
Normal
680 KB
75
1,266
Economy
340 KB
144
2,445
TIFF
5.63 MB
10
173
1,280 x 960
Fine
650 KB
77
1,314
Normal
430 KB
113
1,911
Economy
220 KB
214
3,625
TIFF
3.6 MB
15
270
640 x 480
Fine
160 KB
296
5,006
Normal
110 KB
415
7,009
Economy
60KB
622
9,999*
TIFF
900KB
62
1,049
* Maximum value displayed by the camera.
Actual image capacity is greater than this value.

Movies

Image size (pixels)
Maximum amount of time for one recording
File size
Total recording time of images
64 MB memory card
1 GB Microdrive
320 x 240
30 seconds
300 KB / second (15 frames / sec)
3 minutes and 30 seconds
58 minutes and 30 seconds
Notes: All of the above values are approximate and are presented for reference only.
Image Deletion Displayed image, single image, all images in a folder, all images in memory (with image protection)
Lens F2.0 (W) to 2.5 (T), f = 7 (W) to 21mm (T) (equivalent to 34 mm-102 mm in 35 mm format); 7 elements in 8 groups
Zoom 3 x optical zoom, 3.2 x digital zoom, 9.6 x total zoom
Focusing Contrast-detect multi-area AF, manual focus, spot AF mode, macro mode, infinity mode, focus lock
Approximate Focus Range
Normal 30 cm to infinity
Macro 6 cm (W)/20 cm (T) to 50 cm
Manual 6 cm (W)/20 cm (T) to infinity
Exposure Control
Light Metering Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot
Exposure Full auto, program AE, aperture priority AE, shutter speed priority AE, manual
Exposure Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (1/3 EV units)
ISO sensitivity Auto, ISO50, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800
Recording Modes Single-image, Continuous Shutter, Movie, Panorama, AEB, Self-timer, Macro, Best Shot
Shutter
Shutter Speed 60 seconds to 1/1000 second, BULB
Aperture F2.0, 2.3, 2.8, 4.0, 5.6, 8.0
White Balance Automatic/fixed (4 modes), manual switching
Self-timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Built-in Flash
Flash Modes AUTO, ON, OFF, Red-eye reduction
Flash Range Approximately 0.5 to 3 meters (at ISO50)
Monitor Screen
1.8-inch low-glare color Hyper Amorphous TFT color LCD
(122,100 pixels; 555 x 220)
Viewfinder Monitor screen and optical viewfinder
Clock Built-in quartz digital clock; date and time recorded with image; auto calendar up to 2049
Input / Output Terminals Remote shutter release; USB 1.1 (Mini-B); DIGITAL IN/OUT, VIDEO OUT (NTSC and PAL), AC adapter connector; external flash terminal
Power Requirements Four AA-size alkaline or lithium batteries; four AA-size nickel-metal hydride rechargeable batteries (NP-H3); optionally available AC adapter (AD-C620); optionally available AC adapter/charger (BC-3HA)
Battery Life (at 25ºC)
Battery type Continuous Playback Continuous Recording
AA-size Alkaline Batteries LR6 180 minutes 75 minutes
(460 shots)
AA-size Lithium Batteries FR6 320 minutes 180 minutes
(1,130 shots)
AA-size Ni-MH Batteries NP-H3 180 minutes 90 minutes
(540 shots)
Dimensions 118 (W) x 74.5 (H) x 64.5 (D) mm (excluding projections)
Weight Approximately 355 g (excluding batteries and accessories)
Bundled Accessories CD-ROM, neck strap, lens cap, cap holder, special video cable, special USB cable, alkaline batteries (LR6x4)
More Photos
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UPDATED 2002-09-17 15:54ET: Full specifications and introduction added to this item.

Original Source Press Release:

QV-5700 Digital Camera with 5.0-Megapixel CCD Released

High-, photographic-quality digital imaging

Allows precise control through manual setting of ISO sensitivity and other functions


Casio Computer Co., Ltd. has announced the release of its QV-5700 digital camera, with such features as a 5.0-megapixel charge-coupled device (CCD) and the ability to capture photographic-quality images that put it at the top of the Casio digital camera lineup.

The QV-5700's 5.0-megapixel CCD records high-resolution 2,560 x 1,920-pixel images, which makes it capable of capturing even subtle skin nuances and fine details of natural scenery. The result is a premium digital camera that records images of a resolution on par with film-based cameras.

Manual selection of drive mode, exposure, light metering, white balance and other settings can be accomplished quickly and easily with the turn of a dial, giving advanced photographers full control over essential parameters that control an image's appearance. In addition to contrast, sharpness and color enhancement, the camera allows manual setting of ISO sensitivity for more precise control.

The QV-5700 also includes a Best Shot mode that makes it possible to shoot perfect portraits, floral arrangements and other types of images simply by selecting the image type. Further, a digital soft-focus effect allows even greater digital imaging versatility.

Main Features
  • High-resolution 5.0-megapixel primary color CCD
  • Canon high-brightness F2.0 optical 3x zoom lens; total zoom of 9.6x in combination with 3.2x digital zoom
    The lens accepts various filters, Canon conversion lenses and macro lenses currently available on the market.
  • Digital soft-focus function
    Soft focus makes everything from portraits to floral shots appear more delicate and beautiful.
  • Best Shot Mode
    After selecting the Best Shot scene that most closely matches the subject, light metering, exposure, saturation and other settings are configured in an instant. In addition to five built-in scenes, an included CD-ROM bundle containing an additional 100 scenes can be copied to a CompactFlash™ card and transferred to the camera. Up to 250 user Best Shot scenes can be stored on a CompactFlash™ card for later recall.
  • Supports IBM Microdrive (both 1 GB and 340 MB)
  • Dual-dial operation
    A pair of dials provides quick and easy setting of the drive mode (continuous shutter, movie, etc.) and exposure mode.
  • Selector dial for frequently used operations
    A selector dial provides instant access to frequently used parameters in each mode. Shortcut keys can also be assigned to make light metering, white balance and focus settings without going through the on-screen menu.
  • Control panel
    A control panel screen shows the current exposure value, shutter speed, focus type, light metering method, exposure compensation setting and other information at a glance. This means the monitor screen can be turned off to save power when using the optical viewfinder to compose images.
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB), 60-second bulb exposure, Panorama Mode, Movie Mode
  • Aperture priority auto exposure (AE), shutter speed priority AE, manual exposure
  • Powerful focus functions
    • Focus-assist light for better focus when lighting is dim.
    • Multi-area auto focus (AF) ensures the entire area is in focus.
    • Focus-area expansion makes it easier to check focus.
    • Focus-area shift allows selection from among nine focus areas.
  • Real-time histogram
    Exposure information can be viewed before an image is recorded, allowing adjustments and making it possible to achieve the desired results.
  • Manual setup for full creative versatility
    In addition to the selection of one of three light-metering methods (multi-pattern, center weighted, spot), users can also manually set white balance, flash intensity, focus, exposure compensation, image quality and more.
  • ISO settings up to 800
    In addition to automatic ISO setting, sensitivities of ISO50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 can be manually selected.
  • Image orientation detection
    The camera automatically detects if an image is recorded using landscape or portrait orientation. When an image is displayed on a computer screen, it is displayed automatically in the same orientation used when it was recorded.
  • Image playback in 35 mm film aspect ratio (3:2)
  • TIFF image (RGB) storage mode
  • One-touch resizing converts a recorded image to VGA size
  • Mode Memory stores power saving and other settings when power is turned off
  • 1.8-inch high-definition hyper amorphous silicon TFT LCD (HAST)
  • External flash terminal
  • Long battery life
    Low-power operation makes it possible for AA-size lithium batteries FR6 to provide enough power to record approximately 1,130 images, or allow 5 hours 20 minutes of continuous playback.
  • Automatically uploads images to computer when placed in USB cradle

    Photo Loader: When the camera body is placed in the unit's USB cradle, which is connected to a computer, image files in JPEG and AVI formats are automatically uploaded to the computer and the images are managed in HTML format.

    Photohands: Clicking the "Print" button on the Photo Loader screen launches Photohands. In addition to offering printing functions, the software also allows the retouching of color, contrast, saturation and other image attributes.

    Software Included on CD-ROM
    Software Name Description Supplier Windows version Macintosh version
    Photo Loader Image handling, e-mail attachments1 Casio XP / 2000 / Me / 98 PowerPC OS7.6.1 - 9
    Photohands Image retouching and printing -
    Panorama Editor Panorama creator
    USB Driver USB connectivity XP2 / 20003 / Me / 98 PowerPC OS8.6 - 9, 10.12
    Best Shot Library Sample scene data Yes Yes
    Internet Explorer Web browser and e-mail Microsoft - PowerPC OS7.6.1 - 9, 10.1
    Acrobat Reader PDF file reader Adobe Systems 2000 / Me / 98 / 95 / NT4.0

    Notes:

    1. The e-mail attachment function is available only in the Windows version.
    2. In operating systems other than Windows XP or Macintosh OS9, the standard driver included with the OS should be used.
    3. For Windows 2000, a data file is provided to allow use of the Windows 2000 standard driver in place of the provided driver.
  • HTML format image catalog generator
  • Compatible with ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) or PRINT Image Matching II
    When using an ExifPrint or Epson PRINT Image Matching II printer, optimal print quality of saved images can be obtained.

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