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Casio's QV-2100 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio Computer Co. Ltd. Casio announces low-cost SD/MMC digicam!
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(Friday, October 19, 2001 - 00:09 EDT)

QV-2100 will reach market in Japan at a cost of ~$200...

Casio Japan has today announced a new low-cost digital camera, the QV-2100. Featuring a sensor resolution of 2.14 megapixels and a fixed focus, fixed focal-length lens, the camera comes in at just above $200 by squarely targeting the entry-level user new to digital imaging.

The QV-2100 marks an interesting departure for Casio. In the past, they've exclusively used CompactFlash and/or built-in internal memory in their cameras, including the GV-10 model which was only announced a few days ago. The QV-2100, however, is the first camera we've seen from the company which uses MultiMediaCard or Secure Digital media, as well as 16MB of built-in flash. We'd see this as a move to lower camera cost, rather than a move away from CompactFlash though; as we mentioned, Casio only just got through with announcing a CompactFlash camera, and so don't look to be abandoning the format.

Casio has not yet announced plans to bring the QV-2100 to the USA, but the camera will ship at a price of ¥25,000 (US$204) in Japan on November 28th. Full specifications are in our database, and highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Casio QV-2100
Casio's QV2100 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio Computer Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Model Number: QV-2100
Camera Format: Compact
Price: ¥25,000 (US$206)
Date Available: November 28th 2001 (Japan)
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 2.14 megapixels (2.00 megapixels effective)
Image Resolution: 1600x1200, 800x600
Lens
Focal Length (effective): 41mm (fixed focal length)
Digital Zoom: 2x
Auto Focus: No (fixed focus)
Manual Focus: No
Normal Focus Range: 80 cm to Infinity; 32.7 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Distance: 20 cm; 8.2 in
Aperture Range: f/3.3, f/8
Display
Optical Viewfinder: Yes
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.5 inch, 61,600 pixels)
Exposure
ISO Settings: Unknown
White Balance Settings: Auto, 4 presets
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 1/4 - 1/800 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Metering Modes: Center-weighted
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer: 2 or 10 seconds
Flash
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Range Description: 0.8 - 2 meters
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: Built-In, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital
Memory Included: 16MB (Built-In Internal)
File Formats: JPEG (Exif v2.1)
More Information
Weight: 190 g; 6.6 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 108 x 67 x 44 mm; 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.7 in
Notes & Features: Price estimate of $206 based on conversion of Japanese street price quoted by digitalcamera.gr.jp, 25,000. Japanese production is quoted as 20,000 units per month. Availability date of November 28th, 2001 is for Japanese market; US plans unknown at this time. Complies with PRINT Image Matching, Epson's color management technology. 16MB bundled memory is built-in internal flash. Upgrade is via Secure Digital or MultiMediaCard. Can be used as a tethered USB webcam for videoconferencing etc. Battery life rated at 140 minutes playback, 120 minutes / 720 images capture with AA alkaline batteries; 300 minutes playback, 290 minutes / 1740 images capture with AA Lithium batteries; 160 minutes playback, 150 minutes / 900 images capture with NiMH rechargeable battery. Comes bundled with strap, lens cap, cap holder, video cable, USB cable, 4 x AA Alkaline disposable batteries, soft case and software CD. Optional accessories include AD-C630J AC adapter and BC-3HA AC adapter charger. USB driver and Acrobat Reader for Mac require MacOS 8.6 - 9.1, PhotoLoader and Internet Explorer w/ Outlook Express work with MacOS 7.6.1 - 9.1. Win NT 4.0 does not support USB driver. Win 95 only supports Acrobat Reader. Photohands not provided for Macintosh. Internet Explorer w/ Outlook Express not provided for PC.
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Casio's QV2100 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio Computer Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
A model holds Casio's QV2100 digital camera to demonstrate the size. Courtesy of Casio Computer Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Source: Casio Computer Co. Ltd.

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