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Casio QV-3000EX

Casio steps into the 3-megapixel era with great picture quality and 340 megabytes of storage!

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Review First Posted: 2/14/2000

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True 3 million pixel sensor, 2048x1536 resolution
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High-quality 3x f/2.0 zoom lens made by Canon
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Manual focus, manual exposure options
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Movie capture
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Slick user interface!

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Manufacturer Overview
Casio was one of the very first companies to produce digital cameras for consumers, and their original QV-10 digicam introduced digicam users to the wonders of LCD viewscreens. What a concept! It's become almost mandatory these days, but back when the QV-10 was first introduced, the feature was a real eye-opener.
Casio has continued to innovate, with each generation of cameras becoming more "camera like", while still reflecting their consumer-electronics roots in their style and functional user interfaces. The QV-3000EX is Casio's latest (February, 2000), not only their first 3 Megapixel design, but apparently the first 3 Megapixel camera to actually reach the stores. In our testing, we found that it produced the best image quality of any Casio camera we've tested to date, provided excellent photographic controls, and represents an exceptional value, when you consider that Casio is shipping every unit with a 340 megabyte (!!) IBM MicroDrive as the memory card! (We don't know whether this bundle will be a permanent offering, or if it's just an introductory special, but it constitutes an amazing deal: Consider that at the time of this writing (February, 2000), MicroDrives alone are selling for $450 or so, and Casio is including one with a 3 Megapixel camera for a bundled price of only $999!)
Highlights

  • 3.3 megapixel CCD delivering 2048 x 1536 and 1024 x 768 images.
  • 1.8 inch, TFT, low-glare color LCD monitor.
  • F/2.0 to F/2.5, 7 to 21mm, 3x Canon zoom lens (equivalent to a 35mm 33 to 100mm lens).
  • 2x digital telephoto delivering up to 6x digital zoom.
  • Multi-Pattern, Center Point and Spot metering modes.
  • Shutter and Aperture Priority exposure modes plus a hidden, full manual mode.
  • Exposure compensation from -2 to +2 EV.
  • Shutter speeds from 2 to 1/1000 seconds with a bulb setting for long exposures, and a "hidden" feature for timed exposures to 60 seconds.
  • Aperture range from F/2 to F/8.
  • White balance with six modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent and Manual.
  • Normal sensitivity with variable setting from +1 to +3.
  • Two and 10 second self-timer.
  • Color, Black & White and Sepia tone image capture options.Multi-pattern, center point and spot metering modes
  • Built-in flash with four modes (Auto, On, Off and Red-Eye Reduction) with variable intensity setting.
  • Movie, Panorama, Landscape, Night Scene and Portrait exposure modes.
  • Continuous shutter shooting capability at quick intervals.
  • Serial and USB cables.
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility for printing images.
  • Image capture in JPEG (Exif.Ver.2.1) for still images and AVI files for movie images on CompactFlash.

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