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Casio QV-2300UX Plus

A 2 megapixel swivel-lens design with lots of creative options and a 340-megabyte Microdrive included (US only)

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Review First Posted: 1/29/2001

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2.1 megapixel CCD delivers 1,600 x 1,200 pixel images
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3x optical zoom lens plus 2x/4x digital zoom
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"Plus" units include 340MB Microdrive storage card (US only)
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Huge range of "scene presets" for easy creative photography


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Manufacturer Overview
A long-time innovator in the consumer electronics market, Casio Inc. introduced its first digital camera, the QV-10, in the mid '90s. It was not only one of the original consumer digicams, it was also the first to incorporate an LCD monitor for viewing and composing images on-screen. Other Casio innovations have included the swiveling lens design, one of the first 3-megapixel cameras on the market, and extended photographic capabilities that have brought Casio from the consumer-electronics sphere into the realm of "real" cameras, with rich feature sets matching the desires of active photographers.

The QV-2300 was introduced in mid-2000 as a midrange 2 megapixel camera with a wide range of features designed to endear it to both novices and advanced amateurs alike. Combining the signature Casio swivel-lens design with extensive exposure controls and a wide range of "scene presets" for the average user, the 2300 offers a strong feature set in an approachable package. Continuing Casio's recent practice (in the US) of bundling the IBM "Microdrive" 340 megabyte memory card with their cameras, the QV-2300 offers extraordinary image capacity at a surprisingly modest price.


Highlights

  • 2.1-megapixel CCD delivering 1,600 x 1,200- and 800 x 600-pixel resolution images.
  • 1.8-inch, low glare, color (HAST) LCD monitor.
  • 6.2-18.6mm lens, equivalent to a 41-123mm lens on a 35mm camera.
  • 3x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom.
  • 270-degree rotatable lens housing
  • Auto and Manual focus options.
  • Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, and Manual exposure modes.
  • Nine Recording modes, including Panorama, Interval, and two Movie modes.
  • Multi, Center, and Spot Metering.
  • Shutter Speeds from 1/2,000 to 60 seconds (Bulb mode).
  • Auto or Manual Aperture settings of f/2.8 and f/5.6.
  • Manually adjustable White Balance with six modes.
  • Light sensitivities equivalent to 80, 160, and 320 ISO.
  • Two- and 10-second Self-Timer.
  • Built-in flash with four operating modes.
  • Extensive filter and color enhancement controls.
  • Sharpness, Saturation, and Contrast controls.
  • Supports NTSC and PAL video timing formats, with cable included.
  • Images recorded as JPEGs to CompactFlash Type I or II cards.
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility.
  • IBM 340MB Microdrive included.
  • Powered by four AA alkaline, lithium, or NiMH batteries (alkaline batteries included).
  • USB and serial jacks for connection to a computer, USB cable included.
  • Software CD loaded with complete utilities package, including PhotoGenetics for both Windows and Macintosh systems.



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