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Newsflash - Casio to debut new 3 megapixel digicam! (UPDATED)
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, February 10, 2001 - 14:30 EST)

Casio to unveil new 3 megapixel, 3x optical zoom camera with bundled 340MB MicroDrive, full manual capabilities and more...

Casio will tomorrow unveil at the PMA show a new digital camera, the QV-3500EX Plus, and we're proud to bring you the story a day early! Featuring a 3.34 megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom and Type-II CompactFlash storage, the camera will come bundled with a 340MB Microdrive. The camera offers a range of shooting modes from full auto to manual, as well as a 'Best Shot' mode which offers a choice of 28 presets for situations such as 'Night' and 'Fireworks' photography. Modes are selected by scrolling through captioned demonstration images that demonstrate what sort of photo they're intended for. Other features include a playback histogram, in-camera image downsampling and the ability to customise camera buttons. Specifications highlights follow (full specs will be added to our database shortly):

Casio QV-3500EX Plus
Casio's QV-3500EX Plus digital camera, front view. Copyright (c) 2001, Michael R. Tomkins, all rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: QV-3500EX
Camera Format: Compact
Retail Price: Unknown
Date Available: Unknown
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.55" 3.34 megapixel RGBG CCD
Image Resolution: 2048 x 1536, 1024 x 768
Focal Length (effective): 33 - 100 mm (3x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 4x
Auto Focus: Yes, contrast-detection type
Manual Focus: Yes
Normal Focus Range: 30 cm to Infinity11.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 6 - 30 cm2.4 - 11.8 in
Aperture Range: F2/F2.5 (wide-angle) - F8 (telephoto)
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch, 122100 pixel)
ISO Settings: Unknown
White Balance Settings: Auto, 4-mode fixed, Manual
Manual White Balance: Yes
Shutter Speeds: Bulb, 60 - 1/1000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
Metering Modes: Multi, Center-weighted, spot
Exposure Modes: Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Self Timer (seconds): Unknown
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-in, Off, Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Range Description: 0.5 - 4 meters
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash Type-II including MicroDrive
Memory Included (MB): 340MB
File Formats: JPEG, RGB TIFF, AVI
More Information
Weight: 320 g11.2 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 134.5 x 80.5 x 57.5 mm5.3 x 3.2 x 2.2 in
Notes & Features: IBM MicroDrive compatible, bundle includes 340MB MicroDrive. Features 'best shot mode' which offers 28 preset settings selected by an image demonstrating the effect, such as 'Fireworks' 'Night', etc. In-camera image resizing to 640 x 480 for email. Histogram in playback mode. Key customise function.
More Photos
Casio's QV-3500EX Plus digital camera, rear view. Copyright (c) 2001, Michael R. Tomkins, all rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
Casio's QV-3500EX Plus digital camera, top view. Copyright (c) 2001, Michael R. Tomkins, all rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!

UPDATED 2001-02-10 16:16ET: Full specifications for the QV-3500EX Plus are now in our digital camera database!

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