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Casio's QV-R51 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio announces QV-R51 digital camera
(Friday, January 9, 2004 - 15:21 EST)

Casio yesterday announced a new digital camera model at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Casio QV-R51.

Featuring a 5 megapixel imager and 3x optical zoom lens, the QV-R51 is an attractive model that has been designed with a focus on battery life, speed and ease of use. Thanks to a newly designed (and extremely compact) LSI design, Casio is estimating up to 2.5 hours of use or 900 photos captured on a single charge. This battery life is all the more impressive when you consider that the camera features a large 2.0 inch LCD display for image preview / review, rather more generous than the 1.5 or 1.6-inch screens on most digicams. Casio also says the camera will start up in one second - quite fast for an extending-lens camera design - with a prefocused shutter lag of just 0.01 second (very close to the fastest on the market - Sony claims 0.009 seconds for the DSC-T1, a difference that is only likely to be noticed in lab testing!).

The Casio QV-R51 should be shipping in the next couple of weeks, with pricing set at $399.99.

Casio QV-R51
Casio's QV-R51 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Recording Element 1/1.8-inch square pixel primary color CCD (5.25 million total pixels; 5 million effective pixels)
Image File Record Format
Snapshots: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: AVI (Motion JPEG)
Recording Medium Built-in flash memory (9.7MB), SD memory card / Multi Media card
Recorded Image Sizes


Image Size (Pixels) Resolution Approx. File Size
2560 x 1920 Fine 2.3MB
Normal 1.8MB
Economy 1.3MB
2560 x 1712 (3:2) Fine 2.0MB
Normal 1.6MB
Economy 1.1MB
2048 x 1536 Fine 1.64MB
Normal 1.23MB
Economy 630KB
1600 x 1200 Fine 1.05MB
Normal 710KB
Economy 370KB
1280 x 960 Fine 680KB
Normal 460KB
Economy 250KB
640 x 480 Fine 190KB
Normal 140KB
Economy 90KB


Image Size (Pixels) Maximum Movie Length Approx. File Size
320 x 240 60 seconds 150KB / second (15 frames / second)
Lens F2.8(W) to 4.9 (T); f=8(W) to 24(T)mm (equivalent to approximately 39.0 to 117.0 mm when converted to 35mm film)
Zoom 3X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom (12X total when optical and digital zoom are used in combination.)
Focusing Contrast type Auto Focus (selectable between spot and multi); macro mode; infinity mode; manual focus; focus lock
Approximate Focus Range Normal: 60cm to 8; Macro: 10 to 70cm (Optical zoom: 1 to 1.2X)
Exposure Control
Metering: Multi-pattern by imaging element, center-weighted, and spot
Control: Program AE; Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter CCD electronic shutter/mechanical shutter; 4 to 1/2000 shutter speed (including Night mode)
Aperture Auto; F2.8 / F4.8(W), F4.9 / F8.4(T)
White Balance Auto; Fixed (4 modes); Manual
Sensitivity Auto, ISO50, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400
Recording Functions Snapshot; Movie; Macro; Best Shot, saturation / contrast / sharpness setting
Self-timer 10 seconds or 2 seconds; Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash
Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction
Approximate Range: 0.6 to 3.2 meters (W); 0.6 to 1.8 meters (T)
Viewfinder Monitor screen and optical viewfinder
Monitor Screen 2.0-inch digital interface TFT color LCD (84,960 pixels; 354×240)
Playback Functions Still / movie; 4X zoom; calendar; 9-image screen; slideshow
Timekeeping Functions Date and time recorded with image data; auto calendar up to 2049
World Time 162 cities (32 time zones); city names; date and time; summer time
Other 10 language setting; Trimming; resize; histogram; grid; album feature; Favorites folder; copy; alarm with image; key customize
Input / Output Terminals External power (DC3V); USB (Mini-B) terminals
Power Requirements AA size Nickel metal-hydride battery x 2; AA size lithium battery x 2; AA size Alkaline battery x 2; separate AC adapter
Approximate Battery Operation
Continuous Recording: 900 images (150 minutes)
Continuous Image Playback: 250 minutes
Dimensions 88.3(W) x 60.4(H) x 33.4(D) mm (excluding projections)
Weight Approximately 168g (excluding batteries and accessories)
Bundled Accessories Nickel metal-hydride battery x 2; Battery charger; USB Cable; Strap; CD-ROM
More Photos
Casio's QV-R51 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Casio's QV-R51 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:



LAS VEGAS, NV, JANUARY 8, 2004 – Casio, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Company Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, announced the latest addition to its popular QV digital camera series with the new 5 megapixel QV-R51 at the International CES 2004 Show that opened in the Las Vegas Convention Center here today. The QV-R51 will be available at retail in mid-January, MSRP $399.99.

The exceptionally compact QV-R51 boasts a large 2.0” LCD screen and 3X optical zoom, all in a stylish body. Furthermore, it is among the industry-leading digital cameras, with a one-second startup and 0.01 second release time lag* (both values approximate) for quick response, ensuring you never miss a moment. The camera will be on display at Casio’s Booth # 9808.

*Time from when the shutter release button is fully depressed with the built-in flash turned off and focus locked.

Having introduced the first consumer-affordable digital camera in 1995, Casio is a pioneer in the digital camera market, delivering product and performance refinement while reducing the size of the camera and delivering greater ease-of-use to consumers. Casio has become synonymous with continually packing advanced, yet easy-to-use features and high-resolution capabilities into beautiful and practical compact digital camera designs such as the EXILIM line of super-slim digital cameras. This is why more and more people are making Casio their digital camera of choice.

The new QV-R51 compact digital camera packs a large 2.0” LCD screen, 5-megapixel CCD resolution and other advanced, useful features. Using the latest in LSI design, Casio has been able to further enhance its high-performance graphic engine, delivering superior performance with unbelievably realistic, high-resolution pictures, deliver nearly instantaneous startup and quick response, as well as improve the battery life to shoot as many as 900 pictures (2 1/2 hours) on a single charge. A large 2.0” LCD screen enables users to comfortably view the pictures taken and share the moment with friends and family.

“Today’s cameras are as much about style as performance, and the new QV-R51 comes in a superb aluminum body that delivers a premium look and feel,” said John Clough, president of Casio, Inc. “Coupled with all the features you have come to expect from Casio, this camera also includes useful features such as One-Touch buttons that let you start the camera up in either record mode or play mode instantly,” Clough said. The camera also has a Best Shot Mode with 21 settings built in to let you take clear, beautiful shots in any lighting conditions. The new QV-R51 delivers performance and refinement in a compact, stylish body that goes anywhere, anytime.


  • Easy-to-use high performance compact digital camera
  • 5 megapixel CCD with 3X optical zoom
  • Large, easy-to-view 2.0” TFT LCD screen
  • Long battery life: take as many as 900 pictures on a single charge
  • Direct-On for simple one-touch recording and playback
  • Uses regular AA-size Alkaline battery or AA-size Lithium battery
  • Compact, high-class aluminum body design that fits perfectly in your hand

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