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Casio's QV4000 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio. Casio announces its first 4 megapixel digicam! (UPDATED)
(Saturday, June 23, 2001 - 00:43 EDT)

New model contains some pretty unusual features...

Casio Japan has today announced a new digital camera, the first 4 megapixel unit from the company, in the form of the QV-4000. The unit features a Canon 3x optical zoom lens, 1.8" LCD display and CompactFlash Type-I or Type-II storage (compatible with IBM's 1GB Microdrive). There's also a range of manual features, auto exposure bracketing and the 'Best Shot' mode that has made an appearance on some of Casio's digicams in the past (example images are shown on the LCD display, and the user finds one similar to the photo they intend to take; camera settings are then selected based on this).

There are also some more unusual features, such as a 'real-time histogram' which shows a continuously updating histogram to predict whether a photo will be properly exposed with current camera settings before it is taken. Another new feature is a 'soft focus' mode which replicates in-camera the effects of a soft-focus filter, commonly used in portrait photos for a more flattering look.

The Casio QV4000 digital camera will ship at the start of August 2001 in Japan. Pricing has not been revealed at this time. Full specifications for the camera are in our database, and highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Casio QV-4000
Casio QV4000 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: QV-4000
Camera Format: Compact
Price: Unknown
Date Available: Start of August 2001 (Japan)
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.555" 4.13 megapixel CCD
Image Resolution: 2240x1680, 2256x1504, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): 34 - 102mm (3x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 3.2x
Auto Focus: Yes (Multi/Spot Contrast Detect)
Manual Focus: Yes
Normal Focus Range: 30 cm to Infinity; 12.2 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 6 - 50 cm; 2.4 - 20.4 in
Aperture Range: f/2.0 (wide), 2.3 (wide), 2.5, 2.8, 4.0, 5.6, 8.0
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Optical zoom type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch, 122,100 pixel)
ISO Settings: Unknown
White Balance Settings: Auto, 5 presets, Manual
Manual White Balance: Yes
Shutter Speeds: 60 - 1/1000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
Metering Modes: Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes: Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Self Timer: 2 or 10 seconds
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-eye Reduction
Flash Range Description: 0.5 - 3.5 meters
Ext Flash: Yes (Connection type unspecified)
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash Type 1, CompactFlash Type 2, IBM Microdrive (to 1GB)
Memory Included (MB): Unknown
File Formats: TIFF, JPEG (Exif 2.1), AVI (OpenDML MotionJPEG)
More Information
Weight: 355 g; 12.4 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 118 x 75 x 65mm; 4.6 x 2.9 x 2.5in
Notes & Features: Complies with Print Image Matching, Epson's color-management technology. Lens made by Canon, features eight lenses in seven groups. LCD display has 555 x 220 pixels. Best Shot function allows user to select from 5 presets (accompanied by an on-screen image to demonstrate the effect); presets can be uploaded to the camera from a selection of 100 presets on a CD-ROM which accompanies the camera. Digital soft focus function replicates the effect of a soft filter in-camera. Real-time histogram function shows what exposure will look like if photo taken with current settings. Auto exposure bracketing captures 3 or 5 images at 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1EV intervals. Camera has bulb mode for long exposures. Focus confirmation mode zooms image to allow for easier manual focusing on LCD. Spot focus mode allows for selection of one of 9 focus points. Automatic image rotation detects orientation of camera, and saves image appropriately. Can resize images in-camera to 640 x 480 pixels suitable for emailing. Battery life claimed at 205 minutes or 1230 images in capture mode, or 6 hours in playback mode (using CR-3VP battery, LCD on, flash off). Info LCD display shows aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation. Casio Photohands and Panorama Editor, QuickTime software not for MacOS. USB driver requires MacOS 8.5, Acrobat Reader requires MacOS 8.6. Internet Explorer not for Windows PCs. Photohands, USB driver not for Windows NT 4.0. Comes bundled with software CD-ROM, neck strap, lens cap, cap holder, video cable, USB cable and 4 x AA alkaline batteries.
More Photos
Casio QV4000 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio. Click for a bigger picture!

UPDATED 2001-06-25 13:54ET: Casio USA has announced the QV-4000 now; US availability is slated for August 2001 at a price under $1000. We've added Casio's press release to this news item...
Source: Casio Japan website

Original Source Press Release:

Casio Introduces the QV-4000, A 4.13-Million Pixel CCD Digital Camera with 16MB CompactFlash Card


DOVER, NJ, June 21, 2001—Casio, Inc., Dover, N.J., in conjunction with Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, announced at the PC Expo Show that opens in New York City on June 26th, the introduction of the QV-4000, a new 4.13-million pixel color CCD digital camera with 16MB CompactFlash card and a f2.0 – f2.5 optical 3x Canon zoom lens which is equivalent to 34mm to 102mm on a 35mm camera.

The QV-4000 will be available in August competitively priced under $1,000.

One of the most important features of the QV-4000 is Casio’s unique "Best Shot" feature that allows you to select the icon that best reflects your imaging situation. The camera will automatically select the best combination of aperture and shutter speed for you. "Casio’s built in icons such as ‘night’ and ‘fireworks’ can handle tough photographic situations with ‘point-and-shoot’ simplicity," said Gary Schultz, director of marketing for Casio’s Mobile Information Products Division.

Schultz said that the bundled CD ROM also contains pre-recorded data for 100 scenes and, by copying data onto a CompactFlash card, you can enjoy quick and easy access to your chosen scene set-ups through the camera itself. The camera incorporates 5 kinds of Best Shot modes: Portrait, Scenery, Flowers, Night Scene and Digital Soft Focus. Digital Soft Focus is the industry first spec, which is suitable for portraits and flowers.


  • Imaging element - 1/1.8" Square Primary Color CCD (4.13M Pixels)
  • Shutter Speeds - Bulb, 60 – 1/1000
  • Lens - F2.0 – F2.5 Optical 3x Canon zoom lens which is equivalent to 34mm to 102mm on a 35mm camera
  • Aperture - F = 2 - 8 Auto (6 steps)/Manual switching
  • Digital Zoom - Seamless 3.2X
  • Viewfinder - Optical Zoom Viewfinder
  • Light Metering - Multi/Center Weighted/Spot Metering
  • Exposure Mode - Full Auto/Programmed AE/Aperture-Priority AE/Shutter-
  • Priority AE /Manual Exposure
  • Exposure Compensation - 2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV step
  • White Balance - Fixed (5 modes)/Manual Switching
  • Recording Mode - Single Image/Continuous Panorama Mode/AEB/Movie
  • Macro/Best Shot/Self Timer
  • Features - Resize to create VGA file for e-mail
  • Real Time Histogram in play back and record modes
  • Multi-area AF/AF area close up Digital soft focus in Best Shot mode/Manual
  • Focus/Infinity/Focus Lock
  • Multilingual graphic menu
  • External Flash Terminal
  • TIFF - (uncompressed) Approx. 11 MB in 2240 x 1680
  • Movie - AVI file format 320 x 240 Max 30 seconds
  • PRINT Image Matching Compatible - Optimum printing results can be achieved using a printer that supports EPSON PRINT Image Matching. Images recorded using
  • Best Shot can be reproduced almost perfectly.
  • Image Orientation Detection - The camera automatically detects if you record an image using landscape or portrait orientation.
  • Compatible with Optional IBM Microdrive.

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