Casio GV-10 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features & Controls
The GV-10 is equipped with a F2.8, f = 4.6mm (equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format)
lens. It is a fixed focal length (non-zoom) lens but it does have a 2X digital
zoom that enlarges the central 50% of the image to produce a 640x480 picture.
The aperture is automatically selected at F/2.8 or F/9.7.
This is a fixed-focus lens with a normal range of 23.6" (60cm) to infinity.
Enabling Macro mode lets you focus on objects as close as 3.9" (10cm.)
The eyelevel optical real-image zoom viewfinder has a field of view of approx. 84%
of the captured image. It has no diopter adjustment. The LED flashes amber when
the flash is charging and stays steady amber when ready to fire. It flashes green
when recording a movie or the selftimer is counting down. It flashes red to
indicate a memory card problem.
The built-in flash has modes for Auto, Fill-flash or Flash Cancel.
The working range of the flash is 2.0 to 6.6 feet (0.6 to 2 meters.)
Controls on top: flash mode (index playback), digital zoom (2x zoomed playback)
and white balance (delete image.) Each of these buttons serve a secondary
function in playback mode as indicated in parenthesis.
The large silver button is the shutter release and below it are the "-" and "+"
buttons for navigating the onscreen menus and setting the exposure
On the back is a 1.6" color TFT LCD monitor which can be used as a live viewfinder or for image review or accessing the menu system.
The resolution is 61,380 pixels;
279 x 220.
The I/O ports are found behind a rubber-gasketted door on the side of the camera and include a USB port for transferring images to the computer and a 6v DC INput jack.
There is no Video Out capability.
The GV-10 is equipped with a CompactFlash card slot and is supplied with a 8MB
card. It's compatible with any CF card from 4MB to 1GB.
This is the door latch for the combination battery and CompactFlash compartment.
It has a safety release button that must be activated before you turn the big
knob to open it. Seen above and below is the rubber-gasketted door in the open
Power is supplied by four AA type batteries, Alkaline, NiMH or Lithium type
may be used. Casio claims the battery life for recording as: 170 minutes
(850 images) with alkalines, 170 minutes (850 images) with NiMH and 340 minutes
(1700 images) with lithium cells. Playback battery life is: 240 minutes with
alkaline, 220 minutes with NiMH and 370 minutes with lithium.
Casio recommends the replacement of the O-ring gaskets every two years to maintain the water and dust resistance integrity. Note that the GV-10 is *not* an underwater camera and should not be submerged in salt water, pool water or hot springs. It is perfectly safe for use in a rain storm or with wet hands. If you do get salt water or sand on it you can hold it under a faucet and then dry it off.
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