Casio QV-2900 Review


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Casio

QV-2900UX




Review posted 6/25/01




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The Casio QV-2900UX is a 2.11-million pixel (1600 x 1200) digital camera featuring high magnification zoom up to 32x and super close-up. The camera incorporates a swiveling 8x Optical Zoom lens that's equivalent to a 40-320mm zoom on a 35mm camera plus a 2x/4x Digital Zoom. It features Casio's unique BestShot feature that allows the user to chose a desired shooting mode from a menu that best reflects your imaging situation. The camera automatically selects the best combination of aperture and shutter speed. Built-in icons such as "night," "fireworks" -- and 26 others - handle tough photographic situations with "point-and-shoot" simplicity. An additional 36 icons can be found on the supplied CD for a total of 64 BestShot modes.

The QV-2900UX will be available in July, 2001 for $499 suggested retail.



QV-2900UX Features at a Glance:

  • 2.11 Megapixel color filter CCD
  • Swiveling 8x lens, tilting range of 270 degrees
  • BestShot Function with 28 built-in scenes (36 more on CD)
  • Macro focus as close as 1cm
  • Interval mode for time lapse photography
  • Bulb Mode for maximum 60-sec shutter exposure
  • Aperture Priority AE/Shutter, Speed Priority AE/Manual Exposure Settings
  • Manual settings for full control over camera setup
  • Three metering modes (multi-pattern/center-weighted/spot)
  • Adjustable white balance, flash intensity, focus, exposure compensation, image quality, and more.
  • Histogram display
  • Two movie recording modes, Normal and Past.
  • Panorama recording and playback
  • External flash PC connector
  • Very fast shot-to-shot time
  • Easy PC connectivity and image transfer
  • Casio Photo Loader enables automatic image transfer to PC
  • IBM Microdrive compatible (340 MB to 1GB)
  • Shortcut Keys and Shortcut Key customization
  • One-touch VGA image creation for e-mail ready, resized copy
  • Image Trim function will save a cropped copy of the image displayed.
  • Option to save images in uncompressed TIFF format
  • Compatible with PRINT Image Matching Technology
  • Image catalogs produced by an HTML file generator
  • Mode Memory
  • 1.8-inch high definition color LCD monitor
  • 4-Mode Flash (Auto/On/Off/Red-eye Reduction)




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The Casio QV-2900UX and Nikon Coolpix 995 for comparison.







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Casio QV-2900UX Specifications

Image sensor 1/2.7" CCD chip with 2,110,000 pixels
Lens 6-48mm 8x Optical zoom F3.2 - F3.5
(Equivalent to 40 - 320mm on 35mm camera)
Lens swivels 270 degrees and has 43mm threads
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels
800 x 600 pixels
Color depth 24 Bit (16.7 million colours)
Image format JPEG (Fine, Normal, Economy)
uncompressed TIFF RGB
AVI motion video (16 secs)
DPOF-support yes
Recording modes Single Image
P-Mode (Programmed AE)
A-Mode (Aaperture priority)
S-Mode(Shutter-Priority AE)
Movie Mode
Best Shot (28 programmed modes)
Portrait Mode
Panorama Mode
Night Mode
Scenery Mode
Self-timer
Macro
B&W
Sepia
Removable memory CompactFlash Type II
8MB CF card included
Microdrive compatible
Image deletion single pictures / all pictures
Focus autofocus and manual focus
Focus range 50 cm to infinity (Wide)
1 m to infinity (Tele)
Close-up/Macro 1 cm to 50 cm (Zoom 1x - 6x)
Sensitivity ISO 80, 160 or 320
Exposure control Program AE
Aperture priority (F3.2, F4.4, F8)
Shutter priority (Bulb, 60 to 1/1000s)
Full Manual
Exposure Compensation +/-2EV in 1/3EV steps
Metering Multi, Center Weighted or Spot Metering
White balance Auto, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent light, tungsten light, manual
Shutter mechanical and electronic (combination)
Shutter speeds 60s to 1/1,000s
Viewfinder LCD monitor only
LCD monitor 1.8" color HAST (122,100 pixels)
Image control via LCD monitor, PC monitor or via TV
Built in Flash Auto, fill, "red-eye" reduction, slow-synch, off
Flash range 0.5 m to 2.5 m
Self-timer 2 or 10 secs
Video recording Windows AVI format 320 x 240
max. 16 secs per movie
Features AE mode for different recording situations ("Best Shot" mode with 28 presets); various methods of exposure metering (multi-spot metering, spot, average metering); sequential mode; panorama support (360°); b&w mode; sepia tint; date and time stamp; image resolution can be downsampled; histrogram mode; key customization.
Connection to computer Serial RS-232, USB interface
Other connectors AC input, PAL/NTSC video output (switchable)
Power supply 4 x AA alkaline, NiMH or 2 x Lithium battery 3 Volt (CR-V3), AC adaptor optional
Dimensions 4.7 x 3.2 x 2.6 in.
Weight

approx. 10.3 oz (without batteries)



Packaged Contents

standard QV-2900UX camera, batteries, 16 MByte CompactFlash removable memory, 8MB CF card, serial cable for PC, video connection cable, USB connection cable, lens cap with holder, camera soft case, hand strap, data transfer software Photo Loader for Windows (95/98/NT), panorama software Panorama Editor for Windows (95/98/NT), Apple Quicktime for Windows (95/98/NT) and Macintosh, Browser software Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows (95/98/NT) and Macintosh
optional NiMH battery (rechargeable)
battery charger
AC adaptor/charger
AC adaptor
8/10/32/48/64 MByte CompactFlash cards


(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)






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