Casio QV-3500 Review
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The QV-3500EX is Casio's flagship for 2001 and employs a fast F2.0 Canon 3x optical zoom lens in conjunction with a 3.34-megapixel CCD. Still images are captured in either 2048x1536 or 1024x768 size in one of three JPEG quality levels or uncompressed TIFF. Motion sequences of up to 30 seconds can be captured as 320x240-pixel AVI format movie clips. Two bundles are available - the QV-3500EX with a 16 MB memory card and the QV-3500EXplus is bundled with the 340MB IBM Microdrive. Both cameras will be at retail stores in April.
Thanks to a large memory buffer images can be recorded at intervals of approximately 2 seconds between each press of the shutter release and, by continually pressing the shutter release, it is possible to take up to 3 images at intervals of approximately 0.5 seconds. Similarly, during playback, images can be scrolled at intervals of approximately 0.5 seconds for easy access.
Exposure options include Multi, Spot or Average metering, Program AE, Shutter speed priority, Aperture Priority AE and Manual as well as Panorama, Night Scene and Landscape modes. The user controls all of this from a very graphical interface menu system. The QV-3500EX has a multitude of playback modes with the ability to turn your captured images into HTML-based albums that can be viewed with any web browser.
The camera features a "Best-Shot" mode with 28 programmed shooting situations to aid novice or experienced users in creating perfect pictures every time. The bundled CD ROM also contains pre-recorded data for 64 Best-shot scenes (including the 28 scenes built in the camera itself) and, by copying data onto a CompactFlash card, enjoy quick-and- easy access to your chosen scene set-ups through the camera itself. On the CompactFlash card supplied, it is possible to store up to 250 sample images, including the data for the original settings.
Casio has partnered with Epson America, Inc. to incorporate PRINT Image Matching Technology in the QV-3500EX and in future digital camera models as well. PRINT Image Matching Technology ensures that digital cameras and printers work together to produce photographs that print truer-to-life than ever before. Epson will also include PRINT Image Matching in all future photo printers as well.
The Casio Photo Loader software enables automatic image transfer to a personal computer. Simply connect the camera to your computer using the supplied USB cable or insert the CompactFlash card directly and Photo Loader automatically starts image upload. The uploaded images are stored in folders named according to the dates on which they are recorded and can be viewed on your computer either individually or as a group, using standard Web browser software. The software CD also includes: PhotoGenetics Trial Version, Web Easy Express, Zing Photo Sharing, Apple QuickTime and Panorama Editor.
The Casio QV-3500EX and Nikon Coolpix 995 for comparison.
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