Casio QV-4000 Review

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Steve's Digicams


Casio

QV-4000




Record Screens & Menus



Casio QV-4000

Record mode screen display with the camera in AUTO mode. The icons (left to right) indicates flash is forced on, matrix metering, multi-AF focus mode, exposure mode is AUTO, drive mode is single, there are "505" pictures remaining at the current image size of 2240 x 1680 pixels in Fine quality.

The shutter release is half-pressed so the AF is locked (indicated by green AF target marks in the center) and exposure which shows onscreen (F2.0 aperture at 1/60 second.) The zoom lens is midway between wide and tele, the solid area above the halfway point indicates the digital zoom focal lengths. On the bottom is an icon showing the battery condition.



Casio QV-4000

Pressing the DISP button toggles a real-time histogram, which is a graph of pixel brightness across the dynamic color range. This provides valuable feedback about exposure when shooting in difficult lighting conditions. You can use exposure compensation (in Program AE or AUTO mode) or vary the shutter speed or aperture (in Manual mode) to get the proper exposure value.



Casio QV-4000

If you have the Expanded Focus option enabled the active focusing point will be magnified when the shutter is half-pressed. The focusing point is continuously enlarged when in manual focus mode (see below).



Casio QV-4000

The camera may be manually focused, there is no distance readout but the LCD displays the "expanded" focus point for visual confirmation of the focus adjustments. The 4-way control is moved up or down to achieve manual focus. There is also a fixed infinity position and a dedicated macro mode (2.4 in. to 19.7 in.)



Casio QV-4000

When set to Multi-AF the camera will take readings from all three focus zones (Left, Center and Right) and chooses the one with the closest camera to subject distance. Tha AF target marks turn green when focus is good or red to indicate the image is not in focus.



Casio QV-4000

Shooting in Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority or Manual will display the shutter speed and aperture settings at all times.



Casio QV-4000

Normally the camera uses the center of the frame to perform its autofocus calculations but you can manually select one of nine focusing zones by pressing the FOCUS button and enabling the Spot-AF mode. You move the "+" to the desired zone with the 4-way selector switch (see below).


Casio QV-4000

You change focus modes by holding the FOCUS button down and rotating the selection dial.


Casio QV-4000

You change white balance by holding the WB button down and rotating the selection dial. The image on the color LCD will visually change as you select different white balance presets. For the best possible results the custom white balance option can exactly match the lighting conditions. You aim the camera at a white card or neutral target and press the shutter, it then calculates and sets the white balance accordingly.


Casio QV-4000

To change the metering mode you hold down the metering button and rotate the selection dial. Default is Multi which uses multiple areas of the frame to calculate the exposure. You can manually select Center-weighted averaging or Spot for more precise control.



Casio QV-4000

The dedicated Panorama mode can captures up to 10 images in sequence which are then merged in the camera for an animated replay. The user is prompted on the LCD screen to achieve the proper amount of overlay between the images to produce the best panorama.



Casio QV-4000

Screen display while in the Movie recording mode. Up to 30 seconds of 320 x 240 motion video can be recorded and saved as an AVI video file. There is no sound recorded as the camera lacks a microphone.



Casio QV-4000

The "Best Shot" mode uses pre-programmed shooting scenes to aid the user in creating better pictures. These scenes automatically set the proper camera parameters for you. There are five builtin scenes (People, Scenery, Flowers, Night Scene and Soft Focus,) some have guide templates displayed on the LCD to properly position your subjects.

The bundled CD ROM contains the data for 100 Best Shot scenes - click here to view the entire Best Shot Scene library.

You can create your own Best Shot scenes and store them in the SCENES folder on the CF card. The different scenes are accessed on the color LCD by rotating the Selection dial.



Casio QV-4000

Record mode menu options:

    Size - 2240x1680, 2256x1504(3:2), 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480

    Quality - Fine, Normal or Economy JPEG or uncompressed TIFF

    Enhancement - Off or enhance Red, Green, Blue or Flesh Tones

    Filter - Off or B/W, Sepia, Red or Green

    Saturation - Increase/decrease color saturation +2, +1, 0, -1, -2

    Contrast - Increase/decrease contrast +2, +1, 0, -1, -2





Casio QV-4000

    Sharpness - Increase/decrease sharpness +2, +1, 0, -1, -2

    AEB Setting - AE Bracketing step 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1EV and 3 or 5 frames

    Flash Setting - Front-curtain or Rear-curtain synch

    Flash Intensity - Normal, Weak, Strong

    (Flash) Sync Speed - Fast (1/125), Normal (1/60), Slow (1/30)

    Digital Zoom - On or Off





Casio QV-4000

    Focus Expansion - Expanded focus point on LCD - On or Off

    Grid - Framing grids on LCD - On or Off

    BestShot Setting - Read scenes from built-in+CF, built-in, CF

    Release Setting - On or Off (I believe this is for the WR-3C remote control)

    Time Stamp - Off, Date, Time, Date + Time

    Power Save - Sleep (Off, 30s, 1m, 2m), Auto Power Off (2m, 5m)





Casio QV-4000

    Mode Memory - Memorize settings when powered down. Possible to memorize: Metering, White balance, Flash, Focus, Digital zoom, EV Shift, Reset

    Card Browser - Enable on four types of HTML page creation from your stored images or disable this feature.

    Format - Format the CF card

    Date - Set the internal clock

    Video Out - NTSC or PAL format

    Language - Set the menu language, English, German or French





Casio QV-4000

    Beep - Enable beep sounds when buttons are pushed

    Reset - Reset all settings to default






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