Casio QV-4000 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Record Screens & Menus
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
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.
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).
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.)
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.
Shooting in Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority or Manual will
display the shutter speed and aperture settings at all times.
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).
You change focus modes by holding the FOCUS button down and rotating the selection dial.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Record mode menu options:
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
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
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)
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
Reset - Reset all settings to default
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