Casio QV-4000 Review

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Casio

QV-4000




Review posted 9/17/01



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The QV-4000 is Casio's flagship digital camera featuring a 1/1.8" 4.13-million pixel primary color CCD imager and a large-diameter f2-2.5 3x Canon zoom lens (34-102mm in 35mm format.) It also features a full compliment of exposure modes (Automatic, Program AE, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority and full Manual) plus Casio's unique "Best Shot" feature that lets you select an icon that best reflects your imaging situation. The camera will automatically select the best combination of aperture and shutter speed for you. There are five Best Shot Scenes built into the camera and another 100 scenes that can be loaded onto the flash card from the supplied software CD-ROM.

As you would expect from a "top of the line camera," the QV-4000 has a full range of metering options (matrix, center-weighted and spot), white balance settings (5 presets plus custom), recording modes (single, continuous, AE bracketing, panorama, movie, Best Shot and selftimer) and focus modes (multi-area AF, Spot AF [with 9 selectable areas], manual, infinity, focus lock) with a low-light focus-assist illuminator. It also has high-end features like a histogram display in both the recording and playback modes, an external flash sync PC type connector, automatic image orientation for portrait mode exposures and an enlarged focusing area on the LCD display.



Casio QV-4000

QV-4000 Main Features

  • Sony Super HAD 1/1.8" square primary color CCD (4.13Mpixels total)
  • F2-2.5 Canon 3x zoom lens (34-102mm in 35mm equiv.)
  • Image Sizes: 2240 x 1680, 2256 x 1504 (3:2), 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
  • Three JPEG quality levels and TIFF uncompressed formats
  • 320x240 AVI movie clips, max. 30 seconds
  • Shutter Speeds: 60 - 1/1000 sec. plus Bulb
  • Aperture: F2 - F8 Auto (6 steps) and manual selection
  • 3.2X seamless digital zoom
  • Multi-area AF, Spot AF w/9 selectable points, Digital soft focus in Best Shot mode, Manual Focus, Infinity and Focus Lock

  • Focus assist illuminator and focus area expansion on LCD display.
  • Metering Modes: Multi, Center-Weighted, Spot
  • Exposure Modes: Full Auto, Programmed AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Shutter-Priority AE and Manual
  • Exposure Compensation: 2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV step
  • White Balance: 5 presets and custom set
  • Recording Modes: Single Image, Continuous, Panorama Mode, AE Bracketing, Movie, Macro, Best Shot and Self Timer
  • RealTime Histogram in record and playback modes

  • Standard PC type external flash terminal
  • Epson PRINT Image Matching compatible
  • Image Orientation Detection - The camera automatically rotates portrait images during playback
  • CompactFlash Type II card slot compatible with IBM Microdrives
  • High-speed USB port and software for easy image downloading
  • Powered by 4 standard AA cells, NiMH batteries and charger included.


Bundled Software

The QV-4000 comes bundled with Photo Loader 2.0 (for Windows 2000, Me, 98, NT4.0) which quickly and easily transfers images to your PC for printing, attachment to e-mail, etc. Transferred images can be viewed using your Web browser on a screen that groups images by the dates they were recorded. Besides images, you can also view the camera setup information that was used when each image was recorded.

Photohands for Windows 2000, Me, 98, NT4.0 offers easy image printing and editing software. Simply click a button in the screen of Photo Loader 2.0 and Photohands starts up automatically. Then you just need to specify the paper size and you are ready to print. Photohands includes useful tools for retouching images, including contrast, brightness, tint, sharpness, noise filtering, effect filters, resizing, rotation, and more. This means you can modify recorded images to create exactly the result you need.




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4-Megapixel, black and compact, the Casio QV-4000 and
Olympus C-4040 Zoom for comparison.






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Casio QV-4000EX Specifications

Recording Recording Format Still JPEG (Exif 2.1/DCF/DPOF) TIFF (RGB)
  Movie AVI (Motion JPEG)
Recording Medium CompactFlash (Type I / II) 1GB Microdrive compatible
Output Image Still 2240 x 1680 / 2256 x 1504 (3:2) / 1600 x 1200 / 1280 x 960 / 640 x 480
  Movie 320 x 240 (30 sec. max per movie)
Image Deletion All Images / one image / Folder
Camera Imaging Element 1/1.8" Square Primary Color CCD (4.13M pixels)
Lens F2.0 - F2.5 optical 3x Canon zoom lens
  F = 7mm - 21mm
  Equivalent to 34mm to 102mm on 35mm camera
Optical zoom Seamless 3.2x
Focus Mode
Multi-Area AF / Spot Focus / Manual Focus / Macro / Infinity / Focus Lock
Focus Range Normal 30cm - ¥
  Macro 6cm (w) 20cm (T) - 50cm
Aperture Stop F2 - F8 (6 steps) / Manual switching
Light Metering Multi / Center weighted / Spot Metering
Exposure Mode Full Auto / Programmed AE / Aperture-Priority AE / Shutter-Priority AE / Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV step
Shutter/Shutter Speed CCD Shutter / Mechanical Shutter
  Bulb, 60 - 1/1000
White Balance Fixed (5 modes) / Manual Switching
Recording Mode Single Image / Continuous / Panorama Mode / AEB / Movie / Macro / Best Shot
View Finder Optical Zoom View Finder
Flash  System - Auto/Fill In/Off/Red Eye Reduction
  Range - Approx. 0.5m - 2.5m
Other Features 


Resize to create VGA file for e-mail
Real Time Histogram in play back and record mode
Multi - area AF / AF area close up
Digital soft focus in Best Shot mode
Multilingual graphic menu
Monitor LCD 1.8" HAST (122,100 pixels)
Video Out NSTC or PAL Selectable
Communications System USB
Terminals Input AC Adapter/External Flash Terminal
Output Video Out
Input/Output Shutter Release (option) terminal 
USB Jack (STD Mini 5 pin)
Battery   (Batteries/Rechargeable Batteries/AC Adapter)
  Four AA Alkaline or Lithium Batteries
  Four Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
  Two 3V Lithium Battery Pack (CR-V3P)
  DC in 6V
Measurement and Weight Approximately 4.6 x 2.9 x 2.5 (inch) Approximately 355g








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