Casio introduces two new versatile and compact digital cameras that come with a 3X optical zoom, a high-resolution primary color CCD and fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. The QV-R4, a 4.0 megapixel digital camera, and the QV-R3, a 3.0 megapixel digital camera measure 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.2 inches, making them two of the smallest, lightest and compact digital cameras available in the marketplace today. Both cameras feature a 3X optical zoom lens, which is equivalent to 37 - 111mm (QV-R3), 37.5 - 112.5m (QV-R4) on a 35mm film camera.
The compact configuration of the high-performance QV-R4 and QV-R3 cameras make them perfect for recording those special moments whenever and wherever they happen. A totally new LSI (Large Scale Integration) system provides lightening-fast response of about 0.01 second, which means there is virtually no time lag between the point you press the shutter release and when the image is taken.
A simple, stylish stainless steel body provides both a high level of durability and a feel of quality. Modes are selected using a flat-profile dial, and all function keys are carefully positioned for easy, intuitive operation. Images can be stored on an SD memory card, and the camera also includes 11MB of built-in flash memory that allows recording even when a card is not loaded or when the memory card is full.
Both models will are available now (Oct 2002.) The QV-R4 has a suggested retail price of $499.99 while the QV-R3 retails at $399.99.
Casio QV-R4 Features:
Ultra-compact configuration that measures a mere 3.5" x 2.3" x 1.2".
4-megapixel resolution for images up to 2304x1712 pixels
3x optical zoom 37-112mm equivalent in 35mm photography
Release time lag of approximately 0.01 second (when focus is locked)
Best Shot Mode for instant setups, the light metering, exposure, saturation, and other settings are configured in an instant.
Two new innovative features:
Coupling Shot - Makes it possible for two people to be included in the same image, even when they are the only people around. Person A records Person B on one side of the image. A transparent view of the first image remains on the monitor screen so Person B can use it to compose the other side and record Person A. Only the second image is stored in camera memory
Pre-Shot - With this feature you can compose the background you want and record it. A transparent view of the background image remains on the monitor screen so you can ask someone to record you against the background, using the monitor screen image as a guide. Only the second image is stored in camera memory.
Triple Self-timer records three consecutive shots with a single shutter release button operation. This simplifies the recording of group shots that include the photographer because a single operation gives you a choice of three images from which you can select the one you want.
World Time and alarm features
Album function displays using HTML files. The camera generates HTML files that make it possible to view recorded images on your computer screen in an easy-to-use album format using your favorite browser.
Auto focus lens with low-light focus illuminator
Multi, Center-weighted or Spot metering
320x240 full motion video for up to 30 secs.
Shutter speeds: 2 - 1/2000 seconds (automatic)
Still, Movie, Bestshot, Continuous, Night Scene recording modes
White balance: auto, 4 presets and manual
1.6-inch color LCD with 84,960 pixels
Rechargeable lithium battery pack included
USB auto connect
Exif 2.2 Print and Epson PIM II compatible
The Casio QV-R4 and a standard CD for size comparison.
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