Casio QV-R40 Review

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Casio QV-R40



Review posted 09/12/03


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The compact Casio QV-R40 is a 4.0 megapixel digital camera with a 1-second power up time and an industry leading 0.01-second release time lag (both values approximate), ensuring you can capture those special moments whenever they happen. The stylish and durable QV-R40 is housed in aluminum which makes it a great "go anywhere" camera for those that are just too busy to baby their hardware.

The QV-R40 is the next generation model for the QV Series and is loaded with features. The QV-R40 sets the pace for performance and speed, featuring a new high-speed telescoping optical 3X zoom lens and a high-speed startup control, making startup 1 second faster than the QV-R4. Playback is faster, too, with the new QV-R40 scrolling through images on the monitor screen at a rate of about 0.1 second per image. A pair of direct mode access buttons for REC and PLAY switch the camera to the mode you want quickly.


Casio QV-R40 Features:

  • Compact and durable aluminium body measures only 88 x 60.5 x 32.7 mm.
  • 4-megapixel resolution for images up to 2304x1712 pixels
  • 3x optical zoom 39-117mm equivalent in 35mm photography
  • 1-second (approximate) startup time
  • 0.01-second release time lag (from half-pressed shutter w/AF lock)
  • One-touch direct REC/PLAY mode access buttons
  • 0.1-second (approximate) playback image scroll time
  • 5-point Multi Auto Focus, Multi or Spot options
  • Best Shot Mode for instant setups, the light metering, exposure, saturation, and other settings are configured in an instant.
  • World Time (162 cities in 32 time zones) and alarm features
  • Album function displays using HTML files, view using your browser.
  • Multi, Center-weighted or Spot metering
  • 320x240 full motion video for up to 30 secs.
  • Adjustable sharpness, saturation and contrast
  • Shutter speeds: 2 - 1/2000 seconds (automatic)
  • White balance: auto, 4 presets and manual
  • 1.6-inch color LCD with 84,960 pixels
  • Two AA-size NiMH 2100mAh batteries and charger included
  • 10MB memory builtin plus SD/MMC Memory Card Slot
  • USB auto connect
  • Exif 2.2 Print and Epson PIM II compatible
  • USB Direct-Print Support



The QV-R40 is priced at $299.99 and will be available at retail in September 2003.




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Casio QV-R40

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Casio QV-R40

The QV-R40 and a standard CD for size comparison.





Casio QV-R40

The compact QV-R40 and the ultra-slim Exilim EX-S3.

Casio QV-R40







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Casio QV-R40 Specifications

Image File Record Format
Still Images: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant Movies: AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG standard)
Recording Medium
10MB built-in Flash memory; SD MEMORY card; MultiMedia card
Recorded Image Sizes
Still Images: 2,304 x 1,712 pixels, 2,240 x 1,680 pixels, 1,600 x 1,200 pixels, 1,280 x 960 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels
Movie: 320 x 240 pixels (15 FPS)
Approximate Image Capacity*1
Still Images  Image size
 (Pixels)
Quality File Size  10MB
 Built-in
 Memory
64MB
 SD Card*2
2,304 x 1,712 FINE 1.8 MB / image  4 30
 NORMAL  1.4 MB / image  6 40
ECONOMY 1.0 MB / image 8 54
 2,240 x 1,680 FINE  1.8 MB / image 4 30
NORMAL 1.4 MB / image 6 40
ECONOMY 1.0 MB / image 8 54
1,600 x 1,200 FINE 1,050KB / image 8  53
NORMAL 710KB / image 12 79
ECONOMY 370KB / image 24 154
1,280 x 960 FINE 680KB / image 13 82
NORMAL 460KB / image 20 126
ECONOMY 250KB / image  35 220
640 x 480 FINE 190KB / image 46  294
NORMAL 140KB / image 61  386
ECONOMY  90KB / image 98  618
Movies Image size
 (Pixels)
Quality  File Size 10MB
 Built-in
 Memory
64MB
 SD Card*2
320 x 240 30 seconds 150 KB / second 60 seconds
(may.)
410 seconds
(may.)
Image Deletion Single-image; all images (with memory protection)
Effective Pixels 4.0 million Pixels
Imaging Element 1 / 1.8-inch primary color CCD (Approximate Total Pixels: 4.13 million)
Lens F 2.8 to 4.9, f = 8 to 24 mm (equivalent to 39 to 117 mm in 35 mm film format)
Zoom 3 X optical zoom, 3.2 X digital zoom, 9.6 X total zoom
Focusing Contrast-type Auto Focus (AF Mode (AF Area: Spot or Multi), Macro Mode),
Infinity Mode; focus lock; manual focus
Approximate
Focus Range
Normal: 60 cm to inifinity
Macro: 10 cm to 70 cm (W) (1 to 1.2X optical zoom available in Macro Mode.)
Manual (W): 10 cm to inifinity
Manual (T): 60 cm to inifinity
Shutter CCD electronic shutter / mechanical shutter; Shutter Speed: 1 / 8 to 1 / 2,000 second (normal); 1 to 1 / 2,000 second (night); 2 seconds fixed (fireworks); Shutter speed changes with recording mode and ISO sensitivity setting.
Aperture Wide Angle: F2.8 / 4.8, auto switching; Telephoto: F4.9 / 8.4, auto switching
White Balance Automatic / fixed (4 modes), manual
Self-timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Flash Modes AUTO*3, ON, OFF, Red eye reduction
Approximate
Flash Range
Wide Angle: 0.4 to 2.9 meters ; Telephoto: 0.4 to 1.7 m
Recording Modes Normal; Best Shot*4; Movie
Monitor Screen 1.6" TFT color LCD (84,940 pixels, 354 x 240)
Viewfinder LCD monitor (field of view: 100 %) ; optical viewfinder
Clock Built-in digital quartz clock; date and time data recorded with image; auto calendar to 2049
World Time 162 cities (32 time zones) ; city name, date, current time, summer time
Input / Output
Terminals
USB port (Mini-B) ; AC adaptor terminal (3 V DC)
Power
Requirements
Two rechargeable AA-size nickel metal hydride batteries ; Two AA-size lithium batteries (FR6) ; AC adapter (AD-C30)
AA-size alkaline batteries (LR8) can be used if they are the only option available. Alkaline batteries may not provide any operation when the temperature is 41°F (5°C) or lower.
Approximate
Battery Life
Battery Type Number of Shots*5 Continuous Recording Time
Nickel Metal Hydride 220 (1 hour 50 minutes) 3 hours 50 minutes
  *Recording Conditions:74°F (23C°), monitor screen on, flash off, continuous recording.  
*Frequency of flash operations and zoom, and the amount of time the camera is left on greatly affect the number of shots that can be recorded. For example, the following indicate the approximate number of shots under normal tempratures(74°F) (23C°), monitor on, zoom operation between full wide and full telephoto every 30 seconds, during which two images are recorded, one image with flash; power turned off and back on every time 10 images are recorded. Nickel metal hydride batteries: 220 shots; AA-side lithium batteries: 180 shots *5
Power
Consumption
3V DC Approximately 3.8W
Dimensions 88(W) x 60.5(H) x 32.7(D) mm (excluding projections)
Weight Approximately 160g (excluding battery and accessories)
Accessories included Rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries ; Battery charger (BC-5H); Strap; USB cable; User's Guide; CD-ROM (for Windows and the Macintosh)
Bundled
Software on
CD-ROM
•Photo Loader 2.1 (Windows), Photo Loader 1.1 (Macintosh)
•Photohands 1.0 (Windows)
•USB driver 1.0 (Windows)

*1: Number of image values are approximate. Actual number of images depends on individual image sizes and other factors.
*2: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. 64MB card; actual number of images depends on memory card manufacturer.
*3: Fires only when lighting is low.

                *4: Certain subject and shooting conditions may produce unexpected
                results when using Best Shot.<br>
                *5: Values indicate approximate time until power failure under
                normal temperature (74&deg;F)(23&deg;C), monitor on, zoom
                operation between full wide and full telephoto every 30 seconds,
                during which two images are recorded, one image with flash;
                power turned off and back on every time 10 images are recorded.<br>
                *6: Continuous playback under normal temperature (74&deg;F)(23&deg;C),
                image scroll every 10 seconds. Frequency of flash operations
                and zoom and amount of time camera is left on greatly affects
                battery life. Individual battery characteristics affect the
                rate at which battery capacity indicator changes.<br>



Minimum Computer System Requirements
Windows Photo Loader 2.1 Photohands 1.0 USB driver 1.0*1
OS XP XP XP*2
2000 2000 2000
Me Me Me
98 98 98
CPU 486 or higher
(Pentium recommended)
Pentium or higher 486 or higher
(Pentium recommended)
Memory 16 MB minimum 64 MB minimum ---
HD At least 7 MB available At least 10 MB available ---
 
Macintosh Photo Loader 1.1
OS 9
CPU PowerPC
Memory 32 MB minimum
HD At least 3 MB available
With OS 9/10.1 /10.2, USB connection is possible with the standard OS USB driver.

Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.





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