Casio QV-R51 Review

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Casio QV-R51


Review posted 01/23/04

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The Casio QV-R51 digital camera packs a large 2.0" LCD screen, 5-megapixel CCD resolution and 3x optical zoom lens into a compact, stylish and durable aluminum body. Using the latest in LSI design, Casio has been able to further enhance its high-performance graphic engine, delivering superior performance with unbelievably realistic, high-resolution pictures. It is among the industry-leading digital cameras, with a one-second startup and 0.01 second release time lag* (both values approximate) for quick response, ensuring you never miss a moment.

The QV-R51 also includes useful features such as One-Touch buttons that let you start the camera up in either record mode or play mode instantly. The camera's Best Shot Mode with 21 settings built in to let you take clear, beautiful shots in even the most challenging of lighting conditions. And the battery life has been improved, it can capture as many as 900 pictures (2 1/2 hours) with the included 2100mAh NiMH rechargeables.

The QV-R51 is priced at just $399.99 and is available now.


Casio QV-R51 Features:

  • Compact and durable aluminium body measures only 3.5 x 2.4 x 1.3 inches
  • 5-megapixel resolution for images up to 2560x1920 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)
  • Large 2-inch color LCD
  • 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
  • 21 Best Shot Mode presets for most any lighting conditions.
  • 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 60 secs.
  • Adjustable sharpness, saturation and contrast
  • Shutter speeds: 4 - 1/2000 seconds (automatic)
  • White balance: auto, 4 presets and manual
  • 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


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Casio QV-R51

Casio QV-R51

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Casio QV-R51

The QV-R51 and a standard CD for size comparison.





The 5-megapixel QV-R51 and the 4-megapixel QV-R40.

Casio QV-R51

Casio QV-R51





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Casio QV-R51 Specifications

Recording Element: 1/1.8-inch square pixel primary color CCD (5.25 million total pixels; 5 million effective pixels)
Image File Record Format: Snapshots: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: AVI (Motion JPEG)
Recording Medium: Built-in flash memory (9.7MB), SD memory card/Multi Media card
Recorded Image Sizes:  
Snapshots  
Image Size
(Pixels)

Resolution

Approximate
File Size

Approximate Memory Capacity
(Images)

Built-in Memory
(9.7MB)

SD Memory
Card*
64MB

2560 x
1920

Fine

2.3MB

4

25

Normal

1.8MB

5

32

Economy

1.3MB

7

44

2560 x
1712
(3:2)

Fine

2.0MB

4

29

Normal

1.6MB

5

36

Economy

1.1MB

8

51

2048 x
1536

Fine

1.64MB

5

35

Normal

1.23MB

7

45

Economy

630KB

14

88

1600 x
1200

Fine

1.05MB

8

53

Normal

710KB

12

79

Economy

370KB

24

154

1280 x 960

Fine

680KB

13

82

Normal

460KB

20

126

Economy

250KB

35

221

640 x 480

Fine

190KB

46

294

Normal

140KB

61

386

Economy

90KB

98

618

Movies
 
Image Size
(Pixels)

Maximum
Movie Length

Approximate
File Size

Approximate Memory Capacity

Built-in
Memory
(9.7MB)

SD Memory
Card*
64MB

320 x 240

60 seconds

150KB/second
(15 frames/second)

60 seconds

6 minutes 50 seconds

* Matsushita products. Capacity differs according to manufacturer.
   
Lens: F2.8(W) to 4.9 (T); f=8(W) to 24(T)mm (equivalent to approximately 39.0 to 117.0 mm when converted to 35mm film)
Zoom: 3X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom (12X total when optical and digital zoom are used in combination.)
Focusing: Contrast type Auto Focus (selectable between spot and multi); macro mode; infinity mode; manual focus; focus lock
Approximate Focus Range: Normal: 60cm to infinity; Macro: 10 to 70cm (Optical zoom: 1 to 1.2X)
Exposure Control: Metering: Multi-pattern by imaging element, center-weighted, and spot
Control: Program AE; Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter: CCD electronic shutter/mechanical shutter; 4 to 1/2000 shutter speed (including Night mode)
Aperture: Auto; F2.8/F4.8(W), F4.9/F8.4(T)
White Balance: Auto; Fixed (4 modes); Manual
Sensitivity: Auto, ISO50, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400
Recording Functions: Snapshot; Movie; Macro; Best Shot, saturation/contrast/sharpness setting
Self-timer: 10 seconds or 2 seconds; Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash: Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction
Approximate Range: 0.6 to 3.2 meters (W); 0.6 to 1.8 meters (T)
Viewfinder: Monitor screen and optical viewfinder
Monitor Screen: 2.0-inch digital interface TFT color LCD (84,960 pixels; 354�240)
Playback Functions: Still/movie; 4X zoom; calendar; 9-image screen; slideshow
Timekeeping Functions: Date and time recorded with image data; auto calendar up to 2049
World Time: 162 cities (32 time zones); city names; date and time; summer time
Other: 10 language setting; Trimming; resize; histogram; grid; album feature; Favorites folder; copy; alarm with image; key customize
Input/Output Terminals: External power (DC3V); USB (Mini-B) terminals
Power Requirements: AA size Nickel metal-hydride battery x 2; AA size lithium battery x 2; AA size Alkaline battery x 2; separate AC adapter. Rechargeable battery included.
Approximate Battery Operation: Continuous Recording: 900 images (150 minutes)
Continuous Image Playback: 250 minutes
Continuous Image Playback: 250 minutes
Dimensions: 3.48" (W) x 2.38" (H) x 1.31" (D) (excluding projections)
Weight: Approximately 5.93 oz (excluding batteries and accessories)
Bundled Accessories: Nickel metal-hydride battery x 2; Battery charger; USB Cable; Strap; CD-ROM
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.




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