Click to take a QuickTime VR tour of the QV2000
The QV-2000UX proves that Casio is up to the challenge, it's a 2.1 megapixel camera that easily competes (and beats) many other cameras. It features a CompactFlash Type II slot that handles any size CF Type I card or the IBM Microdrive. There's USB connectivity for very fast downloads to PC or Mac computers. Inside is a large internal RAM buffer that allows capture of up to 5 full-size images at the rate of one picture every 1.5 seconds.
It has a programmed "point-n-shoot" mode as well as both shutter speed and aperture priority modes. Still image capture resolutions of 1600x1200 or 800x600 with three different JPG compression levels and a movie mode that grabs up to 30 seconds of 320x240 action. You can read all of the QV-2000UX specifications here.
The 3x optical zoom lens is very fast, F2 in wideangle and a respectable
F2.8 in full telephoto. Like many of its peers, the QV-2000UX's zoom
extends from the body when the camera is powered up in the Record mode.
When powered down or powered up in Playback mode, the lens is tucked away
inside the camera. It is covered by a sliding door that doubles as a
lens cap and the power On/Off switch for Record mode. The sliding door is
also coupled to the builtin flash unit which "pops up" when you slide it
Someone asked for a comparison picture to judge its size so here it is
alongside an Olympus C-2000Z. The QV-2000UX is about an inch or so longer.
Click to see a big picture of the rear
On the backside is a very bright and readable 1.8" HAST color LCD display that can be switched off to conserve power. The refresh rate of the LCD must be close to 30fps as I did not see any blurring no matter how fast the camera was panned. The display will slow down in low-light conditions and possibly get grainy as it increases its gain. There is no adjustment for the output intensity however.
All of the manual camera controls
and features are accessed via a very nifty
graphical menu system on the color LCD.
The 4-way rocker switch and the buttons above and below it are used to
navigate menus and select options. All of the QV-2000UX's buttons
are clearly labeled as to what their function is and none of them are
The optical viewfinder has a diopter adjustment and should be very useable
even by those wearing eye glasses. The Focus OK green LED and the Flash
Status LED are on the right hand side of the viewfinder.
The tripod socket is located on a flat and smooth portion
of the body -- the camera is very stable when on a tripod. The CF card
door is on the side, memory cards can be removed without taking the camera
off of the tripod.
Replacing batteries couldn't be easier (unless the camera is on a tripod),
slide the safety latch open and then pop open the battery door and drop
all four batteries out in your hand. I like this type of "easy to swap"
battery placement along with a sturdy door and a safety latch.
The I/O ports are easy to get to and well hidden behind a securely closing
door. There's a 6 VDC input jack, RS-232 serial data port, USB port and
Video out with selectable NTSC or PAL ouput format.
You can't see it but it's in there, I have an IBM microdrive in this camera, take a look at the next photo, that's the LCD readout of remaining pictures in 1600x1200 pixel Fine mode!
On top of the camera is a monochrome data LCD that indicates the number
of pictures remaining, battery level, flash mode, self-timer and focus mode.
The buttons are clearly marked as to their function and are logically
placed for easy access.
This is a screen shot of the LCD when the QV-2000UX is in
"S"hutter priority mode. You can see the selected shutter speed, any
exposure compensation (+/-) in effect and battery level. In the upper right
corner is the number of pictures remaining, current resolution, image
quality and the five circles indicate the internal RAM buffer and its
|Image Format:||Still Images: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.1), DCF standard, DPOF compliant|
|Movies: AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG standard)|
|Recording Medium:||CompactFlash memory card TypeI/II; IBM microdrive compatible|
|Image Size and Quality:|
Image Size (Pixels)
1600 x 1200
800 x 600
Image Size (Pixels)
Maximum Movie Length
320 x 240
30 seconds (Normal) / 10 Seconds (Past)
|Imaging Element:||1/2-inch square pixel color CCD (Total Pixels: 2.11 million; Effective Pixels: 2.02 million)|
|Lens:||F2.0 to 2.8 f = 6.5 to 19.5mm (equivalent to 36 to 108mm on a 35mm film camera); 8 elements in 6 groups|
|Zoom:||3X optical zoom; 2X digital zoom; maximum 6X when optical and digital zoom are used in combination|
|Focusing:||Contrast-detect TTL autofocus, manual focus; with Macro Mode; Infinity Mode and focus lock|
|Approximate Focus Range:||Normal Wide: 0.5m to Infintity|
|Macro: 20cm to 50cm|
|With Manual Focus: 20cm to Infintity|
|Monitor/Viewfinder:||1.8" low-glare color Hyper Amorphous TFT color LCD (122,100 pixels; 555 x 220)|
|Exposure:||Exposure Control: Light metering by CCD; multi-pattern, spot, center weighted|
|Exposure: Program AE; aperture priority AE; shutter priority AE|
|Exposure Correction: -2EV to +2EV (1/3EV units)|
|Shutter:||CCD shutter, mechanical shutter|
|Shutter Speed:||1 to 1/800 second|
|Aperture:||F2.0 to F11 automatic and manual switching|
|White Balance:||Automatic/fixed (4 modes), manual switching|
|Self-timer:||10 seconds, 2 seconds|
|Flash Modes:||AUTO, ON, OFF, Red eye reduction|
|Approximate Flash Range:||0.5 to 4 meters|
|Image Deletion:||Single image; all images in a folder; all images in memory (with image protection)|
|Clock:||Built-in quartz digital clock; date and time recorded with image; auto calendar up to 2049|
|Input/Output Terminals:||USB (special mini connector); DIGITAL IN/OUT, VIDEO OUT (NTSC and PAL), AC adapter connector|
|Power Supply:||Four AA-size batteries (alkaline or lithium)|
|Four AA-size rechargeable batteries (nickel metal hydride)|
|Optional AC adapter|
|Dimensions:||5.1(W) x 2.9(H) x 2.4(D) inches (excluding projections, lens facing upwards)|
|Weight:||Approximately 10.5oz (excluding batteries)|
|Main Standard Accessories:||USB cable; serial cable (for use with IBM PC/AT compatible computer); Macintosh serial adapter cable; CD-ROM (with Photo Loader software); 8MB CompactFlash memory card; video cable; soft case; strap.|
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