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Playback Options

The Casio QV-2000UX is loaded with Playback features, check out the following menus and screen captures.

Casio QV-2000UX menu

By pressing the Play On/Off button on the back, the QV-2000UX brings up the last picture taken and displays it as shown above.

Casio QV-2000UX menu

The Playback Menu lets you Zoom into the image and then freely scroll around an enlarged version on the screen. The Multi option generates 9 small thumbnails at a time and lets you quickly jump to and display which ever one you want. Slideshow automatically scrolls thru the stored pictures. DPOF (Digital Print Order Form) lets you store information with selected pictures to be used by a printing service. The Delete option should be self-explanatory.

Casio QV-2000UX menu

The playback image here has been "zoomed" and we have panned down to the lower right corner to see what one of the QV-2000UX's timestamps looks like. Once zoomed in to an image you can freely scroll left to right and up and down using the 4-way switch.

Casio QV-2000UX menu

This is the 9-picture thumbnail screen displayed when you select the Multi option from the Playback menu. You can quickly jump to any image in memory and then display it full screen.

Casio QV-2000UX menu

The DPOF (Digital Print Order Form) screen allows you to attach printing information to any or all images stored on the card. This data can be used later by outside printing services or if you have a DPOF-enabled printer.

Casio QV-2000UX menu

The delete menu allows you to erase any given image, all images on the card or to format the memory card.

Casio QV-2000UX menu

This is the Playback Setup menu, I hope the options are self-explanatory. OK, so maybe the first option needs explaining. The Card Browser allows you to select one of four different types of picture browsing modes that the camera will generate and store on the memory card. You use either Netscape or Internet Explorer and load a HTML page and it indexes all of your pictures and/or movies for easy access and display.

Casio QV-2000UX menu

This is what you see when you scroll to one of your images that has been saved as a 30-sec AVI movie. Once you press the Set button you are off and running, the movie plays right on the LCD or your TV if you're "plugged in."

Casio QV-2000UX menu

And this is what a saved panorama image looks like before you play it back, see the next picture below to see the screen during panorama playback.

Casio QV-2000UX menu

Up to nine images can be saved as one panorama. You can actually see the linked images as they are panned from left to right and then back right to left, it's really neat!

Steve's Conclusion

The QV-2000UX is a clear sign that Casio is going to be a major player in all future digital camera evolution. This is a very capable 2.11 megapixel camera with an excellent 3x zoom lens, good ergonomics, fast image processing and lots of manual controls in a palm-size package. I really like the Card Browser function that builds an index page in HTML for viewing your pictures on the computer using a web browser.

The body construction is all high impact plastic and appears to be quite durable as well as functional. The access doors are convenient, well placed and sturdy, nothing pops open on its own but the cover over the I/O connectors will be annoying if you use an external power pack.

Power on from a cold start is no more than five seconds. It saves a full size 1600x1200 Fine mode image in less than two seconds and with the internal RAM buffer you can shoot up to five pictures at 1.5 second intervals. Press the Play button and the last image is displayed in two seconds with a second more for it to come completely up. It displays a slightly compressed thumbnail first and loads the entire image about a second later, which is good for rapid scanning of saved images.

The LCD has good definition but not enough to really facilitate the manual focusing capabilities, this is better suited when the camera is hooked up to a larger external TV monitor. The refresh rate normally is about 30fps which means no blurring regardless of how fast you pan. In low-light situations the monitor "cranks up" the gain and the refresh rate will slow down and if its dark enough, the image will start getting grainy. The LCD has no intensity adjustment, under all but extremely bright outdoors conditions it is very useable.

Battery life is average to good for a four-celled AA battery power supply. You can use alkaline, lithium, NiCd or NiMH type, the latter two being the most cost-effective as they are rechargeables. Battery life can be extended greatly by using the large optical viewfinder instead of the color LCD. It has a diopter control and is well suited for someone wearing glasses. It is offset to the lens and has no parallax guidelines so when shooting closer than five feet it is recommended to use the LCD for true, through the lens aiming.

The 3x optical zoom lens operates smoothly and quietly. It extends out from the body when the camera is powered up in the record mode after the lens cover has been slid open. Autofocus is very accurate and usually only takes a second or less to operate, even in macro mode. Closeup capability is good down to about six to seven inches and varies depending on the focal length of the lens. There is also a 2x digital zoom feature but this should be accomplished with software later rather than done in-camera as it loses more resolution.

The graphial menu system is well designed and easy to navigate. Changing any of the camera's operating modes or features requires the LCD and menu system with the exception of flash modes, focus modes and self-timer which are on buttons on the top of the camera. Where most cameras have a large command dial to switch operating modes the QV-2000UX uses a single Mode button that activates the LCD menu. Playback is engaged by pressing a button next to the LCD.

Besides 2 megapixel resolution, fast image processing and USB the next sign that this is truly a state of the art camera is the CompactFlash Type II slot. Any existing CompactFlash card can be used as well as the new IBM Microdrive or future CF Type II devices. The Casio powers and operates the Microdrive with ease and allows you to fully utilize the movie mode that creates 30-second clips that consume 4MB of storage space a piece. Image storage with the Microdrive was incredibly fast, like a second on average.

The QV-2000UX operates flawlessly in the "P"rogrammed (point-n-shoot) mode and when desired it can be switched into either shutter speed or aperture priority mode for more creative control. It has a Panorama mode that lets you stitch up to nine images for in-camera display later. It assists you in creating panoramas by overlaying a small edge of the previous image on the LCD screen so you can align the next shot properly. The white balance and exposure values are locked after the first picture in the sequence is taken.

The exposure metering system is excellent and offers Multi (matrix), Center and Spot options. You can of course override the exposure system with compensation values of +/- 6 steps and they show what they're doing in real time on the LCD screen. The white balance setting is also real time on the LCD and has the usual presets of tungsten, flourescent, daylight, shadow and automatic as well as a fully settable manual mode suitable for use with a white card or other target.

The Bottom Line

The Casio QV-2000UX is an excellent camera, the ergonomics and graphical menu system make it a joy to use. It features fast camera operations, good battery life and excellent image quality. Loads of manual controls and the CF Type II memory slot make this camera a real winner. I predict that Casio will have no trouble selling them as fast as they can make them.

Macintosh users please note that there is currently no USB support for your computer until the end of January when Casio promises it will make the drivers available - at a cost of $9.95 (ouch! I think I would complain real loud about this!)

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Imaging Resource's QV-2000UX Review

DC Resource's QV-2000UX Review

Casio's QV-2000UX Web Page

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