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QV-3000EX
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Review posted 3/15/2000


  


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The QV-3000EX proves that Casio is not just satisfied to be a minor player in the digital camera business. Their QV-2000UX was the first digicam to be bundled with an IBM Microdrive and now they've done it again with the new QV-3000EX Plus.

The QV-3000EX features a 3.34 megapixel CCD imager that yields 2048 x 1536-pixel images of very high-definition and natural looking color. It can also capture still images at 1024 x 768 resolution and 320 x 240 AVI movie clips up to 30 seconds in length. To insure superior low-light picture capability it uses a F2.0 Canon 3X optical zoom lens and has a special Night Mode with a CASIO original noise reduction system. Image storage is on CompactFlash Type I or II devices. There's a generous RAM buffer that allows capture of up to 3 full-size images at 2.5 fps. It processes and stores Large/Fine mode images in seconds and has a fast USB port for downloading image data to the host computer.


Casio QV-3000EX

Exposure options include the usual Program "point-n-shoot" mode as well as Shutter and Aperture Priority. It has special modes for Portrait, Panorama, Landscape and Night.  Still image capture resolutions of 2048x1536 or 1024x768 with three different JPG compression levels and a movie mode that captures up to 30 seconds of 320x240 action. Metering options include Multi, Center and Spot.

Read all of the QV-3000EX specifications here.



Casio QV-3000EX

On the back is a bright and readable 1.8" HAST color LCD display with a refresh rate close to 30fps, it does not blur no matter how fast the camera is panned. The display will slow down in low-light conditions and get a little grainy as it increases its gain. There is no adjustment for the backlight however.



Optical viewfinder A large optical viewfinder is coupled to the 3x zoom lens and can be used for most picture taking tasks except macros.

The optical viewfinder has a diopter adjustment and is useable even by those wearing eye glasses. Be warned though that it only shows about 90% of what the camera actually captures.

The Focus OK green LED and the Flash Status LED are on the right hand side of the viewfinder.




Casio QV-3000EX

The QV-3000EX uses an all-glass, 8 element Canon 3x (33-100mm 35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with a fast F2.0 - F2.5 maximum aperture. It also features a 2x digital zoom option. The aperture can be adjusted manually with settings of 2.0, 2.3, 2.8, 4, 5.6, and 8

The autofocus functions from 1 ft to infinity in normal mode and 2.4 inches to 1 ft in macro mode. The closest focusing in macro mode is achieved at the lens' widest focal length setting. Manual focus is available from 2.4 inches to infinity but it must be judged by looking at the color LCD, there are no distance indications. To me it would only be useful if sending the camera's video output to a larger monitor.



Casio QV-3000EX

The tripod socket is badly positioned on the lens side and near the front edge of the body. It is not particularly stable or anywhere near the center of the balance point. The CF card door is on the side, memory cards can be removed without taking the camera off of the tripod.



Casio QV-3000EX

Replacing batteries couldn't be simpler, move the safety latch to open and then slide the battery door open and all four batteries drop out in your hand. I like this type of "easy to swap" arrangement along with the sturdy door and a safety latch to prevent it from accidentally opening at the wrong time.

The documentation indicates that alkaline, lithium or nickel metal hydride (NiMH) types of batteries may be used. We prefer NiMH type and wish that Casio would have included them and a charger.



Casio QV-3000EX

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 "digital" data port, USB port and Video out with selectable NTSC or PAL ouput format.

Using the USB port with my Acer 340-T laptop (Pentium III/500) I was able to move the 1.4MB (average) JPGs from the camera to the hard drive in about 2 seconds each. I used Windows Explorer and accessed the camera as "Removeable Drive E" and did a simple drag-n-drop Copy operation.



Casio QV-3000EX

The QV-3000EX has a single CompactFlash Type II slot that accepts all existing CompactFlash Type I cards as well as the newer CF/2 devices like the IBM Microdrive.

The base QV-3000EX package includes a 16MB CF card, the QV3000 Plus package substitutes a 340MB Microdrive for the CF card. Casio does not include the PCMCIA adapter for the Microdrive but the camera's USB port is as fast as any card reader.



Casio QV-3000EX

On top of the camera is a monochrome data LCD that indicates the number of pictures remaining (there's a Microdrive in there for sure!), battery level, flash mode, selftimer and focus mode.



Casio QV-3000EX

The most used controls are located on top. The power switch is recessed so you won't be accidentally turning it on or off. The large button is for changing the recording Mode and activates a graphical menu on the color LCD. The other buttons cycle through the flash modes, focus modes and the selftimer.




Extended Shutter Speeds & Aperture Control

Similar to the Casio QV-2000UX, the QV-3000EX has extended shutter speeds and they go all the way out to 60 seconds (plus Bulb) *with* full aperture control.

To get into extended shutter speed mode: While in S-Mode press the SET button and (down) on the 4-way switch - you can now go beyond the normal 2 second maximum shutter speed barrier. Change speeds using the (up) or (down) switch as usual.

To manually set the aperture while in this mode press SET and (left) or SET and (right) and the f/stop will be indicated on the LCD along with the shutter speed.

Casio QV-3000EX





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QV-3000EX Menu System








QV-3000EX Specifications

Image File Record Format:

Still Images: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.1), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG standard)
Recording Medium: CompactFlash™ memory card Type I/II; IBM microdrive compatible

Recorded Image Resolution

Still Images Image Size (Pixels) Quality
  2048 x 1536 Fine Normal Economy
  1024 x 768 Fine Normal Economy

 

AVI Movies Image Size (Pixels) Maximum Movie Length
 

320 x 240

30 seconds (Normal) 10 seconds (Past)

Approximate Memory Capacity

Still Images
Fine mode

Image Size (Pixels)

8MB
CompactFlash Card

340MB
IBM microdrive

  2048 x 1536 5 images 245 images
  1024 x 768 19 images 943 images

Image Deletion:   Direct delete (single-image)
Selective delete (single-image, single-folder)
All-image delete (with image protection)
Imaging Element: 1/1.8-inch square pixel color CCD (Total Pixels: 3.34 million; Pixel Yield: 3.24 million)
Lens: Canon Lens F2.0 to 2.5 f = 7.0 to 21.0mm (equivalent to 33 to 100mm on a 35mm film camera); 8 elements in 7 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: 0.3m to  
Macro:
6cm to 30cm (2.4 to 12in)
With Manual Focus: 6cm to
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: 2 to 1/1000 second
(up to 60 secs in extended mode)
Aperture: Automatic switching F2.0/2.3/2.8/4.0/5.6/8.0
White Balance: Automatic/fixed (4 modes), manual switching
Self-timer:    2 seconds, 10 seconds
Flash Modes: AUTO, ON, OFF, Red eye reduction
Approximate Flash Range: 0.5 to 4 meters
Monitor/Viewfinder: 1.8” low-glare color Hyper Amorphous TFT color LCD (122,100 pixels; 555 x 220)
Viewfinder: LCD monitor screen; optical zoom viewfinder
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 (serial) IN/OUT
VIDEO OUT (NTSC and PAL)
AC adapter connector
Power Supply: Four AA-size batteries (alkaline or lithium)
Four AA-size rechargeable batteries (NiMH)
Two Panasonic CR-V3P lithium batteries
Optional AC adapter
Dimensions:   134.5(W) x 80.5(H) x 57.5(D) mm (excluding projections, lens facing upwards)
Weight: Approximately 320g (excluding batteries)
Main Standard Accessories: USB cable; CD-ROM (with Photo Loader software); 16MB CompactFlash memory card; video cable; soft case; neck strap; lens cap


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