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Casio QV-3EX

Review posted 1/27/01

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Casio's QV-3EX is currently the smallest and lightest (7.5 ounces) three-megapixel digital camera in the world (as of Jan 2001.)   Inside there is LSI (large scale integration) that combines image processing circuitry and DRAM onto a single chip. It also features a high-speed image processor that makes it possible to record consecutive images with an interval of less than a second between shots. Outside the QV-3EX sports a highly durable and lightweight aluminum alloy body with a builtin lens protector that automatically closes over the lens when powered off.

The QV-3EX is equipped with a CompactFlash Type II card slot and includes a 340MB IBM Microdrive or can be used with any CompactFlash Type I or II solid state card. The Microdrive makes the 16MB memory card that comes with most other 3mpixel digicams look rather pathetic. This will be the third Casio camera to be bundled with the 340MB Microdrive. The lens, although fixed focal length, does have a 12-step digital zoom (up to 3.2x) function. The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery pack, the charger also serves as an AC power supply.

Still images are captured in either 2016x1536 or 1008x768 size in any one of three JPEG quality levels. Motion sequences of up to 30 seconds can be captured as 320x240-pixel AVI format movie clips. Exposure options include Multi, Spot or Average metering, Program AE, Aperture Priority AE and Manual as well as Panorama, Night Scene and Landscape modes. Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) records three images with different exposure values and there's a histogram screen display. The user controls all of this from a very graphical interface menu system. The QV-3EX has a multitude of playback modes with the ability to turn your captured images into HTML-based albums that can be viewed with any web browser.

Physical Views

Casio QV-3EX

The lens retracts when the camera is powered down and a builtin lens cap closes over it for protection. The body is constructed from an aluminum alloy.

Casio QV-3EX

On the back is a 1.8-inch HAST (122,100 pixel) color LCD. It can serve as the viewfinder, picture review, menu and data display.

Casio QV-3EX

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Casio QV-3EX

Casio QV-3EX

The Casio QV-3EX and Olympus C-2040 for comparison.

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Casio QV-3EX Specifications

Imaging Element 1/1.8" CCD - 3.34 Million Pixels
Recording Format Still JPEG (Exif 2.1/DCF/DPOF)
Movie AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG)
Recording MediumCompactFlash (Type I or Type II)
IBM MicroDrive 340MB supplied
Fine NormalEconomy
Large (2016 x 1536)245 342 562
File Size 1.4MB 1.0MB600KB
Small (1008 x 768)943 1292 2054
File Size 350KB250KB 150KB
Output Image Still2016 x 1536 / 1008 x 768
Recording MediumMovie320 x 240 up to 30 secs
Image Deletion All Images/One Image/Folder/Image protection function
Lens F2.6, f=8.3mm (equivalent to 41mm on 35mm camera)
Digital Zoom Up to 3.2x in 12 steps
Auto FocusContrast AF (with Manual Focus)
Focus RangeNormal  50cm
Macro   10cm-50cm
Aperture Auto 3 Steps F =2.6/4.2/6.6
Light Metering Multi/Center Weighted/Spot Metering
Exposure Metering Program AE / Aperture-Priority AE
Exposure Correction -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV step
Shutter/Shutter SpeedCCD Shutter / Mechanical Shutter--1 - 1/3000 second
White Balance Auto, Fixed (Daylight, Shade, Flourescent, Tungsten), Manual
Recording ModesSingle Image / Continous Shooting / Movie / Panorama / Night / Self-timer / Scenery / Portrait / Aperture-Priority/Shutter Speed-Priority/Manual Exposure
Flash System Auto/Fill In/Off/ Red Eye Reduction
Range-Approx. 0.7m - 3.0m
LCD Monitor1.8" HAST (122,100 pixels)
Video OutNSTC or PAL Selectable
Communication Casio Serial (3 pin) / USB
Casio Serial--115200 to 9600 baud
Terminals DC IN 6V-AC Adapter
Video Out (NTSC or PAL)
Digital I/O (serial RS-232)
USB Jack (mini)
Battery Lithium ion battery (NP-L7)- included
one-use Lithium battery (CR-V6P)- not included
AC Adapter/charger-Included
Battery LifeContinuous Play- About 100 min(NP-L7) / 170 (CD-V6P)
Continuous Record-About 390 shots(NP-L7) / 720 shots(CR-V6P)
Size114.8 x 62.0 x 32.8 (mm)
4.5 x 2.4 x 1.3 (inch)
Weight215g or 7.5oz

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