Casio QV-3500 Review

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Features & Controls

The QV-3500EX features a fast F2-F2.5 Canon optical 3x zoom lens, F=7-21mm (equivalent to 33-100mm on 35mm camera). It is threaded for a new Casio lens adapter for 58mm conversion lens and filters.

The autofocus system works from 30 cm to infinity in normal mode or using the maco mode the coverage is from 6 cm to 30 cm.

Casio QV-3500EX

The eyelevel zoom viewfinder has dioptric adjustment and two LEDs to indicate the status of the focus and flash systems.

Casio QV-3500EX

The built in flash has Auto, Fill, Red-eye reduction and Slow-synch modes or can be disabled. The working range is from 0.5m to 4m.

Casio QV-3500EX

The majority of the camera controls are on top. Around the shutter button is the Mode and power dial with positions for RECord, Off and PLAYback. The Flash button cycles through the modes (see above) in record, in play it serves to select the desired image folder. The BEST SHOT button selects one of 28 built in scene programs (see next page). The Focus button selects Macro, Infinity or Manual Focus mode and enables the Resize function during playback. The Self-timer button pushed once sets a 10-sec delay, if pushed twice it sets a 2-sec delay, in Play mode it serves as the frame delete button.

Casio QV-3500EX

Controls on the back are the MENU button which calls up or dismisses the onscreen menu system. The 4-way selector is used to navigate menu screens and change shutter speeds and aperture values as well as selecting images during playback. The SET/DISP button accepts menu selections and is used to control the amount of data overlayed on the LCD as well as turning it on and off.

Casio QV-3500EX

Pressing the SHIFT button in record mode brings up the three alternate commands shown above. Using the flash button you can cycle through the exposure modes (Program AE, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority and Manual). The macro button selects the desired metering mode (Multi, Center-weighted or Spot). And the self-timer button selects the desired white balance preset (Auto, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent light, or tungsten light) or manual preset.

The PREVIEW button will display the last picture recorded while still in Record mode. It will only function after you have taken a picture since the camera was powered up.

Casio QV-3500EX

The zoom controls also function as the zoom-in (magnified) playback option and call up the thumbnail index mode.

Casio QV-3500EX

The QV-3500EX is equipped with a CompactFlash Type II card slot. The camera is available in two bundles, one with a 16MB CF card and the other (QV3500EX Plus) includes a 340MB Microdrive.

Casio QV-3500EX

The camera is powered by four AA type batteries. High capacity NiMH type is highly recommended.

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