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Casio QV-5700

Review posted 5/24/03

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The QV-5700 is Casio's flagship digital camera featuring a 1/1.8" 5-million pixel primary color CCD imager and a large-diameter f2-2.5 3x Canon zoom lens (34-102mm in 35mm format.) It also features a full compliment of exposure modes (Automatic, Program AE, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority and full Manual) plus Casio's unique "Best Shot" feature that lets you select an icon that best reflects your imaging situation. The camera will automatically select the best combination of aperture and shutter speed for you. There are five Best Shot Scenes built into the camera and another 100 scenes that can be loaded onto the flash card from the supplied software CD-ROM.

As you would expect from a "top of the line camera," the QV-5700 has a full range of metering options (matrix, center-weighted and spot), white balance settings (5 presets plus custom), recording modes (single, continuous, AE bracketing, panorama, movie, Best Shot and selftimer) and focus modes (multi-area AF, Spot AF [with 9 selectable areas], manual, infinity, focus lock) with a low-light focus-assist illuminator. It also has high-end features like a histogram display in both the recording and playback modes, an external flash sync PC type connector, automatic image orientation for portrait mode exposures and an enlarged focusing area on the LCD display.

QV-5700 Main Features

  • 5-Megapixel Sony 1/1.8" square primary color CCD
  • F2-2.5 Canon 3x zoom lens (34-102mm in 35mm equiv.)
  • Image Sizes: 2560 x 1920, 2544 x 1696 (3:2), 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
  • Three JPEG quality levels and TIFF uncompressed formats
  • 320x240 AVI movies @ 15fps, max. 30 seconds
  • Shutter Speeds: 60 - 1/1000 sec. plus Bulb
  • Aperture: F2 - F8 Auto (6 steps) and manual selection
  • 3.2X seamless digital zoom
  • Multi-area AF, Spot AF w/9 selectable points, Digital soft focus in Best Shot mode, Manual Focus, Infinity and Focus Lock
  • Focus assist illuminator and focus area expansion on LCD display.
  • ISO Auto or 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 equivalents
  • Metering Modes: Multi, Center-Weighted, Spot
  • Exposure Modes: Full Auto, Programmed AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Shutter-Priority AE and Manual
  • Adjustable image saturation, contrast and sharpening
  • Exposure Compensation: 2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV step
  • White Balance: 5 presets and custom set
  • Recording Modes: Single Image, Continuous, Panorama Mode, AE Bracketing, Movie, Macro, BestShot and Self Timer
  • RealTime Histogram in record and playback modes
  • Standard PC type external flash terminal
  • Epson PRINT Image Matching compatible
  • Image Orientation Detection - The camera automatically rotates portrait images during playback
  • CompactFlash Type II card slot compatible with IBM Microdrives
  • USB port and software for easy image downloading
  • Powered by 4 standard AA cells, NiMH batteries and charger included.

Bundled Software

The QV-5700 comes bundled with Photo Loader 2.0 (for Windows and Macintosh OS) which quickly and easily transfers images to your PC for printing, attachment to e-mail, etc. Transferred images can be viewed using your Web browser on a screen that groups images by the dates they were recorded. Besides images, you can also view the camera setup information that was used when each image was recorded.

Photohands for Windows offers easy image printing and editing software. Simply click a button in the screen of Photo Loader 2.0 and Photohands starts up automatically. Then you just need to specify the paper size and you are ready to print. Photohands includes useful tools for retouching images, including contrast, brightness, tint, sharpness, noise filtering, effect filters, resizing, rotation, and more. This means you can modify recorded images to create exactly the result you need.

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Casio QV-5700

Casio QV-5700

Casio QV-5700

Casio QV-5700

Casio QV-5700

Casio QV-5700

Casio QV-5700

The QV-5700 and a standard Compact Disc for size comparison.

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Casio QV-5700 Specifications

Imaging Element 1 / 1.8-inch primary color CCD
Total Pixels: 5.36 million
Effective Pixels: 5.0 million
Recording Format Still Images: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), TIFF, DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG standard)
Recording Medium CompactFlashT memory card Type I / II; IBM microdrive compatible
Image Sizes (Pixels) Still Images: 2,560 x 1,920 pixels, 2,544 x 1,696 pixels (3:2), 1,600 x 1,200 pixels, 1,280 x 960 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels Movie: 320 x 240 pixels (15 FPS)

Image size (Pixels) Quality File size 16 MB
memory card
64 MB
memory card
FINE 2.3MB / image 6 24 410
NORMAL 1.8MB / image 7 30 513
ECONOMY 1.3MB / image 10 40 684
TIFF 14.4MB / image - 3 65
FINE 2.0MB / image 6 27 466
NORMAL 1.6MB / image 8 33 570
ECONOMY 1.1MB / image 12 50 855
TIFF 12.6MB / image 1 4 75
FINE 1.02MB / image 12 50 855
NORMAL 680KB / image 18 75 1266
ECONOMY 340KB / image 35 144 2445
TIFF 5.63MB / image 2 10 173
FINE 650KB / image 19 77 1314
NORMAL 430KB / image 28 113 1911
ECONOMY 220KB / image 53 214 3625
TIFF 3.6MB / image 3 15 270
FINE 160KB / image 73 296 5006
NORMAL 110KB / image 103 415 7009
ECONOMY 60KB / image 154 622 9999*2
TIFF 900KB / image 15 62 1049

Image Size
Maximum Recording Time Per Movie File Size 16MB Memory card 64MB
Memory card
320 X 240 30 sec 300KB / sec 60 sec 3 min and 30 sec 58 min and 30 sec
Image Deletion Displayed image; single image; all images in a folder; all images in memory (with image protection)
Lens F 2.0 to 2.5, f = 7 to 21 mm
(equivalent to 34 to 102 mm in 35mm format)
Zoom 3 X optical zoom, 3.2 X digital zoom, 9.6 X total zoom
Focusing Contrast-detect AF; multi-area AF; spot AF; manual focus; macro mode, infinity mode; focus lock; focus area expansion
Approximate Focus Range Normal: 30 cm to infinity
Macro : 6 cm (W) / 20 cm (T) to 50 cm
Manual: 6 cm (W) / 20 cm (T) to infinity
Exposure Control
CCD Light Metering : Multi-pattern, centre weighted, spot
Exposure : Program AE; aperture priority AE; shutter speed priority AE; manual
Exposure Compensation : - 2EV to + 2EV (1 / 3 EV units)
Shutter CCD shutter, mechanical shutter
60 seconds to 1 / 1,000 second, Bulb
Aperture F 2.0 to F 8
White Balance Automatic / fixed (4 modes), manual
Self-timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Flash Modes AUTO, ON, OFF, Red eye reduction
Front-curtain Flash sync
Rear-curtain Flash sync
Approximate Flash Range 0.5 to 3.0m (ISO50)
Recording Modes Single Image, Continuous shots, Self-timer, Movie, Panorama, Macro, BESTSHOT, Auto Exposure Bracketing(AEB), Manual Exposure, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Program AE, Full Auto
Monitor Screen 1.8" low-glare color Hyper Amorphous TFT (HAST) color LCD (122,100 pixels, 555 x 220)
Viewfinder Optical Zoom Viewfinder or color LCD monitor
Clock Built-in quartz digital clock; date and time recorded with image data; time stamping; auto calendar up to 2049
Input/Output Terminals Remote shutter release; USB 1.1 port (mini-B); AC adapter terminal; VIDEO OUT (NTSC and PAL); external flash
Power Requirements Four AA-size batteries (alkaline or lithium); NiMH batteries (NP-H3);
optionally available AC adapter (AD-C620);
or optionally available AC adaptor/charger (BC-3HA)
Battery Life
Type of Operation AA-size Alkaline
AA-size Lithium
NiMH (NP-H3)
3 hours 5 hours 20 minutes 3 hours
Continuous Recording 1 hours 15 minutes
(460 shot)
3 hours
(1,130 shot)
1 hours 30 minutes
(540 shot)
Dimensions 4.65(W) x 2.94(H) x 2.54(D)
118 (W) x 74.5 (H) x 64.5 (D) mm (excluding projections)
Weight Approximately 12.53 oz / 355 g
Bundled Accessories Neck Strap; Lens Cap (with Cap Holder); Video Cable; 16 MB CF card; Special USB Cable; 4 NiMH batteries, charger, AC cord; User's Guide (with warranty); software installation guide; CD-ROM (for Windows and the Macintosh)

-Photo Loader 2.1 (Windows) .Photo Loader 1.1 (Macintosh)
-Photohands 1.0 (Windows) .Panorama Editor 1.0 (Windows)
-Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.05 (Windows, Macintosh)
-Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 including Outlook Express (Macintosh)
-USB driver 1.0 (Windows) / USB driver 2.1 (Macintosh)
-BESTSHOT Library (100 scenes)
-Program for switching the camera menu language

* The camera does not come with a Microdrive, they are sold separately.
Optional Accessories
Conversion Lens Adapter LU-35A AC Adaptor Charger Unit / Battery Set BC-3HA
Remote Shutter Release (Approximately 1 meter) WR-3C Nickel-Metal Hydride
(4-Battery Set)
PC Card Adapter CA-10 Soft Case QSC-1
AC Adaptor AD-C620
Recommended Canon
Conversion Lenses and Close Up Lens
Tele Converter
Wide Converter
Close-Up Lens
(Some of the options shown here may not be available in some geographic areas.)
Minimum Computer System Requirements
Windows Machintosh
* Photo Loader 2.1 Photohands 1.0 Panorama Editor 1.0 USB driver 1.0*1 Photo Loader 1.1 USB driver 2.1*3
OS XP XP XP XP*2 7.6.1 to 9 8.6 to 9,10.1
2000 2000 2000 2000
Me Me Me Me
98 98 98 98
CPU 486 or higher
(Pentium recommended)
Pentium or higher 486 or higher
(Pentium recommended)
486 or higher
(Pentium recommended)
PowerPC PowerPC G3 or higher
Memory 16 MB minimum 64 MB minimum 32 MB minimum - 32 MB minimum -
HD At least 7 MB available At least 10 MB available At least 1 MB available - At least 3 MB available -

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