Casio QV-R51 Review
Review posted 01/23/04
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The Casio QV-R51 digital camera packs a large 2.0" LCD screen, 5-megapixel CCD resolution and 3x optical zoom lens into a compact, stylish and durable aluminum body. Using the latest in LSI design, Casio has been able to further enhance its high-performance graphic engine, delivering superior performance with unbelievably realistic, high-resolution pictures. It is among the industry-leading digital cameras, with a one-second startup and 0.01 second release time lag* (both values approximate) for quick response, ensuring you never miss a moment.
The QV-R51 also includes useful features such as One-Touch buttons that let you start the camera up in either record mode or play mode instantly. The camera's Best Shot Mode with 21 settings built in to let you take clear, beautiful shots in even the most challenging of lighting conditions. And the battery life has been improved, it can capture as many as 900 pictures (2 1/2 hours) with the included 2100mAh NiMH rechargeables.
The QV-R51 is priced at just $399.99 and is available now.
Casio QV-R51 Features:
- Compact and durable aluminium body measures only 3.5 x 2.4 x 1.3 inches
- 5-megapixel resolution for images up to 2560x1920 pixels
- 3x optical zoom 39-117mm equivalent in 35mm photography
- 1-second (approximate) startup time
- 0.01-second release time lag (from half-pressed shutter w/AF lock)
- Large 2-inch color LCD
- One-touch direct REC/PLAY mode access buttons
- 0.1-second (approximate) playback image scroll time
- 5-point Multi Auto Focus, Multi or Spot options
- 21 Best Shot Mode presets for most any lighting conditions.
- World Time (162 cities in 32 time zones) and alarm features
- Album function displays using HTML files, view using your browser.
- Multi, Center-weighted or Spot metering
- 320x240 full motion video for up to 60 secs.
- Adjustable sharpness, saturation and contrast
- Shutter speeds: 4 - 1/2000 seconds (automatic)
- White balance: auto, 4 presets and manual
- Two AA-size NiMH 2100mAh batteries and charger included
- 10MB memory builtin plus SD/MMC Memory Card Slot
- USB auto connect
- Exif 2.2 Print and Epson PIM II compatible
- USB Direct-Print Support
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The QV-R51 and a standard CD for size comparison.
The 5-megapixel QV-R51 and the 4-megapixel QV-R40.
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.
Casio QV-R51 Specifications
||1/1.8-inch square pixel primary color CCD (5.25 million total pixels; 5 million effective pixels)|
|Image File Record Format:
||Snapshots: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant |
Movies: AVI (Motion JPEG)
||Built-in flash memory (9.7MB), SD memory card/Multi Media card|
|Recorded Image Sizes:
|Approximate Memory Capacity |
|SD Memory |
|1280 x 960
|640 x 480
* Matsushita products. Capacity differs according to manufacturer.
|Approximate Memory Capacity
|SD Memory |
|320 x 240
||6 minutes 50 seconds
||F2.8(W) to 4.9 (T); f=8(W) to 24(T)mm (equivalent to approximately 39.0 to 117.0 mm when converted to 35mm film)|
||3X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom (12X total when optical and digital zoom are used in combination.)|
||Contrast type Auto Focus (selectable between spot and multi); macro mode; infinity mode; manual focus; focus lock |
|Approximate Focus Range:
||Normal: 60cm to infinity; Macro: 10 to 70cm (Optical zoom: 1 to 1.2X) |
||Metering: Multi-pattern by imaging element, center-weighted, and spot|
Control: Program AE; Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
||CCD electronic shutter/mechanical shutter; 4 to 1/2000 shutter speed (including Night mode)|
||Auto; F2.8/F4.8(W), F4.9/F8.4(T)|
||Auto; Fixed (4 modes); Manual|
||Auto, ISO50, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400|
||Snapshot; Movie; Macro; Best Shot, saturation/contrast/sharpness setting |
||10 seconds or 2 seconds; Triple Self-timer|
||Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction|
Approximate Range: 0.6 to 3.2 meters (W); 0.6 to 1.8 meters (T)
||Monitor screen and optical viewfinder|
||2.0-inch digital interface TFT color LCD (84,960 pixels; 354�240)|
||Still/movie; 4X zoom; calendar; 9-image screen; slideshow|
||Date and time recorded with image data; auto calendar up to 2049|
||162 cities (32 time zones); city names; date and time; summer time |
||10 language setting; Trimming; resize; histogram; grid; album feature; Favorites folder; copy; alarm with image; key customize |
||External power (DC3V); USB (Mini-B) terminals|
||AA size Nickel metal-hydride battery x 2; AA size lithium battery x 2; AA size Alkaline battery x 2; separate AC adapter. Rechargeable battery included.|
|Approximate Battery Operation:
||Continuous Recording: 900 images (150 minutes)|
Continuous Image Playback: 250 minutes
|Continuous Image Playback:
||3.48" (W) x 2.38" (H) x 1.31" (D) (excluding projections)|
||Approximately 5.93 oz (excluding batteries and accessories)|
||Nickel metal-hydride battery x 2; Battery charger; USB Cable; Strap; CD-ROM|
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