Casio QV-3500 Review

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Record Screens & Menus

A typical record mode screen with the camera in Program AE mode. The icon in the top middle indicates single frame mode is selected. The "109" is the number of pictures remaining at the current image size of 2048 x 1536 pixels in Fine quality. On the bottom is an icon showing the battery condition.

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Besides the 3x optical zoom you can also enable a 2x or 4x digital zoom function. Image quality is always slightly degraded when using digital zoom as it just enlarges the center section of the frame.

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Shooting in Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority or Manual will bring up the display of the shutter speed and aperture values.

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You can change the exposure mode from the menu or an even easier way is to press and hold the SHIFT button and use the flash button to select Program AE, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority or 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.

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Screen display while in the Movie recording mode. Up to 30 seconds of 320 x 240 motion video can be recorded and saved as an AVI video file.

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Normally the camera uses the center of the frame to perform its autofocus calculations but you can manually select one of nine focusing zones by pressing the SHIFT button and using the 4-way selector switch.

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The onscreen menu lets you select various exposure modes that have different camera settings already memorized for shooting optimal portraits, landscapes or night scenes. The Best-Shot option leads to a menu of 28 scenes (see below). The Function option gives you access four screens of exposure and camera parameters that can be set.

Casio QV-3500EX

Page two of the menu lets you select the desired Movie mode or the Panorama mode that prompts you onscreen to aid in taking the necessary seqential shots for the included stitching program to produce the best panoramic picture.

Casio QV-3500EX

The "Best-Shot" mode displays 28 programmed shooting scenes to aid novice or experienced users in creating perfect pictures every time. Some of these scenes also have guide templates displayed on the LCD to properly position your subjects.

The bundled CD ROM also contains pre-recorded data for 64 Best-shot scenes - click here to view all of the entire Best-Shot scene library.

You can create your own Best-shot scenes and store them in the SCENES folder on the CF card. By copying scene data onto a CompactFlash card, you can quickly access your chosen scene set-ups through the camera itself. It is possible to store up to 250 sample images, including the data for the original settings.

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Page 1 of the Functions sub menu:

    Continuous - Enable the continuous capture mode

    Size/Quality - Image size is 2048 x 1536 or 1024 x 768 and the Quality can be set for Fine, Normal or Economy unless the TIFF mode is ON.

    TIFF mode - Enable uncompressed TIFF image mode

    Sensitivity - Set the desired ISO speed equivalent; 100, 180, 300 or 500

    Filter - Enable filter mode; BW, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Purple

    Exposure Mode - Program AE, Shuter speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual

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Page 2 of the Functions sub menu:

    Metering - Multi, Center, Spot

    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual

    Enhancement - Red, Green, Blue, Flesh Tones, Off

    Grid - Enable display of grid lines on the LCD

    Flash Intensity - Normal, Weak, Strong

    Sharpness - Normal, Soft, Hard

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Page 3 of the Functions sub menu:

    Saturation - Normal, High, Low

    Contrast - Normal, High, Low

    Tme Stamp - YMD, D H:M, YMD H:M, Off

    Digital Zoom - On or Off

    Sleep - 30s, 1m, 2m, Off

    Auto Power Off - 2m, 5m

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Page 4 of the Functions sub menu:

    Best shot setting - built-in+CF, built-in, CF

    Mode Memory - Memorize settings when powered down. Possible to memorize: Recording Mode, Continuous, TIFF mode, Sensitivity, Exposure mode, Metering, White balance, Flash, Focus, Digital zoom, Flash intensity.

    SETUP - Enter the setup mode - see next frame

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Page 1 of the SETUP sub menu:

    Card Browser - Enable on four types of HTML page creation from your stored images or disable this feature.

    Beep - Enable beep sounds when buttons are pushed

    Date Style - Set the date format MMDDYY, DDMMYY, etc.

    Date/Time - Set the internal clock

    Language - Set the menu language, English or German

    Format - Format the CF card

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Page 2 of the SETUP sub menu:

    Video Out - NTSC or PAL format

    Link - On or Off

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