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I have owned a qv2800ux for about 16 months and have been very impressed with the results. The main selling point of the camera when I bought it was its huge 32x zoom capabilities. This works out at 8x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. Anyone who owns a digital camera knows that digital zoom is not all that impressive as it simply crops the image and enlarges it losing a lot of picture quality. having said that the 8x optical zoom has been very useful and more than you could hope to find on a camera of this size and of a very good quality. I have also used it in conjunction with the digital zoom and surprisingly the results were still quite impressive up to about 16x overall zoom. The 32x setting did start to loose clarity but it is still surprisingly useful at this setting if you are prepared to accept the snapshot quality of the images taken at this resolution. The optical quality of the lens is excellent, I have been mainly using the camera for close up and macro photography and no conversion lens has been necessary as you can go in as close as 1cm with the lens as it is. The quality of the images at this setting was beyond my expectations for a camera of this type after all it is only an amateur enthusiasts camera with a few special features. In fact it has probably been better for close up work than longshots despite the long zoom because although the camera performs well overall landscape shots can lack depth and clarity and detail, where the reverse is true for close up work. The camera does not have a viewfinder which means you have to use the lcd display on at all times. This is heavy on batteries, however the qv2800ux seems to do well on battery usage so this is not a problem though 2000ni/mH batteries or above are useful. I made the mistake of buying generic AC adapter (uniross) thinking it would be usable, unfortunately, Casio have designed this and most of their cameras to take only the specific Casio AC adapter for this model
which is around ££30. The swivel lens is very useful, as the camera has no viewfinder you must use the lcd screen to compose pictures, this means you can hold the camera at waist height swivel the lens through 90 and look down on the lcd screen. When you get used to it , its quite an interesting way of taking pictures you can glance up at the subject and then down at the screen like an old fashioned box camera. There is one other unique selling point with Casio cameras, which is the "Bestshot " software loaded on the camera. This is a series of presets which are programmed in to the camera which give you the best set up for a given situation( aperture, shutter speed, etc). There are about 90 different setting ranging through macro settings landscape and portraiture, however they are great if you have time to set up the shot, but if you are taking quick action shots by the time you have found the set up you are looking for the subject wil l have moved on. A use full feature though and available on other cameras in the qv range. There is a full range of manual controls on this camera if you are new to digital photography and want all the features on a beginners camera it would be a good choice. It also offers fully automatic modes if you need to take pictures without having had any experience. The one drawback with this camera is that it is only 2 megapixel. It has a lot of features, and an excellent lens but the 2 megapixel lets it down slightly. Though the quality is good, 3 megapixel would have been more suitable for this camera. I would recommend this camera for taking close up and macro photography, for anyone taking landscape photography there are probably better alternatives.
The camera Casio QV-2800UX has appeared a little bit later than 3000-th model. And many had problem: what to select: 3000, 2800 or 2300? With QV-2300 it is clear, 2-megapixel matrix, whose functional and optical possibilities approximately correspond to 3000-th, however size of a frame at it, naturally, it is less. Argument to its favor can be only habit to work with a turning screen. As to cameras QV-3000 and QV-2800, if first is a camera of common assignment, it is possible to name second as the camera of special assignment. It means, that there are problems, which 2800 will make better, despite of a smaller matrix. What integrates. Sensitivity at cameras is identical. Both cameras are universal devices of reading of maps of memory CF through USB. There is a possibility of management from the computer through the serial port, but this reaching not firm Casio ("free programmers"). And, certainly, manufacturer of matrixes - firm Sony, only in one case - ICX 252AQ, and in the second - ICX 284AQA. Accordingly, and filters before sensing elements: green, blue and red. What difference. First of all are possibilities and style of shooting. The receptions of work with the camera are largely determined by the viewfinder. At Casio QV-2800UX on all cases of life only one LCD-screen. It is used and as the viewfinder, and for out of all information. Additional LCD for the control information at this camera is not present. What still is at 2800 that is not present at 3000? Sync contact for connection of an external flash (at 3000 external flash can be synchronized only on a light pulse), the thread М43 under light filters, built-in timer for shooting in specific time, console in a package. The camera allows to do separate shots on a command of the computer and to transfer an image after each shot with any focal length of optics. The presence of a thread, though also not so standard, М43, essentially expands poss
ibilities of the camera. Using additional accessories, you can some more in two times increase and so unsmall range of a modification of a focal length. Thus, if you can approach to object on an optimum distance, 3-mexapixel camera, certainly, will give better quality of photos, however if to such possibility is not given, native optics and 2-megapixel matrix will give essentially better quality. However, it is necessary to notice, that with maximum focal length at this is camera on edges of a frame are appreciable chromatic aberrations. With an information about parameters of shooting when you view photos obvious progress too is observed. Now you can see, in what mode and what significance's of endurance and diaphragm, balance white and method of sampling of an exposition the frame is made. And here with switching of a mode of a focussing, on my sight, there was an annoying misunderstanding. At QV-3000 when pressing a button the search of modes in the following order happens: auto, manual focussing, infinity, macro, and at QV-2800UX all on the contrary: auto, macro, infinity, manual focussing. It seemed, trifle, however you are deprived with a possibility to record a focussing selected by auto, as the transition from an automatic focussing on macro knocks down all automated installations, and, eventually, when you will proceed on a manual focussing, it is necessary go from zero, instead of from a position selected by auto. The camera is perfect choice both for shooting research experiments, and for amateur shooting on tourist trips, also for the journalists working in the newspapers or Internet issuings.