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This is the first digital camera i have bought and i think i will never have to change it. Its 3.3 mega pixel resolution is extremely good value for money. I do have a few complaints:- a.) It eats batteries like theres no tomorrow b.) It's colour lcd display is difficult to see in direct sunlight.(but thats the same for any digital camera. So with all this camera we want to take alot of pictures. This is not the case if you buy it standard. With mine I have an IBM Micro drive i can save a hell of alot of pictures, I also own a battery pack which lasts for ages and can be recharged. But beware these peripherals are expensive and you should only buy them if you really have too and want too. so overall it is a wonderfull camera i would recomend to anyone and the £500 price tag won't braek the bank either.
This may not be the prettiest camera to hit the shops recently but it is a great performer in terms of image quality,and price. The most important bit the lens made by Canon is very fast f2-f2.5 always a good sign.It is sharp throughout the range(7-21mm) similar to 33-100 in 35mm terms, though there is a little distortion at the wide end. The image quality I feel is a really strong point good sharp images at A3 size suprised me. Exposure and colours were all fine. All pics are stored as jpg files only there are no uncompressed file types. The 8mb compact flash card supplied is too small only 5 highest quality images on 1 card better to go for 32mb or more if poss to prevent too much running to and from your computer to download your pics to so you can make the space for more. One strange thing Full Manual control from 1/1000 - 60's + bulb is available, why does this not appear in the Manual? Beats me. As with many digital cameras this machine eats batteries be prepared to buy some good recharables at least 2 sets of 4 AA NiMH are essential. The tripod mount socket seems a bit flimsy and I think is poorly placed for stability but this is a minor quibble. In conclusion then, this is no fashion accessory but it is a solid performer,I believe there is no better camera on the market for the price. The best I've seen was £510
I purchased this camera two months ago after owning a Casio QV5000SX for eighteen months, which was bought on the spur of the moment. I chose the QV3000 because of the review I read on an American web site. It produces superb pictures and if coupled to a good printer (in my case a HP 970cxi) you would be very hard pushed to tell that they were not true photos. The memory card that the camera comes with is 8MB, which is a bit stingy as it does not store many pictures at the highest resolution. You need to buy a 32MB at least. The American version comes with a IBM Micro Drive which stores thousands of pictures! The LCD is nice and bright but seems, like all digital cameras, to be useless in sunlight. The macro setting is very useful and you can get in really close. Panorama photos can be taken but it is a bit difficult to line up in daylight. There is a portrait setting which slightly blurs the background of the shot. To use these settings the camera has a nice icon driven menu system which is easy to use. Take a look at some of my photos taken with both the QV5000 and 3000 on photopoint.com. Do a search for Casio and look for me - Terry Pardy. PS. Since writing the above I have had a problem with my camera and had it exchanged for a new one. The LCD only displayed a picture when slight pressure was applied any where on the back of the camera. I am told that LCD's do that occassionally. PPS. Go take a look at my review of the updated camera - the Casio QV3500EX - it's even better!!!