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They say that good things come in small packages, and if that's the case then you'd certainly expect the Casio QV-3EX to deliver. Pick it up and its sleek, 35mm exterior is a delight in your hands. And knowing that you can slip its miniscule body into your pocket is a bonus. But beyond aesthetics, this camera has a lot to offer.
With 3.34 megapixels at peak definition, and 340MB of memory capacity, Casio isn't messing around this time. Features-wise, you can take colour snaps or go a bit more arty with black and white or sepia settings. Similarly, exposure modes range from your basic point and shoot to full manual and aperture priority. One particularly impressive feature is the panorama stitch facility, which enables the user to line up up to nine shots to create a souvenir of their favourite holiday vista. This is achieved by the user being able to line up the edge of the last shot with the current one, ensuring a flawless finish.
Interestingly, you can take Tiff shots (uncompressed) as well as the more standard Jpeg variety, although you might have to search outside sources for this, as there is little reference to it in the user guide.
On the downside the lens is non-zoom, but there is, of course, a digital zoom, so all is not lost. The Microdrive, too, has a tendency to use more power than its CompactFlash counterpart, and as a consequence the battery does not last as long as some may like.
All things considered, this is a nifty little piece with fantastic storage capacity. It's best suited for scenic shots rather than portraits, so if you're looking for a bit of kit to take with you on a long adventure, pack some extra battery packs and this may be the one for you.
The QV-3EX, the digital camera that packs 3.34-megapixel digital imaging into a stylish body that makes this the smallest, lightest weight camera in its class. The QV-3EX also features a new high-speed image processor that has the camera ready for the next shot in less than a second after the previous shot.
The QV-3EX's new LSI combines image processing circuitry and DRAM onto a single chip, which together with Casio's original high-density chip mounting technology creates the smallest, lightest weight 3-megapixel camera available today. Other features include a new high-speed image processor that makes it possible to record consecutive images with an interval of less than a second between shots, 12-step digital zoom up to 3.2x normal size, and plenty more, all packed into a stylish aluminum alloy body.
Photographic functions include programmed AE and aperture priority AE, in addition to a Night Scene, Landscape, Manual, and other useful modes, all accessible with the turn of a function selector dual. Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) records three images automatically shifting exposure to three different levels, while a histogram screen graphically shows the brightness of recorded images at a glance. This and much more makes the QV-3EX the digital camera that supports digital imaging at all levels, from the point-and-shoot snap shooter all the way to the serious digital image artist.