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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.