Casio QV-R40

Jul 24, 2003 at 08:20 GMT

Casio has today announced the four megapixel three times optical zoom QV-R40. Casio's big claim about this camera is a one second startup time and a shutter release lag of 0.01 seconds. The camera has an aluminium alloy body, has a 1.6" LCD monitor, stores images on internal flash memory or SD/MMC card and is powered by two AA batteries.

Press Release:

New Compact Digital Camera with 1-Second Startup time

New Quick Response and High Speed Telescoping 3X Optical Zoom Lens Helps Capture Those Special Moments

TOKYO, JAPAN, JULY 24, 2003 -- CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. announced a new addition to the QV Digital Camera series, the new compact 4.0 megapixel QV-R40 Digital Camera. The new QV-R40 has 1-second power up time and industry leading* 0.01-second release time lag (both values approximate), ensuring you can capture those special moments whenever they happen.

* As of July 2003

CASIO recorded the 0.01-second release time lag mark last year with the release of its high-resolution 4.0-megapixel QV-R4 and 3.0-megapixel QV-R3, eliminating one of the most serious shortcomings for digital cameras up to that time. The ability to record images virtually the instant they happen, along with 3X optical zoom soon made these high-performance models the digital cameras of choice the world over.

The new QV-R40 is the next generation model for the QV Series QV-R4, and is loaded with features. The QV-R40 sets the pace for performance and speed, featuring a new high-speed telescoping optical 3X zoom lens and a high-speed startup control, making startup 1 second faster than the QV-R4. Playback is faster, too, with the new QV-R40 scrolling through images on the monitor screen at a rate of about 0.1 second per image. Also a pair of direct mode access buttons for REC and PLAY turn the camera on directly, letting even a novice digital camera user operate the new QV-R40 with confidence. Compact, feature-filled yet easy-to-use, the QV-R40 is set to become the new standard for speed and performance in the compact digital camera market.

QV-R40 Features

* Monitor screen on, flash off, continuous recording
** Memory card not included.

Bundled with PC Link Software and USB Cable

ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) and PRINT Image Matching II Compliant
ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) and PRINT Image Matching II support helps to make printed images look better than ever before.

USB Direct-Print Support
You can connect the camera's USB cable directly to an EPSON USB Direct-Print compatible printer* for printing without going through a computer.

Casio QV-R40 Specifications

Sensor 1/1.8" CCD
Effective pixels 4 million
Image sizes • 2304 x 1712 (3.9 million)
• 2240 x 1680
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Image format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Movie clips 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 30 secs, includes audio
Lens • 3x optical zoom
• 39 - 117 mm (equiv.)
• F2.8 - F4.9
Digital zoom Up to 3.2x
Focusing • Auto focus (spot / multi)
• Manual focus
• Infinity
Focus range • Normal: 60 cm to Infinity (2 ft to Infinity)
• Macro: 10 cm to 70 cm (3.9 to 27.6 in)
Metering • Multi-pattern
• Center-weighted average
• Spot
Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Shutter 1 to 1/2000 sec
Aperture • Wide: F2.8 / F4.8
• Tele: F4.9 / F8.4
White balance • Auto
• Presets (4)
• Manual
Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 160
• ISO 320
Recording modes • Normal
• Best Shot
• Movie
Self timer • 2 or 10 sec
• Triple self-timer
Flash • Built-in
• Modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction
• Range (wide): 0.4 to 2.9 m (1.3 to 9.5 ft)
• Range (tele): 0.4 to 1.7 m (1.3 to 5.6 ft)
Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor • 1.6" TFT LCD
• 84,960 pixels (354 x 240)
Play functions • Single image
• Magnify (4x)
• 9 image thumbnail index
• Rotate
• Movie play
• Calendar
• Power on image
• Image roulette

• World Clock
• Trimming
• Resize
• Histogram
• Album
• Favorites
• Copy
• Alarm (with image)
• Key customize

Connectivity • DC-IN
• USB 1.1 (mini-B)
Power • 2 x AA batteries (NiMH and charger ncluded)
• Optional AC adapter
Dimensions 88 x 61 x 33 mm (3.5 x 2.4 x 1.3 in)
Weight (no batt) 160 g (5.6 oz)
Weight (inc. batt) 210 g (7.4 oz)
Included accessories Two rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries; charger; USB cable; strap; CD-ROM