News tagged with "casio"
CES 2003: Casio has today announced the ultra compact EX-Z3 digital camera, The EX-Z3 has a three megapixel CCD sensor and utilizes Pentax's sliding lens mechanism which we first saw yesterday in the 'Optio S'. Size wise the EX-Z3 is only a little bigger than the 'Optio S' but at the back has a much larger two inch LCD monitor. The EX-Z3 also has a cradle for the charging and transfer of images, this can also be put into 'photo stand' mode which initiates the camera to display a slideshow of images. The EX-Z3 will be available from the beginning of March (in Japan).
Pre-Photokina 2002: Casio has today announced the QV-5700 five megapixel digital camera. This camera is clearly based on the QV-4000 with the same body design and three times optical zoom lens. One major improvement over the previous model is the ability to select ISO sensitivity between ISO 50 and 800. As I predicted when Olympus announced the C-5050Z it's increasingly easy for manufacturers to simply drop the latest CCD into an existing design, with the same lens, I'm keen to test the image quality of these new five megapixel digital cameras.
Casio has today announced a new two megapixel version of its ultra small, ultra thin 'Exilim' digital camera / MP3 player. There are two models both of which have the same digital camera functionality, the EX-M2 adds MP3 audio playback and voice recording capability. Both of the new Exilim models have a larger 2 megapixel CCD, fixed 36 mm equiv. lens, internal RAM and SD/MMC storage slot, 1.6" TFT LCD and can take still images and movie clips. The EX-S2 weighs in at just 88 g (3.1 oz) without its battery. UPDATE: Our friend and colleague Yamada Kumio has already posted some samples from the EX-S2. Kai Thon of digit.no has also previewed the EX-M2.
We've just received news from an anonymous source that Casio will be announcing a new QV-5700 digital camera. At this time we have no images, specifications or images for this new camera but it would be fair to assume the camera is based on the new 1/1.8" 5 megapixel CCD sensor. The trend we predicted when Olympus announced the C-5050Z seems to be coming true, lots of manufacturers using the 1/1.8" 5 megapixel sensor. UPDATE: Confirmed as 5 megapixel, CF Type I/II support, price in Europe - €1050.
Casio Japan has today announced the QV-R3 and QV-R4, three and four megapixel, three times optical zoom ultra-compact digital cameras in a metal case. Casio note that the lens is made by Pentax, which would probably make it the same lens unit used in the Optio 330/430. Casio are also promoting this camera has having a very short shutter release lag of 1/100th of a second. More hints about how heavily this new camera is based on Pentax's Optio 330/430 creep up in the specifications, with features such as World Time and the Alarm function.
Casio has today announced its updated GV-20 digital camera. The GV-20 is essentially a two megapixel version of the GV-10 which was announced back in October last year. The GV-20 is has a ruggedized and waterproof case. All seal points have o-rings and the main camera body is 'cushioned' within the case by internal rubber shock absorbers. The outside of the case is also coated by thick rubber, you can choose red or black. The GV-20 has a two megapixel CCD sensor and fixed focal length lens. More proof if any were needed that two megapixel is the new entry level.
CeBIT 2002: Casio has today announced its ultra small, ultra thin 'Exilim' digital camera / MP3 player. There are two models both of which have the same digital camera functionality, the EX-M1 simply adds MP3 audio playback capability. Both Exilim have a 1.3 megapixel CCD, fixed 37 mm equiv. lens, internal RAM and SD/MMC storage slot, 1.6" TFT LCD and can take still images and movie clips. The EX-S1 weighs in at just 86 g (3 oz) without its battery.
Just posted! I've just put up our second review of the day. Another four megapixel digital camera, the Casio QV-4000 enters the market as direct competition to Canon's PowerShot G2 and Olympus's C-4040Z. The big difference? $200. The Casio brings us a fully featured four megapixel digital camera with a 3x Canon optical zoom lens, CF Type II support, full manual control and a vast number of features for just $700. But what about image quality?
Casio has today announced the QV-2100, a fairly unremarkable 2 megapixel digital camera except for the fact that it takes SD/MMC storage cards. The camera doesn't come with MMC cards, instead it has 16 MB of built-in flash storage, the MMC slot is for additional storage. Casio has been a strong Compact Flash supporter in the past so this camera is fairly significant as it may indicate Casio's choice for its future compact digital cameras. Time will tell.
Casio has today announced the 'G.BROS GV-10' digital camera. Available in this highly attractive rubberized red / black case or a similar purple / silver the GV-10 has a 1.3 megapixel CCD sensor and a fixed focal length lens (35 mm equiv.). It is said to be waterproof and dustproof to JIS protection grade six, this essentially means it could be used in the rain, skiing or on the beach without any worries. Storage comes via a Compact Flash slot and the GV-10 takes four AA batteries. It's not clear at this stage if this is solely a domestic (Japan only) model or whether it will be available in the rest of the world.
Japan has today announced the new 4 megapixel QV-4000. This camera, obviously
the 'next in line' from the QV-3000, QV-3500 series, features a 4.1 megapixel
CCD sensor outputing a 2240 x 1680 image (3.7 megapixels). It has a 3x
optical zoom lens which is labelled "Canon Lens", interestingly
this lens looks identical to that used on most of last year 3 megapixel
digital cameras. (something some of us suspected for a long time). Design
wise it's much better looking than the older Casio's, definetly some echo's
of the DSC-S75 there though...
UPDATE: Samples available.
Casio Japan announces updated QV-2300UX and QV-2800UX. These two new 2 megapixel digital cameras offer a swivel lens, manual exposure features, support for the IBM Microdrive and a new "Best Shot" exposure mode. The QV-2400UX has a silver case and 3x optical zoom lens, the QV-2900UX has a black case and 8x optical zoom lens.
Steve over at Steve's Digicams has posted his review of the Casio QV-3500EX, here's what he concluded, "Casio has produced another winner here, the QV-3500EX is a top of the line 3-megapixel camera with all the features needed to make novice and experienced users happy... Dollar for dollar the QV-3500EX Plus bundle with the 340MB Microdrive costs about the same as other 3-megapixel cameras that come with only a 16MB flash card. This camera is a very good choice for those that want point-n-shoot ease or total flexibility and advanced features all rolled up in the same package!"
Digital Camera "Guru" Yamada Kumio has posted samples from Casio's updated QV-3000EX, the QV-3500EX. His normal range of samples cover everything from indoor available light to flash, outdoor scenes and macros. All in all the QV-3500EX seems to do everything its older brother did, remember this new model supports Epson Print Image Matching.
Casio today announced their first CMOS digital still camera, the budget LV-10 only features VGA resolution (640 x 480) CMOS sensor and built-in 4 MB of Flash storage which allows you to take up to 60 images. Obviously this isn't a camera for anyone who's serious about digital photography but it's noteworthy because it's only the third digital still camera we've mentioned here which uses a CMOS sensor. The LV-10 can also operate as a web camera.
Jeff Keller over at DCResource just posted a review of Casio's QV-2300UX Plus, a 2.11 megapixel (1.92 effective) 3 x optical zoom digital camera with a rotating lens portion and IBM Microdrive (340MB) bundled with the camera (so that should be your storage worries sorted then). Jeff said "There are two ways to look at the QV-2300UX Plus: As a $800 camera, and as a $400 camera with a $400 memory card. I tend to choose the latter option, though the camera is really packed with features for a $400 camera. The downside here is that the body quality is sub-par, and the lack of the optical viewfinder would immediately remove it from my list if I was in the market."
Casio Japan announce the QV-2800UX & QV-2300UX. Both cameras feature the same 2.11 megapixel CCD (1600 x 1200 resolution), the QV-2300UX has a 3x optical zoom lens, the QV-2800UX has a big 8x optical zoom lens. Interestingly Casio have gone for the rotating lens option we first saw in the QV-7000UX and QV-8000UX.
Pricing and availability: QV-2300UX - 65,000 YEN (Est. US street $750) in July, QV-2800UX - 78,000 YEN (Est. US Street $850) in September. Full specifications inside.