Casio QV-4000 Review
Top of camera controls
Power / Mode Dial
Switches the camera off, retracts lens if extended. If there are still images in the cameras internal buffer it will display a 'please wait' warning on the LCD,the lens will retract once this process is complete.
Enter play mode, last image taken or last image on the CF card is displayed. Lens will not be extend if not already extended.
Enter record mode, lens extends and live view appears (if enabled).
Cycle through the cameras flash modes:
Fill-In (forced on)
Auto with redeye reduction
Select self-timer mode:
Self-timer (10 sec)
Self-timer (2 sec)
Enter or leave the current mode menu (record or play modes).
Exposure mode dial (inner dial)
|BS||Best Shot mode
In this mode the camera offers you a selection of 5 built-in and 100 additional (if installed on CF card) scene modes. Each mode programs the cameras exposure and focus settings to best suit that type of scene. Built in 'best shot' modes (100 more supplied with camera):
Camera has complete control over exposure, point-and-shoot operation, the majority of manual features are disabled, you can't alter exposure compensation, enter the camera menu or change focus or flash settings. The only items which can be changed are: drive mode, self-timer mode.
Program Auto Exposure
Aperture Priority Auto Exposure
Shutter Priority Auto Exposure
Full Manual Exposure
Drive mode dial (outer dial)
|AEB||Auto Exposure Bracket
In this mode you can program the camera to take 3 or 5 frames exposed above and below the metered (or programmed) exposure by 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1.0 EV. For example a setting of 5 images @ 0.3 EV would produce 5 images the following exposure compensation applied to each image: 0.0 EV, -0.3 EV, +0.3 EV, -0.7 EV, +0.7 EV.
|Continuous Drive mode
Switches to continuous shooting mode. In this mode you hold down the shutter release button and the camera will take shots as quickly as it can until the internal buffer is full (test later in the review). If you continue to hold the shutter release the camera will take a shot as soon as there is space in the buffer.
|Single Drive mode
Normal single-shot drive mode, a single press and hold of the shutter release takes one shot.
|Movie clip mode
Shoots short movie clips of up to 30 seconds at 320 x 240 resolution. No audio is recorded.
Allows you to shoot up to 10 frames which will be used to make up a panorama. The camera locks white balance and exposure after the first frame and automatically displays a small portion of the previous frame on the left side of the LCD live view.
Best Shot Modes
As mentioned above the QV-4000 has 5 pre-installed 'best shot' scene modes and another 100 on the supplied CD-ROM. Simply load these scene modes into a 'SCENE' directory on your compact flash card and you'll have access to all 100 scene modes. As a preview of what's available we are providing a 1300 x 1500 contact sheet of all modes.
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