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.
Thanks to Yves Boeres from digitalkamera.de for noting the QV-R3 (announced on the Casio Germany website) as well as the QV-R4 (announced on the Casio Japan website).
Casio QV-R3, QV-R4 Specifications
|Casio QV-R3||Casio QV-R4|
|Sensor||1/1.8" 3.34 megapixel CCD, Primary CFA (GRGB)||1/1.8" 4.1 megapixel CCD, Primary CFA (GRGB)|
|Effective pixels||3.2 million||4.0 million|
|Image types|| JPEG (EXIF 2.2)|
|Image sizes|| 2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
| 2304 x 1712
2240 x 1680 (3.76 mp)
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
|Lens|| Pentax 3x optical
38 - 113 mm equiv.
F2.6 - F4.8
|Digital zoom||Up to 3.2x|
|Focus distance|| Normal: 40 cm
- Infinity (15.7 in - Infinity)
Macro: 14 - 50 cm (5.5 - 19.7 in)
|Focus mode|| Auto Focus
Infinity Lock (Landscape)
|AF Assist Lamp||Yes|
|Metering|| Multi pattern
Center weighted average
|Exposure comp.||+/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps|
|Shutter speeds||2 - 1/2000 sec|
|Apertures||Two: F2.6 / F5.0 (at wide angle)|
|White balance|| Auto
|Recording modes|| Auto
"Coupling shot" (?)
|Self-timer||2 or 10 seconds|
Modes: Auto, Fill-In, Cancel, Red-Eye Reduction
Range: 0.4 - 2.8 m (1.3 - 9.2 ft)
|Movie clips|| 320 x 240, max 30 seconds (no audio)|
|Storage|| Built-in 11
MB Flash storage
|Other features|| World Time
Album (produces an HTML album on flash storage)
|Print compliance|| DPOF
EXIF 2.2 (ExifPrint)
|LCD monitor||1.6" TFT LCD (84,960 pixels)|
|Power||Supplied Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery|
|Dimensions||90 x 59 x 31 mm (3.5 x 2.3 x 1.2 in)|
|Weight (no batt)||200 g (7.1 oz)|
Phil: Looks to me as though this is another example of the OEM joint agreement system at work. Comparing these cameras to Pentax's Optio 330 and 430 it's clear they have very similar specifications, and indeed use the same lenses. It could well be that Casio are responsible for the 'heart' of the Optio 330/430 and that Pentax produced the lenses.
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