Casio 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...

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Casio QV-4000 specifications

Sensor 1/1.8" 4.1 megapixel CCD
Image Sizes 2240 x 1680, 2256 x 1504 (3:2), 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Image Ratio 4:3 / 3:2
Image Quality TIFF, JPEG (three levels)
Lens Canon 3x optical zoom (34 - 102 mm equiv.), F2.0 - F2.5
Digital Zoom Smooth up to 3.2x
Metering Multi-area, Center weighted average, Spot
Exposure modes Auto, Aperture Priority Auto, Shutter Priority Auto, Manual
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing 3 or 5 images in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV steps
Shutter speeds BULB (max 60 sec) - 1/1000 sec
Aperture F2.0, F2.3, F2.8, F4.0, F5.6, F8.0
White Balance Auto, Five pre-programmed, Manual preset
Focus assist lamp Yes
Focusing TTL contrast detection
Focus range Normal: 0.3 m - Infinity
Macro: 0.06 - 0.3m
Movie clips Up to 60 seconds
Sensitivity 100, 200, 400
Viewfinder Optical
LCD 1.8", 122,100 pixels
Flash Internal, range: 0.5 - 3.5 m
Flash modes Auto, Forced On, Forced Off, Red-Eye reduction
Burst mode 2 fps up to 8 frames (HQ mode)
Self timer 2 or 10 seconds
Storage Compact Flash Type I or II, Microdrive supported
Other features "Software Focus", "Best Shot Function", "Real-Time Histogram"
Power 4 x AA batteries or 2 x CR-V3 Lithium
Dimensions 118 x 75 x 65 mm
Weight (no batt.) 355 g