CES 2004: Casio has today announced the five megapixel, three times optical zoom QV-R51. This compact five megapixel digital camera is based on the body as the QV-R40 but this time is made from magnesium alloy. Casio claim an 'industry leading' startup time of 1 second and shutter release lag of 0.01 seconds. The QV-R51 has a large 2.0" LCD monitor (bigger than the QV-R40 but the same resolution), has 9.7 MB of internal flash memory, has an SD/MMC slot and is powered by two AA batteries. The QV-R51 should be available from March 2004.
Press Release (Casio UK):
CASIOs latest 5 Megapixel Digital Camera
delivers increased performance
January 8th 2004 CASIO Electronics Co. Ltd, today announced the latest addition to its popular QV compact digital camera series, the new 5.0 megapixel QV-R51. Following the success of the QV-R3, the QV- R4 and most recently the R40, the new QV-R51 (as with all CASIO digital cameras) has been designed to be fast, stylish, compact and exceptionally easy to use.
CASIO continues to innovate in digital technology and has packed even more functionality than its previous compact digital cameras. Whilst retaining CASIOs industry leading start-up time of just 1 second and an enviable 0.01 second shutter release lag time, the QV-R51 also features a large 2.0 LCD screen which enables easy viewing and editing of images.
The new QV-R51 features CASIOs revolutionary Stack MCM*1 which radically improves the cameras functionality and more importantly its battery life. The new Stack MCM technology reduces battery power consumption by up to 40%, thereby allowing the user to shoot as many as 900 photos (2 ½ hours) on a single charge*2.
Other features include a 3x optical zoom, magnesium alloy body and CASIOs easy to use BESTSHOT mode. With 21 pre-defined built in settings, users can take beautiful, clear shots in any lighting condition. Image quality is further enhanced by the cameras unique noise reduction process, which helps users take even better images using the BESTSHOT modes. The QV-R51 also comes with a new seven point multi auto focus system increased from the five auto focus points in previous models for even easier, more accurate focusing.
In addition to the features that consumers have come to expect from CASIO digital cameras, the new QV-R51 also includes features such as Direct-On, that lets you start the camera up in either record or play mode instantly. With all these features built into such a small camera, the new QV-R51 is likely to be one of 2004s must have consumer gadgets. The new CASIO QV-R51 will be available in the UK from March 2004.
*1 Stack MCM (Multi-Chip Module): A technology that enables
the mounting of high density chips on top of each other
*2 With the LCD switched off
Casio QV-R51 Features
- Easy-to-use high performance compact digital camera
- 5 megapixel CCD with 3x optical zoom
- Large, easy-to-view 2.0 TFT LCD screen
- Long battery life: take as many as 900 pictures (2 1/2 hours) on a single charge
- Direct-On for simple one-touch recording and playback
- Uses regular AA-size Alkaline battery or AA-size Lithium / NiMH rechargeable battery
- Compact, high-class aluminium body design that fits perfectly in your hand
Casio QV-R51 Specifications
|Sensor||1/1.8" Type CCD (5.25 million pixels total)|
|Effective pixels||5.0 million|
|Image sizes|| 2560 x 1920
2560 x 1712 (3:2 aspect ratio)
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
|Image format||JPEG (EXIF 2.2)|
|Movie clips||320 x 240, 15 fps, max 60 secs, includes audio|
|Lens|| 3x optical zoom
39 - 117 mm (equiv.)
F2.8 - F4.9
|Digital zoom||Up to 4x|
|Focusing|| Auto focus (spot / multi)
|Focus range|| Normal: 60 cm to Infinity
(2 ft to Infinity)
Macro: 10 cm to 70 cm (3.9 to 27.6 in)
|Exposure compensation||+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps|
|Shutter||4 to 1/2000 sec|
|Aperture|| Wide: F2.8 / F4.8
Tele: F4.9 / F8.4
|White balance|| Auto
|Recording modes|| Normal
|Image parameters|| Saturation
|Self timer|| 2 or 10 sec
Modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction
Range (wide): 0.6 to 3.2 m
Range (tele): 0.6 to 1.8 m
|LCD monitor|| 2.0" TFT LCD
84,960 pixels (354 x 240)
|Play functions|| Single image
9 image thumbnail index
USB 1.1 (mini-B)
|Power|| 2 x AA batteries (NiMH and
Optional AC adapter
|Dimensions||88 x 61 x 33 mm (3.5 x 2.4 x 1.3 in)|
|Weight (no batt)||168 g (5.9 oz)|
|Included accessories||Two rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries; charger; USB cable; strap; CD-ROM|
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