Casio take on Canon at their own game with the similarly sized and styled XV-3. This aluminium bodied 3.34 megapixel digicam looses out slightly to Canon's S20 by havnig no optical zoom, the lens is fixed at 41mm (34mm equiv.) with a 12 stage up to 3.2x digital zoom (but we all hate digital zoom). Oh and it's also available in a very attractive pale (cyan?) blue case.

Casio XV-3Casio XV-3
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Casio XV-3 Specifications

CCD 1/1.8" 3.34 megapixels
Image sizes 2016 x 1536, 1008 x 768
Image modes JPEG, AVI (Motion JPEG)
Lens Fixed 41mm lens (35mm equiv.) F2.6
Digital Zoom 12 steps up to 3.2x
Shooting range Normal: 50cm - Infinity, Macro: 10cm - 50cm
Shutter speed range 1s - 1/3000s
Aperture range F2.6, F4.2, F6.7
LCD monitor 1.8" TFT
Storage CompactFlash II (8MB card supplied)
Burst mode AVI 320x240 300KB/s up to 30secs (AVI Motion JPEG)
Exposure compensation +/-2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
White balance Full Auto, 4 manual settings
Self-timer 2 secs or 10 secs
Flash Built-in
Flash range 0.7m - 3.0m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow-Sync, Anti-Red-Eye, External
Interface USB
Video output NTSC/PAL switchable
Power requirements NP-L7 lithium-ion rechargable / CR-V6P lithium battery pack
Dimensions 115 x 33 x 62 mm
Weight (no batteries) 215 g
Est Price ~US$ 800 (88,000 YEN)
Release date End of April, 2000 - Japan