Casio managed to be the first manufacturer to announce a 3 megapixel digital camera, beating Canon with their S20 by two days. Back in January it was to open the floodgates of 3 megapixel digital cameras into the market. The camera had good specifications, not least of which was the large fast (large aperture) lens system from Canon (when I first translated the press release from Japanese I was sure this was a typo, but no.. it's a Canon lens).

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They didn't stop there, loading the camera with features such as an innovative menu system, support for Type II CF cards (IBM Microdrive), USB, a movie (MJPEG) mode and all the manual control you'd ever need (aperture priority, shutter priority, manual focus, flash compensation). On paper it's a good looking camera.

Later on this year they announced an excellent bundle (for US customers), the QV-3000EX with an IBM (340MB) Microdrive for just $999 (the Microdrive alone retails for about $399)... Making the QV-3000EX bundle the best value 3 megapixel digital camera yet announced, best still it's already making its way onto shelves. The unit I'm reviewing is the QV-3000EX/Ir which is identical to the QV-3000EX with the addition of IrDA Infrared communications (especially for the European market).