Conclusion - Pros

  • Very good high quality lens system producing very little chromatic aberrations for a 3 megapixel digicam, almost no barrel distortion
  • Very good image quality, good detail definition, colour balance, fairly good sharpness
  • Sophisticated manual features including shutter priority, aperture priority and full manual modes
  • Good control over internal imaging algorithm (contrast, sharpness and saturation control)
  • Intelligent ergonomic touches (such as the two up two down battery layout, grid overlay)
  • Unique "Card Browser" for quick generation of HTML pages
  • Good control over flash output
  • USB connectivity
  • Supports CF Type II devices (read as: "IBM Microdrive")
  • Probably the best value for money 3 mp digicam (esp. the US bundle with 340MB Microdrive)

Conclusion - Cons

  • Sometimes cumbersome menu system (some controls should have been on the outside of the camera, not hidden in a menu)
  • Noisy images at higher sensitivities / long exposure times
  • Cheap plastic feel to the body
  • Poor 4-direction controller, no feel to zoom control
  • It's big
  • Washed out skin tones using the flash
  • Poorly positioned tripod mount
  • Not the fastest 3 megapixel digicam, but not slow compared to last years cameras
  • Slow switch from REC to PLAY mode (lens shouldn't really have to retract)
  • LCD could have been bigger

Overall conclusion

Here's my rating of the Casio QV-3000EX:

Detail Rating (out of 10)
Construction 8
Features 9
Image quality 9
Lens / CCD combination 8
Ease of use 7
Value for money 10

The Casio QV-3000EX is a camera which performs beyond your expectations of it, it's big on features, big on lens and image quality and offers excellent bang for the buck. If you're in the US then the Microdrive bundle probably offers the best value 3 megapixel digital camera kit on the market. The designers could have spent a little longer tidying it up, the case could have been smaller and made of a better quality material but then Casio wouldn't have been able to bring it in at such a low price point. The key here is that the message appears to be getting through "good image quality starts with good quality lenses".

Above Average

So which one should I buy? A question I get asked several times a day, and I wouldn't like to say In a new addition to my reviews (after the amount of feedback I normally get) I've added a link to a specific forum in which you can discuss the review or ask me specific questions which I've not answered in these pages.

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