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Casio QV-R3 and QV-R4 digital cameras announced - Casio have introduced two new compact digital cameras QV-R3 and QV-R4, which feature both a 3X optical zoom and a high-resolution primary colour CCD.
The QV-R3 and QV-R4 have been specifically designed to capture "Perfect Pictures" whenever and wherever you are. One such feature that ensures that you get the picture you want is the new LSI system which provides lightening-fast response of approximately 0.01 seconds, which means there is virtually no time loss from the point you press the shutter release until the camera is ready to record the next image.
In addition to the LSI system the compact series is also packed with powerful digital imaging features and functions including Casio's built-in "Best-Shot" mode, which has two new innovative features "Coupling Shot" and "Pre-Shot". The "Coupling Shot" feature lets you record two people in the same image, even when there are only two around, while "Pre-Shot" makes it possible to compose the background you want.
The simple stylish stainless steel body provides both high-level durability and feel of quality. Both models are designed and engineered to eliminate protruding levers, controllers and components. Modes are selected using a flat-profile dial, and all function keys are carefully positioned for easy, intuitive operation. Images can be stored on SD memory card or on the 11MB of built in flash memory.
High-resolution primary colour CCD in a compact configuration
The QV-R3 has a 3.34-megapixel CCD. This level of resolution makes it possible to capture all the nuances of subtle flesh tones and fine details of scenery shots, and primary colour filtering ensures vivid colours every time. With the QV-R4, the latest in device miniaturization was employed to make it possible to pack a 4.13-megapixel primary colour CCD into a compact body that measures a mere 3.5" x 2.3" x 1.2".
Advanced 3X optical zoom lens
Seven lenses in six groups including a spherical lens, advanced 3X optical zoom capabilities. This, combined with 3.2X digital zoom, provides a combined maximum zoom factor of 9.6X.
CASIO technology allows compact design
THE QV-R3 and QV-R4 employ Casios Multi-Chip Module (MCM) technology first debuted at CeBIT 2002 in the Exilim EX-S1 and EX-M1 digital cameras. Developed by Casio, MCM technology integrates the CPU, ASIC and the memory chip into a single unit to allow a more compact design and overall structure.
Release time lag of approximately
The release time lag from the point that the shutter release button is pressed until the image is recorded is about 0.01 second when focus lock is used. This means you get exactly the shot you want.
Best Shot Mode for
Simply select the Best Shot scene that is like the one you want to record and light metering, exposure, saturation, and other settings are configured in an instant.
Coupling Shot Mode
This feature makes it possible for two people to be included in the same image, even when they are the only two around. Person A records Person B on one side of the image. A transparent view of the first image remains on the monitor screen so Person B can use it to compose the other side and record Person A. Only a final image is stored in camera memory, showing both Person A and Person B.
With this feature you can compose and record the background and settings you want before taking a final image. A transparent view of the background image remains on the monitor screen so you can ask someone else, even a complete photography novice, to record you against the background, using the monitor screen image as a guide. Only the second image is stored in camera memory, showing you against the background you want.
The Triple Self-timer records three consecutive shots with a single shutter release button operation. This simplifies the recording of group shots when you want to include the photographer because a single operation gives you a choice of three images from which you can select the one you want.
World Time and Image Alarm features
The World Time feature lets you keep track of the current time at home and in another time zone when travelling or for any other reason. It also eliminates the need to make troublesome clock settings whenever you travel to another time zone. You can set up to three alarm times and even have a specific image appear on the monitor screen as a reminder when an alarm time is reached.
Album function displays using HTML files
Both cameras can generate HTML files that make it possible to view recorded images on your computer screen in easy-to-use preset album formats. You can use the album to browse images and even print album pages.
Easy PC connectivity
and Image Transfer
The Casio Photo Loader software enables automatic image transfer to a personal computer. Simply connect the camera to your computer using the supplied USB cable and Photo Loader automatically starts image upload. The uploaded images are stored in folders named according to the dates on which they are recorded and can be viewed on your computer either individually or as a group, using standard Web browser software.
Auto Mail Attachment Tool
Simply select an image and click a button to automatically start up your e-mail application and display a new message with the image attached. The image is also resized to the optimum size for an e-mail message.
Image Printing and Editing Software
Simply click a button in Photo Loader and Photohands starts up automatically. Photohands comes with tools for retouching images, including settings for contrast, brightness, tint, sharpness, noise filtering, effect filters, resizing, rotation, and more. This means you can modify recorded images to create exactly the result you need.
Pricing and availability
These new three and four mega-pixel compact digital cameras will be available in the UK from August 2002, priced 399.99 and 499.99 respectively.