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Casio QV-R51 Digital Camera Review

Digital Camera Review by: Michael Gazzola

 

Casio's new 5 mega pixel QV-R51 has plenty on offer. It comes with everything you need to get started including CD software that makes uploading your images onto your PC a breeze. The camera's start-up is less than a second, so by the time you push the power button and point it at your subject it's ready to go. It has a shutter lag (claiming) of around 0.1sec which provides the photographer with a near 35mm experience.

The 2 inch LCD display is a real winner which will win many shoppers sitting on the fence when choosing between cameras. The quality produced for its class, is clear, sharp and with good light metering for unevenly lit subjects. The macro feature is one that would be above it's class producing images sharper than I have seen for previous 5 mega pixel consumer cameras.

  The camera is 'pocket-sized' without being too small which many of our parents will appreciate - especially in an era where technology is shrinking everything electronic. The QV-R51 is very user friendly, and can be easily used without medal-gold-r.jpgreading the manual. Navigating the camera's menu is done without causing a headache - with most of the key functions available within a single press of a button. Too many cameras these days have multiple levels built into their menus to scroll through - which Casio have reduced.

One of my favourite functions was a simple one, which is the option to shoot not just colour, b&w or sepia images but with red, green or blue cast coloured images. I had plenty of fun with this option which I am sure many will appreciate. It's a different feature and definitely the type which makes the cameras more appealing.

Overall, the QV-R41 is a sturdy digital 5 mega pixel camera that will please most. It's user-friendly options, easy of use and accompanying software mare for a complete package that is highly recommended.

 

Appearance rating 4 stars
Functionality rating 4.5 stars
Image quality 4 stars
Value for money
4 stars
RRP (AUD)
 
SPACER.GIF  
Effective Pixels 5 Million
Image Sizes 6 Sizes / 3 quality modes
Lens - zoom wide [mm] 8mm (35mm equivalent of 39mm)
Lens -zoom tele [mm] 24mm (35mm equivalent of 117mm)
Resolution Settings From 640x480 to 2560 x 1920
Quality Modes Yes. 3.
Manual Focus No
Auto Focus Yes
Focus Range [cm] 10cm to infinity
Aperture Range Auto / F2.8 - F8.4
Aperture Priority No
Macro Yes
Macro Range [cm] 10cm
Shutter Speeds No
Shutter Priority No
ISO 4 Options. 50 - 400. Plus auto.
LCD Monitor Yes
LCD Size 2.0-inch digital interface TFT color LCD
Viewfinder Yes. Optical real-image zoom viewfinder
Flash Built In. 3 mode options. Plus auto.
Hot Shoe No
White balance 4 options. Plus auto & manual.
Self Timer Yes. 2 or 10 Seconds. Plus 3x in a row option.
Auto Power Off Yes. 2min or 5min.
Sleep Yes. 30sec, 1min or 2min.
Language Support Yes. 10 Languages.
Movie Options Yes. Only limited by card size and battery.
Audio Options No.
Video Out No.
Storage Type SD / MMC Cards
Storage Included 9.7Mb Internal.
Image Format/s Jpeg
Connectivity USB.
Power Source 2x AA Batteries. (Rechargeables Included)
Dimensions 88mm x 61mm x 33mm
Weight 210g Inluding batteries.
 
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