Casio Inc. has unveiled its QV-2900UX digital camera. The camera sports a 2.1 megapixel CCD with 8x optical zoom and up to 32x digital zoom. The QV-2900UX also sports a feature Casio calls “BestShot.”
BestShot enables the user to select an icon that best defines the imaging situation. The camera then sets itself to one of 64 different aperture and shutter settings.
The QV-2900UX also incorporates a Macro mode that enables users to focus up to 1cm away from the target; an “Interval” mode suitable for time lapse photography; “Bulb” mode for shutter exposures up to 60 seconds; Aperture Priority AE/Shutter and Speed Priority AE/Manual Exposure settings; complete manual control over settings like light metering, white balance, flash intensity, focus, exposure compensation, and image quality; and much more.
The QV-2900UX stores images on CompactFlash Type I and Type II media, and is also compatible with IBM Microdrives. The camera is also equipped with a USB interface.
The QV-2900UX can record movies in AVI format (up to 16 seconds long), and stores images in JPEG or TIFF formats. It also features a “panorama” mode that enables users to combine single images into a panoramic shot.
The camera operates on 4 AA Alkaline or Lithium batteries. It weighs about 10.3 ounces and measures 4.7 by 3.2 by 2.6 inches.
Casio said the QV-2900UX would ship in July with a retail price of about $499.