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Casio QV 3000EX

alaTest has collected and analyzed 328 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the portability and image quality are on the whole positive. The performance and value for money also get good feedback, but comments about the focus and size are mixed. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and shutter.

usability, value for money, performance, image quality, portability

flash, features, build quality, shutter, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Casio QV 3000EX is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Casio QV-3000EX


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...

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...

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...

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...

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Casio QV-3000


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The Casio QV-3000EX is an excellent camera, the ergonomics and graphical menu system make it a joy to use. Fast camera operations, good battery life and excellent image quality plus manual controls and CF Type II memory slot make this camera a real winner

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Casio QV-3000EX Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


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Casio QV-3000EX


Casio has come a long way from the days of the QV-10. This was probably the first digital camera I ever used (perhaps I used an Apple Quicktake first), and by current standards, it was terrible. I admit to warning people away from Casio's cameras for...

The QV-3000EX is a solid-feeling, slightly heavy camera, that fits well in your hand. Both hands have a place to rest, without blocking anything important. Nose smudges on the LCD are only a problem for those who are left-eye dominant. The lens is...

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Casio QV-3000EX


I'm a professional photographer and, in my no-working time, I love to use old digital cameras.

This is a good camera. The best in it is the use in high speed values (very good colors); the worst it's the horrible built in flash. Sometimes it doesn't work

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Owners Opinion: Casio QV-3000EX (sheepish738, 28 Oct 07)


I was given this camera by my father over three years ago and I must say it remains my faithful companion on any outings where I take a camera. The images are first rate and I have taken some photos that have been published in a smallholder magazine -...

Only slight problem is remembering to take off the lens cover before you switch it on. As others have mentioned it gets quite cross if you forget

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Owners Opinion: Casio QV-3000EX (jimread, 16 Jan 07)


Jan 2007, see my post below, I'm unable to edit it so have posted this:- still using the camera most days, have changed jobs and am now out of engineering and into building where I have to user the camera more often. I find the powerful flash very...

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Owners Opinion: Casio QV-3000EX (td1, 16 Jun 05)


I've used this camera for over 4 years and taken thousands of photos. It has never given me an operational problem. The photo quality has been excellent for its resolution. Not only that, it has the amazing ability to make people look photogenic. I...

Slow recycle time and sometimes a frustrating delay between pressing the shutter release button and the actual photo being taken. Also the delay between turning the camera off and then trying to turn it right back on. The processing time means you...

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Owners Opinion: Casio QV-3000EX (Jim Read, 2 Dec 04)


I bought one on Ebay this week and got it today, I'm going to use it for taking pics of machine tools for my job and had to use it within hours of receving it. I found the menus very easy to understand, when I got home I printed one of the pictures at...

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Owners Opinion: Casio QV-3000EX (F. Kamphues, 6 Oct 02)


This camera broke shortly after I bought it in 2000. Neither the company who sold this item, nor the importer could supply me with a new one, requiring a very lenghty repair. Not very good when you are on holiday. I have read similar reports of this...

Overexposed photos ; Totally messed up photos ; Display went blank

Product Specifications

Casio makes a big deal of the resolution on its QV-3000EX digital camera - the model is part of the first wave of 3-megapixel cameras, which theoretically allow you to produce photo-quality prints at sizes up to 10 x 13 inches. However, with several other 3-megapixel cameras on the market and more inevitably on the way, it's not the sexy numbers but the more prosaic specs that end up distinguishing one model from another. For the QV-3000EX, key selling points include 3x optical zoom, USB connectivity, and support for the IBM Microdrive. Zoom lenses are inherently complicated and expensive to produce, so at any given resolution range, optical zoom capability marks a higher-end model. Among optical-zoom cameras, 3x power is pretty much the industry standard. If you've ever used a slow-as-molasses serial connection to upload images from a digital camera, you'll understand why the much faster USB interface on this model is a definite advantage. This camera is bundled with a 340Mb IBM Microdrive.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive/Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode/Landscape / Portrait mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB/8MB


Product Type:Power adapter
Subcategory (MG):Power adapters and chargers


Country Kits:Canada / United States
Manufacturer:Casio Computer
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Casio ADC/Casio QV

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-2.5
Max Focal Length:21mm
Min Focal Length:7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.3Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer: None

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Power Device

Input Connector Qty:1
Input Connector Type:Power 2-pole
Output Connector Qty:1
Output Connector Type:Power / Power DC jack

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL
Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):480
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 320 / ISO 480
Media Type:Hard disk drive/Microdrive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode/Frame movie mode/Frame movie mode / Panorama mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical