The Casio QV-R40 is a nice compact camera. In fact it doesn't have a very striking design, more like reserved and plain. When taking a close look at the camera it strikes one that there are very few buttons. Where did they all go, does it mean that the camera lacks many functions, did Casio suit the action to the word, and had a good look at the ergonomics?
Ergonomics, a beautiful word, but what is the actual definition of it? The ergonomics tries on a base of knowledge concerning anatomical, physiological and psychological features of human beings, to design products, technical systems, tasks and functions in a certain way that health and well-being of a human being is guaranteed and to stimulate efficient functioning. Especially the last part is very interesting: to stimulate efficient functioning. In case of a digital camera: to design it with an operating system comprehensible for everyone. Casio has made a step in the right direction with the last created ergonomical camera. When the camera is being turned over, the small amount of buttons, namely six, is visible. On top of the camera only two buttons and that's it: simplicity!
Casio QV-R40 camera - LCD monitor
Despite its small size the camera fits perfectly in ones hand. At the back we find a small round opening with four points in the center where the thumb automatically finds its spot to stay. The pointing finger has to operate the zoom button on top of the camera and the other fingers find their spot around the grip of the camera. Even quite a big hand will not have any difficulties in handling this small Casio camera. On the back of the camera we find a 1.6-inch (4cm) color TFT screen. The monitor reacts nice and fast and also with quick unexpected moves the image still floats smoothly. The resolution of the monitor is 84.960 pixels or 354x240 pixels. During the sunny weather of mid September with 27 degrees and bright sunshine one can't work without a good working LCD monitor. The monitor of the QV-R40 can also be used in bright sunshine. It isn't easy but the anti reflection is doing its best to keep the monitor functioning well.
Casio QV R40 - 3x Optical zoom lens
The front of the camera has a 3x optical zoom lens, in the center the built-in flash with on the right topside the optical viewfinder and a very small release button that hardly shows. On the side of the camera we find the USB connection that is covered by a rubber cover. The other side has room for the A/C power adaptor and an eye to fix the carrier strap onto. The bottom of the camera has a battery compartment and the connection for a tripod. The camera needs two AA batteries and an external memory card, the Secure Digital or MultiMedia card. The connection for the tripod is placed right next to the center and not in the center, so take care when putting the camera on a mini tripod!
Casio digital camera - USB 1.1 connection
As said, the QV-R40 has a USB connection to transfer the images onto a computer. Striking is the fact that at this moment, most manufacturers, like Casio, still choose the relatively slow USB 1.1 connection, while the USB 2.0 is becoming standard, in any case in the new desktop computers and laptops. The manufacturers state that the main part of the configurations is equipped with a USB 1.1 connection, but it should not be used as an excuse to prevent the faster USB variant from being used.
A USB 2.0 connection is ideal, even more now the larger storage capacity is becoming standard. The video out connection disappeared on the drawing table from Casio, a real pity. The manufacturers state that the main part of the configurations is equipped with a USB 1.1 connection, but it should not be used as an excuse to prevent the faster USB variant from being used. A USB 2.0 connection is ideal, even more now the larger storage capacity is becoming standard. The video out connection disappeared on the drawing table from Casio, a real pity.
Casio QV-R40 - Wide angle
Despite of the compact size of the camera it lies very easily in the hand. The weight does help a lot (210 grams incl. batteries), this way the camera has more body and trembling of the hand is reduced. The 3x optical zoom lens gives me the freedom to shoot a portrait or a close-up from a detail from an object. The range of the optical zoom lens is equivalent to a 39-117mm range at a 35mm camera. A pity of the loss of wide-angle! Especially wide-angle range is ideal for making pictures in the living room, landscapes or shooting a little church during holidays. The few more mm's tele range is not important for me but the range in wide angle makes a camera versatile for me.
Casio digital camera - Optical zoom in 6 steps
The speed of being ready to shoot from the QV-R40 is surprisingly fast. Especially for a digital camera equipped with an optical zoom lens it reacts as swift as an arrow after switching on the on/off button. The optical zoom lens also reacts very rapidly so there is almost no interval of release (0.01 sec.). The optical zoom can be done in 6 accurate steps. Casio also tackled the way of focusing. The QV-R40 has 5 points on which meters the focus range, the correct point of best focus is automatically selected by the camera. In practice it means that the focus of an object is almost always ok, there are only a few “auto focus failures” amongst the pictures taken in auto focus. The brightness in wide-angle is f2.8 with a maximum opening of f4.9 in tele range, a normal value for this type of compact digital cameras.