Excerpt: The diminutive Casio QV-3EX is the smallest camera in our roundup, but it delivers big-camera quality and lots of storage, thanks to an excellent lens and bundled 340MB IBM Microdrive. The Casio is the only camera we reviewed without a zoom lens, though–a shortcoming that may be a deal-breaker for many users. The Casio looks and feels like a compact 35-mm point-and-shoot and is small and light enough to fit into a shirt pocket.
days, cameras seem to be getting smaller -- and more stylish. The
PowerShot S100 Digital ELPH from Canon was a big hit. A few months
later, Casio quietly announced the QV-3EX
($799), which offered a small, metal body, 3.3 Mpixel resolution,
and an IBM Microdrive in the box. It's too bad an optical zoom didn't
make it with the rest of those features. Read on to see what I thought
about the QV-3EX.
Pros: Well designed controls and menus, Lots of manual controls (but no shutter priority mode?), Very nice playback mode, Two words: IBM Microdrive, Great bundle
Cons: Too expensive, No optical zoom!, No shutter priority mode, Long autofocus lag, No sound in movie mode, Software is lacking (to say the least)