By John Henshall

Casio QV-10

Reminiscent of a small Sharp ViewCam camcorder, crowds gather quickly to peer at the images on its 1.8 inch diagonal colour LCD, which doubles as viewfinder and playback display. The swivelling lens has a useful macro setting. Images are 320x240 pixels - enough for only 1x0.8 inches in a magazine like this. They look better on the LCD than imported into a computer. No flash but very sensitive, it's great in available light. Holds 96 images in 2MB non-removable flash memory. You could be forgiven for believing it had been introduced by Ever Ready - take plenty of alkaline AA batteries with you (they're cheap at Toys R Us). The sexiest digital camera yet introduced. It should be hard to miss the QV-30, with 2.5 inch viewfinder, when it comes out in April - Casio is planning to make 100,000 a month. The QV-10 costs around £680. Contact Casio 0181 893 2592.

This report first appeared as "Hot Shots" in "The Photographer" magazine March and April 1996.
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