Casio has a lot of pocket digital cameras. Their higher-end Exilim cameras offer full manual exposure controls as well as auto, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, and scene modes. The options are aperture priority, shutter priority, metered manual, Best Shot, Easy Mode, Snapshot, and two video modes. Each Scene Mode has an explanation that can be accessed by using the zoom control.
The cameras standart movies can be played on QuickTime 7. It captures 30 frames-per-second and records sound in stereo. There are ten Movie Best Shot modes: Portrait, High Sensitivity, Backlight, Night Scene, and more. The mechanical Anti Shake system also works when shooting movies. Movie file sizes are limited to 4GB, or about 9 minutes of video at normal resolution and highest quality.
Camera sensitivity is very impressive with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 1600.
Camera has no optical viewfinder.
The all-metal body feels substantial and solid and makes for a good-looking camera. Controls are simple with many settings accessed via menus. Besides the shutter release button, there are very few external controls. The large 2.5-inch LCD means there’s no room for an optical viewfinder. I found the zoom control, a two-way sliding control on the back of the camera, a little hard to locate sometimes. But placing it where they did helped Casio keep the camera slim, clean, and compact. And that’s what the Exilim EX-V7 camera design is all about.
Its great to have a 7-megapixel, manual exposure camera, with a 7x zoom lens, and image stabilization, that can be kept in a pocket.
The Casio Exilim EX-V7’s most interesting feature is the completely internal 7x optical zoom lens. The lens doesn’t telescope out from the camera body when you turn it on. This isn’t a normal lens design and it’s one of the reasons the camera is so compact.
Contrast, color, and saturation are pretty standard with the new Casio. I’ve never thought Casio had the best image quality and I don’t think that’s changed.
There has been real and obvious improvement in high ISO performance. In the past, most experienced photographers would draw the line at ISO 200 with compact digital cameras. At ISO 400 and above, images would get positively chunky with digital noise. That isn’t the case anymore. The sensitivity range of the Exilim EX-V7 is ISO 64 to 1600 and I think the image quality is usable through the whole range. See the photo below of Lela at ISO 1600 or my Heathrow self-portrait for examples of the V7’s usability at its maximum sensitivity setting. Of course, image quality will be better if you keep the ISO settings low. But I don’t think we need to be afraid of ISO 800 or 1600 with Casio’s Exilim V7.
I don’t think Casio has the best image quality but I think they more than make up for it by designing super compact, wonderfully usable digital cameras with a great feature set. This camera lives up to that with a ton of exposure options, a really powerful 7x optical zoom lens, and sensor-shift image stabilization to ensure sharp photos in all kinds of conditions. And the much-improved high ISO performance combined with image stabilization means you can take much better pictures in low light – even without the flash. Put it all together and the Casio Exilim EX-V7 is a wonderfully powerful and usable camera that you can put in your pocket and take everywhere.
The Casio Exilim EX-V7 is a good digital camera for almost anyone. It makes a great pocket digital camera for a serious photographer or pro that knows and appreciates the manual controls. And beginners will like the compact size, big LCD, and simple, dependable auto exposure. It also makes a good all-purpose camera for those times when you want a camera that can do it all but you don’t want to pack an SLR and camera bag. The 7x optical zoom and wide sensitivity range make it a super flexible camera that is great for travel, family events, or taking out on the town.
The camera comes with
Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger
USB cable, Audio/Video cable
CD-ROM (OLYMPUS Master 2.0 Software)
7x optical zoom
Sensor Shift Anti Shake system
Manual exposure modes, including full manual
Very good Auto ISO
Good high sensitivity image quality
Very quick response
Tends to blow highlights
Cradle battery charger
No optical viewfinder
Minimal aperture settings