|Casio Exilim V7 digital camera review : The name Casio makes most people think of watches and calculators, as opposed to cameras. However, this brand has been actively introducing diverse models since the beginning of digital photography. Indeed, Casio was a pioneer in digital photography and has held a large share of the market since the beginning, when the big traditional camera manufacturers still had to start. In the following years, Casio often introduced very good and unique digital cameras. When the famous photography brands Canon and Nikon arrived on the scene with their digital compact cameras, Casio’s market share declined enormously. In the following years it was evident that the German market share was the highest in Europe, but this was only a couple of percentages more than for example the Dutch or US share. What the ratios are now is not completely clear, but I can imagine that there have not been grand changes.
Casio Exilim EX-V7 - 7x Optical zoom
Casio is trying to increase its market share by introducing the new series Exilim cameras, and I must say that Casio has managed to, as always, introduce something innovative or at least unique. This is also the case with the outstanding Casio Exilim EX-V7 compact camera. To start with, the Casio EX-V7 is a slim camera, but most remarkably, it has an incredible zoom range for such a compact camera. It has a 7x optical zoom, which is equivalent to a 38 to 266 mm zoom. And that in such a compact model! To prevent movement blur, the Casio EX-V7 has a built-in image stabiliser; the image sensor can shift. On top of that, the camera has an Anti Shake DSP, so that as soon as the camera detects movement in the subject, it searches for the ideal ISO rate and shutter speed.
Casio V7 digital camera - Autotracking AF
The Casio Exilim V7 is a middle range digital compact camera with its 7 million pixels. This is more than enough for everyday photography, in fact, it is a standard resolution. The Casio Exilim EX-V7 has Casio’s newest processor, the Exilim Engine 2.0. This processor provides the camera with Autotracking AF, so that the autofocus follows the subject’s movement, controls for clarity so that dark photos are prevented, and controls for colour aberrations. Furthermore, colours can be corrected directly and placed in perspective. The processor is a valuable application, indeed.
Casio Exilim V7 compact camera - Design
Casio has managed to pack all these things into an ultra compact camera. The slimmest point of the camera is only 20.8 mm. The maximum dimensions are only 59.8 x 95.5 x 25.1 mm. It is a real compact camera, but it is solidly built, with a lot of metal in the body. The Casio Exilim EX-V7 is the first Casio that does not have an extendable lens. Thanks to the special lens construction, whereby light is led around a corner, they have managed to equip the camera with 7x optical zoom.
Casio Exilim EX V7 camera review
On paper the Casio is a very interesting camera. It took awhile before an actual sample was available for extensive testing, but we have had the Casio Exilim EX-V7 camera for an extended period of time in our test lab, and outside, to see if its specifications would hold up in practice. Our findings can be read in the next Casio Exilim EX-V7 digital camera review.
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"We have had the Casio Exilim EX-V7 compact camera at our office for a long time, and we have made a lot of test shots in Amsterdam, among others." Continue to view our Casio Exilim EX-V7 test photos.