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Casio EXILIM EX-V7 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
A striking feature of the Casio Exilim EX-V7 is the body. Not only is it incredibly compact, it is also very solid. The camera is not really lightweight, it is actually heavier than you would expect. The advantage of this is that the camera is extra stable to handle. The disadvantage is that you may not put it in your pocket as easily. All in all the first encounter with the exterior of the Casio V7 makes you feel as if you have a quality machine in your hands.
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Casio Exilim EX-V7 - Camera lens
The front of the Casio Exilim V7 has a large, rectangle lens cover in the same colour as the rest of the body. When the lens is covered, you can hardly see that you have a camera in your hand. Only the stereo microphone and the AF light are visible. If you slide the cover sideways, the camera turns on and the small lens with built-in flash become visible. The lens does not move, all lens activity occur within the camera. The lens is also well protected from damage when this cover is closed, which is ideal when you have your camera in your inside pocket.

Casio Exilim V7 - Battery & Memory compartment
The top of the Casio V7 digital camera and its two sides are very simple in form. The shutter release button is the only thing on the top, and the only other protrusions are the eye for the camera strap on the right side, and a fine, smooth cover for the Lithium Ion battery and the memory card. Underneath the Casio Exilim EX-V7 compact camera is a universal metal tripod mount. Because the battery and memory card are loaded at the side of the camera, you do not have to remove the camera from the tripod in order to remove or replace them, if you were to use a tripod with this type of compact camera in the first place.
Casio Exilim V7 - Selection dial & Four-way switch
More buttons are found on the back of the camera. First of all, there is a large 2.5 inch screen. There is hardly any room for a larger screen. On the right there is a vertical slide which operates the optical zoom. This button could have been a bit more obvious, in any case with a higher ledge. My finger slipped off the button now and then. On the far right of the Casio V7 is a selection dial with different lighting programmes. The common four-way switch for diverse functions, with the SET button in the middle, is in the bottom-right corner. The final two buttons are the review button and the menu button.

Casio Exilim EX-V7 digital camera - Menu
The Casio Exilim V7 does not have many buttons. This makes the setup clear and does not distract you from the photography at hand. I must say this pleases me. On the one hand you are forced to spend more time getting to know the menu because the majority of options are found there, but on the other hand you buy a camera such as the Casio Exilim EX-V7 because it is easy-to-use, a concept which perfectly describes this camera.
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