|You don’t have to be an expert in digital photography to be able to use the Casio EX-V7. Everything will be self-evident. I just unpacked the camera, placed the Lithium Ion battery and memory card into the Casio Exilim EX-V7, and started shooting right away. I would not expect anything else from an automatic compact camera. However, the menu has limited language options, so the photographer will not always find his or her own language. This is an area Casio can pay more attention to, because the consumer would prefer the manual to such a technical device in his or her language of choice. |
|Casio EX-V7 - Fast digital camera
I was pleasantly surprised by the speed with which the Casio Exilim EX-V7 starts up. This is partly because there is no lens that needs to protrude from the camera. To start so quickly with a compact camera is still quite surprising. The Casio V7 camera is relatively comfortable to handle. Normally it is hard to figure out where to put your hands with such a small camera. I personally had trouble with holding my finger in front of the lens, which is positioned in the corner of the camera, so that I did not always notice it while I was shooting. It will just take some getting used to.
Casio Exilim EX-V7 - LCD monitor
Like most Casio cameras, the LCD screen on the back of the camera is of excellent quality. The viewable area is nice and wide, so that the camera can be held above your head without a problem. Reviewing the photos with more people at a time is also not a problem. The information displayed on the monitor is quite complete. By pressing DISP several times, you can change which information is displayed. This includes a live histogram, and even the RGB values are shown, which is an incredible luxury for a compact camera.
Casio Exilim V7 - Focussing
When you press the shutter release button halfway, the Casio Exilim V7 will start to focus. Just the like the start up of the camera, the focusing is remarkably fast. You can work quickly, which increases photographic enjoyment. The Casio can also focus fairly well in difficult situations, but the camera does run into trouble quickly. The AF light offers some help. It is a bit bothersome that a bright light precedes it. And this does nothing for the Casio Exilim EX-V7’s speed.
|It does make sure that the results are in focus though. The zoom button took a little getting used to, because it is positioned quite unusually, in the middle of the camera.
Casio Exilim V7 camera - Menu
It is convenient that you can assign a function for each of the two directions of the four-way switch. This way you can find the white balance and sensitivity from either direction. For most of the functions, you will have to go to the menu, however. The menu is set up very well. It is easy to read and clearly laid-out, which I would like to see more frequently. It is also handy that you can split the screen in two to add a live view. This way you can modify functions such as the white balance and see what the results will be in your image directly.
Casio Exilim V7 - RGB histogram
The large format display of 2.5 inches offers enough space for plenty of information. Via the DISP button you choose different display forms; a standard display which only shows the AF frame, one in which the AF frame, date and time, battery status, resolution and compression, number of images and programme mode are shown, and one which adds the RGB histogram. The RGB histogram shows the brightness of the image as well as information about the red (R), green (G), and blue (B) channels, which determine whether there are too few or too many of each colour component in the image. By doing a lighting compensation you can adjust the brightness of the image. The grid function is also handy, which divides the image into nine squares, to help with the horizontal and vertical alignment in an image.