|Casio V7 - Aperture & Shutter speed options
The Casio Exilim EX-V7 digital compact camera can be operated fully automatically, but you can also choose aperture and shutter speed options, and fully manual metering is even one of the possibilities. Do not expect too much of this, however, the number of stops is very limited. And the shutter speed options do not allow you to choose your own ISO rate. This is undoubtedly due to the limited amount of stops. Still, I see its advantages, and therefore this camera is a great precursor for the real creative work.
Casio Exilim EX-V7 - Best Shot programs
Next to the common program features, there are an additional 33 Best Shot modes. These are essentially fully automatic programs that you can choose depending on the subject or situation. Within these Best Shot positions you can also choose an ISO rate of 1600. Not that you would want to, because this level of sensitivity is apparently not functional. It is too bad that Casio has fallen for the marketing game and has been seduced into including the high ISO rate as a programmable option. In almost every compact camera, we are faced with high noise levels for ISO 800 and higher. We will talk about this more later. The video option is very functional; you can make beautiful films with the Casio Exilim EX-V7, and even zooming in and out while filming is possible.
Casio Exilim V7 - ISO settings
With full resolution you can opt for a sensitivity between ISO 64 and ISO 800. Up until ISO 200 is fine, but at ISO 400 you will already see an increase in noise, and detail will be lost due to the internal noise suppression. At ISO 800 you will hardly have a usable image at all. There is too much noise and all the details are lost, which is too bad. It is smart not to go above ISO 400, but then you might have to use a flash. The flash does not have a very powerful range, it just cannot extend far enough, and because the flash is so close to the lens, you will experience red-eye very quickly.
|Casio Exilim EX-V7 - Shifting sensor
Luckily the Casio Exilim camera has a shifting sensor which can prevent camera shake. It works pretty well, but there are better systems on the market. It is not easy to make a good system with such a small structure. You will notice that the optical quality is sacrificed due to this. In the wide-angle position, the lens works quite well, but at telephoto it is only average. The photos miss that perfect sharpness, they are a little vague. I have only witnessed chromatic aberration in high contrast situations, and with back lighting you can see overexposure, but certainly not more than you should expect in such a structure. With low contrast, the brighter objects are washed out, but this not only unique for the Casio V7. Almost all digital compact cameras have a rather limited dynamic range, so that concessions must be made.
Casio V7 - Colour reproduction & Contrast
The colour reproduction is very pleasing. It is very subdued and certainly not as saturated as many other compact cameras. A disadvantage of this is that it appears to be less sharp, but that is just an optical illusion. The colours are actually quite natural. The contrast is also not outstandingly high, but actually a bit on the low side. Personally I do not mind that so much. You can always increase or decrease the contrast afterwards. The end result is good and offers room to adjust it according to personal taste with editing software.
Casio Exilim V7 - Perspective correction
What is unique is the possibility to make corrections afterwards with the Casio EX-V7. One of these is the perspective correction. We know this function from other models and it works amazingly well. Just like Nikon, the EX-V7 allows you to correct the dynamic range. You can do this both before and after capturing the image. In fact this is the same as the D-lighting, only a little subtler.