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Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
The Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1 is the opposite of the ultra-compact EXILIM Card cameras when it comes to size. Of course, the Casio F1 is based on an entirely different concept. The design looks like the Megazoom Lumix cameras of the Panasonic stable, as I mentioned before. A clear handgrip and the heavier weight form a combination that gives the camera excellent stability and a fine hand-fit. The camera has a robust appearance and is very much present.
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Casio F1 offers 12x optical zoom
When looking at the camera, the large lens with a 12x optical zoom range (36-432 mm equivalent to a 35 mm camera) and a bright of f/2.7-f4.6, dominates the front. The maximum aperture of f/2.7 is fairly bright and the f/4.6 telephoto is really quite nice. The ring around the lens is something special. At first it lets you believe it's a standard zoom ring, but Casio has turned it into a so-called function ring. Besides zooming, you can assign more functions to the ring. A very simple but well thought-out idea.

Camera buttons around the lens
Next to the lens, a LED is placed which serves as indicator for the self-timer and auto focus assist light. On both sides of the lens a small stereo microphone is situated. The side of the lens has extra room for a number of functions, such as focus mode (AF/MF), backlight correction and AE-L/AF-L. It's always a matter of trying to find the right button but some practice will help to find the functions blind-folded in no-time.

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Symbols on the Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1
On top of the camera, the large built-in flash with hot shoe stands out. On the right we find a twosome obvious setting dials. One aims at the various high-speed functions of the camera, whilst the other offers the familiar S/A/M setting possibilities. I have to admit that both buttons seem to be unclear at first. The S/A/M symbols are familiar of course, but trying to find out the meaning of the symbols used on the first dial makes you want to resort to the manual. While working on this review, coincidentally CIPA published a manual in which the meaning and graphic guide lines of the symbols are explained. Casio also cooperated to the graphic guide lines. However, the symbols used for the Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1 are not (yet) included, which means they have a deviated meaning and this matches with the unique features the camera offers. The remaining buttons are the on/off switch, the zoom button and the shutter release button.
SD & SDHC memory card support
The memory compartment is found on one side of the Casio EXILIM F1 camera and can hold an SD format memory card. The camera supports Secure Digital and SDHC (SD High Capacity) so that capacities higher than 4GB also belong to the possibilities. SDHC seems to become a standard memory card for cameras that either require high capacity storage or practise high resolution photography, or need to store large amounts of data for video storage. SDHC memory cards are available up to and including 32GB. The opposite side of the camera contains several interfaces. Besides the well-known USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, the Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1 features an A/V interface and an A/C power adaptor. In addition, the camera is equipped with an HDMI interface to fully support the Full HD Movie function.

Casio EX-F1 features a 2.8" TFT monitor
The back of the Casio EXILIM EX-F1 camera features a 2.8 inch wide screen TFT monitor with a resolution of approximately 230,000 pixels. It's rather odd to see that Casio still sticks to the 14:9 format instead of switching to the 16:9 format for reproduction. And it would have been great if Casio had applied a vari-angle/fold-out monitor, although the camera might have become too big. Above the monitor we find the electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 200,000 pixels and a coverage that is rather scanty; less than 80%.

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To the right of the monitor, various buttons are placed; among which the well-known multi-control button. All the buttons are found in a logical spot, which adds to the ergonomics of the camera. If you have used a Megazoom camera before, or still do, you will not find many new items, with the exception of the deviating pictograms on the first setting dial on top of the camera. Still: it's only a matter of getting used to.

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