|The Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1 certainly is not a camera to carry with you every day. It's a camera that you take out for the purpose of photographing, or in the case of the Casio EXILIM F1, of capturing motion videos. We are usually not easily impressed by the movie-capturing functions of a digital photo camera. And although a number of manufacturers have adopted High Definition, the first results are still very limited in relation to the quality. However, the Casio EXILIM EX-F1 has taken the first real important step towards video. Although it does not yet compare to a Full HD camcorder, it is definitely a start. We consider the EXILIM F1 a hybrid camera between picture and video.|
|Setting options on the Casio Exilim Pro F1
When we examine the operation of the Casio EXILIM EX-F1, we find many available options and possibilities. Casio stuck to the so-called BS mode that contains many different preset scenes. This mode lets you shoot in a creative way without having to abandon the automatic path. You can use the Casio F1 as an auto snapshot camera, however; in that case you wrong the camera. The general expectation is that somebody going for this camera will dive deeper into photo matters. The setting possibilities offered by S/A/M will satisfy most users. The camera's menu looks well-organized and the multi-control button on the back of the camera makes navigating a child's play.
Casio Exilim F1 with 12x optical zoom range
The optical zoom range of 12x offers sufficient freedom to the photographer to be able to shoot freely. Although a large part of the Megazoom cameras are equipped with 18 and even 20x optical zoom lenses, the focal range of 432 mm is still very decent. Moreover, tests of, for example, the 20x zoom lenses show that at this time and moment many concessions have to be made when it comes to quality. Photographing is very pleasant with a range of 12x in combination with an optical stabilizer. A small minus is the somewhat slow response time when zooming; although it is possible to frame precisely, the speed is a downer.
|6 Megapixel resolution Casio Pro EX-F1
The 6 Megapixels of the camera seem to be shortcoming compared to those of the competition. However; we have always claimed that 6 Megapixels suffice to work photo realistic, and therefore we are the last to complain about it. It's not a problem. Casio thankfully included RAW format and support both JPEG as well as RAW. The RAW format is the DNG type so that the photographer is able to use his/her Adobe program to do the editing.
Casio F1 equipped with electronic viewfinder
In addition to the 2.8 inch format screen, the Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1 is equipped with a so-called electronic viewfinder (EVF). Personally I have never cared much for these substitutes for optical viewfinders, although the last generation EVFs has undergone obvious improvements. The EVF Casio applied does not appeal to me for frequent use. You can set the clearness of the viewfinder through the menu but still I don't find it a success. The LCD monitor in itself is of fine quality. It's a pity though that Casio did not opt to apply a vari-angle folding-out monitor which would, no doubt, have added a surplus value to the camera, in my opinion.