The 7.2-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-V7 packs a 7x optical zoom and anti-shake technology into a slimline body.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

80%

Casio EXILIM EX-V7

Overall score:80%
Features:90%
Value:70%
Performance:85%
Image Quality:70%
Design:85%

Pros:

  • Design, menu system.

Cons:

  • Image quality, price.

Product:

Casio EXILIM EX-V7

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£300

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7x Optical Zoom 

Casio’s Exilim EX-V7 boasts the first non-protruding 7x optical zoom lens seen in a digital compact. But is this world-first a success, or have sacrifices been made in the pursuit of headline-grabbing innovation?

Features and Specifications

The 7-megapixel EX-V7 possesses an impressive specification. Alongside its 7x optical zoom (38-266mm equivalent) and Super Bright 2.5in LCD lie Program, Shutter, Aperture and Manual exposure controls. CCD shift image stabilisation is present, along with a maximum ISO of 800 and auto-tracking AF to, in theory, create sharp images in difficult circumstances.

Design and Performance

The design of the EX-V7 is sleek and stylish. Available in both black and silver, smooth lines are maintained throughout the surprisingly compact chassis, considering the strong zoom. Power is controlled via the sliding lens cover, with the mode dials and camera controls highlighted in a silver finish.

Navigation of the menu system and access to the camera functions is simple and prompt and image capture is quick, as is reviewing images, with high-speed image playback capable of scrolling through 100 images in just ten seconds.

Image Quality

The internal zoom can probably be blamed for much of the EX-V7’s poor image quality. The lens suffers from barrel distortion at the wide end of the zoom, fringing is evident and noise is noticeable at ISO 200, becoming unbearable at the maximum ISO 800. The white balance is inconsistent and images are constantly hampered by the sensor’s inability to resolve fine detail. Exposures are generally fine, though.

Verdict

The feature-laden EX-V7 impresses in design and use, but is let down by poor image quality.

Full Specification

Power:
Li-ion
Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Memory Card:
SD / SDHC / MMC / MMCplus
Flash Modes:
5

ISO Range:
Auto, ISO 64, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800
White Balance:
Auto; Fixed (6 modes); Manual

Metering System:
Multi-pattern, centre weighted, spot
Exposure Modes:
Program AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual Exposure

File Formats:
JPEG
Shutter Speeds:
Program AE: 1/8 to 1/2000 sec

LCD:
Super Bright 2.5″ digital TFT colour LCD; 230,400 pixels (960×240)
Lens:
f=6.3(W) to 44.1(T) mm (equivalent to approx. 38 to 266mm in 35mm format)

Sensor:
7MP
Dimensions:
Refer to manufacturers website

Weight:
Refer to manufacturers website
Other:
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