Casio Exilim EX-V7 Digital Camera, 7.2MP, 7x Internal Optical & 4x Digital Zoom, MPEG-4 H.264 Video Recording, 2.5" Super LCD Screen, Multi-Stabilization, Silver

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About Casio

The 7.2-megapixel EXILIM Hi-ZOOM EX-V7, is the most powerful zoom in the stylish EXILIM series of compact digital cameras. This new model is the world's slimmest digital camera with a 7X optical zoom lens*. Thinness is a defining quality in the EXILIM line, and the EX-V7 is no different as it easily fits in a shirt pocket or small purse.

In recent years, a number of compact, high-performance digital cameras have appeared on the market, but the trade-off between zoom power and camera size wasevident in those models. Users who wanted to capture subjects at a distance wereforced to buy bulkier cameras while other consumers sacrificed zoom for portability.

"The newest edition to the EXILIM line, the EX-V7, solves this problem, giving users the best of both worlds. It's an exceptionally portable, great-looking digital camera with a powerful zoom lens just what the world has been waiting for".

The camera also introduces an innovative function for reducing photo blur, made possible by Casio's mechanical CCD shift technology.

It also combines Casio's well-received Anti Shake DSP, which reduces blur due to shaky hands or amoving subject by using higher ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speeds, with new motion analysis technology that uses the most appropriate ISO sensitivity and shutter speed to capture a moving photo subject.

Even at high zoom settings,the EX-V7 reduces most occurrences of image blur. Everyone from first-time photographer s to seasoned professionals will love this latest photographic marvel from Casio.

Exclusive to the Casio EXILIM line of digital cameras in the U.S., is the eBay Best Shot mode. The eBay Best Shot mode is one of 33 Best Shot Modes featured in the EX-V7. eBay Best Shot takes photos at a size that is image optimized for display on eBay, allowing picture takers to more quickly and easily create photos for selling items on eBay.

eBay Best Shot mode also includes Auto Macro, an ideal setting for capturing images of small items such as jewelry, tags, etc., thus automatically adjusting the focus from acquiring fine details in close up shots to capturing large items from a distance. eBay Best Shot mode allows users to capture optimized images at an ideal size for eBay. For ease of use, eBay photos are stored in a special eBay directory.

(* As of January 8, 2007, for digital cameras with a zoom ratio of 7x or above. Based on a Casio survey)

Casio Features

  • The world's slimmest* digital camera with a 7X optical zoom lens, as stylish as any EXILIM
  • 2.35 high, 3.76 wide, and .99 thin (.82 at the thinnest part)
  • Incorporates a cutting-edge, non-protruding 7X internal optical zoom lens.
  • Offers 10X-equivalent zoom without loss of picture quality (in 3.0-megapixel mode)
  • Four blur reduction technologies with new CCD shift system
  • New CCD shift system actually mechanically compensates for camera shake
  • Automatically analyzes the velocity and vector of a moving subject and sets the most appropriate ISO sensitivity and shutter speed.
  • Anti Shake DSP reduces blur due to shaky hands and subject movement, using high shutter speeds and high sensitivity settings
  • Electronic camera shake compensation function eliminates blur when shooting in movie mode.
  • Newly designed EXILIM Engine 2.0 image processor
  • Tonal control lets users keep bright areas of the scene bright by limiting the occurrence of dark pixels.
  • Offers ability to selectively eliminate noise in designated color regions, such as the sky.
  • Boasts faster image processing functions that enable instantaneous color correction or angle adjustment.
  • High-quality movies using next-generation H.264 video encoding method
  • Creates movies at high compression ratios that save storage space
  • Records about 1.5 times longer, with the same capacity and same picture quality as conventional MPEG-4.** (** Casio comparison, at Normal picture quality setting.)
  • Silent lens motion enables optical zooming while recording movies in stereo sound.
  • Records 16:9 wide-aspect movies compatible with wide-screen TVs.

Casio Specifications

Image sensor / Pixels

Imaging Element 1/2.5-inch square pixel color CCD (total pixels: 7.41 million)
Effective Pixels: 7.20 million
Lens

Lens/Focal Distance: f/3.4 to 5.3, f=6.3 to 44.1mm (equivalent to approximately 38 to 266mm on a 35mm film camera)
12 lenses in 9 groups, including aspherical lens
Aperture: f/3.4/4.6/9.2 (*7); auto switching (*7: Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change.
f/9.2 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used.
Digital Zoom

7X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom (Image size: 3072x2304 pixels, 28X in combination with optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder
No
LCD Monitor
2.5-inch TFT color LCD, 230,400 pixels (960×240)
Autofocus method

Focusing: Contrast Detection Auto Focus,
Focus Modes: Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus AF Area: Spot, Multi or Tracking; with AF assist lamp
Focusing range

Auto Focus: 11.81"(*5) to Infinity
Macro: 3.94" to 15.75"(*5), Infinity Mode
Manual Focus: 3.94"(*5) to Infinity (*5: Range is affected by optical zoom).
Shutter speeds

CCD shutter, mechanical shutter
Program AE: 1/2 to 1/800 second (*6), Aperture Priority AE: 1 to 1/800 second (*6),
Shutter Speed Priority AE and Manual Exposure: 60 to 1/800 second (*6), (*6: Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene)
Exposure control method

Metering: Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure: Program AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Operating Speed: Power on to first shot: approximately 1.2 sec
Shutter release time lag: Approximately 0.008 second
Image playback: 0.1 second/image Shot to shot time: Approximately 1.0 seconds
High-speed continuous shutter & Rapid Flash: appx 3 frames per sec
Continuous shooting

Recording Functions: Still images; still images with audio (maximum around 30 seconds); macro; self-timer; continuous shutter (normal speed, high speed, rapidflash), BEST SHOT, movies with audio (Normal Movie, Short Movie, Past Movie, Movie BEST SHOT), voice recording
Self-timer
10 seconds or 2 seconds; Triple Self-timer
Sensitivity (equivalent film speed)

Still images: Auto (*8), ISO 64, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800
Movies: Auto (*8: Maximum sensitivity is ISO 1600 when High Sensitivity BEST SHOT scene is selected).
White balance
Auto WB, fixed (6 modes), manual
Built-in flash operating modes

Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Range: approx. .3' to 7.2' (W), approx. 3.3' to 4.6' (T)
Rapid Flash: approx. 1.3' to 6.9' (W), approx. 3.3'to 4.6' (T)
Storage media

Recording Media Built-in flash memory (image area: 11.6 MB), SDHC Memory Card / SD Memory Card / Multimedia Card compatible
Image recording format

Still images: JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: H.264/AVC, MOV format (Motion JPEG AVI format when the image quality setting is LP)
Image-quality modes
Fine / Normal / Economy
Resloution Modes

Still images: Still images: 3072×2304, 3072×2048 (3:2), 2560×1920, 2048×1536, 1600×1200, 640×480
Movie Recording
Movies: 848×480 (UHQ Wide/HQ Wide), 640×480 (UHQ/HQ/Normal), 320×240 (LP)
Audio

WAV (Stereo)
Microphone: Stereo
Speaker: Monaural
Interface

Input/Output Terminals: USB cradle connector, USB2.0 (Hi-Speed) compatible
Power Source

Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-50) ×1
Battery life: Approx. 240 still images (*9) (CIPA Standards)
Continuous playback: approx 6 hr. (still images)
Continuous recording: approx 1 hr. 40 min. (movie)
Continuous recording: approx 4 hr. 20 min. (voice recording) (*9: Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting
Dimensions

3.76" (W) x 2.35" (H) x 1.0" (D) (excluding projections, .82" at thinnest part)
Weight

Approximately 5.26 oz (excluding battery and accessories)
Timekeeping Functions: Date and time: Recorded with image data; Auto Calendar: To 2049 On-image time stamp function
World Time: 162 cities in 32 time zones, City name, date, time, summer time

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 2 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice little 7X zoom in a pocket camera

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from Georgetown, TX  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I just bought it before a trip to Hawaii. After 8 days, it's taken some good pictures. The 7X zoom is great. During movie recording the optical zoom works (not digital zoom like most cameras). At Full Zoom, you need full sunlight for it to come out clear. Great camera to take with when I don't want to take my Nikon D70s. The folded optics make sure the camera stays small - even when zoomed all the way.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding Camera - Ease of Use

By

from Manassas, VA  -  Casual user

This is an incomparable buy for an extraordinary compact camera. Picture quality is fantastic, and it's ease of use makes it ideal for people having little experience with digital cameras to the professional photographer. My wife is an avid quilter and uses the camera to photograph quilts to discern the technique and texture of material used in making various types on display at major quilt shows. It's just very convenient to carry because of its compact size, and its extensive capabilities make it indispensible. I like the Ex-V7 for many of the same reasons. It's great for taking panaramic shots and for detailed photos at the various civil war battlefields that I frequent. I don't have to lug an array of lenses to get the shot I want. I highly recommend the camera.

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