Casio Exilim EX-V7

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Casio EX-V7 is a sleek and stylish point-and-shoot digital camera featuring 7.2 million effective pixels, 7x optical zoom lens with a new CCD shift system, and a 2.5-inch TFT LCD screen. The Casio EX-V7 is measuring in only at 59.8 mm high, 95.5 mm wide, and 25.1 mm thin (20.8 mm at the thinnest part), weighing 149 g and it’s running on Li-ion battery. he camera will retail for US $199.99 (MSRP). (Full Specs)

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Casio Exilim EX-V7 Reviews reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“The EX-V7’s speed was respectable, with an average of half a second shutter lag and a mere 1.5 seconds between typical shots. This increased if the flash was used. In continuous mode, the Casio struggled with a distinctly average 1.4 seconds between shots.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Megapixel reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“Overall, the camera’s image quality was average for its class, with some loss of detail and mild exposure issues. Color and flash quality were rated as Good, but image quality garnered only a Fair rating in Macworld Lab tests. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Megapixel reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“The Exilim EX-V7 is yet another innovative camera from Casio. Very compact, it manages to offer a better than average zoom with CCD stabilization, a large resolution and even offers movie modes with stereo sound. The EX-V7 is generally simple to use — albeit too many of its functions depend on the menu, slowing down the selection of settings — and is responsive to both the shutter release and its other external controls.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“It has an excellent body, good autofocus; it is pleasant to operate and has a very clear layout….At ISO 400 the image quality is reduced, and you are best to avoid ISO 800. The built-in flash is somewhat disappointing, its effective range is limited and delivers underexposed shots when you do not take the distance with the subject in consideration.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DevHardware reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“I like this camera a lot, mainly because of its small size and great features. This is a perfect camera to take on vacation, or any other place where a pocket camera is best suited. The 7x optical zoom is great; it is supported by the image stabilization system which is average at best. The 7.2 megapixel CCD is also great to have, as well as the 2.5 inch LCD screen which is bright and has a high resolution.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“In our speed tests, the EX-V7 did quite well. It exhibited 0.08 seconds of shutter lag and a very speedy 1.2 seconds from power up until first shot…Casio’s Exilim EX-V7 is a decent, but not outstanding compact camera. It comes with a large 7x optical zoom and manual features, both of which are great inclusions, but its image quality does have some issues.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyReview reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“I like Casio digital cameras. I don’t think they have the best image quality but I think they more than make up for it by designing super compact, wonderfully usable digital cameras with a great feature set… the Casio Exilim EX-V7 is a wonderfully powerful and usable camera that you can put in your pocket and take everywhere.”
Rating: N/A

ePhotozine reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“ISO64 shows good colour rendition on the petals, which doesn’t change throughout the stages, and lack of noise as to be expected at that rating. ISO100 also lacks noise and ISO200 only has a scraping. ISO400 starts to break down and ISO800 is horrible which is a shame as that is what most of the zoom pictures will be set to if indoors or using the zoom.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ComputerActive reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“Good points: Simple to use and quick to operate, Attractive pocket sized dimensions and reassuringly weighty feel, World’s slimmest camera to boast a 7x optical zoom range, Nicely vivid colours. Bad points: Some softness at the extreme ends of the zoom, No memory card supplied. Overall: Want a big zoom range but not a camera the size of a house brick? Then Casio’s EX-V7 has got to be one of the top contenders, even if there’s otherwise not much on board that we haven’t seen before.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“Casio’s compacts have in the past suffered badly from the bugbear of image noise and, as expected, this starts to creep in from ISO 400, though even at maximum selectable ISO 800 setting it doesn’t ruin the shot. In fact I’d go so far as to say the Casio EX-V7 has a better grip on it than previous Exilim generations…Panasonic’s more traditionally styled DMC-TZ3 is currently a better bet. But then that doesn’t have the Casio EX-V7’s svelte looks or compactness, which inevitably still count for the lion’s share when it comes to most consumers making that all important purchasing decision. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“The Casio Exilim EX-V7 offers a tremendous amount of features in a small compact package while continuing the tradition of a durable, lightweight model that can be tucked away just about anywhere, while still capturing great photos and offering outstanding performance. It has loads of user-friendly exposure modes, and with an MSRP of around $399, we feel it offers a good value. The camera itself is a pleasure to use; it’s fast, is feature-packed, easy to use, has very reliable exposure, and an excellent movie mode. The decision is yours.”
Rating: N/A

ThinkCamera reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“The EXILIM EX-7 is a lovely compact it looks great (it’s available in black as well as silver) and it’s positively jam packed with features and the sliding panel makes it very very fast to operate. The LCD is lovely and bright and the quality of the zoom is astounding but the results were good, although noisy at the higher ISOs…The flash is ok but as with most compacts you’re liable to get hot spots. The best shots feature is a winner as there are so many options.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCMag reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“During my hands-on testing, daylight shots contained some noise, and the flash revealed a bit more colored noise than I’d like to see. Color was accurate and vibrant, though. I did see a smidgen of noticeable purple fringing in my test images. Still, the dynamic range was quite good, with strong contrast that didn’t block up details. In my flash test shots, I found that the Exilim’s strobe delivered just the right amount of illumination without blowing out the images. You could also adjust the flash, which comes in handy when the lens is zoomed in all the way…Although there were a few issues with the Casio Exilim EX-V7, this versatile ultracompact point-and-shoot definitely ups the feature-set ante for cameras its size. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

InfoSync reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“The Casio Exilim EX-V7 is a nice compact, and certainly has the best optical zoom we’ve seen on such a small camera, but we’re wondering if the zoom makes the camera a worthwhile pick. Even with image stabilization, which caused a degradation in quality, holding a 7X zoom steady practically requires a tripod, and for the extra bulk, you’d be better off with a larger camera, and a higher-quality lens. Images were good, but not fantastic, and some color problems around bright edges added to the problematic noise issues. We also had some control issues, thanks to a dial that liked to spin on its own. Still, video quality was above average, and the battery life was also good. In the end, the deal-breaker for us would be the required docking station, just another thing to forget on the road.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DigitalReviews has a preview of the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“The Good: I love the form factor and the extra zoom possibilities.
I appreciate the high-quality built and sensor-shift image stabilization. The Bad: Picture quality, particularly at zoom levels, must be improved. Did I say it was heavy? Conclusion: The Casio EX-V7 is a powerful digicam, structured around a unique zoom system. It’s clearly designed for people who love to have the latest in the point-and-shoot market. It’s a pity that the picture quality doesn’t quite match up with the expectations one should have from this top of the range Casio model. Having said that, most people in this market will be quite happy with the overall quality and feature-set of this camera. You know you’ll have a sturdy camera and access to a high powered zoom. And it is a great looking camera.”
Rating: N/A

PopPhoto reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“Like many manufacturers, Casio has chosen to up the mega-pixel count and consider the image degradation issues as an afterthought. Unfortunately, the EX-V7 is quite noisy. Even at low ISO speeds, I can enlarge the full resolution image to 200 percent and see what I can only describe as “Noise blobs” throughout the image…With all things outside of image quality considered, I’d give the Casio an easy “A.” I like the zoom ability while shooting video, the redundant anti-shake technology, the much improved zoom magnification and the innovative approach to the various scenes in the camera. But, if the image quality is thrown into that mix, the camera earns only an average “C.” And when you consider that for only $100 or so more you can get a DSLR with a lens, the Casio then starts to fade off into the forgotten.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“We were impressed with the Casio’s video capabilities. In all but its lowest quality mode, the EX-V7 uses H.264 encoding for video clips up to 848×480 pixel resolution in wide mode, or 640×480 pixels in 4:3 aspect ratio. The video we recorded was slightly better than we’re used to from a still camera, and Casio even includes stereo microphones on the front of the camera…The bottom line: Casio tries to make a statement with the EX-V7’s 7x optical zoom and sensor-shift image stabilization, but awkward controls and ho-hum image quality make this camera merely mediocre.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

KenRockwell reviews the Casio Exilim EX-V7 and writes;
“The lens is great! In spite of it’s tiny size, it’s sharp and works great if you don’t mind some easily correctable distortion. Images in the default settings are much duller than I prefer. I pump up the contrast and saturation to +2 for the things I shoot. For people, leave it alone. The contrast and other settings apply to both still and video images. Image quality is fairly typical for a compact camera. Images are reasonably smooth with sharp details and edges, but the noise reduction that gives smoothness to flat areas also smudges over textures and delicate details.”
Rating: N/A

DigitalCameraInfo have a preview of the Casio Exilim EX-V7 where they write;
“The lens stays within the camera body at all times, which makes it sturdy and portable. But the zoom lens doesn’t provide nice, sharp pictures. The soft lens is helped by the optical image stabilization system but hindered by the ineffective auto focus system…Likes: Super Bright LCD, Vertical zoom control, Very portable, Stereo audio, True image stabilization, Editing in playback. Dislikes: Weak flash, f/3.4 maximum aperture, Long lists in the menu, Fastest shutter speed is, 1/800, Widest aperture is f/3.4, Lots of blurry pictures”
Rating: N/A

Casio Exilim EX-V7 Samples

Casio Exilim EX-V7 Sample Macro @ Megapixel
Casio Exilim EX-V7 Sample Macro @ LetsGoDigital
Casio Exilim EX-V7 Sample Macro @ PhotographyReview
Casio Exilim EX-V7 Sample Macro @ ePhotozine
Casio Exilim EX-V7 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Casio Exilim EX-V7 Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
– Casio Exilim EX-V7 Sample Photos: 1, 2 & 3 @ KenRockwell

Casio Exilim EX-V7 User Manuals (PDF)

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Casio Exilim EX-V7 Press Release

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 8, 2007 – Casio, Inc. and its parent company Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of the 7.2-megapixel EXILIM Hi-ZOOM EX-V7, 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 was evident in those models. Users who wanted to capture subjects at a distance were forced to buy bulkier cameras while other consumers sacrificed zoom for portability.

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