Casio EX-F1 Review
Features and Controls
The contrast detection autofocus system has options for Spot AF, Free AF, or Tracking. Focus mode include Auto, Macro, Infinity, and Manual. As mentioned above, you can enable the Function Ring on the lens to control the Manual focus option. The F1 also offers an AF-assist Illuminator to aid in accurate focusing in low light conditions.
The auto focus working range is:
The built-in flash has modes for Auto, Off, On, Red Eye reduction and External flash (when using an optional unit). The working range
is approx. 1.64 - 21.98 feet (W), approx. 3.61 - 12.80 feet (T) with ISO set to Auto. Located above the flash lamp is the REC Light. This light will help illuminate your subjects when shooting in dim lighting; much like a media light on a video camera.
The EX-F1 also offers a flash hot shoe for connecting external flash units. It does not offer TTL control. Once you attach a flash unit, you'll need to turn on the external unit, and then set it up for the F1's aperture, zoom, and sensitivity values.
Controls on the grip: At the top you can see the shutter release with the main zoom controls mounted around it. They also act as the Index and Magnify options in playback mode. Next is the Power on/off button. To the left is the Continuous Shutter (CS) dial with positions for Flash Continuous (max. 7fps), Prerecord (Still Image) Continuous, High-Speed Continuous (max. 60fps), Normal Single exposure mode, Slow Motion View, and Bracketing (AE, WB or AF). To the right is the Mode dial, with positions for BestShot (BS) scene, Snapshot (Program AE), Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, and full Manual modes. You can also see the built in speaker above the CS dial.
The EVF (Electronic ViewFinder) is simple a tiny 0.2-inch LCD screen mounted in a magnified eye piece. This unit offers 201K pixels of resolution and can display all of the same exposure info and menus as the main LCD on the back. It offers a nice rubber eye cup as well as a dioptric adjustment for those who wear glasses.
On the back is a 2.8-inch, wide-format LCD monitor with 230K pixels of resolution. At the top right you can see the Movie mode shutter release with the Movie mode switch mounted around it. This allows you to quickly jump between STD (Standard Definition), HD (High Definition) or HS (High-Speed) modes. Next
are the Playback and Record mode buttons. The EVF/LCD button switches the live image between the displays, while the DISPlay button controls the amount of overlay information on the screen for either display. The Menu button calls up and dismisses the menu system. Next we have the 4-way controller with the Command dial mounted around it. Pressing the 4-way controller is used to navigate menu screens or select images for playback. Pressing "Up" displays the onscreen Function menu, which allows you to quickly change various settings (ISO, Flash mode, WB, Metering, etc.) Press it "Down" to jump to the Flash option or delete an image during Playback. The Command dial is used to adjust the aperture and shutter speed values in A/S/M modes. It also lets you quickly scroll though the menus system and stored images.
On the left hand side of the camera are the I/O ports. At the Top is the DC 9V in port.
The HDMI port lets you connect the F1 to your HDTV set for the ultimate HD experience. It requires the purchase of an optional HDMI cable.
The USB/AV port handles both the USB 2.0 (High-speed) connectivity to your PC/Mac or PictBridge compatible printer as well as the standard RCA type video output (NTSC or PAL modes).
Lastly, we have a Microphone input port for connecting an external microphone for use while recoding video.
The F1 has ~31.9 megabytes of internal memory for saving images and movie clips. It supports use of SD, SDHC, MMC, and MMC Plus
memory cards via the expansion slot on the right side (shown above). Image data can be copied to/from internal memory and a flash card via the Playback
menu. Shown here with a speedy OCZ Class 6 4GB SDHC card.
Still Image Storage
The EX-F1 is powered by a large NP-100 7.4V 1950mAh Lithium-ion battery pack that is charged in the included AC charger. Casio claims a battery life of up to 520 still images or 8 hours of continuous playback of still images (using CIPA Standards).
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