Casio EX-F1 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-F1





Record Modes


(Note: Please excuse the quality of some screen captures, the EX-F1 does not have video out when in record mode. Therefore, we had to photograph the LCD to capture these screen shots.)



Casio Exilim EX-F1


Program record mode is fully automatic, however you have access to all finds of camera settings. Along the right hand side of the frame are icons for Image size/quality, Flash mode, ISO, White balance, EV compensation, Metering, AF area, REC light, and the Time. This "Panel" is actually a shortcut menu. Pressing up on the 4-way controller allows you to toggle settings. There are also icons indicating that Anti-Shake and Face Detection AF are enabled, Movie mode is set to STD (Standard), we are using single drive mode, zoom is at 36mm, and the battery level is full.



Casio Exilim EX-F1


When you half-press the shutter release, focus is acquired and the AF marks will show the intended area of focus.



Casio Exilim EX-F1


Here you can see the "Panel" shortcut menu. The available items will change depending on the still and movie modes that are chosen. This is a handy menu that allows you to quickly make changes to common camera settings.



Casio Exilim EX-F1


In Aperture priority mode you select the aperture value (from F2.7 to F13.1, depending on zoom position) and the camera will automatically select the proper shutter speed. Selecting the aperture allows you to control depth of field (range of focus), smaller numbers yield less depth of field, larger numbers yield more.



Casio Exilim EX-F1


In Shutter-speed priority mode, you select the shutter speed (from 1/40000 to 60 seconds) and the camera automatically selects the proper aperture value. Faster shutter speeds will "freeze" fast-moving subjects, while slower speeds will let you pan with a fast-moving object and blur the background, or capture flowing water or low-light subjects.



Casio Exilim EX-F1


In Manual record mode, you have the ability to manually sets both the shutter speed and aperture values. These values are changed by either using the 4-way controller's "Left" and "Right" buttons or rotating the control dial that is mounted around the 4-way. Pressing the "SET" button will jump the control from shutter speed to aperture, and visa versa.


Casio Exilim EX-F1


Rotate the Mode dial to the "BS" position to select a Scene mode. Using the Zoom control will call up a brief description (details) of the exposure mode.
  • Best Shot "scene" modes include:
      Portrait, Scenery, Portrait with Scenery, Children, Sports, Candlelight Portrait, Party, Pet, Flower, Natural Green, Autumn Leaves, Soft Flowing Water, Splashing Water, Sundown, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food, Text, Collection, For eBay, Backlight, Anti Shake, Digital Panning, Move Out CS, Move In CS, For YouTube, and Register (custom build your own BS mode)




Casio Exilim EX-F1


Menu tab:
    Self Timer - 10 sec, 2 Sec, x3, Off
    AF Assist Light - On, Off
    Anti Shake - Auto, Camera AS, Image AS, Demo, Off
    Face Detection - On or Off
    AF Area - Spot, Multi, Tracking
    Continuous AF - On or Off
    AE/AF Lock - AE Lock, AF Lock, AE/AF Lock
    AE Bracketing - Set number of shots (3 or 5) and exposure steps
    WB Bracketing - Set number of shots (3 or 5) and degree of WB change
    Focus Bracketing - Set number of shots (3 or 5) and range of focus
    Ring Setup - Choose what function the zoom ring serves (Zoom, CS fps, Focus, or Off)
    Save CS Image - Continuous Shooting: Always ask, Select and Save, Normal (Batch)
    Digital Zoom - On or Off
    Quick Shutter - On or Off
    Review - On or Off
    Grid - On or Off
    Memory - Remembers the settings for the next time you start the camera


Casio Exilim EX-F1


Quality tab:

    Still Image Quality - Fine, Normal, Economy
    HD Movie Quality - FHD (Full HD) or HD
    HS Movie Quality - High-Speed Movies: 300 - 1200fps or auto 30-300fps
    Dynamic Range - Expand +1 or +2, Off
    Flash Intensity - ±2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
    Flash Assist - Auto or Off
    Color Filter - Off, B/W, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink, or Purple
    Sharpness +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Saturation +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Contrast +2, +1, 0, -1, -2




Casio Exilim EX-F1


The F1 features the fastest Burst capture rate at full resolution we have seen thus far (9/2008). Here you can see the High-Speed Burst mode screen. It allows you to capture images at up to 60fps, without having to decrease the image size.




Casio Exilim EX-F1


This model also offers various mode recording options. To record a movie, there's even a separate dedicated movie mode shutter release. The switch mounted around it allows you to choose from three modes (STD (Standard Definition,640�--480 at 30 fps), HD (FHD 1920x1080 at 60fps or HD 1280x720 at 30fps), or HS (High-speed: 512x384 at 30-300, 432x192 at 600fps, or 336x96 at 1200fps). The F1's built-in Anti-Shake system, is also available while recoding movies. Audio is recorded with Stereo sound thanks to the two microphones on each side of the lens (STD/HD/FHD modes only, HS does not record audio). You can also attach a larger external microphone via the hot shoe and audio input on the side.

Unlike most cameras that record audio, the F1 allows you to use the zoom while recording. It does so very slowly, which help decrease the amount of noise you hear from the zoom motor as well as give the AF system time to adjust focus.





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