Casio EX-V8 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-V8

Features and Controls

Casio Exilim EX-V8

The EX-V8 uses an aspherical lens that provides 7x (38-266mm (35mm equiv) optical zoom capabilities in an amazingly thin camera configuration. This is an all-glass, multicoated lens constructed of 12 elements in 9 groups with a maximum aperture of F/3.4 and has a 4X digital zoom option. The lens remains fully inside of the camera and is protected by a built in lens cover.

The Auto Focus system has options for Spot AF (center only), Multi AF (auto selects one of nine AF areas), and Auto Tracking (press lightly on the shutter button and the EX-V8 will continue to focus on your subject until the photo is taken), Infinity and Manual Focus. The EX-V8 features an AF-assist illuminator to aid in accurate focusing in low light conditions.

The Auto Focus working range is 15.75" to infinity in normal mode. In Macro, focus is 3.94" to 19.69" (varies with zoom). It features an "Auto Macro" function, which automatically switches between Normal and Macro focus modes. Manual focus is adjustable from 3.94" to infinity.

The built-in flash has modes for auto, fill, red-eye reduction and off. The working range is approx. .33 to 8.54' (W), approx. 3.28' to 5.58' (T) with ISO set to Auto.

You can also see the built-in stereo microphones and the AF assist lamp, which also serves as the self- timer light, and Movie mode record light.

Casio Exilim EX-V8

On the back is a large and bright 2.5-inch color LCD with 230K pixels of resolution. It's used for playback review, menu operations, and is the live viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage. The display information on the live view can be changed by pushing the top of the multi-selector (labeled Disp.). The screen can be blank, show basic info, and show the full info with a live histogram. Grid lines can be added too, but only through the setup menu.

Casio Exilim EX-V8

Controls on the back: The Zoom Controller slide switch, which also acts as the index and magnify option in review mode. The Mode Dial has positions for: SanpShot (Program AE), BestShot, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Easy mode, BestShot Movie, and Movie modes. The Play button for viewing recorded photos and movies. The 4-way controller is used for navigating the menu system, press "Up" to adjust the information DISPlayed on the LCD, press "Down" to change the flash mode in record mode or delete and image/movie in review mode. The Set button in the center accepts selections. The menu button to access the various built in menus. There is also a speaker built-in on the camera's back above the 4- way controller.

Casio Exilim EX-V8

Located on top is the shutter release.

Casio Exilim EX-V8

The EX-V8 has ~11.8 megabytes of internal memory for saving images and movie clips. It supports use of any SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MMC (MultiMediaCard), or MMCplus (MultiMediaCardplus) via the expansion slot on the bottom. Image data can be copied to/from internal memory and a flash card via the Playback menu.

Shown here with a speedy Kingston Elite Pro 2GB SD card. This is an 8-megapixel camera that makes BIG images, movies will consume a lot of space too.

Still Image Storage

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Movie Storage

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Casio Exilim EX-V8

The camera is placed in the included docking cradle to connect to your computer via the high speed USB 2.0 port for data transfer. It also charges the battery when the camera is docked. Unlike most Exilim Zooms, the EX-V8's dock has an Audio-Video port to connect it to a TV set for display of images and movies. Or connect it to a DVD-recorder to record and share your movies with others.

Casio Exilim EX-V8

The proprietary NP-50 lithium battery pack is charged when the camera is docked in the cradle. A fully discharged battery can be replenished in about two hours. This 3.7 volt battery is rated at 950mA and Casio claims the following battery life:

Casio Exilim EX-V8

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