EX-V8. User’s Guide. KPCM1DMX. Thank you for purchasing this CASIO product. Uploader for CASIO are registered trademarks or trademarks of CASIO .. With the EXILIM logo on the battery facing downwards (in. The Casio Exilim EX-V8 is Casio’s second ultra-compact, ultra-zoom In macro and manual modes, you can focus on subjects as close as An unbiased, in-depth review of the Casio Exilim EX-V8 digital camera The full camera manual — the most useful of the bunch — is found only.

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Just 25mm thick, the EX-V7 crammed casiio a seven megapixel CCD image sensor mounted on a moving platter so as to provide for CCD-shift type mechanical image stabilization function. The other main change Casio made between its V7 and V8 models was to reposition the flash strobe, now located behind a small, clear window in the sliding lens barrier.

This allows a bit more distance between the flash and the lens, designed to reduce the effect of red-eye in photos. One other adjustment is the addition of a trim piece with a low lip on caaio that serves to give fingers purchase when opening the lens barrier. As with its elder sibling, the Casio EX-V8 includes an unusually capable 30 frames-per-second movie mode that reaches a maximum of x pixels with stereo sound.

Casio chose to use the H. Usefully, given the above-average movie capabilities, a silent lens motor enables optical zooming while recording. The 7x optical zoom lens offers a 35mm equivalent zoom range of mm; not particularly generous at the wide-angle, but more powerful than most such compact cameras can offer at telephoto. More experienced photographers will be pleased to find both aperture- and shutter-priority modes, as well as a fully manual mode.

Of course, as with just about every digicam these days, the Casio EX-V8 includes face detection technology; however, Casio’s implementation is rather more feature-rich than most. Family members can be “recorded” in the manusl memory, and even given a priority rating.

The Casio V8 can then identify those recorded individuals in a scene and give them higher priority when deciding on auto-focus and auto-exposure variables. If you’re seeking a camera that will accompany you most anywhere you go — perhaps as a complement to your digital SLR — and still want a fair degree of control over exposure variables, the Casio V8 is worth a closer look.

Like the EX-V7 model it replaced the Casio V8 boasts a slim yet solid body, which somehow crams in a fairly powerful 7x optical zoom lens. Images are captured by an 8. Available only in silver and weighing in at 6. The EXILIM V8 is a camera that will accompany you anywhere, easily slipped into a pants pocket kanual for that surprise photo opportunity.

While it would also fit in many shirt pockets, I’d personally find it too weighty to be comfortable there. A sliding lens barrier on the Casio V8’s front panel is more solid than the flimsy aperture-style lens barriers found on many digicams. The Casuo Exilim Hi-Zoom EX-V8 has a pocket-friendly, relatively compact body that’s mostly free from protrusions, save for a slight lip on the end of its sliding lens barrier.

Shooting one-handed with the Casio V8 was a breeze, with two-handed shooting only necessary for cazio shutter speeds; although eexilim the camera’s heft you do have to pay attention to get your horizons level shooting single-handed, since my fingers found relatively little purchase on the smooth panels.

If you aim for the two-handed approach, you have to be careful where you place your left hand, because it is fairly easy to block the lens as it is so close to the corner of the camera. There’s also a small LED directly underneath the lens which acts as the AF assist light, which is also easy to block. The Casio V8 features a 7x optical zoom lens which is entirely internal to the camera, saving a little power-up time, since there’s no need to extend the lens.

The lens is equivalent to a mm zoom on a 35mm camera, more generous than you’ll find on most point-and-shoot digital cameras, but tight at wide angle. The Casio V8’s all-glass lens is of good quality but does show some traits that indicate the compromises required to make a very compact, manuzl long-zoom lens. Importantly for a camera with such a comparatively long telephoto, the Casio Hi-Zoom V8 also offers true mechanical image stabilization, with the CCD sensor being mounted on a vv8 to combat camera shake.

The Casio V8 also employs software de-blurring of both still images and movies. In addition to the 7x optical zoom, the Casio V8 offers a maximum of 4x digital zoom which enlarges the center of the image using interpolation, with the usual loss in image quality. Digital zoom shots lose significant detail and resolution, appearing soft and sometimes rather pixelated.

At lower resolutions, the image is first gradually cropped before the digital zoom kicks in, so for example at VGA resolution you can achieve a simulated There’s only one dial, one slider, a four-way pad with central exilij button, and three other buttons on the camera’s body, with all but the shutter button located on the rear panel to the right of the LCD display.

The buttons all have a good feel to them and they’re all easy to reach. The zoom slider is easy to find without taking your attention off the LCD display, and is pretty responsive. I did find that it occasionally paused for a moment when zooming in and out repeatedly. The display itself was easy exili see in sunlight, and rather usefully can be set to control its three-step brightness adjustment automatically based on ambient lighting conditions.


There are two such Auto settings available: Which you’ll use ends up depending on the lighting conditions, and if you prefer, it is possible to set the brightness manually as well. I found that manaul tended to look rather flat on the LCD display especially under bright sunlightto where I almost deleted some shots while in the field, fearing them to have to have too little contrast for a useful picture – only to find that in my PC, the same images were borderline or even perfectly usable.

As mentioned previously, I found that the camera wanted to “droop” in my right hand somewhat, leading to crooked horizons. Through the menu system you can enable a grid overlay on the LCD, making it easier to keep your images squared up nicely. The Casio V8’s histogram function is also a help on shots where you’re not sure of the exposure.

Available in both Playback and Record modes via a couple of presses of the Display button, it provides a hint as to under- or over-exposure, and displays not just luminance but also separate red, green, and blue levels. Also accessed via the display button in both Record and Playback modes are the “detailed info” and “minimal info” display overlays you’ll find on many digital cameras these days.

Odd icons include a four-leaf clover icon to represent the “Snapshot” mode. As previously mentioned, the Casio V8’s user interface is fairly clean and intuitive. I do question Casio’s decision on ,anual and icons for a couple of the modes on the control dial, though. If you’re anything like me when handed a new camera, you’ll tend to seek out and stick with the Program mode to allow access to controls you occasionally need to use, dipping into the Aperture, Shutter, and Manual modes occasionally as needed.

In its place is “Snapshot” mode, which sounds less authoritative and to the unfamiliar suggests to me that the camera will be set up with lesser image quality to favor speed or file size, or perhaps in a “Dummies” mode for simplicity. In actual fact, Snapshot mode is basically the same thing as Program mode on any other digital camera. The “Snapshot” mode is also indicated with a red frame icon on the Mode dial, and the Easy mode is indicated with a black “clover leaf” icon.

Pretty much anyone who’s just been handed an unfamiliar camera to take a picture is going to fall back to any experience they have with other cameras, and “Simple,” “Easy,” “Auto,” name it what you like but such modes are almost always indicated with a green frame icon. The choice of a clover leaf is not intuitive nor necessarily recognizable to all culturesand many users are going to either have to pull out the manual or switch to the mode and try it out before they understand what it’s for.

The color choices also seem a little odd given that Red is generally associated with “bad”, Green with “Good”, and – well, clover leaves are green, not black, which we don’t tend to associate with anything specific as a camera icon.

The decision to buck the trend on some of the more common design features on a digicam and in the case of “Easy” mode, one which should be as approachable as possible for the beginner seems odd. Maybe I’m just overly sensitive to this since I handle so many different cameras, making me more sensitive to designs that don’t follow the crowd.

The Casio EX-V8’s menu layout is simple, but in one place rather illogical.

Casio Exilim EX-V8 User Manual

A press of the Menu button calls up a tabbed menu interface. Both modes also offer one common tab, the self-explanatory “Set Up. Half the options in the “Quality” tab seem to relate only very obliquely to what one might consider to be image quality settings. Casio’s Face Recognition technology in the EXILIM EX-V8 is unusually sophisticated in that it lets you record and recognize the faces of specific individuals, and prioritize or even ignore these people as you desire.

While I found detection to be a little less accurate than some of the latest face recognition functions from rivals, I did find the function fairly easy to use and understand, particularly in the way the V8 can indicate the priority of detected faces by changing the color of the face recognition box around each face.

I also felt Casio’s inclusion of a setting that allows the user to prioritize face detection for quantity up to ten faces or speed faster detection but limited to only five faces was sensible, given that some families will seldom need to recognize as many as ten faces in a scene, and these individuals will appreciate the snappier detection found when limiting detection to just five faces.

One last point worthy of note is that Casio’s user manual is among the less useful we’ve seen lately. There’s no index — just a table of contents — and in many areas Casio has either skimmed over subjects very briefly where further detail would have been greatly helpful, or simply skipped features altogether.


For example, nowhere does the Manual even list half of the available Best Shot scene modes, let alone tell you what they do. I wasn’t alone in noting this: Mode dial positions include “Best Shot” scene modes for both stills and movies, a Movie mode, an “Easy” mode that keeps most variables under the camera’s control, plus a Snapshot mode that’s the equivalent of Program mode on most digicams, and a selection of Aperture- and Shutter-priority plus a fully manual mode.

Images and movies can be reviewed by pressing the “Play” button, and a half-press of the shutter button will return you swiftly to Record mode, ready to take advantage of an unexpected photo opportunity. Casio’s vast selection of “Best Shot” modes what would be known as “Scene” modes on most digital cameras aim to make the camera more approachable to beginners. Unusually, the Casio V8 also offers a selection of “Best Shot” modes for movies as well.

Some of the modes are very general and will be of use to most anyone; others are fairly specialized for specific business or personal photography uses. When browsing available “Best Shot” modes, an example picture is given for each, along with a brief description of the settings used to create the required effect, and any requirements of the photographer. For example, Night Scene mode shows a thumbnail image of Hong Kong’s picturesque harbor and city lights at night, alongside the description of the settings used “Slow shutter speed” and “Infinity focus”and a direction to “Keep the camera still.

The screen does mention what these modes do, however, so maybe they just didn’t expect buyers to read the manual. Businesses will find utility in the “ID Photo” which adds a framing guideline for your subject”Text” macro mode with boosted contrast and sharpnessand “Business Cards and Documents” modes. This latter mode is similar to text mode, but without the macro setting, and with the ability to correct for keystoning converging of lines in an image that should be parallel. This might be the case when shooting an image of a whiteboard or presentation slide from an angle.

The keystoning correction is performed automatically, with the camera only prompting you to select from the two possible keystone corrections deemed most appropriate by the camera’s firmware.

One simply cannot overstate the convenience of taking a relatively compact camera from your pocket to quickly zoom in to capture an image that fills the screen with a distant subject. The inclusion of true mechanical image stabilization goes a long way toward making the strength of the telephoto even more useful, at the very least lessening the likelihood of camera shake affecting your photos.

I do wish there were a little more reach at the wide-angle end of the lens, though. Being constrained to a maximum of just a 38mm-equivalent wide angle is rather limiting. The photographer can opt to prioritize face detection to either detect up to ten faces when quantity is most important, or to improve detection speed but recognize only five faces at a time.

Most impressively, the photographer can record faces of common friends, family members or colleagues in the camera’s built-in memory. Stored faces can be given a 1 to 3 star rating, allowing the individuals you deem most important to be given the maximum priority when they’re detected in an image. You can also store a “zero star” rating, which tells the camera to ignore a specific individual if they’re detected in the picture. Casio’s face recognition was rather less accurate than I’m used to, however.

It’s a shame given the higher degree of control on offer, but frequently I found the camera had difficulty tracking moving faces, with the face detection box meandering around somewhere near the face rather than over it.

The “Family First” functionality did seem to work reasonably well once faces were properly detected, though, and the Casio V8 does indicate the priority of faces in a scene by varying the color of the face detection box, giving you a visual cue as to which individuals will most likely be best captured in the scene.

Nifty as it is, though, it seems like a lot to learn and adjust, and is likely beyond the needs and interest of most users.

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One other particularly noteworthy feature is the Casio EX-V8’s movie mode. Available resolutions range up to an unusually exolim maximum of x 30fps, In all cases, sound is recorded in stereo — something that’s still pretty uncommon among the movie modes found in most current digital cameras.

Even more importantly, the Casio V8 records mmanual movies in the H. As mentioned previously, a range of “Best Shot” 8v modes are available when recording movies, including the useful ability to have several seconds of video pre-recorded before the shutter button is pressed. Instead, the V8 has a paltry Not very generous, but at least Casio opted for built-in memory, which can never be left at home, and might save you in a pinch if you leave your flash card at home.

Regular SD cards manuql also do fine in a pinch, but you’ll miss out on the speed and capacity available in the latest SDHC cards.