Photo fix: casio exilim pro ex-f1

Photo Fix: Casio Exilim Pro Ex-F1

The casio exilim pro ex-f1 is a voluminous, very mild super zoom camera in the slr-like "bridge"-format with coarse lens tube and extended rubberized battery compartment handle. The 12-fold zoom lens starting with only mabig wide-angled 36 mm kb focal length and ends at 432 mm, offers a large aperture of f / 2.7-4.6 and an indoor focus, it is an exercise in zooming unmoved. This contemplates the use of filters or other optical accessories on the 62 mm thread of the lens. However, casio currently does not have its own filters or lenses in the program. In the front tube area, a wide gummy multifunction rotary ring is embedded, which is either used as a zoom or focus ring or changed the standard formation rate of the camera. In zoom operation, the 32 steps occur only maby fine grading of focal length adjustment, and with fast rotation on the zoom ring, the rotary commands are not transferred 1: 1, but go stuttering partially "lost". The focal length can be changed at any time via the zoom lever at the outer in two speeds – a numerical display in the camera display is supported the focal length selection.

A sensor short mechanism ensures optical image stabilization, optionally the camera can also be more short-free exposure times when motivated motion movements "stabilization" set and lift the iso level.


At the top of the camera, two are only available for about half-occupied functional election prevention. One of them switches between "best shot"-, program, diaphragms or time autoconditions and full-manual exposure adjustment, the other is alone for the various special series image modes of the casio.

On the camera hand side is a 4-way rocker with a central "set"-button placed, which is included by a rotary ring, the fast value settings simplifies. In addition to the casio-typical dedicated starting keys for the photo recording and playback mode, there is still a separate video trimmer, supplemented by a choice lever for the different video modes of the camera.

On the left side of the lens tube, three other function keys are housed, for the focus selection, the exposure and / or focus storage as well as for fast backlight compensation.

Flashing technology

The flash module of the camera is unlocked electrically and works relatively far to avoid shadows in lightning recordings in view of the powerful lens tube, which is not always possible in close range, unless you set the camera an external flasher on the hot shoe, with center contact draw. A ttl control is not available, so the flash exposure correction of ± 2 lead stages also only for the built-in flash. The flash unit has a soft led led above the flash tubes, which also acts as a luminaire in high-speed photoseries. For focusing, there is still a separate, green af auxiliary light next to the battery compartment.

The non-anti-reflective display on the camera frame side has 2.8-inch wide format and lost 230.000 pixels on. The picture is brilliant and sharp and with a coarse insight angle, but looks minimally at fast camera movements. Optionally, an r-g-b histogram and markings can be displayed over-loaded image areas. On request, the camera also brightens a central display area and thus displays the acknowledging effective image section for the preset video mode. This is useful if you could receive spontaneous video clips by dedicated video dialing.

At the right edge, the camera display shows an icon strip for quick settings of the resolution, the flash modes, the iso level, the female adjustment, the exposure measurement method or correction and af mode, and two more icons, depending on camera mode,. The incident functions are controlled via a casio-typical screen menu with three riders and function lists over 1-3 screen pages. From the menu indicator, there is a trying priority, but not stored recordings when playing back.

Instead of the monitor, the tiny electronic 0.2 inch viewfinder can also be used, such as very bright sunlight, where only little can be seen on the display. The viewfinder lost 201.000 pixels, has a somewhat fumilight diopter setting and operates according to the color frequency method in which the r-g-b colorant parts are displayed in a quick time sequence succumbing, so that a mixed color impression is created for the bearing eye. This technique allows a relatively fine-acting image resolution, but leads to unpleasant when looking at the viewfinder image "rainbow effects" with retrieving color fractures.


The car focus of the casio can be set or acted on a central or a freely placed spot function than "tracking af" and pursues once focused motifs as long as they are not too fast in the picture. This function is optionally supported by a face detection, even with "face recognition", the faces already familiar after prior training identify faces in foreign groups of people and to optimize the focus and exposure settings on them. A practical test, for example with editors between japanese visitor groups in front of linderhof, unfortunately we have not performed in the short of the test time.

The autofocus worked in the standardized laboratory test in wide-angle position of the lens with 0.5 s pleasantly fast and was also acceptable in telestellung with 0.7 s. When manually focuses, as mentions either by objective ring or 4-way rocker, help a screen magnifier and a distance scale. All focus and zoom actions are almost irrexed.

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