It turned out to be a challenge to get very worked up one way or the other about the Casio Exilim EX-V7, a camera that balances out to be an almost perfectly average point-and-shoot.

On the plus side, the Casio Exilim EX-V7's 7x zoom lens covers a lot of territory, and the camera's battery life of almost 1,195 shots per charge is exceptional for its class.

Throw in a few points, too, for the Casio Exilim EX-V7's full range of manual exposure controls, a rarity in this category. And the Casio looks smart, available in black or silver.

On the mildly annoying side, there's the Casio Exilim EX-V7's zoom slider control, which is awkwardly placed adjacent and vertical to the LCD screen.

Also, image stabilisation proved too ineffective in most situations. And the Casio Exilim EX-V7's plastic docking cradle, required to recharge the battery, will take up more room in a suitcase than most folks would care to sacrifice.

Overall, the Casio Exilim EX-V7's image quality was average for its class, with some loss of detail and mild exposure issues.

The colour and flash quality of shots produced by the Casio Exilim EX-V7 were rated as Good, but image quality garnered only a Fair rating in lab tests.

Casio Exilim EX-V7: Specs

  • 7.2Mp
  • 59.8x95.5x25.1mm thin (20.8mm at thinnest part)
  • 7X optical zoom
  • 2.5in 16:9 LCD screen
  • four blur reduction technologies with CCD shift system
  • mechanically compensates for camera shake
  • automatically sets the most appropriate ISO sensitivity and shutter speed
  • Anti Shake DSP reduces blur
  • records H.264 video
  • 1-year parts and labour guarantee
  • battery, charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM
  • 7.2Mp
  • 59.8x95.5x25.1mm thin (20.8mm at thinnest part)
  • 7X optical zoom
  • 2.5in 16:9 LCD screen
  • four blur reduction technologies with CCD shift system
  • mechanically compensates for camera shake
  • automatically sets the most appropriate ISO sensitivity and shutter speed
  • Anti Shake DSP reduces blur
  • records H.264 video
  • 1-year parts and labour guarantee
  • battery, charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM

OUR VERDICT

With some retailers selling the Casio Exilim EX-V7 at heavy discounts, you can get a lot of camera for your money. Just don't expect to develop a passionate attachment to it.

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