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Old Apr 4, 2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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Anyone have any guesses, rumors or views into their crystal ball of when the next Casio EX-V will be out? I'm thinking of getting the EX-V8 but could hold off a bit.
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Old Apr 9, 2008, 3:53 PM   #2
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If you hear anything about this, please let the rest of us know. I'm also toying with the idea of the V8 but can wait until Sept if necessary. Video is equally important to me and, from what I read, Casio has the video down pat for small cameras.
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Old Apr 9, 2008, 5:20 PM   #3
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I finally found my crystal ball - it had rolled under my desk. After dusting it off I looked deeply and saw I needed the camera now so I ordered it Sunday night. Other than that everything seemed out of focus, blurry and with CA purple fringes as I strained to look further into the future...
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Old Apr 9, 2008, 6:01 PM   #4
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From what I read on the various forums, you will really like the V8. I'm very interested in video from these small cameras and the V8 seems to have one of the best with a zooming 7X available with wide angle and stereo sound. The url below was posted on one site and I found it useful for several reviews and even downloaded a manual for the V8.

Please let us know how you like the V8 when you get it clicking.

http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~parsog.../01-intro.html

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Old Apr 10, 2008, 9:49 AM   #5
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I'll write up a review on my http://SugarMtnFarm.com/blog blog. I wrote up an extensive review and subsequent usage and service report of the FujiFilm FinePix E900 that just died which you can find here http://www.google.com/search?&q=site...m+finepix+e900

I am hoping that the Casio Exilim EX-V8 with no projecting zoming in/out lens will be more rugged and long lasting. I considered the Olympus SW series but they lack any sort of manual control for most functions. I have one very old Casio digital camera which is still working after all these years - I gave it to my kids probably five years ago and it has still survived.

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Very quick note: I got my EX-V8 yesterday and I am very favorably impressed with it. No, it is not a high end SLR but reviewers shouldn't compare it to that. What it is is very easy to use, full manual controls, tiny, looks rugged and has decent image quality. Pixel peeking, a very bad habit, shows the V8 to do much better than the FujiFilm FinePix E900 which just died on me (dust in the zoom mechanism). So, I'm pleased. I needed a replacement for my pocket camera that I use to get quick photos around the farm, in the woods and when traveling. The Casio Exilim EX-V8 does the job. I'll give a more detailed review of it on my blog after I've used it more. For now there is a single photo, shot in low res since I need to get a card (shipped on Wednesday). See:

http://sugarmtnfarm.com/blog/2008/04...ale-found.html

By the way, it automatically combines the 7x optical zoom with digital when you use low res shots giving an excellent 35.1x zoom. Brace yourself though!

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I found a V8 at a local Best Buy and they let me open it and take some stills and videos on my own card.

I was impressed with the quality and appearance of the camera. However, I found the slimness and size to be a problem for me in one handed operation, .....the placement of the zoom switch didn't work well for me either. I guess I may be used to the zoom ring around the shutter button like Canon uses.

My stills were fine but the videos were very disappointing. During playback, anything except 1X zoom was very jerky. I suspect there is no IS. That, combined with my one hand attemps created video that could almost make you sea sick.

The zoom video was great, smooth as silk, but the results of the videos themselves made the zoom impractical.

It did look like a great little camera that I'd enjoy owning if I didn't have have the special requirements I have for a sports camera. Maybe the V8 will discover IS in video mode.
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Hmm... I wonder what is different between our settings? I just did two test videos, one hand held and one braced, both with zooming from start to finish from 1x to 7x. They both replayed smoothly on the camera as well as on my computer. I used the default video settings: UHQ (640x480), Quality Fine (not sure yet if that affects video recording). The resulting videos were very clear, crisp and smooth. These were shot outdoors on a cloudy day of piglets - they move around a lot and thus make a good test subject.

I have always understood that zooming while shooting a scene was a no-no because it made the audience sea-sick. It does that to my wife. Same goes for too much panning. With my Canon video camera I've avoided zooming while recording. With my old FujiFilm FinePix E900 that died it didn't zoom during recording so that was a non-issue.

I'll try to load this up to YouTube later when I get a chance.

What is "IS Mode"?

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Old Apr 13, 2008, 1:51 PM   #9
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Youtubed. See:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKkk7NIeAOc

Remember that YouTube greatly compresses the video and your internet connection speed as well as their server load will affect play back performance. The original looked excellent and played smoothly on both the camera and my computer, much better than YouTube replaying.

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Since it is no longer crystal ball time and I have a V8 I have started a new thread at:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...21&forum_id=14

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