Casio EX-V8 Review
|Full model name:||Casio EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-V8|
|Sensor size:||1/2.5 inch
(5.8mm x 4.3mm)
|Extended ISO:||64 - 1600|
|Shutter:||60 - 1/800|
3.8 x 2.4 x 1.0 in.
(96 x 60 x 25 mm)
|Full specs:||Casio EX-V8 specifications|
The Casio EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-V8 updates the existing EX-V7 model with a higher resolution imager. Where January's EX-V7 had seven megapixels from its 1/2.5" CCD image sensor, the Casio EX-V8 crams in another for a total of eight megapixels. The EX-V8's flash strobe has also been moved onto the lens cover, leaving it slightly further from the lens than in the V7. The only other significant change to the EXILIM V8 is the addition of a trim piece on the lens cover that makes it easier to grip.
Like the EX-V7, the Casio EX-V8 also boasts a 30 frames-per-second movie mode that reaches a maximum of 848 x 480 pixels, with stereo sound - something found on few compact digicams, let alone an ultracompact. Even more unusually, the traditional MotionJPEG AVI file format is supplemented with an optional H.264 AVC MOV-encoded format (also known as MPEG-4 Part 10). H.264 encoding is intended to offer good video quality at substantially lower bitrates than other codecs, which should translate to exceptional video quality, reduced movie file size, or both. A silent lens motor enables optical zooming while recording movies.
The Casio EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-V8 ships September 2007, priced at about US$330.
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