The Japanese electronics maker Casio is not far from one in the market for digital cameras. Casio has an excellent pedigree in this field since, in late 1995, went on sale the QV-10 camera, the first digital camera with LCD display for the general public. Since then they have created products with very innovative features such as the number of ZR cameras shooting at high speed and that leads directly to this model just announced.
The camera Exilim EX-10 has a sensor of 12 megapixels and zoom lens 28mm-112mm equivalent in 35mm size. This lens has a brightness of f1.8-f2.5, very high, which, combined with backlit sensor 1/1.7″ a considerable size for a compact, able to work with sensitivities up to ISO 12800, which makes very interesting to work in low light, just the kind most commonly complicated for compact cameras photography.
It has image stabilization , in this case the electronic compensates for 5-axis, and is capable of shooting up to 30 frames per second when parameters vary from one to another to be reduced to 6 pictures / sec. when to approach them one by one. It has a high-speed mode, inherited from its fellow said ZR series, which allows you to record video with a shutter speed of 1000 fps at reduced resolution, though.
The camera body is made of a magnesium alloy finished in blue or black. The LCD screen is 3.5″ 921k pixel and can be tilted 180 degrees up and 55 degrees down. It also has an electronic level, free WiFi, the ability to do time shots and record photos in RAW format Adobe DNG. These are a lot of interesting features but have not seen anything to change the way you take pictures. That’s what you reserved for the end. Let me introduce the concept before bracketing or, as they translate, bracketing.
The bracketing is a technique to make photos that automates a process that was very common in analog photography, especially when using slide film, which was very sensitive to exposure. To “nail” the picture, many professional performing the shot with the exposure had been measured or calculated, and also at least a little below and a little above the other.
This, coming electronic massively in the cameras was integrated as an automatic so that the photographer just had to indicate how much I wanted to do bracketing, which used to be 1/2 step or 1 step machine and took the three photos in sequence. At that time, with lenses with manual iris and focus, the only value that could change the machine was the speed.
Subsequently some professional cameras started to offer more possibilities in the bracket, but it was not until the explosion of digital photography when manufacturers have incorporated the possibility of bracketing other parameters than just the exposure time. The compact Casio Exilim EX-10 raises the bar for what was possible so far and can be bracketed by two variables at a time.
It offers the possibility to choose two variables to take with them the nine combinations of measured value, a little below and a little above to afford 9 variations between the photographers can choose the one you like. The possible combinations of bracketing are these: aperture / focus, brightness / white balance, contrast / saturation, brightness / saturation and brightness / contrast.
The camera has all the usual exposure modes: Program, Variable Program, Aperture priority, priority Exposure, Manual and Scene modes but surely the bracketing of two variables is what allows users to start to use a camera with so many possibilities much faster progress. It goes on sale in Japan later this month for close to $ 800 price, 600 €, and is still unconfirmed marketing in other markets.
The layout of the buttons on the camera exceeds more than 10 buttons, some of which have specific applications. There are essentially two sealing systems, one for still images and a red record button to start and stop any kind of video you shoot with the EX-FS10.
Other buttons include only 30 fps and the SLOW button on the top of the camera. The SLOW button turns the LCD monitor on a view in slow motion, while 30 fps buttons helps you to switch between high-speed shooting and fast single shot.
There is also a movie mode switch that lets you switch between high-speed films and movies in HD. As for the typical installation digital camera buttons go, the EX-FS10 has its shutter and zoom lever attached at the top, a button for playback and recording. Button moves between image and video review again the process of filming, a line of four-way that allows you to navigate through menus and a menu button to get there. There is a better way shot in the bottom right that takes you to the scene modes without having to go through the menu system.
The menu system can be accessed by pressing the button and use the four-way controller to navigate through the REC / Quality Settings menus /, and typically work in most digital cameras is based on, allowing you to get the exposure modes, auto focus, and other areas of control. Although it is in its most direct during filming, the camera can take some getting used to, especially the slow motion video capture and playback.