Excerpt: A ton of fun and very impressive features, both picture and video wise for someone who started his professional career with a twin lens Rollei. And it has stood up well for a long time, no problems. Must admit I spent more time with the user manual for this camera than I have spent with any other user manual. Well worth it in the end.
Summary: Let me state in the outset that I purchased this camera almost exclusively as a video cam, and I have not been disappointed. It may not compare directly to my XH-A1, but it sure isn't far behind--an astounding fact, considering the price. The clarity from the Sony sensor is phenomenal for HD video, and color is usually spot-on. I rarely have to do much tweaking with color at all in my NLE.
Pros: Amazing feature set, Fun to use, Surprisingly good video
Excerpt: This is a very fun camera. The high speed 60fps and 300-1200fps movie modes are endlessly useful for wildlife photography, which is what I use it for. Problems: -iso above 400 has far too much noise -focusing can be a bit slow -need bright light for high speed movies -1080p movies can not be edited on my mac
Summary: The key features in this camera are its overall versatility and its much touted high speed video. In fact, at the time of writing this article, this is the only consumer level digital camera that can do this. Mind you, the high speed video can only be done in limited resolution. At top speed of 1200 frames per second, the resolution drops to 336 × 96, which looks like viewing the action through a half-closed letterbox.
Summary: I use the high-speed function on this camera almost exclusively and have a dedicated DSLR for still photos. Obviously, there is currently no other consumer camera that can capture high-speed video at this price. However, the EX-F1 is not without limitations. The zoom is fairly powerful and the LCD is quite readable in direct sunlight. The focus/zoom ring is also fairly useful, albeit a bit hard to get used to. In most situations, THIS CAMERA IS FAST.
Pros: Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Dedicated Record Buttons, Fast Burst Rate
Cons: Poor Operation in Low Light, Poor User Interface, Short User Manual
Excerpt: I bought the camera primarily to record birds visiting a feeding station. As this is a way from house, I found that by using a 62mm to 55mm stepping ring I could fit the telephoto adapter which I have for my Panasonic FZ50 - it works perfectly. I have had no problems setting up the auto activate system when the bird enters or leaves the site, just a bit of experimenting required.
Summary: I owned the predecessor, not this camera, but the Casio EX-F1 looks like the hybrid camera of my dreams, *if only the viewfinder flipped out to face the front*.
This looks like an excellent hybrid camera that will fit in the palm of the hand. Though the obsession with pixels that no one uses may never fade, 6M pixels is enough for large prints and should satisfy all non pros. (And some Pros for that matter. I have sold images from my Canon EOS 6.3MP.
Summary: Not as fast a camera as I thought, but that's not why I got it. Long save time for group shots. Tested with SanDisk Extrme III 8GB as recomended above. I used it at 1600x1200, 1-60 (60 in one second, no flash), Best shot (Sports). I've set it to auto save the group, thinking that I could blast away quickly. However it takes about 23 seconds to save each group of 60, and when I just held it long enough for one, it still seemed to take a long time.
Summary: The Exilim EX-F1 works very well as a regular digital camera, quite expensive though for this purpose. It's ok as a video camera, in STD the video is a bit over saturated, the hi-def (720i) format is ok but the full HD (1080p) is impossible to use at this time on the Mac. That's a problem for me.
Pros: Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Short Lag Time