Casio EX-P600 Review

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Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600





Record Modes



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

The Program Auto screen showing some optional settings enabled; Flash is forced On, Macro focus mode, fluorescent2 white balance, ISO fixed at 100, exposure compensation +0.3EV, center weighted metering and spot focus. The image size is 2816x2112 and Fine quality has been selected, we can shoot 149 more frames at this size/quality, the battery is showing a full charge and we are using an optional SD memory card.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

When you half-press the shutter release the camera sets the exposure and locks the focus, if successful the AF target marks turn green.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

The Best Shot mode features different pre-programmed exposure scenes to make photographic tasks easier. You select the scene that best fits your needs and the camera makes all the necessary settings for you.

There are 25 different Best Shot scenes:

    Portrait, Scenery, Portrait w/Scenery, Coupling Shot, Pre-Shot, Soft Focus, Children, Sports, Candlelight Portrait, Party, Pet, Flower, Natural Green, Soft Flowing Water, Splashing Water, Sundown, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food, Text, Collection, Monochrome, Retro (Sepia), Twilight and Register Favorites (custom build your own Best Shot scene)



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

The Aperture-priority mode allows you to select the desired aperture and the camera automatically matches the proper shutter speed. Available aperture settings are: F2.8, 3.2, 3.4, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.6, 6.3, 7.1, 8.0 - at wide angle (F4 - F11.1 tele), aperture values vary at different optical zoom focal lengths.


Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

Pressing the SET button while in Aperture priority mode will bring this assistance screen up on the LCD, it explains the effects of the different aperture values. Small aperture numbers yield shallow depth of field (range of focus), large aperture numbers yield much larger depth of field.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

The Shutter-speed priority mode allows you to select the desired shutter speed and the camera automatically matches the proper aperture. Shutter speeds range from 60 seconds to 1/2000 second plus Bulb in Shutter-speed priority and Manual mode. 1/8 to 1/2000 second in Aperture priority, Program Auto and Best Shot.


Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

Pressing the SET button while in Shutter-speed priority mode will bring this assistance screen up on the LCD, it explains the effects of the different shutter speeds. Slower shutter speeds allow subjects in motion to blur, faster shutter speed will effectively "freeze" any motion.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

Pressing the BKT (Bracketing) button brings up this onscreen menu to quickly select from:
  • Single frame (default)

  • High Speed Continuous (3fps up to 6 frames)

  • Normal Speed Continuous (record one frame after another at approx. 1fps)

  • Multi Continuous (records 25 frames and saves them as a single 1600x1200 image)

  • Auto Exposure Bracketing (captures 3 frames and varies the exposure value)


    Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

  • White Balance Bracketing (captures 3 frames and varies the white balance)

  • Auto Focus Bracketing (captures 3 frames and varies the focus distance)

  • Multi Bracketing (one of six non-configurable auto bracketing variables:
    • Filter 1 records 5 images and uses monochrome, sepia, red and purple filters
    • Filter 2 records 5 images and uses green, blue, yellow and pink filters.
    • Portrait records 3 images and varies the flesh tone saturation.
    • Sharpness records 3 images and varies the sharpness.
    • Saturation records 3 images and varies the color saturation.
    • Contrast records 3 images and varies the image contrast.




Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

Pressing the "EX" button brings up this shortcut menu to quickly change the White balance, ISO, Metering mode or AF Area mode.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

Just when you thought you'd seen it all -- meet the new Ex Finder display!   Press the DISPLAY button to cycle from normal overlay, Ex Finder, no overlay, LCD off. The Ex Finder superimposes a wealth of camera settings on the screen in a real-time graphical user interface. Flash mode, Focus mode, White Balance, Focal Distance (depth of field), Histogram, ISO speed, Color adjustments, Aperture, Shutter speed and Exposure Compensation value.

Shades of James Bond !!  You can always tell the people at the bar that you're a spy tracking a bad guy with your pocket radar. "Bartender, one vodka martini please - shaken, not stirred."




Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

When using the Manual Focus option the portion of the frame covered by the AF Area is enlarged to help aid in critical focusing. I didn't catch it here but there is also a sliding distance scale displayed while actively adjusting the focus.




Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

Record MENU options:
    Size - 2816x2112, 2816x1872 (3:2), 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
    Quality - JPEG Fine, Normal and Economy or TIFF uncompressed
    EV Shift - Exposure compensation +/-2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
    White Balance - Auto, daylight, cloudy, shade, tungsten, fluorescent1, fluorescent2, flash, manual
    ISO - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
    AF Mode - Hybrid, Continuous, Contrast
    AF Area - Spot, Multi , Free
    Metering - Multi, Center weighted, Spot
    Audio Snap - On, Off (record audio memo with each picture)
    Filter - Off, B/W, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Purple
    Sharpness - Hard, Normal, Soft
    Saturation - High, Normal, Low
    Contrast - High, Normal, Low
    Flash Intensity - High, Normal, Weak
    Grid - Enable onscreen grid guides
    Digital Zoom - Digital zoom feature, On or Off
    Review - Review after capture, On or Off
    L/R Key - Assign a function to 4-way controller in record mode: EV shift, White balance, ISO, Metering, AF Area, Off


Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

Memory (retain settings after power off)
    Flash - On, Off
    Focus - On, Off
    White Balance - On, Off
    ISO - On, Off
    AF Area - On, Off
    Metering - On, Off
    Continuous/Bracketing - On, Off
    Digital Zoom - On, Off
    MF Position - On, Off
    Zoom Position - On, Off




Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

The EX-P600 can record video at 320x240 (15fps) with sound, the length is only limited by the capacity of your memory card and the life of your battery. Memory requirements are approx. 300KB/sec. when recording video.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600


The EX-P600 can be used like an audio recorder. Approx. 40 minutes can be recorded using the internal memory. When using optional memory card the length is limited only by available memory, file size is 4KB per second. Standard Windows WAV format.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

    Sounds - On, Off (camera sounds)
    Startup - On, Off (display selected image at startup for 2 secs)
    File No. - File numbering, continuous or reset
    World Time - Set the time zone for display
    Date Style - MM/DD/YY, DD/MM/YY, YY/MM/DD
    Adjust - Set time or date
    Language - Menu language (English, Japanese, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese)
    Sleep - Sleep timer 30s, 1m, 2m, Off
    AutoPowerOff - Turns camera completely off after 2m or 5m
    USB - Mass Storage, PictBridge
    Video Out - NTSC or PAL
    Format - Format the SD card
    Reset - Reset all parameters to default




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