Casio EX-P600 Review

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Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600


Review posted 04/19/2004


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The Pro EX-P600 is Casio's latest addition to its growing family of Exilim series cameras. It's a compact, high-performance camera that combines a high-resolution 6-Megapixel effective imager, a Canon 4x optical zoom lens and a large two-inch color LCD, all housed in a lightweight, stylish and durable stainless steel body. Designed for both the beginner and advanced photographers, the EX-P600 offers an array of exposure modes and innovative features not found in other compact digital cameras.

The EX-P600 is ready to go within two seconds of pressing the power button and can capture the action at a blazing 3 frames per second. The shutter lag time is an amazing 0.01 seconds from auto focus lock. It can grow with your abilities, the Program Auto and Best Shot exposure modes allow anyone to take great pictures easily and more advanced users will appreciate the Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority and full Manual exposure modes. Adjustable ISO sensitivity, white balance, sharpness, saturation, contrast, multiple metering and focus modes. JPEG and TIFF uncompressed image formats, Auto Bracketing of exposure, white balance and focus and Multi-Bracketing of color effects and contrast are just some of its advanced features.

Compose your images with the coupled optical viewfinder or use the bright and large 2-inch color LCD with its unique Ex Finder display. Casio has developed a graphical information overlay that gives you real-time display of the major recording settings. When in Shutter-speed or Aperture priority mode you can call up an on-screen aid that graphically explains the difference in fast and slow shutter speeds and open and closed apertures. And Casio's Best Shot mode offers you 25 pre-programmed scene modes to handle the usual to unusual shooting situations. You can create and save your own custom Best Shot scenes.

The EX-P600 offers exceptional battery life of up to 260 shots (130 minutes) or up to 300 minutes of playback time thanks to its high-capacity Li-ion rechargeable battery. It has 9MB of internal memory that's easily expanded with any size SD card. The included PhotoLoader software automatically transfers all JPEG and AVI files in the camera to the computer whenever you connect the USB cable. USB Mass Storage compliant, no drivers needed for most modern operating systems. Images can be stored in HTML albums so they can be viewed easily with any modern web browser.

You can record 320x240 motion video with audio and voice memos that can be played back in the camera thanks to its built-in speaker. The Calendar feature shows you thumbnails of photos on the day they were taken. World Time lets you select one of 162 cities in 32 time zones as your home or destination time zone. You can also store special photographs or photos you don't want others to see in the "Favorites folder". Direct USB printing to PictBridge and Epson Direct-Print compatible printers. Intelligent orientation sensor automatically rotates portrait mode images for correct playback on LCD and TV screens. Full-featured infrared remote control for wireless operation of shutter and zoom lens with access to the menus.



Exilim Pro EX-P600 Features:

  • 6-Megapixel effective CCD sensor for up to 2816 x 2112 pixel images
  • Compact, stylish, durable and lightweight stainless steel body
  • Canon 4x optical zoom (33-132mm equivalent) with 4x digital zoom
  • 30-sec. audio memos for images or unlimited audio-only recording
  • 3:2 aspect mode for perfect 4x6" prints with no cropping
  • Movies w/audio at 320x240 (15fps) length limited only by available memory
  • Approx. two second startup time and 0.01 second release time lag
  • Seectable AF Area: 7-point Multi, Spot, or Free
  • Multi, Center-weighted or Spot metering modes
  • Program Auto, Shutter speed, Aperture and Manual exposure modes
  • Shooting modes: Single, High-speed continuous, Auto Bracketing (AE/WB/AF), Multi Bracketing, Macro, Best Shot, Movie, Voice recorder
  • Bulb, 60 to 1/2000 sec. shutter speeds
  • 10-step aperture control (F2.8 - F8)
  • Adjustable sharpness, saturation and color filters
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction
  • Standard PC sync port for external flash connection
  • 2" TFT color LCD with 480x240 (115,200 pixels) resolution
  • USB 1.1 data transfer to PC or Mac computers
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and rapid charger included
  • 9 MB of internal memory + SD card slot for memory expansion
  • DPOF, PRINT Image Matching II, Exif Print compatible
  • USB direct printing: Epson Direct-Print and PictBridge compatible


The Casio Pro EX-P600 has a suggested retail of about $649 and will be available beginning in late April of 2004.




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Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600





Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

The EX-P600 compared in size to an average CD disc.





Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

The EX-P600 and the EX-Z40 Zoom for size comparison.





Casio Exilim Pro EX-P600

The EX-P600 and the Olympus C-60 Zoom for comparison.




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Casio EX-P600 Specifications

Recording
Element
1/1.8-inch square pixel primary color CCD
( 6.37 million total pixels; 6 million effective pixels )
File Record
Format
Snapshots : JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies : AVI (Motion JPEG)
Audio: WAV (monaural)
Recording
Medium
Built-in flash memory (approx. 9MB recordable area),
supports optional SD or MMC memory card
Recorded
Image Sizes
Snapshots : 2816 x 2112
2816 x 1872 (3:2)
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480 pixels
 
Movies : 320 x 240 pixels (15fps w/audio)
Resolution JPEG Fine / Normal / Economy, uncompressed TIFF
Lens Canon Lens (8 lenses in 7 groups, including aspherical lens)
F2.8(W) to 4.0(T); f=7.1(W) to 28.4(T)mm
(33 to 132 mm equivalent in 35mm); automatic lens barrier
Zoom 4X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom
(16X total when optical and digital zooms are used in combination)
Focusing Phase difference sensor AF/ Contrast type AF
(selectable between Spot, 7-point Multi,
Free AF area switching, Continuous AF);
Macro mode; infinity mode; Manual focus; focus lock
Approximate
Focus Range
Normal: 40cm to infinity
Macro: 10 to 50cm
Exposure
Control
Metering : Multi-pattern, Center weighted, Spot; by imaging element
Control : program; aperture; shutter speed; manual exposure; AE lock
Exposure Compensation : -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter CCD electronic / mechanical shutter; 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.
Aperture 10 stage aperture; F2.8 - F8.0 (Wide), F4.0 - F11.1 (Tele)
White Balance Auto, daylight, cloudy, shade, tungsten
fluorescent1, fluorescent2, flash, Manual
Recording
Functions
Snapshot / audio snapshot (up to 30 seconds);
High-speed Continuous shutter (3 shots / second, max. 6 shots);
Auto Bracketing (AE/WB/AF);
Multi Bracketing (color/portrait/sharpness/saturation/contrast);
Macro; Best Shot, movie with audio; voice recorder
Self-timer 10 seconds or 2 seconds; Triple Self-timer; Remote control;
2 second remote control self-timer
Built-in Flash Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction
Approximate Range: 0.2 to 2.9 meters (W); 0.2 to 2.0 meters (T)
Viewfinder Monitor screen and optical viewfinder
Monitor Screen 2.0-inch high-definition TFT color LCD, 115,200 pixels (480 x 240)
Timekeeping
Functions
Date and time recorded with image data; auto calendar up to 2049
World Time 162 cities (32 time zones); city names; date and time; summer time
Input/Output
Terminals
External power (DC IN); USB/AV connection (NTSC/PAL compliant);
External flash sync terminal; microphone / speaker
Power
Requirements
NP-40 3.7v 1230mAh lithium ion rechargeable battery; AC adapter
Dimensions 97.5(W) x 67.5(H) x 45.1(D) mm (excluding projections)
Weight Approximately 225g (excluding batteries and accessories)
Bundled
Accessories
NP-40 Li-Ion rechargeable battery; BC-30L Rapid Battery charger;
Card remote control; USB cable; AV cable; Strap; CD-ROM
Optional
Accessories
Conversion lens adapters (wide and tele);
proprietary lithium ion battery; battery charger

NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.



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