Casio EX-P700 Review

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Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700


Review posted 02/16/2005


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The EX-P700 is Casio's latest addition to its growing family of Exilim Pro series cameras and follows last year's 6-Megapixel EX-P600 model. The EX-P700 is a compact, high-performance camera that combines a high-resolution 7-Megapixel 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-P700 offers an array of exposure modes and innovative features not found in other compact digital cameras.

The EX-P700 is ready to go within two seconds of pressing the power button and can capture the action at up to 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 27 pre-programmed scene modes to handle the usual to unusual shooting situations. You can even create and save your own custom Best Shot scenes.

The EX-P700 offers exceptional battery life of up to 200 shots (110 minutes) or up to 220 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 resolution motion video with audio and voice memos that can be played back in the camera with 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-P700 Features:

  • 7-Megapixel effective CCD sensor for up to 3072 x 2304 pixel images
  • Compact, stylish, durable and lightweight stainless steel body
  • Canon 4x optical zoom (33-132mm equivalent) with auto Macro
  • 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
  • Selectable 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
  • EX-FINDER graphically displays the picture information via the LCD display
  • RGB Histogram creates a histogram in red, green, or blue separately for the optimum picture balance.
  • The Best Shot Mode accesses 27 camera setups in an instant. Simply select a sample scene similar to the image you want, and exposure compensation, white balance, and other settings are configured automatically.
  • Bulb, 60 to 1/2000 second shutter speeds
  • 10-step aperture control (F2.8 - F8 Wide angle)
  • Adjustable sharpness, saturation and color filters
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction
  • Flash Assist compensates for underexposure in areas which are not reached by flash
  • Standard PC sync port for external flash connection
  • High resolution 2" TFT color LCD with 115,200 pixel 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






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Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700 Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700





Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700

The EX-P700 compared in size to an average CD disc.





Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700

The Exilim EX-P700 and the 6-megapixel EX-P600.





Casio Exilim Pro EX-P700

The compact EX-P700 and the Olympus C-7070 for comparison.




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EX-P700 Specifications

Recording Element 1/1.8-inch square pixel primary color CCD
7.41 million total pixels; 7.2-million effective pixels
Image File Record Formats
Snapshots: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: AVI (Motion JPEG), Audio: WAV (Monaural)
Recording Media Built-in flash memory (approx. 8.9 MB recordable area)
Optional SD or MMC memory cards
Recorded Image Sizes Stills: 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 2048 (3:2), 2304 x 1728
1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480 pixels
Movies: 320 x 240 pixels
Recorded File Sizes
  Image size
(pixels)
Resolution /
recording time
File size Built-in memory
(8.9MB)
SD
Memory
Card
64MB *1
Stills 3072
x
2304
Fine
Normal
Economy
TIFF
Approx.
4.4MB
2.2 MB
1.1 MB
20.3 MB
Approx.
2
3
7
0
Approx.
13
26
51
2
640
x
480
Fine
Normal
Economy
TIFF
Approx.
190 KB
140 KB
90 KB
900 KB
Approx.
42
56
90
8
Approx.
294
386
618
55
Movies 320x240 Recording time: unlimited*2 Approx.
300KB/sec.
(15frames/sec.)
Approx.
29 sec.
Approx.
3 min.
20 sec.
Audio - Recording time: unlimited*2 Approx.
4 KB/sec.
Approx.
38 min.
Approx.
4 hr. 20 min.
*1 when using a Panasonic 64MB card
*2 limited only by the battery life and the available memory 
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 (equivalent to approximately 33.0 to 132.0 mm when converted to 35mm film), lens barrier included
Zoom 4X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom (16X total when optical and digital zooms are used in combination)
Focusing Phase differential sensor AF/ Contrast type AF (selectable between spot, 7-point multi, free AF area switching, continuous AF); macro mode; infinity mode; manual focus
Approximate
Focus Range
Normal: 40cm to infinity ; Macro: 10 to 50cm
Exposure Control
Metering: Multi-pattern by imaging element
Control: program; aperture; shutter speed; manual exposure; AE lock
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV increments)
Shutter CCD electronic / mechanical shutter; 60 to 1/2000 shutter speed (manual exposure); BULB
Aperture 10 stage aperture; F2.8 to F8.0
White Balance Auto / Fixed (7 modes) / Manual
Sensitivity Auto / ISO 80 / ISO 160 / ISO 320 / ISO 640
Recording Functions Snapshot / audio snapshot (up to 30 seconds); high speed continuous shooting (3 shots / second, max. 5 shots); Auto Bracketing (AE/WB/AF); Multi Bracketing (color/portrait/sharpness/saturation/contrast); Macro; Best Shot, Movie with audio; voice recorder; Business Shot; Auto Macro; Flash Assist; Icon Help
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: 0.4 to 3.6 meters (W); 0.4 to 2.5 meters (T)
Viewfinder Eyelevel coupled real image optical viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.0-inch high-definition TFT color LCD, 115,200 pixels (480 x 240)
Time keeping 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 (daylight saving time)
Input/Output Terminals External power (DC IN); USB/AV connection (NTSC/PAL compliant); External flash sync terminal
Power Requirements Proprietary NP-40 3.7v 1230mAh lithium ion rechargeable battery
Optional AC adapter
Battery life Approx. 200 snapshots (CIPA standard)
Continuous recording: approx. 440 snapshots (approx 1 hr. 50 min.) *
*recording wide / tele alternatively each 15 secs, LCD on, flash off
Continuous playback: approx 3 hr. 40 min. (still photos)
Continuous recording: approx 3 hr. 30 min. (voice recording)
Dimensions 97.5(W) x 67.5(H) x 45.1(D) mm (excluding projections, thinnest point 26.1 mm)
Weight Approximately 225g (excluding batteries and accessories)
Bundled Accessories Lithium Ion rechargeable battery; Battery charger; Card remote control; USB cable; AV cable; Strap; CD-ROM
Optional Accessories Wide/Tele conversion lens adaptor set; proprietary lithium ion battery; battery charger, AC adaptor

NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.



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