Casio EX-Z1000 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z1000


Review posted 6/19/2006


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The EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z1000 packs a powerful punch in a sleek, compact package. Small enough to be held in the palm of the hand, its 10.1 megapixel digital camera still captures super high-resolution images that reproduce crystal-clear even in very large sizes - perfect for printing or on-screen viewing of those priceless, once-in-a-lifetime shots. And there's more. The EX-Z1000 is the first in the series to incorporate a 2.8-inch, Wide and Bright LCD display.

The color LCD display is a large, crystal-clear 2.8-inch monitor in an attractive wide format. This high-resolution, 230,400 pixel LCD displays images and data with outstanding clarity and fine detail. With a maximum brightness of 1200cd/m2, the EX-Z1000's Wide and Bright display makes viewing in bright outdoor light easier than ever before. The revolutionary Zoom Continuous Shutter mode allows the user to compare a wide angle and a telephoto shot in the same display and to take both shots simultaneously with only one press of the shutter button.

New and exclusive to the Casio EXILIM line of digital cameras in the U.S., is the eBay Best Shot mode. The eBay Best Shot takes photos at a size that is image optimized for display on eBay, allowing picture takers to more quickly and easily create photos for selling items on eBay. eBay Best Shot mode also includes Auto Macro, an ideal setting for capturing images of small items such as jewelry, tags, etc., thus automatically adjusting the focus from acquiring fine details in close up shots to capturing large items from a distance. eBay Best Shot mode allows users to capture optimized images at an ideal size for eBay.

Other functions include "Old Photo" Best Shot Mode, which refreshes faded colors of old photos by bringing them back to life in digital format, automatically adjusts for obliquity even when photos are shot while still in the album. The Rapid Flash function enables three consecutive, high-speed flash photos in only one second, ensuring that no special moments are missed. The Easy Mode setting provides a simplified, easy to understand, and convenient version of the settings menu and camera interface, designed especially for first time users but also helpful to those who prefer a basic camera settings interface as well. The BEST SHOT Button enables convenient, one-touch access to 33 scenes chosen from an image menu and providing the user with a wide range of camera settings for taking hassle-free photos every time.

The EX-Z1000 has features like: "Auto Macro" mode which allows for automatic switching between macro and auto focus modes. "9-Point Multi AF" clearly indicates the areas of focus when photographing subjects with multiple focus points. The "Quick Shutter" function reduces mistakes by facilitating simple and easy high-speed focusing. "Flash Assist" mode compensates for poorly illuminated areas within the shot. "Exposure Warning" mode warns over or under exposure via an on-screen display. The "Icon Help" function provides icon guidance when adjusting camera settings. The "Direct On" button allows quick startup in both shooting and playback modes.

In addition to high-resolution still images the EX-Z1000 also records movies with sound in VGA (640 x 480 pixels) size at 25 frames per second. When taking high quality long duration MPEG-4 movies, the EX-Z1000 instantaneously reduces camera shake electronically. For movies taken in dimly lit environments, the "built-in" Illumination LED Light provides additional illumination of the subject. Using the "Motion Print" function, movies can be converted into a series of nine or just one snapshot for printing. Movies can be zoomed in during replay and the "Movie Editing" operation offers three ways (beginning, middle, end) to cut unwanted scenes from a movie.

Camera data is stored in its 8.3 megabytes of internal memory and on optional Secure Digital (SD) type cards. The camera is powered by a Li-ion battery that is good for up to 360 shots and is charged with the included docking cradle. Data is transferred to computer via USB and you can print directly to any PictBridge compatible printer. Still images are ExifPrint and PRINT Image Matching III compatible.



Z1000 Zoom Features:

  • 10.1-Megapixel effective CCD imager, 3x optical zoom w/auto macro
  • Stylish, durable and light-weight aluminum body
  • 2.8-inch Wide and Bright LCD, edge display of operational icons
  • Anti Shake provides higher sensitivity, faster shutter speed prevents image blurring to hand or subject movement
  • High-speed start-up enables shooting approximately 1.3 seconds after power up.
  • Release time lag of only 0.002 seconds after the shutter is pressed.
  • Rapid Flash, 3 high speed flash photos in one second
  • Continuous shutter function enables photos to be taken in 1 second intervals.
  • 33 "BEST SHOT" scene modes set the camera for easy to difficult situations.
  • Attach up to 30-second audio memos to still images at capture or later.
  • Record voice-only audio, approx. 25 minutes on internal memory.
  • MPEG-4, VGA(640×480 pixels), 25 frames/second high quality movies
  • Movie Best Shot, Past Movie, Short Movie and in-camera movie editing.
  • 9-point autofocus system with selectable AF modes: Multi or Spot AF.
  • ISO sensitivity from 50 to 400, ISO 3200 with Anti Shake.
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction and Flash-assist function.
  • USB data transfer to PC or Mac computers.
  • Super-Life Li-ion rechargeable battery for up to 360 shots.
  • 8.3 Megabytes of internal memory and SD card slot for memory expansion.
  • ExifPrint, PRINT Image Matching III, USB Direct-Print, and PictBridge compatible.


The EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z1000 has a suggested retail of US$399.99 and will be available in June.


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The EX-Z1000 compared to a standard Compact Disc.









The EX-Z1000 and the 8-megapixel EX-Z850.



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Casio EX-Z1000 Specifications

Effective Pixels 10.10 million
Imaging Element 1/1.8-inch square pixel color CCD (total pixels: 10.37 million)
Image File Format Still images: JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies Motion JPEG, AVI format
Audio WAV (monaural)
Recording Media Built-in flash memory (image area: 8.0MB), SD Memory Card/ MultiMediaCard compatible
Image Size (Pixels) Still images: 3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432 (3:2), 3648 x 2048 (16:9),
2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Movies 640 x 480 (HQ), 640 x 480 (Normal), 320 x 240 (LP)
Lens/Focal Distance:
F2.8 to 5.4, f=7.9 to 23.7mm (equivalent to approximately 38 to 114mm on a 35mm film camera), 7 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
Zoom: 3X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom (Image size: 3648 x 2736 pixels, 12X in combination with optical zoom)
Focusing Contrast Detection: Auto Focus∞
Focus Modes: Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus (movie recording only), Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area: Spot or Multi; with AF assist lamp
Approximate Focus Range Auto Focus: 15.75" to ∞, Macro: 2.36" to 19.69", Infinity Mode: ∞, Manual Focus: 2.36" to ∞ *Range is affected by optical zoom
Exposure Control: Metering: Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter: CCD shutter, mechanical shutter
Still images (Auto): 1/2 to 1/2000 second (at ISO 50), Still images (night scene): 4 to 1/2000 second (at ISO 50) *Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene or sensitivity setting
Aperture: F2.8/F5.6,*3 auto switching
*3 Brightness converted
* Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change
White Balance: Auto, fixed (6 modes), manual
Sensitivity: Still images: Auto*4, ISO50, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400
Movies: Auto
*4 When using Anti Shake function, maximum is ISO 800. When using BEST SHOT "High Sensitivity" function, maximum is ISO 3200
Recording Functions: Still images; still images with audio (maximum around 30 seconds); macro; self-timer; continuous shutter (normal speed, high speed, rapid flash, zoom continuous), BEST SHOT, movies with audio, voice recording
Self-timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash: Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Range: Approx..33 to 11.81' (W), approx. 1.31' to 6.23' (T)
Flash Continuous Shutter: approx. 1.97' to 6.89' (W), approx. 1.31' to 3.61' (T)
Monitor Screen: 2.8-inch TFT color LCD (14:9), 230,400 pixels (960 x 240)
Time keeping Functions:

Date and time: Recorded with image data;
Auto Calendar: To 2049
On-image time stamp function

World Time: 162 cities in 32 time zones, City name, date, time, summer time
Input/Output Terminals: USB cradle connector, USB2.0 (Full-Speed) compatible
Power Requirements:

Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-40) x 1

Battery life: Approx. 360 still images (CIPA Standards)
Continuous playback: approx. 13 hr. (still images)
Continuous recording: approx. 3 hr. 15 min. (movie)
Continuous recording: approx. 8 hr. (voice recording)
Dimensions: 3.62" (W) x 2.30" (H) x .88" (D) (excluding projections, .78" at thinnest part)
Weight: Approximately 4.9 oz (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundled Accessories: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, USB cradle, USB cable, AV cable, Special AC adaptor, strap, CD-ROM

NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.



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