Casio EX-Z120 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z120





Record Modes



Casio Exilim EX-Z120

The Snapshot screen showing Single shot, Matrix metering and multi-AF focus. The image size is 7M"egapixels" and Fine quality has been selected, we can shoot 433 more frames at this size/quality, ISO sensitivity is 50 and the battery is full.



Casio Exilim EX-Z120

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



Casio Exilim EX-Z120


The Easy mode is a totally automatic "point-n-shoot" exposure mode for beginners.


Casio Exilim EX-Z120


The Easy mode menu is simplified and only allows the user to select the flash mode, enable the selftimer and select the image size.


Casio Exilim EX-Z120


There are 32 different Best Shot scenes:

    Portrait, Scenery, Portrait w/Scenery, Children, Sports, Candlelight Portrait, Party, Pet, Flower, Natural Green, Autumn Leaves, Soft Flowing Water, Splashing Water, Sundown, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food, Text, Collection, Backlight, Anti Shake, High Sensitivity, Pastel, Illustration, Cross, Monochrome, Retro (Sepia), Twilight, ID Photo, Business Card, Whiteboard and Register Favorites (custom build your own Best Shot scene)



Casio Exilim EX-Z120

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 or F4.0. Press the set button to change the exposure compensation value.



Casio Exilim EX-Z120

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 1/1600 second.



Casio Exilim EX-Z120

The Manual mode lets you change both the aperture value and shutter speeds. When you half-press the shutter button the aperture and shutter speed display will turn white if the exposure is correct or red if over- or under-exposed.



Casio Exilim EX-Z120


This is the Histogram that shows the combined RGB as well as the individual color channels. Once you learn how to "read" a histogram, it can tell you at a glance whether the image is properly exposed or not. Press the DISP button to enable the histogram.




Casio Exilim EX-Z120


When you rotate the Mode Dial to change the exposure mode, a popup "label" is displayed momentarily to let you know what mode has been selected.




Casio Exilim EX-Z120


Press the "Down" button to cycle through the available flash modes or press "Up" to change the focus mode. This screen also shows the Icon Help labels that display as the settings are changed.




Casio Exilim EX-Z120

REC menu options:
    Continuous - Sequential mode On or Off
    Self-timer - 10s, 2s, x3 (take 3 pictures) or Off
    EV Shift - Exposure compensation +/-2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
    AF Area - Spot, Multi
    Anti Shake - Auto or Off
    L/R Key - Assign a function to 4-way controller in record mode: EV shift, White balance, ISO, Metering, Self-timer, Off
    Quick Shutter - Off or On
    Audio Snap - On, Off (record audio memo with each picture)
    Grid - Enable onscreen grid guides
    Digital Zoom - Digital zoom feature, On or Off
    Review - Review after capture, On or Off
    Memory - Remember settings from power off to on.
      Flash - On, Off
      Focus - On, Off
      White Balance - On, Off
      ISO - On, Off
      AF Area - On, Off
      Metering - On, Off
      Self-timer - On, Off
      Flash Intensity - On, Off
      Digital Zoom - On, Off
      MF Position - On, Off
      Zoom Position - On, Off





Casio Exilim EX-Z120

Quality menu options:
    Size - 7M, 7M (3:2), 5M, 3M, 2M, VGA
    Still Quality - JPEG Fine, Normal or Economy
    Movie Quality - HQ 640x480, Normal 640x480 or LP 320x240
    EV Shift - Exposure compensation +/-2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
    White Balance - Auto, sunny, cloudy, shade, tungsten, fluorescent1, fluorescent2, manual
    ISO - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
    Metering - Multi, Center weighted, Spot
    Filter - Off, B/W, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Purple
    Sharpness - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Saturation - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Contrast - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Flash Intensity - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Flash Assist - Auto or Off
    External Flash - Off or On




Casio Exilim EX-Z120

The EX-Z120 can record video at 640x480 (28fps) or 320x240 (14fps) with sound, the length is only limited by the capacity of your memory card and the life of your battery. The optical zoom is disabled during movie recording but can be preset before recording begins. Pan Focus mode is the default in movie mode, other focus modes may be selected. Anti Shake is not available in movie mode.


Casio Exilim EX-Z120


Movie Storage capacity

Casio Exilim EX-Z120





Casio Exilim EX-Z120


The EX-Z120 can be used like an audio recorder. Approx. 25 minutes can be recorded using the internal memory. When using optional memory card the length is limited only by available memory, file size is 5.5KB per second. Standard Windows WAV format.



Casio Exilim EX-Z120

SETUP menu options:
    Sounds - Settings for: Startup, Shutter, Operation and Volume
    Battery Type - Alkaline, NiMH or Lithium
    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
    Adjust - Set time or date
    Date Style - MM/DD/YY, DD/MM/YY, YY/MM/DD
    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
    REC/PLAY - Power On, Power On/Off, Disable
    USB - Mass Storage, PictBridge
    Video Out - NTSC or PAL
    Format - Format the SD card
    Reset - Reset all parameters to default




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