Casio EX-Z200 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z200


Review posted 7/1/2008


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The 10.1 megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z200 offers an EXILIM series first -- a 4x optical zoom lens that can shoot as wide as 28mm (equivalent). This is a compact model sporting a stylish and durable metal exterior. To combat camera-shake, the EX-Z200 employs an anti-shake function that compensates for blur by actually moving the imaging element (also called sensor-shift). Of course, this model also incorporates Anti-Shake DSP, which reduces blur by raising the camera's sensitivity and therefore increasing shutter speeds.

With the new Auto Shutter function (which uses motion blur detection technology), the camera can automatically take a photo at the instant when hand shake or subject movement ceases. Users can also automatically capture the moment of a smile, the instant when subject movement due to panning ceases, or the moment when their own face fills the frame as they point the camera towards themselves.

The EX-Z200 uses the H.264 video standard, which utilizes the AAC audio codec widely enjoyed in Apple's iPod, etc. It is also possible to record movies in a wide format at resolutions of 848x480. The camera also features a separate Movie shutter release button which makes movie recording a snap.



EX-Z200 Zoom Features:

  • 10.1-Megapixel effective CCD imager
  • 4x "Wide" optical zoom covers 28 - 112mm (35mm equivalent)
  • Stylish, durable and light-weight aluminum body
  • 2.7-inch "Super Clear" LCD with 230K pixels of resolution
  • Face Detection and "Auto Shutter" technologies for sharp portraits
  • CCD shift anti-shake system
  • 36 "BEST SHOT" scene modes for various shooting situations
  • Attach up to 30-second audio memos to still images at capture or later.
  • Record voice-only audio mode
  • Record MPEG-4 (H.264/AVC) movies at 848x480 (UHQ Wide/HQ Wide) or standard 640x480/320x240 resolutions
  • 9-point autofocus system with selectable AF modes: Multi, Tracking or Spot AF.
  • ISO sensitivity from 50 to 1600
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction and Flash-assist function.
  • USB 2.0 (Full-speed) data transfer to PC or Mac computers.
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery for up to 400 shots.
  • 11.7 Megabytes of internal memory and SD/SDHC/MMC/MMC Plus card slot for memory expansion.
  • ExifPrint, PRINT Image Matching III, USB Direct-Print, and PictBridge compatible.


The EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z200 s available in black, red, and sliver finish with a suggested retail of US$299.99. The kit ships with Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, and CD-ROM.

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Casio Exilim EX-Z200

The EX-Z200 compared to a standard Compact Disc.





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Casio EX-Z200 Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels
10.1 million
Image Sensor
1/2.3-inch square pixel CCD
Total Pixels
10.34 million
File Format
Still Images JPEG (Exif Version 2.2, DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant)
Movies MOV format, H.264/AVC, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
Audio (Voice Recording) WAV format (monaural)
Built-in Flash Memory
11.7MB
Recording Media
SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCard plus compatible
Number of Recorded Pixels
Still Images
3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432 (3:2), 3648 x 2048 (16:9), 3072 x 2304, 2304 x 1728, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Movies 848 � 480 (UHQ Wide/HQ Wide), 640 � 480 (UHQ/HQ/Normal), 320 � 240 (LP)
Recording Capacity (when set at maximum image size)
Still Images Built-in Flash Memory Approx. 1 shot (Fine) / 3 shots (Normal) / 5 shots (Economy)
SD Memory Card 1GB*1 Approx. 151 shots (Fine) / 286 shots (Normal) / 426 shots (Economy)
Movies Recording Time Maximum Recording Capacity per File: 4GB*2
Built-in Flash Memory Approx. 10 seconds
SD Memory Card 1GB*1 Approx. 18 minutes 52 seconds
Operating Speed
Power on to First Shot*3*4 - Approx. 2.1 seconds
Shutter Release Time Lag*3*4 - Approx. 0.008 second
Image Playback - Approx. 0.1 second/image
Shot to Shot Time*4*5 - Approx. 2.7 seconds
Normal Speed Continuous Shutter*5 - Approx. 1.9 second intervals
High-speed Continuous Shutter*6 - Maximum is 4 frames per second
Flash Continuous Shutter - Maximum is 3 frames per second
Lens
Construction 7 lenses in 6 groups, including aspherical lens
F-number F2.6 (W) to 5.8 (T)
Focal Length/35mm film equivalent f= 4.9 to 19.6mm/Approx. 28 to 112mm
Zoom
Optical Zoom 4X
Digital Zoom 4X (16X in combination with optical zoom)
Focusing
Focus Type Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Modes Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area Spot, Multi or Tracking
AF Assist Lamp Included
Focus Range*7 (from lens surface)
Auto Focus Approx. 15.75" to Infinity (W)
Macro Approx. 5.91" to 19.69" (W)
Infinity Mode infinity (W)
Manual Focus Approx. 5.91" to infinity (W)
Exposure
Exposure Metering Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure Control Program AE
Exposure Compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter Type
Shutter Speed*8
CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter
Auto 1/2 to 1/1000 second
Night Scene (BEST SHOT) 4 to 1/1000 second
Aperture*9
F2.6 (W) to F7.0 (W)*11, auto switching
White Balance
Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, manual WB
Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*12
Still Images Auto, ISO50, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
Movies Auto
Other Recording Functions
BEST SHOT Included: 39 scenes
AUTO BEST SHOT Included
YouTube™ Capture Mode Included
Face Recognition Included
Auto Shutter Included
Voice Recording Included
Self-timer
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash
Flash Modes Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Range Normal: Approx. .66' to 10.83' (W), approx. 1.64' to 4.92' (T)
Flash Continuous Shooting: Approx. 1.64' to 7.22' (W), approx. 1.64' to 3.28' (T)
Monitor Screen
2.7-inch wide TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 230,160 dots (959�240)
Timekeeping Functions
Date and Time Recorded with image data
On-image Time Stamp Function Included
Auto Calendar To 2049
World Time 162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, summer time
Input/Output Terminals
USB/AV port
USB: Hi-Speed USB
Microphone
Monaural
Speaker
Monaural
Power Requirements
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-40) x 1
Battery Life
Number of Shots*13 Approx. 400 still images (CIPA Standards)
Continuous Playback Approx 5 hr. 20 min. (still images)
Continuous Recording Approx. 8 hr. 50 min. (voice recording)
Dimensions (excluding projections)
3.66" (W) x 2.16" (H) x .89" (D)
Thinnest Part: .76"
Weight (excluding battery and accessories)
Approx. 4.2 oz
Bundled Accessories
Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM

Specifications subject to change without notice.

*1. When using Panasonic (Matsushita) Pro High Speed 1GB SD Memory Card. *2. Within limits of memory and battery life. *3. When using built-in memory. *4. With built-in flash off. *5. When set at maximum image size and normal image quality. *6. Image is fixed at 1600x1200 pixels and normal image quality. *7. Range is affected by optical zoom. *8. Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene. *9. Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change. *10. F5.6 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *11. F7.0 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *12. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index. *13. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting.


NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.



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