Casio EX-Z300 Review
Features and Controls
The auto focus system has options for Spot AF (center only), Multi AF (auto selects one of nine AF areas), or Auto Tracking (press lightly on the shutter button and the camera will continue to focus on your subject until the photo is taken).
The auto focus working range is:
The built-in flash has modes for auto, fill, soft flash, red-eye reduction and off. The working range
in Normal mode: approx. .67' to 14.76' (W), approx. 1.64' to 6.56' (T)
Controls on top: Makeup mode button, Power on/off button and combination shutter release and zoom lens control. In playback mode the zoom controls function
as the index and magnify functions.
On the back is a 3-inch, wide-format LCD monitor with 230K pixels. At the top right you can see the Movie mode shutter release. Next
are the Playback and Record mode buttons. The 4-way controller lets you easily navigate menu screens or select images for playback, the
center button accepts menu selections and enters the shortcut menu. You can program the "Left" and "Right" actions in the Record menu to change EV comp, ISO speed,
White Balance, etc. In Record mode you push "Up" to change DISPlay settings, push "Down" to change the flash mode or to delete an image
when in Playback. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system. The BS button accesses the BestShot mode menu.
Unlike many Casio models, the EX-Z300 does not feature a docking cradle. Here you can see the
combination I/O that handles USB 2.0 (high-speed) port for data transfer as well as Audio-Video output
TV set for display of images and movies. Unlike past models, the EX-Z300 Does output video in record mode; kudos to Casio for finally adding this feature.
The Z300 has ~38.5 megabytes of internal memory for saving images and movie clips. It supports use of SD, SDHC, MMC, and MMC Plus
memory cards via the expansion slot on the bottom. Image data can be copied to/from internal memory and a flash card via the Playback
Still Image Storage
The EX-Z150 is powered by a NP-40 3.7V 1300mAh Lithium-ion battery pack that is charged in the included AC charger. Casio claims a battery life of up to 310 still images or 7 hours and 50 minutes of continuous playback.
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