Casio EX-Z300 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z300




Features and Controls



Casio Exilim EX-Z300


The Z300's collapsible zoom lens provides 4x (28-112mm in 35mm equivalent) optical zoom capabilities in an amazingly thin configuration. This lens is constructed of 7 elements in 6 groups (including aspherical lens) with a maximum aperture of F2.6 (W) to 5.8 (T). There's also a 4X digital zoom option. The lens retracts fully inside of the camera when powered down and is protected by a built in lens cover.

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:

  • Normal: 15.75" to infinity (W)
  • Macro: 3.94" to 19.69" (W)
  • Manual: 3.94" to infinity (W)




Casio Exilim EX-Z300

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)
Flash Continuous Shooting: Approx. 1.31' to 7.22' (W), approx. 1.64' to 3.28' (T).



Casio Exilim EX-Z300

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.


Casio Exilim EX-Z300

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.



Casio Exilim EX-Z300

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.



Casio Exilim EX-Z300

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 menu.


Still Image Storage

Casio Exilim EX-Z300

Movie Storage

Casio Exilim EX-Z300





Casio Exilim EX-Z300

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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