Casio EX-Z300 Review

By Movable Type Admin

First look posted 10/31/2008
Conclusion and samples posted 11/5/2008



Click to take 360-degree QTVR tour of the Casio Exilim EX-Z300
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Casio has release two new ultra-compact models for 2008, the 10.1 effective megapixel EX-Z300 and the 9.1 effective megapixel EX-Z250. Thanks to Casio's original image processing technologies, these cameras have the ability to capture high-resolution images with reduced noise in pictures taken at high sensitivity levels. This is the result of Casio's pursuit for great image quality, that users expect from cameras with high resolution.

Both models feature a 4x optical zoom lens that covers a 28 to 112mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range. Users can enjoy a wide range of shooting options, from wide angle photography that is convenient when shooting large groups or objects, to telephoto shooting which brings distant subjects a bit closer.

New functions that take advantage of the high-speed EXILIM Engine 3.0 image processor include:

  • Handheld night scene: - The cameras can automatically detect night situations where there would normally be camera shake if a tripod wasn't used. Users get clear, bright photographs of both people and night scenes as the camera compensates for camera shake.

  • Lighting function: - When blue skies are washed out, or when faces are dark because subjects have their backs to the light, these cameras are able to automatically detect such situations and select just the right balance between light and dark. Washed out and overly dark areas are controlled, allowing for a natural tonal range to be reproduced, so both people and backgrounds are evenly exposed.

  • Makeup function: - When users want to smooth facial skin, or reduce the depth of facial shadows in sunlight, etc., they can apply image processing from a relatively low level 1 right through to a high level 12, all the while checking the effect of the processing level chosen in the LCD monitor. The higher-end model EX-Z300 also has a "Makeup button" that allows effects to be applied with one touch.

  • Multi-motion: - Just as if multi-exposure had been used, the EX-Z300 (only) can take a series of shots of a moving subject and combine them in a single photo (image size must be set to 3 megapixels.)

Camera shake is compensated for by the mechanical movement of the imaging element in the camera. Of course, both cameras also incorporate Anti Shake DSP, which reduces photo blur due to moving subjects by raising the camera's sensitivity and allowing faster shutter speeds.

The EX-Z300 comes equipped with a high definition movie recording function, which allows beautiful movies with an image size of 1280x720 pixels. They also feature the H.264 video standard, which records beautiful, high-quality movies in highly compressed video files. This standard also utilizes the AAC audio codec widely used in Apple's iPod and other mobile devices.

These cameras also share the same 3.0-inch LCD monitor. The high contrast screen produces sharp, bright images that can be viewed easily from any angle, and the monitor's high brightness means that it can be easily viewed outdoors in bight conditions.



EX-Z300 Zoom Features:

  • 10.1-Megapixel effective CCD imager
  • 4x "Wide" optical zoom covers 28 - 112mm (35mm equivalent)
  • CCD Shift Anti-shake and digital Anti-Shake DSP
  • Stylish, durable and light-weight metal body
  • 3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 230,400 dots (960x240)
  • Face Detection and "Auto Shutter" technologies for sharp portraits
  • CCD shift anti-shake system
  • 38 "BEST SHOT" scene modes for various shooting situations
  • Attach audio memos to still images at capture or later.
  • Record MPEG-4 (H.264/AVC) HD movies at 1280x720 (HD, 24fps) or standard 640x480 (STD, 30fps) and 320x240 (LP, 15fps) resolutions
  • 9-point autofocus system with selectable AF modes: Multi, Tracking or Spot AF.
  • ISO sensitivity from 64 to 3200
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction.
  • USB 2.0 (Full-speed) data transfer to PC or Mac computers.
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery for up to 300 shots.
  • 38.5 Megabytes of internal memory and SD/SDHC/MMC/MMC Plus card slot for memory expansion.


The EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z300 s available in black, sliver or pink finish with a suggested retail of US$249.99. The kit ships with a Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM .


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Casio Exilim EX-Z300

Casio Exilim EX-Z300

Casio Exilim EX-Z300 Casio Exilim EX-Z300

Casio Exilim EX-Z300

Casio Exilim EX-Z300





Casio Exilim EX-Z300

The EX-Z300 compared to a standard Compact Disc.



Casio Exilim EX-Z300 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, AAC (monaural)

Audio (Voice Recording) WAV format (monaural)
Built-in Flash Memory (Image area)
38.5MB
Recording Media

SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard,
MultiMediaCardplus 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

1280 x 720 (HD, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (STD, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (LP, 15 fps)

Recording Capacity (when set at maximum image size)
Still Images Built-in Flash Memory Approx. 6 shots (Fine) / 11 shots (Normal) / 17 shots (Economy)
SD Memory Card 1GB*1

Approx. 151 shots (Fine) / 286 shots (Normal) / 426 shots (Economy)

Movies Recording Time Maximum recording time per file: 10 min.
Built-in Flash Memory Approx. 37 seconds (HD)
SD Memory Card 1GB*1 Approx. 16 min. 32 seconds (HD)
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. 2.3 seconds
Normal Speed Continuous Shutter*5 - Approx. 2.3 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)
HD Zoom 22.8X (640 x 480 pixels, both with optical and digital 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 Yes
Focus Range*7 (from lens surface)
Auto Focus Approx. 15.75" to infinity (W)
Macro Approx. 3.94" to 19.69" (W)
Infinity Mode infinity (W)
Manual Focus Approx. 3.94" 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 1/2000 second
Night Scene (BEST SHOT) 4 to 1/2000 second
Aperture*9
F2.6 (W) to F7.0 (W)*10, auto switching
White Balance
Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, manual WB
Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*12
Still Images Auto, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
Movies Auto
Other Recording Functions
BEST SHOT Included: 38 scenes
AUTO BEST SHOT Yes
Make-up Shot Yes
Lighting Yes
Handheld Night Scene Yes
YouTube™ Capture Mode Yes
Face Detection Yes
Face Recognition Yes
Auto Shutter Yes
Voice Recording Yes
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: .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)
Monitor Screen
3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 230,400 dots (960x240)
Timekeeping Functions
Date and Time Recorded with image data
On-image Time Stamp Function Yes
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. 300 still images (CIPA standards)
Continuous Playback Approx. 7 hr. 50 min. (still images)
Continuous Recording Approx. 8 hr. 50 min. (voice recording)
Dimensions (excluding projections)
3.81" (W) x 2.27" (H) x .91" (D)
Thinnest part: .83"
Weight (excluding battery and accessories)
Approx. 4.62 oz
Bundled Accessories
Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord,
USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM
*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. F7.0 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *11. F7.7 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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