Casio EX-Z40 Review
Features and Controls
The auto focus system covers 15.7" to infinity in normal focus mode and from 2.4" to 19.7"
in Macro mode. As you can see from the animation above, the lens retracts fully inside
of the camera when powered down and is protected by a built in lens cover. On power
up it only takes about two seconds to extend the lens.
The optical viewfinder is large and bright, it shows approximately 85% of the captured
image. There is no diopter adjustment. The two LEDs indicates camera power, flash
charging, focus lock, memory error / memory full / battery low conditions.
The built-in flash has modes for auto, fill, red-eye reduction and off. The working
range is approx. 1.6 to 11.1 feet (W), 1.3 to 5.9 feet (T).
Located on the top are the power on/off and shutter release buttons.
The controls on the back are minimal but effective. All camera settings are changed
via an onscreen menu system on the large and bright 2-inch color LCD. You can frame
your pictures with the optical viewfinder or the color LCD.
On the top are the Play and Record buttons which select between play and
record modes. The zoom lens buttons also serve as the magnified playback and
index mode controls buttons when in Play mode. The MENU button calls up and
dismisses the onsreen menu system. The 4-way controller lets you easily
navigate menu screens or select images for playback, you can program the
"Left" and "Right" actions in the Setup menu to change Rec mode, EV comp, ISO
speed, Self-timer or White Balance, the center SET button accepts menu
selections. In Record mode you push "Up" to enable Macro focus or to enable
the Album mode when in Playback. You push "Down" in record to change the
flash mode or to delete an image when in Playback. The DISP button turns the
color LCD on/off and controls the amount of information that is overlayed on
The EX-Z40 has 9.7 megabytes of internal memory for saving images and movie clips. It supports use of any size Secure Digital or MultiMedia Card via the expansion slot on the bottom. Image data can be copied to/from internal memory and a flash card via the Playback menu.
Use a card like this
SanDisk 512MB Ultra II SD card and you'll never have to worry about running
out of space again - even on an extended vacation.
The camera must be placed in the included cradle to connect with a computer via the
built-in USB port to transfer image data. It also charges the battery while docked.
There is no video output capability on the camera or the dock.
The NP-40 lithium battery pack is charged (maximum of 2 hours) whenever the camera is docked in the cradle. This 3.7 volt battery is rated at 1230mA and Casio claims approx. 360 shots (LCD on) in record mode, and 6 hours of continuous playback.
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