Casio EX-Z50 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features and Controls
The auto focus system covers 15.7 in. (40cm) to infinity in normal focus mode and from
2.4 in. (6cm) to 19.7 in. (50cm) in Macro mode. It also features an "Auto Macro" function, which
automatically switches between Normal and Macro focus modes. 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 one second to extend the lens.
The optical viewfinder is large and bright, it shows approximately 80-85% of
the captured image. There is no diopter adjustment. The two LEDs indicate
camera power, flash charging, focus lock, memory error / memory full / battery
The built-in flash has modes for auto, fill, red-eye reduction and off. The
working range is approx. 1.3 ft. (0.4m) to 8.5 ft. (2.6m) at wide angle, and 1.3
ft. (0.4m) to 6.6 ft. (2.0m) at telephoto.
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 bright 2.0-inch color LCD. You can frame
your pictures with the optical viewfinder or the color LCD.
Controls on the back: Top left are the Play and Record buttons which select
between play and record modes. Next is the zoom control buttons, which also
serve as the magnify and index mode controls when in Playback mode. 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. Last is the MENU button, which calls up and
dismisses the onsreen menu system, and the DISP button turns the color LCD
on/off and controls the amount of information that is overlayed on the
The EX-Z50 has 9.3 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.
Shown here with a spacious and speedy
SanDisk 512MB Ultra II SD card.
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. 390 shots in record mode, and over 6 hours of continuous playback (based on CIPA Standard.)
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