Casio EX-Z57 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z57


Review posted 04/17/2005


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Who says a small camera has to have a small color LCD?   Certainly not Casio. The Exilim EX-Z57 features a large 2.7-inch liquid crystal display for those who want an easy-to-view screen for picture taking and viewing. The EX-Z57's 5-megapixel CCD and 3X optical zoom lens delivers high resolution picture quality. Extra-long battery life of approximately 400 shots (CIPA standards) per battery charge assures that you can enjoy shooting and looking at your pictures over and over again without worrying about the battery life.

And it's fast - rapid startup enables shooting approximately 1.6 seconds after the power is turned on. The camera automatically selects fixed-focus Auto Pan Focus mode for instantaneous response when the shutter is depressed in one push. The shutter release time lag is only 0.01 seconds after the shutter is released (with flash off.) Even playback is fast with a picture to picture delay of just 0.1 seconds.

Like it's "siblings," the Exilim EX-Z50 with a 2.0-inch LCD and the EX-Z55 with a 2.5-inch LCD, the EX-Z57 is a super-slim and very compact camera that's built survive an active lifestyle thanks to a lightweight but highly durable aluminum body. And it's so easy to use with a fully automatic Snapshot mode or Best Shot modes for challenging lighting conditions or subjects. Noise Reduction produces "cleaner" looking night scenes and an Auto Macro function enables automatic switching between Normal and Closeup autofocus modes.


Casio Exilim EX-Z57

The EX-Z57's supplied docking cradle enables you to charge the high-capacity lithium-ion battery and transfer images to your computer by simply pressing the USB button. From there, the PhotoLoader software automatically transfers all JPEG and AVI files in image memory to the computer. Pressing the Photo button starts a slide show of images currently in camera memory. The camera can even be set up to display the desired images whenever it is placed on the cradle.

The EX-Z57 can store images in HTML format so they can be viewed easily by any modern web browser. You can record voice memos that can be played back in the camera thanks to its built-in speaker. Photostand mode lets you view a slide show of images with the camera on its cradle. The Calendar feature shows you thumbnails of photos on the day they were taken. World Time lets you select one of 162 cities in 32 time zones as your home or destination time zone. You can also store special photographs or photos you don't want others to see in the "Favorites folder".

In addition to its ~9.3 MB of built-in Flash Memory, it also supports the use of SD memory cards and MMC cards (not included). An easy operation copies images between a memory card and built-in memory. You can customize key operations to assign recording mode, exposure compensation, white balance, ISO sensitivity or self-timer functions to the left/right controller buttons. These settings may be changed by simply pressing the left or right control button.

Today's digital photographers want to be able to print their photos easily and with no worries about the colors coming out right. The EX-Z57 is PictBridge compatible, just plug it directly into any Pictbridge-enabled photo printer and makes prints without the need of a computer. For those using a computer, the images are industry standard ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) and PRINT Image Matching III compliant.



Exilim EX-Z57 Features:

  • 5.0-Megapixel effective CCD imager
  • High-quality, light-weight aluminum body
  • Huge 2.7-inch TFT color LCD with 115,200 pixels
  • Still Image: 2560x1920, 2560x1712(3:2), 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
  • Audio recording, attached to images or audio-only
  • Record movies at 320x240 (15fps w/sound), length limited only by available memory
  • Pentax 3x optical zoom (35-105mm equiv)
  • Less than two-second startup time
  • Fast shot to shot time even when using the flash
  • 7-point autofocus system with selectable AF modes: Multi or Spot AF
  • Focus modes: Auto, Pan, Macro, Infinity, Manual focus, Focus lock
  • New "Auto Macro" function which automatically switches to Macro mode
  • Automatic 4 to 1/2000 sec. shutter speeds
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction and Flash-assist function
  • 4X playback zoom magnification
  • USB 1.1 data transfer to PC or Mac computers
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and charging cradle included
  • 9.3 Megabytes of internal memory
  • Secure Digital/MMC card slot for memory expansion
  • DPOF, ExifPrint (Exif 2.2), USB Direct-Print, and PictBridge compatible


The Casio EX-Z57 has a suggested retail of about $379.99 and is available now.




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Casio Exilim EX-Z57

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Casio Exilim EX-Z57

The EX-Z57 compared to an standard Compact Disc.









The Exilim EX-Z57 and the EX-Z55 for size comparison.
Note the larger 2.7" LCD but lack of an optical viewfinder.




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Casio EX-Z57 Specifications

Recording Element: 1/2.5-inch square color CCD; 5.25 million total pixels; 5 million effective pixels
File Record Format: Still images: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2) / DCF standard / DPOF compatible
Video images: AVI format; Audio: WAV
Recording Medium: Internal flash memory (image area 9.3 MB), SD memory card / MMC compatible
Recorded Image Sizes:

Still images; 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712(3:2), 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200
1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Video images: 320 x 240

Recording Volumes and Times

Still
Photo

Image size (pixels)

Image Quality /
recording time

File size

Built-in memory (8.3MB)

SD Memory Card
256MB *

2560 x1920

Fine/Normal/
Economy

Approx 2.2MB/
1.8MB/1.3MB

Approx.
4/4/6

Approx.
108/131/178

640 x 480

Fine/Normal/
Economy

Approx. 190KB/
140KB/90KB

Approx.
44/58/94

Approx.
1188/1559/2495

Video

320 x 240

Recording time:
unlimited**

Approx. 300 KB/sec.
(15 frames/sec.)

Approx. 
30 sec.

Approx. 
13 min. 35 sec.

Audio -

Recording time:
unlimited**

Approx. 4 KB/sec.

Approx. 
39 min.

Approx. 
17 min. 37 sec.

JPEG Quality:

Fine / Normal / Economy
Lens:
7 lenses in 6 groups, including aspherical lens; F2.8 - F5.1, f/7.9 - 23.7mm (35mm conversion; approx. 38 - 114mm)
Zoom: Optical 3X, digital 8X (24X when used together)
Focusing: Auto focus with contrast detection, selectable spot AF/ multi AF / free AF, macro mode, pan focus (video only), infinity mode, manual focus
Approximate Focus Range: Still photos - standard: approx. 15.75 in. to infinity
Macro: 3.94 in. to 15.75 in. (W)
Video- standard: approx. 15.75 in. to infinity
Macro: 3.94 in. to 15.75 in. (W)
   Note: Changes according to optical zoom
Exposure Control: Light metering method: multi-pattern metering by pixels, center weighted metering, spot metering.
Control method:      Program, manual exposure 
Exposure compensation: ┬▒2EV (1/3EV units)
Shutter: CCD electronic/mechanical shutter; Still photos: 1/8 - 1/1600 sec; aperture    priority AE  1 - 1/1600 sec; shutter speed priority AE and manual exposure  60 - 1/1600 sec.
Aperture: F2.8 / 4.0, auto   Note: Changes according to optical zoom
White Balance: Auto / Fixed (6 modes) / manual
Sensitivity: Auto / ISO 50 / ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Recording Functions:

Still photos:  still with audio (max time 30 sec.), macro, self-timer, BEST
SHOT (Includes ART SHOT, ID photo and Business Shot), Flash   Assist,    Icon Help, Auto Macro, Continuous shooting (normal, zoom, multi).
Video:  Video with monaural audio

Self-timer: Operation time 10 sec. or 2 sec., triple self-timer
Built-in Flash: Flash modes: auto / compulsory flash / flash prevent / red eye reduction
Operation range: approx. 1.31' to 9.51' (W)
Note: Changes according to optical zoom
Viewfinder: LCD monitor
LCD Monitor: 2.7-inch digital interface TFT color liquid crystal display with 115,200   
(480 x 240) elements
Time keeping Functions: Date, time, shooting data recorded simultaneously, Auto calendar to year 2049
World Time: 162 cities (32 time zones) worldwide, city name, date, time, summer time
Input/Output Terminals: DC IN, USB 2.0 hi-speed
Power Requirements: NP-40 3.7v 1230mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Battery Life

Approx. 325 images (CIPA standards)
Continuous shooting: approx. 740 images (approx. 3 hrs 10 min), wide-telephoto switch approx. every 15 seconds; display ON, flash OFF
Continuous playback: approx. 6 hrs 50 mins (still photos)
Continuous video shooting: approx. 2 hrs 50 mins.
Continuous voice recording: approx. 6 hrs 50 mins.

Dimensions: 3.50 in. W x 2.30 in. H x , .88 in. D
(except protruding parts, min. thickness .79 in.)
Weight: Approx 4.48 oz (without battery or accessories)
Bundled Accessories: Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, USB cradle, USB cable (high-speed USB 2.0 compatible), strap, AC power supply, CD-ROM

NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.



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