Casio EX-Z60 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z60


Review posted 6/12/2006


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The EXILIM EX-Z60 Zoom offers 6.0 megapixel images and a 3X optical zoom packed into a slim, lightweight and durable metal body. The camera features a large, easy-to-see 2.5" LCD monitor, as well as the Anti Shake DSP which, along with the Auto Macro and Quick Shutter functions, considerably reduces the incidence of blurred images due to moving subjects or shaking hands. The EX-Z60 comes with many other convenient and user-friendly features, including Easy Mode, a simplified camera menu that facilitates effortless picture taking.

New and exclusive to the Casio EXILIM line of digital cameras in the U.S., is the eBay Best Shot mode. The 23rd of 33 Best Shot modes in the EX-Z60 model, eBay Best Shot takes photos at a size that is image optimized for display on eBay, allowing picture takers to more quickly and easily create photos for selling items on eBay. eBay Best Shot mode also includes Auto Macro, an ideal setting for capturing images of small items such as jewelry, tags, etc., thus automatically adjusting the focus from acquiring fine details in close up shots to capturing large items from a distance. eBay Best Shot mode allows users to capture optimized images at an ideal size for eBay.

In addition to its compact and stylish design, the EX-Z60 functions include "Old Photo" Best Shot Mode, which refreshes faded colors of old photos by bringing them back to life in digital format, automatically adjusts for obliquity even when photos are shot while still in the album. The Rapid Flash function enables three consecutive, high-speed flash photos in only one second, ensuring that no special moments are missed. The Easy Mode setting provides a simplified, easy to understand, and convenient version of the settings menu and camera interface, designed especially for first time users but also helpful to those who prefer a basic camera settings interface as well. The BEST SHOT Button enables convenient, one-touch access to 33 scenes chosen from an image menu and providing the user with a wide range of camera settings for taking hassle-free photos every time.

The EX-Z60 has features like: "Auto Macro" mode which allows for automatic switching between macro and auto focus modes. "9-Point Multi AF" clearly indicates the areas of focus when photographing subjects with multiple focus points. The "Quick Shutter" function reduces mistakes by facilitating simple and easy high-speed focusing. "Flash Assist" mode compensates for poorly illuminated areas within the shot. "Exposure Warning" mode warns over or under exposure via an on-screen display. The "Icon Help" function provides icon guidance when adjusting camera settings. The "Direct On" button allows quick startup in both shooting and playback modes.

In addition to high-resolution still images the EX-Z60 also records movies with sound in VGA (640 x 480 pixels) size at 30 frames per second. Using the "Motion Print" function, movies can be converted into a series of nine or just one snapshot for printing. Movies can be zoomed in during replay and the "Movie Editing" operation offers three ways (beginning, middle, end) to cut unwanted scenes from a movie.

Camera data is stored in its 8.3 megabytes of internal memory and on optional Secure Digital (SD) type cards. The camera is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery that is good for up to 180 shots per charge. A small AC charger is included and the battery can also be charged with an optional docking cradle. Data is transferred to computer via USB and you can print directly to any PictBridge compatible printer. Still images are ExifPrint and PRINT Image Matching III compatible.



Exilim Z60 Zoom Features:

  • 6-Megapixel effective CCD imager, 3x optical zoom w/auto macro
  • Stylish, durable and light-weight aluminum body
  • Large 2.5-inch TFT color LCD, twice as bright as EX-S500
  • Anti Shake provides higher sensitivity, faster shutter speed prevents image blurring to hand or subject movement
  • High-speed start-up enables shooting approximately 1.4 seconds after power up.
  • Release time lag of only 0.002 seconds after the shutter is pressed.
  • Rapid Flash, 3 high speed flash photos in one second
  • Continuous shutter function enables photos to be taken in 0.9 seconds intervals.
  • 33 "BEST SHOT" scene modes set the camera for easy to difficult situations.
  • Attach up to 30-second audio memos to still images at capture or later.
  • Record voice-only audio, approx. 25 minutes on internal memory.
  • MPEG-4, VGA(640×480 pixels), 30 frames/second high quality movies
  • Movie Best Shot, Past Movie, Short Movie and in-camera movie editing.
  • 9-point autofocus system with selectable AF modes: Multi or Spot AF.
  • ISO sensitivity from 50 to 400, ISO 800 with Anti Shake.
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction and Flash-assist function.
  • USB data transfer to PC or Mac computers.
  • Super-Life battery enables up to 180 shots on a single charge.
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and charger included.
  • 8.3 Megabytes of internal memory and SD card slot for memory expansion.
  • ExifPrint, PRINT Image Matching III, USB Direct-Print, and PictBridge compatible.



Casio Exilim EX-Z60

The EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z60 has a suggested retail of $249.99 and will be available in black and silver.



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The EX-Z60 compared to a standard Compact Disc.









The Exilim EX-Z60 and the 7-megapixel EX-Z750.



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Casio EX-Z60 Specifications

Imaging Elements 1/2.5-inch square pixel color CCD, 6.37 million total pixels, 6.00 million effective pixels
Image Files Format

Still images: JPEG (Exif Ver.2.2), DCF1.0 standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: AVI (motion JPEG)
Audio: WAV

Recording Media Internal flash memory (image area 8.3 MB), SD Memory Card, MMC compatible
Image Size (Pixels)

Still images: 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1872 (3:2), 2304 x 1728, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Movies: 640 x 480 (HQ), 640 x 480 (Normal), 320 x 240 (LP)

Data Size:

Pixels Image quality/
recording time
File size Internal memory (8.3MB) SD Memory Card
256MB *
Still
Photos

2816 X 2112

Fine/Normal/
Economy

Approx 3.63MB/
2.0MB/1.21MB

Approx.
2/3/6

Approx.
65/116/186

640 x 480

Fine/Normal/
Economy

Approx. 360KB/
240KB/120KB

Approx.
21/32/59

Approx.
625/938/1742

Movies

640x480 (HQ)

Recording time:
unlimited**

Approx. 10.2MB/sec.
(30 frames/sec.)

Approx.
6 sec.

Approx.
3 min. 16sec.

640x480 (Normal) Recording time:
unlimited**
Approx. 6.1MB/sec.
(30 frames/sec.)
Approx.
11 sec.
Approx.
5 min. 27sec.
320 x 240 (LP) Recording time:
unlimited**
Approx. 2.45 MB/sec.
(30 frames/sec.)
Approx.
27 sec.
Approx.
13 min. 34sec.

* When using Panasonic (Matsushita) 256 MB card
** Within limits of memory and battery life

Lens:
6 lenses in 5 groups, with aspherical lens; F3.1 (W) to 5.9 (T), f=.6.3 (W) to 18.9mm (T) (35mm conversion: approx. 38 (W) to 114mm (T)
Zoom: Optical 3X, digital 4X (12X when used together)
Focusing:

Auto Focus with contrast detection,
Focus Modes: Auto Focus, Macro mode, Pan Focus, Infinity mode, manual focus
AF area: selectable spot AF, multi AF
Approximate Focus Range: Auto Focus: 15.75" to ∞, Macro: 3.94" to 19.69" , Infinity Mode: ∞, Manual: 3.94" to ∞
* Using optical zoom causes the above ranges to change

Exposure Control:

Light metering: Multi-pattern, center-weighted, spot by CCD
Exposure: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: - 2EV to + 2EV (1/3 EV units)

Shutter:

CCD electronic/mechanical shutter,
Still images (auto): 1/2 to 1/2000 second.
* Shutter speed is different for the following BEST SHOT scenes. Night Scene: 4 to 1/2000 second: Fireworks: 2seconds (fixed)

Aperture: F3.1/4.4, auto switching   * Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change
White Balance: Auto WB / Fixed (6 modes) / Manual
Sensitivity:

Still images: Auto * / ISO50 / ISO100 / ISO200 / ISO400,
Movies: Auto
*Max ISO sensitivity is 800 when taking pictures with Anti Shake or High Sensitivity

Recording Functions: Still images, audio snapshot, Continuous shutter (normal speed,
high speed, Flash continuous), self-time, macro, BEST SHOT, movie
with audio, Voice Recording
Self-timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash:

Flash Modes: Auto Flash, ON, OFF, Soft Flash, Red eye reduction
Flash Range: .33' to 12.14' (W), 1.97' to 6.23' (T)
Flash Continuous Shutter: 1.31' to 6.23' (W), 1.97' to 3.28' (T)

Viewfinder: Monitor screen
Monitor: 2.5-inch TFT color LCD, 115,200 pixels (480�240)
Timekeeping Functions: Date and time: Recorded with image data, Auto Calendar: To 2049
World Time:

162 cities (32 time zones) worldwide, city name, date, time,
summer time (daylight savings time)

Input/Output Terminals:

USB / AV connector

USB: USB 2.0 (Full-Speed) compatible
Microphone: Monaural
Speaker: Monaural
Power: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Battery Life:

Approx. 180 images (CIPA Standards)
Continuous playback: approx. 3hr. 50 min. (still images)
Continuous recording: approx. 1hr. 40min. (movie)
Continuous recording: approx. 3hr. 50 min. (voice recording)

Dimensions:

3.75" (W) x 2.39" (H) x .78" (D) (excluding projections;
.64" at thinnest point)

Weight: Approx. 4.16 oz (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundles Accessories:

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, Lithium-ion battery charger,
AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, Strap, CD-ROM


NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.



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