Casio EX-Z600 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z600


Review posted 6/12/2006


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The EXILIM EX-Z600 Zoom offers 6.0 megapixels of resolution, a 3x optical zoom lens and an extra large 2.7-inch Super Bright LCD, all housed in a slim, durable, and pocket-sized package. The Z600's Super Life Battery now has an even longer battery life, supporting an amazing 550 shots per charge. The camera also features Casio's 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 extra large 2.7-inch Super Bright LCD is approximately three times brighter than the previous EX-Z500 model, producing an impressive luminance of 1200 candelas per square meter. This significant advancement makes the LCD easier to see, especially when viewed in the sunny outdoors. In auto mode, the LCD automatically adjusts to the brightness of the surrounding environment.

New and exclusive to the Casio EXILIM line of digital cameras in the U.S., is the eBay Best Shot mode. The 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-Z600 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-Z600 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-Z600 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 Li-ion battery that is good for up to 550 shots and is charged with the included 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.



Z600 Zoom Features:

  • 6-Megapixel effective CCD imager, 3x optical zoom w/auto macro
  • Stylish, durable and light-weight aluminum body
  • Large 2.7-inch TFT color LCD, three times as bright as EX-Z500
  • 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 Li-ion rechargeable battery for up to 550 shots.
  • 8.3 Megabytes of internal memory and SD card slot for memory expansion.
  • ExifPrint, PRINT Image Matching III, USB Direct-Print, and PictBridge compatible.


The EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z600 has a suggested retail of $299.99 and will be available in black and silver.


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The EX-Z600 compared to a standard Compact Disc.









The Exilim EX-Z600 and the 8-megapixel EX-Z850.



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Casio EX-Z600 Specifications

Imaging Elements 1/2.5-inch square pixel color CCD (total pixels: 6.18 million, effective pixels: 6.00 million)
Image Files Format

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

Recording Media 8.3MB built-in flash memory, SD Memory Card, Multimedia Card
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)

Lens/Focal Distance::
F2.7(W) to 5.2(T), f=6.2(W) to 18.6(T)mm (equivalent to approximately 38(W) to 114mm(T) for 35mm film), 6 lenses in 5 groups, with aspherical lens
Zoom: 3X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom (12X in combination with optical zoom)
Focusing:

Contrast Detection Auto Focus,
Focus Modes: Auto Focus, Macro mode, Pan Focus, Infinity mode, manual focus
AF Area: spot, multi; AF Assist Light
Approximate Focus Range: Auto Focus: 15.75" to ∞, Macro: 5.91" to 19.69", Infinity Mode: ∞, Manual: 5.91" to ∞
* Using optical zoom causes the above ranges to change

Exposure Control:

Light metering: Multi-pattern, center-weighted, spot by CCD

Shutter:

CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter,
Still image mode (auto): 1/8 to 1/2000 second.
*Shutter speed is different for the following BEST SHOT scenes.
Night Scene: 4 to 1/2000 second: Fireworks: 2 seconds (fixed)

Aperture: F2.7/F4.3, 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; self-timer; macro; BEST SHOT mode; movie with audio; Voice Recording
* Audio recording is monaural
Self-timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash:

Flash Modes: Auto Flash, On, Off, Red eye reduction, Soft Flash
Flash Range: Wide Angle Optical Zoom: .49' to 9.19'; Telephoto Optical Zoom: 1.31' to 4.59'
Flash Continuous Shutter: Wide Angle Optical Zoom: 2.30' to 5.25'; Telephoto Optical Zoom: 1.31' to 2.65'
*ISO Sensitivity: "Auto" *Depends on zoom factor

Viewfinder: LCD Monitor
Monitor: 2.7-inch TFT color LCD, 153,600 pixels (640�240)
Timekeeping Functions: Date and time: Recorded with image data, Auto Calendar: To 2049
World Time:

162 cities in 32 time zones, City, Date, Time, summer time

Input/Output Terminals:

Cradle connector. Cradle provides monoraul audio and composite video (NTSC or PAL selectable)

USB: USB 2.0 (Full-Speed) compatible
Microphone: Monaural
Speaker: Monaural
Power: NP-40 3.7v 1300mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery
Battery Life:

Approx. 550 still images (CIPA Standards)
*Auto Mode, standard brightness setting
Continuous playback: approx 9hr. 20 min. (still images)
Continuous recording: approx 4hr. (movie)
Continuous recording: approx 10 hr. (voice recording)

Dimensions:

3.48" (W) x 2.24" (H) x .81" (D) (excluding projections, .73" at thinnest part)

Weight: Approximately 3.95 oz (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundles Accessories:

Rechargeable lithium ion battery, USB cradle, USB cable, AV Cable, AC adaptor, CD-ROM, Basic Reference


NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.



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