Casio EX-Z70 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z70





Record Modes


(Note: Unlike many of the past Casio models we have reviewed, the EX-Z70 does output video in both record and playback mode)




Casio Exilim EX-Z70


Here you can see a screen shot of the "easy" mode. This is a fully automatic mode for beginners that offers very little adjustments to exposure modes (see below.)



Casio Exilim EX-Z70


As you can see, the easy mode menu has very few options




Casio Exilim EX-Z70


Typical Auto record mode screen - image size is set to 7-megapixel (7m), "F"ine image quality, Anti-shake is enabled (shaky figure icon), there's enough room for 175 more pictures and the battery is 2/3 full.



Casio Exilim EX-Z70


When you half-press the shutter release and the camera achieves focus and exposure lock, the AF marks will turn green, and the ISO, aperture, and shutter values are displayed. When focus fails, the AF marks will turn red (not shown.)



Casio Exilim EX-Z70


Pressing the display button toggles the amount of overlay information in both record and playback modes. Here is the full information display with the live histogram.



Casio Exilim EX-Z70


Press the "BS" button to select the Record mode:
  • Auto - Program AE snapshot mode
  • Movie mode (see below)
  • Best Shot "scene" modes:
      Portrait, Scenery, Portrait with Scenery, Children, Sports, Candlelight Portrait, Party, Pet, Flower, Natural Green, Autumn Leaves, Soft Flowing Water, Splashing Water, Sundown, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food, Text, Collection, Backlight, Anti Shake, High Sensitivity, Monochrome, Retro (sepia), Twilight, Old Photo, Business Card and Documents, White Board, For eBay mode and Register (custom build your own BS mode)
  • Audio only to make voice recordings


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When taking a shot of a business card, document, whiteboard, or similarly shaped object from an angle, it can cause the subject to appear angularly distorted. Business card/Document and White board/etc. modes automatically correct the shape of rectangular objects to make them appear like the camera was positioned directly in front of them.



Casio Exilim EX-Z70


Here is a screen showing the framing Grid display. You activated this via the record menu. This is a helpful framing guide to ensure you get level shots.



Casio Exilim EX-Z70


The EX-Z70 can record high quality motion video with sound in three quality settings HG 640x480 (30fps), Normal 512x384 (30fps) or the smaller LP 320x240 (15fps) mode. The length is only limited by the capacity of your memory card and the life of your battery. The optical zoom can not be used while recording, but can be preset before. You can however, use the digital zoom, but this will degrade the quality of the video. Motion video clips are encoded into MPEG-4 AVI format.


Casio Exilim EX-Z70





Casio Exilim EX-Z70


The Z70 can also be used like an audio recorder. Approx. 25 minutes can be recorded using the internal memory. When using optional memory card the length is limited only by available memory, file size is 5.5KB per second. Standard Windows WAVE/ADPCM ".WAV" format.



Casio Exilim EX-Z70


MENU (REC tab):
    Focus - AF, Macro, PanFocus (movie only), Infinity, MF
    Continuous - Continuous drive mode, On or Off
    Self-timer - Off, 2 or 10 secs, and 3x (takes a series of three shots)
    Anti Shake - Auto, Off (still image mode only)
    AF Area - Auto focus area: Spot (center only), Multi (9-area)
    easy Mode - On, Off (enter fully automatic exposure mode)
    L/R Key - Assign function to the Left and Right keys of 4-way controller
    Quick Shutter - Super fast snapshot mode, On or Off
    Audio Snap - Record audio with snapshots, On or Off
    Grid - Display grid lines, On or Off
    Digital Zoom - Digital zoom feature, On or Off
    Review - Review image after capture, On or Off
    Icon Help - Onscreen text labels, On or Off
    Memory - Memorize settings between power off and on


Casio Exilim EX-Z70


MENU (Quality tab):
    Size - 7m (3072x2304), 7m 3:2 (3072x2048), 5m (2560x1920), 3m (2048x1536), 2m (1600x1200), VGA (640x480)
    Snapshot Quality - Fine, Normal, Economy
    Movie Quality - HQ, Normal, LP
    EV Shift - Exposure compensation ±2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Fluorescent N, Fluorescent D, Tungsten, and Manual
    ISO - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
    Metering - Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
    Filter - Off, BW, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Purple
    Sharpness +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Saturation +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Contrast +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Flash Intensity +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Flash Assist - Auto or Off




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