Casio EX-Z70 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z70


Review posted 11/17/2006


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The EXILIM EX-Z70 Zoom is shares almost identical specs to the Z60, released earlier this year, however resolution has been increased to 7.2-megapixel. This new model features the same 3x optical zoom lens, Anti Shake DSP technology, 2.5-inch LCD, all packed into a slim, lightweight and durable metal body. The EX-Z70 comes with many other convenient and user-friendly features, including Easy Mode, a simplified camera menu that facilitates effortless picture taking.

Exclusive to the Casio EXILIM line of digital cameras in the U.S., is the eBay Best Shot mode. eBay Best Shot is currently incorporated into five EXILIM ZOOM models and is the 23 rd of 33 Best Shot modes in the new EX-Z70. eBay Best Shot mode enables automatic image optimization for eBay, configuring photos to fit eBay's recommended specifications for image posting. Images are captured at 1600 x 1200 pixels, and stored in 800 KB files. 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 large items at a distance to fine details in close up shots. Casio's new eBay Best Shot mode is a simpler, faster way to size and optimize images for use on eBay, for email transfer or for use anywhere else on the Web.

In addition to its compact and stylish design, the EX-Z70 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-Z70 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.

The Z70 can also record 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 200 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 Z70 Zoom Features:

  • 7.2-Megapixel effective CCD imager, 3x optical zoom w/auto macro
  • Stylish, durable and light-weight aluminum body
  • Large 2.5-inch TFT color LCD
  • Anti Shake DSP provides higher sensitivity, faster shutter speed prevents image blurring to hand or subject movement
  • Rapid Flash, 3 high speed flash photos in one second
  • 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 200 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.
The EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70 has a suggested retail of $249.99 and is available in black and silver.


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Casio EX-Z70 Specifications

Imaging Elements 1/2.5-inch square pixel color CCD (total pixels: 7.41 million, effective pixels: 7.20 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, SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card and Multimedia Card
Image Size (Pixels)

Still images: 3072x2304, 3072x2048 (3:2), 2560x1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Movies: 640 x 480 (HQ), 512 x 384 (Normal), 320 x 240 (LP)

Lens/Focal Distance::
F3.1(W) to 5.9(T), f=6.3(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
Approximate Focus Range: Auto Focus: 1.3 ft. (40cm) to infinity;, Macro: 3.9 in. to 19.7 in. (10cm - 50cm), Infinity Mode: infinity, Manual: 3.9 in. (10cm) to infinity;
* 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,
Snapshot mode (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: 2 seconds (fixed)

Aperture: F3.1/F4.4, 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: Snapshot; audio snapshot; Continuous shutter (Normal/High-speed/Flash); 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: 0.3 ft. to 12.1 ft. (0.1 - 3.7m); Telephoto Optical Zoom: 2.0 ft. to 3.2 ft. (0.6 - 1.9m)
Flash Continuous Shutter: Wide Angle Optical Zoom: 1.3 ft. to 6.2 ft. (0.4 - 1.9m); Telephoto Optical Zoom: 2.0 ft. to 3.3 ft. (0.6 - 1.0m)
*ISO Sensitivity: "Auto" *Depends on zoom factor

Viewfinder: LCD Monitor
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 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-20 3.7v 700mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery
Battery Life:

Approx. 200 still images (CIPA Standards)
*Auto Mode, standard brightness setting
Continuous playback: approx 230 minutes (still images)
Continuous Movie recording: approx 100 minutes
Continuous Voice recording: approx 230 minutes

Dimensions:

3.8 in. (W) x 2.4 in. (H) x 0.78 in. (D) (95.2 x 60.6 x 19.8mm) (excluding projections, 0.64 in. (16.2mm) at thinnest part)

Weight: Approximately 4.2 oz (118 g) (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundles Accessories:

Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-20), Lithium ion battery charger (BC-11L), AC Power cord, USB cable, AV Cable, Strap, CD-ROM, Basic Reference


NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.



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