Casio EX-Z700 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z700


Review posted 11/17/2006


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One of many new additions to the EXILIM line for 2006, the EX-Z700 Zoom is a durable, pocket-sized model that includes some very powerful features, like a 7.2 megapixel CCD imager, 3x optical zoom lens as well as a large 2.7-inch Super Bright LCD. At 7.2 megapixels, this high-performance camera ensures crystal-clear image output, whether viewing images in-camera or printing. The long-life battery packs enough power for around 460 still images on a single charge, and the camera comes with Casio's Anti Shake DSP to reduce photo blur due to shaky hands or moving subjects.

Casio's new Auto Framing mode keeps dynamic subjects, like active children, at the center of the photograph, solving one of photography's most perplexing challenges. This function is based on Casio- developed "auto-follow" technology for tracking the movement of photo subjects. In Auto Framing mode, a thin, outlined frame appears on the LCD, centered on the moving subject of the photo. The area within the frame indicates the image that will be saved when the shutter is fully depressed.

The Z700 also features Layout Shot mode, where photographers can combine multiple shots of friends taken with the same scenic backdrop into a single collage, or even mix shots with different compositions to create a single artistic layout. Users simply select one of two predefined layout templates, then take two or three photographs, and save the results to create a single composite image. Layout Shot delivers a whole new way to enjoy expressive photography.

In addition to its compact and stylish design, the EX-Z700 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-Z700 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-Z700 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.



Z700 Zoom Features:

  • 7.2-Megapixel effective CCD imager, 3x optical zoom w/auto macro
  • Stylish, durable and light-weight aluminum body
  • Large 2.7-inch TFT color LCD with 153k pixels
  • Anti Shake DSP 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.
  • Rapid Flash, 3 high speed flash photos in one second
  • 37 "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(640x480 pixels), 30 frames/second high quality movies
  • Movie Best Shot, Past Movie, Short Movie and in-camera movie editing.
  • High-speed 9-point AF system with selectable AF modes: Multi or Spot AF.
  • ISO sensitivity from 50 to 400, ISO 800 with Anti Shake or High Sensitivity mode
  • 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 460 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-Z700 is available now with a retail price of US$279.99 and comes in a silver or gray finish.


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Casio EX-Z700 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::
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: 1.3 ft. (40cm) to infinity;, Macro: 5.9 in. to 19.7 in. (15cm - 50cm), Infinity Mode: infinity, Manual: 5.9 in. (15cm) 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: 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: Snapshot; audio snapshot; Continuous shutter (Normal/High-speed); 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: 0.5 ft. to 11.2 ft. (0.15 - 3.4m); Telephoto Optical Zoom: 1.3 ft. to 5.9 ft. (0.4 - 1.8m)
Flash Continuous Shutter: Wide Angle Optical Zoom: 1 ft. to 6.6 ft. (0.3 - 2.0m); Telephoto Optical Zoom: 1.3 ft. to 3.3 ft. (0.4 - 1.0m)
*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. 460 still images (CIPA Standards)
*Auto Mode, standard brightness setting
Continuous playback: approx 470 minutes (still images)
Continuous Movie recording: approx 190 minutes
Continuous Voice recording: approx 570 minutes

Dimensions:

3.48 in. (W) x 2.2 in. (H) x 0.81 in. (D) (88.5 x 57 x 20.5mm) (excluding projections, 0.73 in. (18.6mm) at thinnest part)

Weight: Approximately 4.0 oz (112 g) (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundles Accessories:

Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-40), USB cradle (CA-29), Special AC adaptor, 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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