Casio EX-Z750 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z750


Review posted 5/13/2005


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The Exilim EX-Z750 is Casio's highest resolution, super-compact camera. It sports a 7.2 megapixel CCD imager, an optical 3X zoom lens and a large 2.5-inch liquid crystal display. In addition to manual operation, an extremely versatile array of shooting functions enables a variety of photo effects. Using MPEG-4 format, high quality movies can also be taken in VGA size (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second. And longer battery life enables the shooting of approximately 325 shots (CIPA standards) on a battery charge.

The EX-Z750 is ideal for those looking to create superior images in challenging lighting conditions. You can select aperture priority, shutter priority, or simply select one of the unique "Best Shot" modes to enhance the images. The 0.9-second continuous shooting mode and low light assist, help capture sharp images such as fast action or low light scenes. The pre-record or "Past Movie" mode continuously captures 5 seconds of video automatically into buffer memory to ensure that the user records the critical video prior to pushing the shutter. You can also select from several different "Movie Best Shot" modes and do simple video editing within the camera.

Like its other Casio "siblings," the Exilim EX-Z50 with a 2.0-inch LCD, the EX-Z55 with a 2.5-inch LCD, and the EX-Z57 with a 2.7-inch LCD, the EX-Z750 is a super-slim and very compact camera that's built to survive an active lifestyle thanks to a lightweight but highly durable aluminum body.


Casio Exilim EX-Z750

The docking cradle is included in the camera outfit and charges the high-capacity Li-ion battery and makes moving images to your computer simple and quick. Press the USB button and the PhotoLoader software automatically transfers all still images and movies from the camera to the computer. Pressing the Photo button will display the images currently in the camera in slideshow fashion. You can also use the cradle to display images and movies on your television or record them onto DVD.

With the Album function your images will be indexed in HTML format so they can be viewed with any modern web browser. You can record voice-only audio or up to 30-second audio memos that are attached to still images. The Calendar feature shows you a monthly calendar with thumbnails of photos on the day they were taken. World Time lets you select one of 162 cities in 32 time zones as your home or destination time zone. You can also store special photos in the "Favorites folder."

In addition to its ~8.3 MB of built-in memory, the EX-Z750's memory card slot lets you use removeable SD and MMC type cards (not included). An easy operation copies images between a memory card and the built-in memory. You can customize key operations to assign recording mode, exposure compensation, white balance, ISO sensitivity or self-timer functions to the left/right controller buttons. These settings may be changed by simply pressing the left or right control button.

Today's digital photographers want to be able to print their photos easily and with no worries about the colors being right. The EX-Z750 is PictBridge compatible, just plug it directly into any Pictbridge-enabled photo printer and make prints without the need of a computer. For those using a computer, the images are industry standard ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) and PRINT Image Matching III compliant.



Exilim EX-Z750 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 with 115,200 pixels
  • Super-Life Battery enables up to 325 shots on a single charge (CIPA standards).
  • AF assist light makes focus operation easier even in dark settings.
  • High-speed start-up enables shooting approximately 0.9 seconds after the power is turned on.
  • Release time lag of only 0.007 seconds after the shutter is pressed.
  • High-speed picture playback of approx. 0.1 seconds interval.
  • Continuous shutter function enables photos to be taken in 0.9 seconds intervals.
  • Manual exposure mode enables greater creativity for more enjoyable picture taking.
  • 30 "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 video in VGA size (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second.
  • Movie Best Shot, Past Movie, Short Movie and in-camera movie editing.
  • 9-point autofocus system with selectable AF modes: Multi or Spot AF.
  • Focus modes: Auto, Pan, Macro, Infinity, Manual focus, Focus lock.
  • Manual shutter speeds from 60 to 1/1600 seconds.
  • ISO sensitivity from 50 to 400 or Automatic.
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction and Flash-assist function.
  • USB 2.0 high speed data transfer to PC or Mac computers.
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and charging cradle included.
  • 8.3 Megabytes of internal memory and SD card slot for memory expansion.
  • DPOF, ExifPrint (Exif 2.2), PRINT Image Matching III, USB Direct-Print, and PictBridge compatible.


The Casio EX-Z750 has a suggested retail of about $449.99 and is available now.




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Casio EX-Z750 Specifications

Imaging element:

1/1.8-inch CCD (7.41 million pixels total; effective 7.2 million pixels)
Recording formats: Still images: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2) / DCF-compliant / DPOF-compatible; Video images: AVI system, MPEG-4 compliant; Audio: WAV
Recording media: Internal memory ~8.3 MB
SD memory card / MMC compatible
Recorded Image Sizes: Still images:
7M - 3072 x 2304
7M - 3072 x 2048 (3:2)
5M - 2560 x 1920
3M - 2048 x 1536
2M - 1600 x 1200
VGA - 640 x 480

Video images:
640 x 480 (HQ 30fps)
640 x 480 (NORMAL 30fps)
320 x 240 (LP 15fps)

Recording Capacity and Time

Still
Photo

Motion
Video

Resolution:

JPEG: Fine / Normal / Economy
Lens:
7 lenses in 6 groups, including aspherical lens
F2.8~F5.1,f=7.9~23.7mm
(35mm conversion; approx. 38.0~114.0mm)
Zoom: Optical 3X, digital 8X (24X when used together)
Focusing: Auto focus with contrast detection, selectable spot AF/ multi AF / free AF, macro mode, pan focus (video only), infinity mode, manual focus
Focus Range: Still photos - standard: approx. 15.75" to infinity, macro: 3.94" to 15.75" (W)
Video- standard: approx. 15.75" to infinity, macro: 3.94" to 15.75" (W)
   Note: Changes according to optical zoom
Exposure Control: Light metering method:
Multi-pattern, center-weighted metering, spot metering.

Control method:
Program AE, Manual exposure

Exposure compensation: +2EV to -2EV (1/3EV units)

Shutter: CCD electronic/mechanical shutter
Still photos: 1/8 - 1/1600 sec
Aperture priority AE  1 - 1/1600 sec
Shutter speed priority AE and Manual exposure  60 - 1/1600 sec.
Aperture: F2.8 / 4.0, auto   Note: Changes according to optical zoom
White Balance: Auto / Sunny / Cloudy / Shade / Fluorescent 1 and 2 / Tungsten / Custom WB
Sensitivity: Auto / ISO 50 / ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Recording Functions:

Still photos:  Snapshot with audio (max time 30 sec.), Macro, Self-timer, BEST SHOT (Includes ART SHOT, ID photo and Business Shot), Flash Assist, Icon Help, Auto Macro, Continuous shooting (normal, zoom, multi).

Video:  Video with monaural audio, MOVIE BEST SHOT, Short Movie, Past   Movie, MOTION PRINT, Movie Cut

Self-timer: Operation time 10 sec. or 2 sec., triple self-timer
Built-in Flash: Flash modes: Auto / Forced Flash / Flash Off / Red-Eye Reduction
Flash range: approx. 1.31 to 9.51 ft. (W)
Note: Changes according to optical zoom
Viewfinder: Optical coupled real image viewfinder, ~85% coverage
LCD Monitor: 2.5-inch digital interface TFT color liquid crystal display
115,200 (480 x 240) pixels
Timekeeping Functions: Date, time, shooting data recorded simultaneously, Auto calendar to year 2049
World Time: 162 cities (32 time zones) worldwide, city name, date, time, summer time
I/O Terminals: DC IN, USB/AV connection (NTSC / PAL standard spec)
Power Source: NP-40 3.7v 1230mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Battery Life

Approx. 325 images (CIPA standards)*
Continuous shooting: approx. 740 images (approx. 3 hours 10 minutes)
Continuous playback: approx. 6 hours 50 minutes (still photos)
Continuous video shooting: approx. 2 hours 50 minutes.
Continuous recording: approx. 6 hours 50 minutes (voice recording) 

Dimensions: 89 W x 58.5 H x 22.4 D mm
3.5" W x 2.3" H x 0.88" D
(except protruding parts, min. thickness 20.1mm / 0.79")
Weight: Approx 127 g / 4.48 oz (without battery or accessories)
Bundled Accessories: NP-40 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, USB cradle, USB cable (high-speed USB 2.0 compatible), AV cable, strap, AC power adapter, CD-ROM

NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.



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