Note: Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures, the Z77 does not output video in
record mode, so these screens had to be photographed off the LCD.
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).
As you can see, the easy mode menu has very few options.
New this year is the Panel shortcut menu that stays on the right side of the LCD screen. It provides quick
access to many camera settings (Program AE mode shown). You can also disable this function via the Setup
Typical Auto record mode screen - image size is set to 7-megapixel (7m), the battery is 1/3 full and there is space for 413 more pictures on the memory card. The new menu bar also appears on the side of the display.
When you half-press the shutter release and the camera achieves focus and exposure lock, the
AF marks will turn green and other information will then disappear. When focus
fails, the AF marks will turn red (not shown).
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.
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,
Back light, 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
When taking a shot of a
business card, document, white board, 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.
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.
The EX-Z77 can record high quality motion video with sound in many different modes and image qualities (see below). For the EX-Z77, Casio has switched from the mpeg-4 format to the H.264/AVC QuickTime Movie mode (MOV). Each movie can be 10 minutes long, and will automatically stop at that point. The higher quality video that you shoot in will take up more space and require a larger memory card than a lower setting.
The Z77 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.
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
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
The "Family First" mode allows you to pre-record facial information into the camera and specify a priority
setting. This will allow the camera to concentrate on the pre-recorded and prioritized faces in group