Casio EX-Z77 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z77





Record Modes



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.



Casio Exilim EX-Z77


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-Z77


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




Casio Exilim EX-Z77


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 menu.






Casio Exilim EX-Z77


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.



Casio Exilim EX-Z77


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).



Casio Exilim EX-Z77


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-Z77


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


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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.



Casio Exilim EX-Z77


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-Z77


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.


Casio Exilim EX-Z77





Casio Exilim EX-Z77


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.



Casio Exilim EX-Z77


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-Z77


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




Casio Exilim EX-Z77


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 portraits.




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