Casio EX-Z77 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z77


Review posted 8/24/2007


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The 7.2 megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z77 joins Casio's successful EXILIM Zoom series, whose balance of superior functionality and stylish, yet compact size characterize the EXILIM brand. It also adds enhanced movie functionality and is one of the first within the line to feature YouTube Capture mode.

This model also features a blur reduction function that uses motion analysis technology, an auto- tracking AF system, and face detection technology. The combination of face detection technology and the auto- tracking AF system ensures that once the focus locks on to a person's face, it will stay sharp and maintain the right exposure, even if the person moves.

Exclusive to the Casio EXILIM line of digital cameras in the U.S. is the eBay® Best Shot Mode. eBay Best Shot takes photos at a size that is image optimized for display on eBay, allowing picture takers to more quickly and easily create photos for selling items on eBay. For ease of use, eBay photos are stored in a special eBay directory.

Casio's YouTube Capture mode records in next-generation MPEG-4 H.264 high quality video format; this provides an ideal compression ratio that allows users to record longer without having to sacrifice the quality of their movies. This mode also provides sharp resolution (640 x 480) and a frame rate of up to 30 frames per second. Casio is providing consumers with a groundbreaking tool to get videos recorded and uploaded directly to YouTube in as few as two steps! Casio has also included an exclusive software application that makes it seamless to upload movies to YouTube. This technology will also allow users to upload multiple videos at once, making it easier than ever before to share original content online.

Camera data is stored in its 11.4 megabytes of internal memory and on optional SD/SDHC or MMC/MMC Plus type memory cards. The camera is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery that is good for up to 190 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 Z77 Zoom Features:

  • 7.2-Megapixel effective CCD imager
  • 3x optical zoom cover's approx. 38 - 114mm (35mm equivalent)
  • Stylish, durable and light-weight metal body
  • Large 2.6-inch TFT color LCD
  • Blur reduction function helps prevents image blurring
  • 39 "BEST SHOT" scene modes set the camera for easy to difficult situations.
  • Record voice-only audio or Add up to 30-second audio memos to still images at capture or later.
  • MPEG-4 H.264 format Movies: 848x480, 640x480 or 320x240 resolutions, limited up to 10 minutes in length.
  • Movie Best Shot, Past Movie, Short Movie and new YouTube Mode.
  • Autofocus system with selectable AF modes: Multi or Spot AF.
  • Face Recognition technology for sharp portraits
  • ISO sensitivity from 50 to 800
  • 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 190 shots on a single charge.
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and charger included.
  • 11.4 MB of internal memory and SD/SDHC/MMC/MMC Plus card slot.
  • ExifPrint, PRINT Image Matching III, USB Direct-Print, and PictBridge compatible.
TThe EX-Z77 is available in black, blue, pink and silver with an MSRP of US$229.99.

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Casio EX-Z77 Specifications

Imaging Elements 1/2.5-inch square pixel color CCD (total pixels: 7.38 million, effective pixels: 7.2 million)
Image Files Format

Still Images: JPEG (Exif Ver.2.2), DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: (QuickTime) H.264/AVC, MOV formatAVI
Audio: WAV

Recording Media 11.4MB built-in flash memory, SD/SDHC and MMC/MMC Plus Memory Cards
Image Size (Pixels)

Still images: 3072x2304, 3072x2048 (3:2), 2560x1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Movies: 848x480 (UHQ Wide/HQ Wide), 640x480 (UHQ/HQ/Normal) 320 x 240 (LP)

Lens/Focal Distance::
F3.1(W) to 5.9(T), f=6.3(W) to 18.9(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 or Tracking
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
Exposure: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: ±2EV (in 1/3EV steps)

Shutter:

CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter,
Snapshot mode (Program AE): 1/2 to 1/2000 second.
*Shutter speed is different for the following BEST SHOT scene.
Night Scene: 4 to 1/2000 second

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 / ISO800
Movies: Auto

Recording Functions: Snapshot; audio snapshot; Continuous shutter (Normal/High-speed/Flash); self-timer; macro; BEST SHOT mode; Face recognition, movie with audio (Movie, Short Movie, Past Movie, YouTube); 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 11.5 ft. (0.1 - 3.5m); Telephoto Optical Zoom: 2.0 ft. to 6.2 ft. (0.6 - 1.9m)
Flash Continuous Shutter: Wide Angle Optical Zoom: 1.3 ft. to 5.6 ft. (0.4 - 1.7m); Telephoto Optical Zoom: 2.0 ft. to 3.0 ft. (0.6 - 0.9m)
*ISO Sensitivity: "Auto" *Depends on zoom factor

Viewfinder: LCD Monitor
Monitor: 2.6-inch TFT color LCD, 114,960 pixels (479�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:

USB/Audio-Video connector

USB: USB 2.0 (Full-Speed) compatible
Microphone: Monaural
Speaker: Monaural
Power: NP-20 3.7v 700mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery
Battery Life:

Approx. 190 still images (CIPA Standards)
*Auto Mode, standard brightness setting
Continuous playback: approx 190 minutes (still images)
Continuous Movie recording: approx 75 minutes
Continuous Voice recording: approx 190 minutes

Dimensions:

3.7 in. (W) x 2.3 in. (H) x 0.78 in. (D) (95 x 59 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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