Casio EX-Z80 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z80

Record Modes

Note: Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures, the Z80 does not output video in record mode, so these screens had to be photographed off the LCD or taken from the manual.

Casio Exilim EX-Z80

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.

Casio Exilim EX-Z80

Here you can see 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-Z80

(Screen taken from the EX-Z200, the S10 does not include the BS Auto mode.)

Press the "BS" (Best Shot) button to select the Record mode:
  • Auto - Program AE snapshot mode
  • Best Shot "scene" modes:
      Portrait, Scenery, Portrait with Scenery, Pet, Self Portrait 1 person, Self Portrait 2 people, Flower, Food, Fashion Accessories, Magazine, Monochrome, Retro (Sepia), Cross, Pastel, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Party, Sports, Children, Sundown, Fireworks, Underwater, Backlight, High Sensitivity, For Ebay, White Board Etc., Prerecord (movie), For YouTube, Voice Recording, Register User Scene

Casio Exilim EX-Z80 Casio Exilim EX-Z80

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-Z80

The EX-Z80 can record high quality motion video at 848x480 (UHQ Wide, HQ Wide), 640x480 (UHQ, HQ, Normal), 320x240 (LP) with sound. The length is only limited by the capacity of your memory card and the life of your battery (maximum clip size of 2GB). The zoom can not be used while recording, but can be preset beforehand. Motion video clips are encoded in H.264/AVC MOV format. Casio has added a one-touch button on the back of the camera for video recording. This means that you will not have to take the time to change to video mode, just press the record button while in any shooting mode and the camera will instantly start recording video at the preset quality.

Casio Exilim EX-Z80

MENU (REC tab):
    Focus - AF, Macro, PanFocus (movie only), Infinity, MF
    Focus Frame - Choose the focus frame icon
    AF Area - Auto focus area: Spot (center only), Multi (9-area), Tracking
    Continuous - Normal Speed, High Speed, Flash Cont., Off
    Self-timer - Off, 2 or 10 secs, and x3 (takes a series of three shots)
    Auto Shutter - Off, Detect Blur, Detect Panning, Detect Smile, Adjust Sensitivity
    Face Recognition - Family First, Normal, Off, Priority, Record Family, Edit Family
    Anti Shake - Auto, Off (still image mode only)
    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
    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-Z80

MENU (Quality tab):
    Size - 8m (3264x2448), 8m 3:2 (3264x2176), 8m 16:9 (3264x1840), 6m (2816x2112), 4m (2304x1728),
      2m (1600x1200), VGA (640x480)
    Snapshot Quality - Fine, Normal, Economy
    Movie Quality - UHQ, UHQ Wide, HQ, HQ Wide, 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, 800, 1600
    Metering - Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
    Metering - Multi, Center Weighted, Spot
    Dynamic Range - +1, +2, Off
    Portrait Refiner - Noise Filter +2, Noise Filter +1, Off
    Color 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-Z80

The SZ80 features a very advanced face detection mode. It 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.

Casio Exilim EX-Z80

Casio has added 3 auto shutter modes to several of their new model cameras. These modes allow the camera to automatically take pictures at specific times without you having to press the shutter release. The first mode will determine when the camera and the subject are still so that there will be no blurring or camera shake. The second mode will take a picture as you follow your subject. The camera will wait until the subject is in focus no matter how blurred the background is. The third mode will automatically take a picture when the camera determines that the subject or subjects are smiling, whether you are ready or not, making sure you never miss a smile.

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