Casio EX-Z120 Review
Full review posted 01/24/2006
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The Anti Shake DSP reduces blurring caused by shaky hands or moving subjects, while the Auto Macro and Quick Shutter functions ensure that photos are properly focused. High Sensitivity Mode produces clear shots with a bright background without the flash, even when lighting is dim.
The mode dial gives you quick access to the Easy, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, Manual, Movie and 32 Best Shot scene modes. The Easy mode and menu use simple icons to make picture taking a snap for inexperienced users. The EX-Z120 features quick start-up and easily accessible direct buttons to switch between the capture and review modes.
The EX-Z120 runs on two AA batteries and captures up to 170 shots using "off the shelf" alkaline type cells - even more with rechargeable NiMH batteries. It has an Audio-Video port allowing quick and convenient image viewing on televisions. And features quick startup and a short release time lag which allows pictures to be taken almost instantaneously, so you never miss the important moments.
In addition to high resolution still images you can also capture VGA (640x480 pixels) motion video with audio at 28 frames per second. Using the "MOTION PRINT" function, movies can be converted into a series of nine images or just one snapshot for printing. Movies can be zoomed-in during replay. The "Movie Editing" operation offers three ways (beginning, middle, end) to cut unwanted scenes from a movie.
The camera has approx. 9.3 MB of built-in memory that is easily expanded using any size SD or MMC type memory cards. 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 coming out right. The EX-Z120 is PictBridge compatible,
just plug it directly into any Pictbridge-enabled photo printer and makes 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.
The Casio EX-Z120 has a suggested retail of about $299.99 and is available now,
see our PriceGrabber buy box below for current pricing and online dealers.
The EX-Z120 compared to a standard Compact Disc.
The Exilim EX-Z120 and the EX-Z750 for size comparison.
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Casio EX-Z120 Specifications
|1/1.8-inch square pixel color CCD|
(Total pixels; 7.41 million, Effective pixels; 7.2 million)
|Snapshots; JPEG (Exif Ver.2.2), DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant|
Movies; AVI (Motion JPEG)
|Recording Media||8.3MB Built-in flash memory, SD Memory Card, MultimediaCard|
|Number of Images/
|Lens||F2.8(W) to 5.1(T), f=7.9 to 23.7mm (equivalent to approx 38 to 114mm for 35mm film), 7 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 Mode...Auto Focus, Macro mode, Pan Focus (movie only), Infinity mode, manual focus), AF Area...spot, multi,|
|Auto Focus-40cm to inf., Macro-10cm to 50cm, Infinity Mode-∞,|
Manual-10cm to inf.
* Using optical zoom causes the above ranges to change
|Light metering...Multi-pattern, center-weighted, spot by CCD|
Exposure...Program AE, Aperture priority AE, Shutter speed priority AE, Manual AE
Exposure Compensation ±2EV (1/3EV units)
|Shutter||CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter, Snapshot mode: 1/1600 to 1/8 second, Shutter speed priority mode: 1/1600 to 60 seconds and Manual mode: 1/1000 to 60 seconds.|
|Aperture||F2.8/F4.0, auto switching|
* Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change
|White Balance||Auto WB/ fixed (6 modes) / manual switching|
|Sensitivity||Snapshots; Auto* /ISO50/ISO100/ISO200/ISO400, Movies; Auto|
* Max ISO sensitivity is 800 when taking pictures with Anti-Shake or High Sensitivity
|Snapshot / audio snapshot; continuous shutter, self-timer; macro; BEST SHOT; movie with audio; Voice Recording|
|Self-timer||10 sec. or 2 sec., Triple Self-timer|
|Built-in Flash||Flash Modes; Auto Flash, On, Off, Red eye reduction|
Flash Range; 1.31' to 7.55' (W); 1.31' to 3.94 (T)
|Viewfinder||Monitor screen and optical viewfinder|
|Monitor Screen||2.0-inch TFT color LCD, 84,960 pixels (354×240)|
|Date and time recorded with image data; auto calendar up to 2049|
|World Time||162 cities (32 time zones); city names, date and time, summer time|
|Other features||USB: USB 2.0 (Full-Size) compatiblie|
Audio: microphone (mono); speaker (mono)
|AC adaptor connector(DC IN 3V), USB/AV port (NTSC/PAL)|
|Two AA-size alkaline batteries, Two AA-size rechargeable nickel-metal hydride batteries, Two AA-size lithium batteries, AC adaptor (AD-C30)|
* Based on Alkaline
|Dimensions||90 (W) x 60 (H) x 29 (D) mm|
3.54"(W) x 2.36"(H) x 1.07"(D) inches
|Weight||Approx. 4.87oz (without batteries and accessories)|
|Alkaline batteries (LR6), USB cable, AV cable, Strap, CD-ROM|
Technical Specifications Subject to Change without Notice
NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.
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