Casio EX-Z60 Review
Features and Controls
The auto focus system has options for Spot AF (center only), Multi AF (auto selects one of nine
AF areas), Free AF, Macro AF, Pan Focus (movie mode only, eliminates the AF motor noises),
Infinity and Manual Focus. Unfortunately, the Z60 does not feature an AF-assist
illuminator to aid in low light conditions.
The built-in flash has modes for auto, fill, red-eye reduction and off. The
working range is approx. 0.1-3.7m/0.33-12.14 ft (W); 0.6-1.9m/1.97 to 6.23 ft (T)
with ISO set to Auto.
On the back is a large and bright 2.5-inch color LCD. This is used for playback review, menu operations and is the live viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage. This LCD is approx. twice as bright as that used on the EX-S500 model.
Controls on the back: On the top are the zoom controls which function as the index and
magnify buttons in playback. Below that are the dedicated buttons for Record and Playback
The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system. The 4-way controller lets
you easily navigate menu screens or select images for playback, the center button
accepts menu selections. You can program the "Left" and "Right" actions in the Setup menu
to change Rec mode, EV comp, ISO speed, Self-timer or White Balance.
In Record mode you push "Up" to change the display modes on the LCD.
You push "Down" to change the flash mode or to
delete an image when in Playback.
The BS button calls up the BestShot scene mode menu.
Located on top is the power on/off button and the shutter release.
The I/O connector on the bottom allows connection of the USB cable for downloading to the
computer or direct printing to PictBridge compatible printers. Connect the A/V cable if you
want to display photos and movies on a TV. This connector is
also used to mate the camera with the CA-32 cradle
included in the EX-Z60DX package.
The EX-Z60 has ~8.3 megabytes of internal memory for saving images and movie clips. It supports use of any size Secure Digital card (up to 2GB) via the expansion slot on the bottom. Image data can be copied to/from internal memory and a flash card via the Playback menu.
Shown here with a speedy Lexar 2GB SD card. This
is a 6-megapixel camera that makes BIG images, movies will consume a lot of space too -
see the tables below for the approximate storage capacity.
The NP-20 lithium battery pack is replenished in the external charger or whenever the
camera is docked in the cradle (EX-Z60DX model only.)
The EX-Z60DX package includes the CA-32 docking cradle to connect to your computer via the high speed USB 2.0 port for data transfer. It charges the battery whenever the camera is placed in the dock. It also has an Audio-Video output port to connect it to a TV set for display of images and movies. Or connect it to a DVD-recorder to record and share your movies with others.
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