Casio EX-S600 Review

Casio Exilim EX-S600

Review posted 4/28/2006

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The latest addition to Casio's EXILIM digital camera series is the 6 megapixel EXILIM CARD EX-S600. The EX-S600 captures high-res still photos and state-of-the-art MP4-encoded movies and fits conveniently in any pocket so it's always ready to capture all those special moments. No matter how spontaneous the situation, the EXILIM's Anti Shake DSP reduces blurring caused by shaky hands and/or moving subjects, and the Auto Macro and Quick Shutter functions ensure that photos are properly focused.

In addition to enhanced resolution, the EX-S600's 3X zoom and increased battery life (up to 300 shots per battery charge), provide significant photographic flexibility. The BEST SHOT menu includes the new Revive Shot, created specifically for taking digital pictures of old album photos. Revive Shot adjusts for obliquity as well as brightly refreshes faded colors. Whether framing a shot, reviewing images, or watching movies, everything is brighter when displayed on the adjustable 2.2 inch LCD--approximately twice as bright as previous models, making it ideal for outdoor use.

Small enough to conveniently carry wherever you go, the EX-S600 has one-touch buttons that allow for quick start-up of the camera to view images, take pictures, and take movies; all designed to quickly capture special moments. The EX-S600 connects easily to a TV or PC via the multi cradle, which also doubles as the battery charger.

The EX-S600 continues the EXILIM CARD tradition of offering cutting-edge technology packed into a small, slim, and stylish body. With high quality photos, advanced movie recording capabilities, and a tremendous range of remarkable functions, CASIO once again exceeds expectations by providing a conveniently portable means of preserving memories to be cherished for a lifetime.

The pocket-sized EX-S600 is quick and easy to use for both business and pleasure. Comparable in size and weight with most cell phones, the EX-S600 is conveniently portable, taking high quality pictures and movies anywhere, anytime. The included docking cradle makes charging the battery and transferring your photos and movies quick and simple with the EasyLoader software and USB 2.0 high-speed throughput.

Exilim EX-S600 Features:

  • 6-Megapixel effective CCD imager, 3x optical zoom w/auto macro
  • Stylish, durable and light-weight aluminum body
  • Large 2.2-inch TFT color LCD, twice as bright as EX-S500
  • Anti Shake provides higher sensitivity, faster shutter speed prevents image blurring to hand or subject movement
  • High-speed start-up enables shooting approximately 0.9 seconds after power up.
  • Release time lag of only 0.008 seconds after the shutter is pressed.
  • High-speed picture playback of approx. 0.1 seconds interval.
  • Continuous shutter function enables photos to be taken in 0.9 seconds intervals.
  • 33 "BEST SHOT" scene modes set the camera for easy to difficult situations.
  • Attach up to 30-second audio memos to still images at capture or later.
  • Record voice-only audio, approx. 25 minutes on internal memory.
  • MPEG-4, VGA(640×480 pixels), 30 frames/second high quality movies
  • Movie Best Shot, Past Movie, Short Movie and in-camera movie editing.
  • 9-point autofocus system with selectable AF modes: Multi or Spot AF.
  • ISO sensitivity from 50 to 400 or Automatic.
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction and Flash-assist function.
  • USB 2.0 high speed data transfer to PC or Mac computers.
  • Super-Life battery enables up to 300 shots on a single charge.
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and charging cradle included.
  • 8.3 Megabytes of internal memory and SD card slot for memory expansion.
  • ExifPrint, PRINT Image Matching III, USB Direct-Print, and PictBridge compatible.

The MSRP of the EX-S600 is $399.99, and will be available at retail beginning end of March 2006.

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The EX-S600 compared to a standard Compact Disc.

The Sony W50 and the Casio EX-S600.

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Casio EX-S600 Specifications

Imaging Elements 1/2.5-inch square pixel primary color CCD (6.18 million total pixels; 6.0-million effective pixels)
Recording Formats Snapshots: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2), DCF 1.0 compliant, DPOF compatible
Movies: AVI (MPEG-4)
Audio: WAV (MONO)
Recording Medium: Internal flash memory (approx. 8.3 MB recordable area), SD memory card/MMC compatible
Image recording pixels Snapshots: 2816×2112 / 2816×2112(3:2) / 2304×1728 / 2048×1536 / 1600×1200 / 640×480 pixels
Movies: 640×480(HQ) / 640×480(Normal) / 320×240(LP)

Recording Volumes and Times


Image size (pixels)

Image quality/
recording time

File size

Built-in memory (8.3MB)

SD Memory Card
256MB *

2816 X 2112


Approx 3.63MB/



640 x 480


Approx. 360KB/




640x480 (HQ)

Shooting time:

Approx. 4.0M Bit/sec.
(30 frames/sec.)

13 sec.

8 min. 17sec.

640x480 (Normal) Shooting time:
Approx. 2.1M Bit/sec.
(30 frames/sec.)
24 sec.
15 min. 43sec.
320 x 240 (LP) Shooting time:
Approx. 745k Bit/sec.
(15 frames/sec.)
1 min 6sec.
43 min. 52sec.

*-When using a Matsushita Electronic Industrial Co., Ltd 256MB
**-Depending upon memory capacity and battery life.

6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens; F2.7(W) to F5.2(T), f=6.2(W) to 18.6(T)mm (equivalent to approximately 38 to 114 mm when converted to 35mm film)
Zoom: 3X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom (12X total when optical and digital zooms are used in combination)
Focal point
Contrast type AF (selectable between spot, 9-point multi); macro mode; infinity mode; manual focus
Focus Length: Normal: 15.75" to infinity
Macro: 5.91" to 19.69" * varies with optical zoom
Exposure Control: Light metering method: multi-pattern, center-weighted, CCD spot
Control method: program AE
Exposure compensation: +/-2EV (1/3 EV units)
Shutter: CCD electronic / mechanical shutter; snapshot auto 1/8 to 1/2000 sec. shutter speed
Aperture: Auto; F2.7/F4.3 [using wide angle] * varies with optical zoom
White Balance: Auto / Fixed (6 modes) / Manual
Sensitivity setting: Snapshot; Auto /ISO50/ISO100/ISO200/ISO400, Movie; Auto *Max ISO sensitivity is 1600 when taking pictures using Best Shot "Anti Shake" or "High Sensitivity" modes
Shoot and Recording Functions: Snapshot / audio snapshot; continuous shooting; Self-timer; Macro; BEST SHOT (scenes other than Short Movie, Past Movie and Voice Recording); movie with audio (Normal movie, Short Movie, Past Movie)
Self-timer: 10 sec. or 2 sec., Triple Self-timer
Internal Flash: Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction
Approximate Range: 1.31 to 9.19 feet (W); 1.31 to 4.59 feet (T)
Viewfinder: LCD Monitor
Monitor Screen: 2.2-inch digital interface TFT color LCD, 84,960 pixels (354×240)
Timekeeping Function 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 (daylight saving time)
Input/Output Terminals: Charging cradle
USB: USB 2.0 (Hi-speed)
Audio: Microphone (mono); speaker (mono)
Batteries Proprietary lithium ion rechargeable battery / AC adapter
Battery Life Approx. 300 snapshots (CIPA standards)
Continuous shooting: approx. 680 snapshots (approx 2 hr. 50 min.)*
LCD monitor ON, Flash disabled, alternating between wide-zoom and telephoto-zoom every 15 seconds
Continuous playback: approx 4 hr. 40 min. (snapshots)
Continuous recording: approx 1 hr. 50 min. (movie)
Continuous recording: approx 5 hr. 30 min. (voice recording)

Dimensions: 3.54" (W) x 2.32" (H) x .63" (D) (excluding projections, thinnest point .54")
Weight: Approx. 4.06 oz / 115g (without batteries and accessories)
Supplied Accessories Lithium-ion rechargeable battery; USB cradle; AV cable; Strap; AC power cord; CD-ROM

NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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