Casio Exilim EX-Z50 Zoom review posted|
(Sunday, April 17, 2005 - 16:21 EDT)
With its tiny size, generous range of preset exposure modes, and 5.0-megapixel CCD, the Casio Exilim EX-Z50 Zoom is an excellent option for anyone constantly on the go.
The 23 preset shooting modes make it easy for novices to capture good-looking images in just about any situation, while the ability to capture high-resolution images and adjust attributes such as saturation and contrast will likely attract more experienced photographers interested in a fun digital camera for snapshots.
Features like the whiteboard and business card modes that straighten "note taking" shots as well as the voice recorder make the EX-Z50 an amazingly useful business tool, truly offering the "Unexpected Extra" that Casio claims for its products. Several kid and vacation modes are also contribute to the Z50's utility, and its fast shutter response (especially in "Pan Focus" mode) make it a natural for sports shooting or just keeping up with a young family.
Its somewhat overaggressive noise processing tends to flatten out subtle detail somewhat, particularly at high ISO settings, but the effect isn't all that noticeable in prints, particularly at 5x7 and below. A great "take anywhere" camera, the Casio EX-Z50 Zoom is so tiny and versatile, you can slip it in a pocket and go, with the confidence that you'll get good images just about anywhere.
I'd have been happier if some of the items on my "cons" list above weren't there, but the Z50's pleasing color, good resolution, and unusual (but highly useful) special shooting modes led me to make it a "Dave's Pick." Read our full Casio EX-Z50 review for all the details!