Casio EX-Z270 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z270
Resolution: 10.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.5"
Lens: 4.00x zoom
(28-112mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
ISO: 64-3200
Shutter: 4-1/2000
Max Aperture: 2.6
Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.2 x 0.9 in.
(99 x 56 x 23 mm)
Weight: 3.9 oz (111 g)
MSRP: $230
Availability: 03/2009
Manufacturer: Casio
10.10
Megapixels
4.00x zoom
1/2.5"
size sensor
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The compact Casio EXILIM EX-Z270 is based around the latest iteration of Casio's EXILIM Engine image processor series, the Casio EXILIM Engine 4.0. Said to offer 30% lower power consumption, this dual-CPU processor includes one CPU that's dedicated solely to image processing - and the power on offer in the Casio Z270 is such that Casio is able to offer some really unusual features, such as the ability to crop a moving subject from several still image frames, and then overlay it on a prerecorded background. Other functionality attributed to the new image processor includes the Casio Z270's Handheld Night Photography mode aimed at fighting image blur and poor exposure in low-light shots, a Makeup function that offers twelve-step control over softening of the subject's complexion and facial shadows, and finally a Tracking Autofocus function said to offer improved accuracy even after the subject briefly exits the image frame altogether.

The Casio EXILIM Z270 is based around a 1/2.5"-type 10.1 effective megapixel CCD image sensor and an EXILIM-branded 4x optical zoom lens with a useful 28mm wide-angle. The Casio EX-Z270's CCD is mounted on a sensor-shift mechanism, providing true mechanical image stabilization. A 2.7-inch LCD display with a rather low 114,960 dot resolution offers the EX-Z270's only option for framing and reviewing images, as there's no optical viewfinder on this model. The Casio EX-Z270 records 10.1 megapixel still images or movies at up to 720p (1280 x 720 pixel) resolution on SD / MMC cards, and offers both USB 2.0 High Speed and NTSC / PAL video connectivity. Power comes from a proprietary NP-80 Lithium Ion battery.

The Casio EX-Z270 will ship in the USA from March 2009, with pricing of about $230. Body colors will include black, gray, gold and pink.


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