Casio EX-Z5 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z5
Resolution: 5.00 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.5"
Lens: 3.00x zoom
(38-114mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
ISO: 50-400
Shutter: 1/2-1/2000
Max Aperture: 3.1
Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.8 in.
(95 x 61 x 20 mm)
Weight: 4.2 oz (118 g)
MSRP:
Availability:  
Manufacturer: Casio
5.00
Megapixels
3.00x zoom
1/2.5"
size sensor
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The Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z5 combines a 1/2.5" CCD imager with five megapixels and an EXILIM-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 38 - 144mm equivalent focal range. There's no optical viewfinder, but a 2.5" LCD display with 115,200 pixels dominates the camera's rear panel. With the lens retracted, the Casio Z5's smooth, clean lines and 19.8mm thick body should prove friendly for storing in a pocket. Images are stored on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCards, or in 8.3MB of internal memory.

The Casio EX-Z5 has a whopping 33 scene modes (including five movie scene modes), dubbed "Best Shot" modes in Casio parlance. The Z5 also has some more unusual features - including a flash assist mode that selectively corrects underexposed areas in images, and a Rapid Flash mode that allows three flash shots to be captured in a single second, the trade-off being that flash range is roughly halved. An in-camera exposure warning function activates a warning of under / overexposed areas of the image when the shutter button is half-pressed, and a histogram function that allows both the more traditional function, and an RGB histogram that lets you see if a particular color channel is correctly exposed. A "Date Edit" function allows you to selectively correct the date and time recorded in EXIF metadata stored with images - useful if you forgot to set the camera's clock, or to change the time and date when travelling to a different time zone.

The Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z5 will ship in Europe from the end of May 2006.


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