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Casio EXILIM PRO EX-P600

6.0 megapixels, a Canon 4x zoom lens, and a host of features.

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Review First Posted: 07/30/2004

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6.0-megapixel resolution for 2,816 x 2,112-pixel images.
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Canon 4x zoom lens (33-132mm 35mm equivalent).
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Full manual exposure control and 25 preset Scene modes.
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SD/MMC memory storage.
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 Hybrid AF system using both contrast detection and phase differential methods.

 

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Manufacturer Overview

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The Casio EX-P600 digital camera marks a significant turning point for Casio, a return to the "Enthusiast" market that they left after their very successful QV-3000 model had run its course. The QV-3000 was introduced in early 2000, so it's been a while since we've seen a full-featured "enthusiast" model from Casio. In contrast to the feature-rich consumer-oriented cameras they've focused on in the last few years, the Exilim EX-P600 offers a combination of features, capabilities, and image quality that is very clearly aimed at the serious photographer, rather than the casual snapshooter. How successful has Casio been in their goals for the P600? Read on for all the details, but the short answer is "very" - The EX-P600 is a very capable, flexible, and high-performing photographic tool.

 

High Points

  • 6.0-megapixel (effective) CCD delivering image resolutions as high as 2,816 x 2,112 pixels.
  • Real-image optical viewfinder.
  • 2.0-inch, high-definition, color LCD display.
  • Canon 4x Zoom, 7.1-28.4mm glass lens (equivalent to a 33-132mm lens on a 35mm camera, a high-quality piece of optics from Canon).
  • 4x Digital Zoom.
  • Hybrid AF system (Phase Difference and Contrast AF), adjustable AF area, plus manual and automatic focus modes.
  • AF bracketing mode.
  • Shutter speeds from 1/2,000 to 60 seconds, plus a Bulb setting for variable-length exposures up to 60 seconds.
  • Program (Snapshot), Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual exposure modes.
  • Multi-Pattern, Center-Weighted, and Spot metering modes.
  • Auto Bracketing and three Continuous Shutter capture modes.
  • BESTSHOT mode with 25 preset "scenes."
  • Adjustable White Balance with nine settings, including a manual adjustment and bracketing mode.
  • Variable ISO setting, with ISO equivalents from 50 to 400.
  • Color, Contrast, Saturation, and Sharpness image adjustments, with a bracketing option.
  • Built-in flash with four operating modes.
  • External flash sync terminal.
  • Movie and sound recording modes.
  • 10 and two-second Self-Timer, with Triple Self-Timer mode.
  • JPEG and uncompressed TIFF file formats.
  • Images saved on SD/MMC memory cards.
  • 9.2MB internal memory.
  • USB cable for fast connection to a computer.
  • A/V cable for connection to a television set.
  • Card remote control included.
  • Software CD with Casio's Exilim software included.

 

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