Casio EX-Z250 Review

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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z250
Resolution: 9.14 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.5 inch
(5.8mm x 4.3mm)
Lens: 4.00x zoom
(28-112mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Extended ISO: 64 - 3200
Shutter: 1/2000 - 4 sec
Max Aperture: 2.6
Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.8 in.
(97 x 57 x 20 mm)
Weight: 4.2 oz (119 g)
MSRP: $250
Availability: 10/2008
Manufacturer: Casio
Full specs: Casio EX-Z250 specifications

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The Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z250 features a compact body that contains the combination of a 1/2.5"-type 9.1 megapixel image sensor and an EXILIM-branded 4x optical zoom lens with a useful 28mm wide-angle. A 3.0-inch LCD display with 230,400 dot resolution offers the EX-Z250's only option for framing and reviewing images, as there's no optical viewfinder on this model. The Casio EX-Z250 also includes CCD-shift type mechanical image stabilization, useful for preventing blur from camera shake. ISO sensitivity ranges from a low of ISO 64 to a maximum of ISO 3,200 equivalent, so it should be possible to further fight off camera shake and subject motion blurring by boosting the sensitivity - albeit with increased image noise.

Casio's Z250 employs a contrast-detection autofocus system operating off data streaming from the camera's image sensor, and the EX-Z250 also includes face detection capability, although specifics on this feature weren't available at press time. Another interesting function is that the Casio Z250 offers a twelve step "makeup" function which processes subjects' faces to smooth the skin and correct for shadows on faces. The Casio EX-Z250 can also correct for under- or over-exposed areas in contrasty scenes.

The Casio EXILIM Z250 offers not just still photos, but video as well. Casio EX-Z250 movies are recorded in H.264 format using the AAC codec, making them suitable for playing on Apple's iPod and similar devices. For viewing images on a television, the Casio Z250 has audio / video output connectivity, while images can be transferred to a PC over a High-Speed USB connection. A rechargeable NP-40 Lithium Ion battery with charger is included with the Z250, and should yield 300 shots on a charge. Images are stored in 38.5MB of internal memory, as well as on SD, SDHC, MMC or MMCplus memory cards.

The Casio EX-Z250 will ship in the USA from October 2008 with pricing of about $250.

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