Oct 19, 2005

Casio Exilim EX-Z57 reviewed

The Casio Exilim EX-Z57 features a large 2.7-inch liquid crystal display for those who want an easy-to-view screen for picture taking and viewing. The EX-Z57's 5-megapixel CCD and 3X optical zoom lens delivers high resolution picture quality. Extra-long battery life of approximately 400 shots (CIPA standards) per battery charge assures that you can enjoy shooting and looking at your pictures over and over again without worrying about the battery life.

CNET have just posted their review of the Z-57, rated it a 7.2 out of 10 or Very Good and had this to say-
"The Casio Exilim EX-Z57's 3X optical zoom works well, although you're limited to six stops from its widest angle of 35mm to its 105mm telephoto (35mm equivalents). The camera's lens is small enough to keep the camera looking sleek but protrudes enough to keep you from inadvertently taking 10 shots of your own finger. We like Casio's novel memory menu, which enables you to instruct the Z57 to remember the camera's current settings--zoom length, color and ISO settings, white balance, and flash modes--even after you've turned it off. This feature will benefit anyone who chooses to use the Z57 with a tripod, as you'll be able to compose your shots, then take a break without losing battery power. Speaking of the Z57's battery, it's phenomenal: we took more than 1,000 photos, 50 percent with flash, without needing to recharge."

Exilim EX-Z57 Features:
* 5.0-Megapixel effective CCD imager
* High-quality, light-weight aluminum body
* Huge 2.7-inch TFT color LCD with 115,200 pixels
* Still Image: 2560x1920, 2560x1712(3:2), 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
* Audio recording, attached to images or audio-only
* Record movies at 320x240 (15fps w/sound), length limited only by available memory
* Pentax 3x optical zoom (35-105mm equiv)
* Less than two-second startup time
* Fast shot to shot time even when using the flash
* 7-point autofocus system with selectable AF modes: Multi or Spot AF
* Focus modes: Auto, Pan, Macro, Infinity, Manual focus, Focus lock
* New “Auto Macro” function which automatically switches to Macro mode
* Automatic 4 to 1/2000 sec. shutter speeds
* Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction and Flash-assist function
* 4X playback zoom magnification
* USB 1.1 data transfer to PC or Mac computers
* Li-ion rechargeable battery and charging cradle included
* 9.3 Megabytes of internal memory
* Secure Digital/MMC card slot for memory expansion
* DPOF, ExifPrint (Exif 2.2), USB Direct-Print, and PictBridge compatible