Casio Exilim EX-Z80 review

Started Oct 16, 2008 | User reviews thread
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Casio Exilim EX-Z80 review
Oct 16, 2008

Solidly built, easy to hold. Video functions basic but eminently practical: 320x240 .MOV files, with sound (mono) extremely economical with memory (100 minutes occupies barely half a 2 GB SD card); zoom permitted in video.

For stills, there's less to be said: flash options reside on the joystick button, but toggling macro requires a painful and time-consuming dive into the menu system; focus is often less than crisp, except under close-up or macro conditions in good light or with flash; barrel distortion is very noticeable at full Tele and at full Wide; flash calibration is quite good at distances from 12 inches (30 cm) through 6-7 feet (2 meters), without blitzing out or under-illumination.

The battery is rechargeable *only* in a dedicated charge tray, but has always lasted me all day -- just remember to charge overnight before next use.

Tripod socket and battery cover are hard plastic, but well-engineered; USB/AV port cover is a tiny, fiddly, metallic hinged thingy that is hard to get out of the way of the USB/AV cables.

Overall: very happy with the video implementation, content with the battery life, less than thrilled with the EX-Z80's inability to focus accurately at all distances.

Problems:

Focus accuracy leaves something to be desired. No direct optical viewfinder -- only thru-the-lens and onto the (usually bright-enough) LCD screen. But no recognizable factory defects .

tlvp's score
4.2
Average community score
4.6
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