Casio Exilim EX-Z80 review
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.
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 .
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