Casio Exilim EX-Z40

Announced Feb 25, 2004 •
4 megapixels | 2 screen | 35 – 105 mm (3×)
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The Z-40 is a nifty little camera. It has a wide range of features and tools. Good things about this camera are the quick startup, the build (feels very comfortable in my hand), and in well-lit areas captures great photos. Although, I always have to leave the ISO setting at 50. 100 and up are very noisy/pixelated in out of focus areas (not a big deal to digitally fix). In dim lighting/dark areas however, image quality deteriorates. Hence why I use a lamp at night. It produces some nice ...

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sonax2k
 
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I got this camera when I went to Taiwan a year ago or so. The price at the time was a littler higher than I expected, but I was attracted by the look and the size of this camera. Which was a stupid reason. I give props to the construction, it's ultra slim size fits well in my shirt pocket, I hated when I have to carry around my heavy duty Canon PS S40. Also the battery life is pretty amazing, super long I can say. The menu is easy to understand, self-explanatory. However, the image ...

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Foghorn
 
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I bought this as a 2nd camera to supplement my Canon G1. My main reasons for purchasing it were: 1. Startup Speed 2. Battery Life 3. Physical Size 4. 3x Optical zoom Other cameras within this class didn't come close to the Z40 based on the above criteria. I read all the other mini-reviews on this forum as well as performing exhaustive searches of the internet for other opinions. There seemed to be many people who thought that the picture quality was very poor, whilst many others thought that ...

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Bob
 
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Very easy to use. Hardly any shutter lag - even in low light. Slim and flat design. Fast start up. All metal body. This camera has a lot of things going for it. I compared it side by side to a Canon S410. Although the Casio is faster and smaller, the image quality is no where near Canon. It's pretty good outdoors. Indoors, however, the camera exhibits lots of noise and the flash is fairly weak. Problems: The left side of all my photos were consistently blurry.

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thirot
 
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I bought this camera for a novice user. But I took back the camera for the canon s60. The image quality is so bad and the colors are strange. I took back the s-60 too because the quality of the canon s-60 (5mp) is lower at iso 200 and 400 than my old Olympus c-3000 (2001 and 3mp). Maybe the increase of pixels is decreasing the quality of the images Problems: no decent software with the camera (in switzerland)

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Mark Muscat
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This camera is very-user friendly. Unlike the opinion of other reviewers I cannot really complain about the quality of the photos taken. Problems: Big let-down. Shutter failed to open just 10 days after first using the camera!! Took it back to Casio dealers for repair.

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Clive Kay
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Why is it that in the space of 3 months they have superceded this model already...Maybe they know something about the feedback..I do fancy the bigger screen so I might try again after I have tested one..or someone here has...

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rmustillo
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Purchased the Z40 two weeks ago and after many hours of messing around was bitterly disapointed with the very bad image quality. Sent it back and traded it for a Canon IXUS-500 which is a bit heavier but fantastic image quality. Problems: Very bad image quality for price of camera. My 3 year old finepix 2800 produced better results.

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CC Lee
 
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Bought the camera new slightly over a month ago, the camera is very easy to use and compact enough to carry around. Picture quality in bright light condition is acceptable but it turns grainy under low light situation. Problems: Defective CCD, I found an orange dot on all pictures taken with this camera under normal lighting condition, the orange dot is in fact a patch of 4 x 4 square of hot pixels(total of 16 hot pixels stuck in orange color). I do not understand how this camera can pass ...

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drago.d
 
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Had the Z40 for 1 week, and took about 160 shots with it. Was seriously disappointed with the results so I returned it and chose an Olympus c765UZ as a more serious camera. Still need (want) a pocket point-and-shoot, though. Pros: Size, weight, build quality, design, screen size, start-up and shot-to-shot speed, battery life. Cons: Edge-to-edge focus poor (noticeably fuzzy in corners w/angle thru' to zoom), "soft" and oversaturated images and no saturation/sharpness adjustment, no explanation ...

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