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Casio Exilim EX-750 Review

June 2005 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production Casio Exilim EX-Z750

Announced just before PMA in February 2005, the EX-Z750 is the latest addition to the top of Casio's popular 'Exilim' line of ultra-compact point-and-shoot cameras. It joins models such as the Canon SD500 and Sony DSC-P200 in one of the most fiercely competitive sectors of the market and offers by far the largest feature set in its class, with a plethora of 'Best Shot' scene modes (30 in total), full photographic control, MPEG-4 movies, in-camera special effects and basic image editing and long battery life. So is this the 7 megapixel, 3x zoom compact by which others will be judged or an over-specified novelty piece? Read on to find out...

  • 7.2 Megapixel CCD
  • 3x optical zoom lens
  • High speed start up and operation
  • 2.5-inch TFT screen and optical viewfinder
  • MPEG-4 movies at up to 640x480 / 30fps
  • 30 Best Shot scene modes
  • 325-shot battery life (CIPA standard)
  • In-camera special effects
  • Post-shot white balance and exposure adjustments
  • Aperture priority, shutter priority and manual exposure options
  • EX button for fast access to shooting controls

Casio EX-Z750 Key specifications

Street price • US: $449
• UK: £270
Body Material Metal
Sensor • 1/1.8" CCD
• 7.4 million total pixels
• 7.2 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 3072 x 2304
• 3072 x 2048 (3:2)
• 2560 x 1920
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480

Movie clips

• 640 x 480 (HQ) @ 30 fps
• 640 x 480 (Normal) @ 30 fps
• 320 x 240 (LP) @ 15 fps
• Limited by the memory card and the battery life

Lens

• 38 - 114 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.8 - 5.1

Shutter speeds 60 - 1/1600 sec
Focus • Contrast type AF - multi, spot, free AF area switching
• Auto focus
• 10 cm macro mode (Wide), 40cm (Tele)
Shooting mode

• Auto
• Portrait
• Scenery
• Portrait with scenery
• Children
• Sports
• Candlelight portrait
• Party
• Pet
• Flower
• Natural green
• Soft flowing water
• Splashing water
• Sundown
• Nightscene
• Nightscene portrait
• Fireworks
• Food
• Text
• Collection
• Backlight
• Anti-shake
• Pastel
• Illustration
• Cross
• Monochrome
• Retro
• Twilight
• ID photo
• Business cards and documents
• White board
• Register user scene
• AE compensation -2.0EV to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps

Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
White Balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Shade
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
• Custom (manual)

Image parameters

• Sharpness
• Saturation
• Contrast

Continuous 0.8 - 1.5 fps (depending on file size/quality)
Flash

• Built in
• Modes: Auto, on, off, red-eye reduction
• Range: Wideangle: 0.4 - 2.9 m, Tele: 0.4 - 1.6 m

Storage SD Memory Card
Viewfinder Real Image Optical
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD
• 115,200 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• AV out
Power • Proprietary SUPER LIFE lithium-ion rechargeable battery
• AC cable adapter for cradle
In the box*

Casio Exilim EX-750
Wrist strap
• SUPER LIFE lithium ion battery
AV cable
USB cable
USB cradle
• AC cable adapter for cradle
Software CD ROM (CASIO Photo Loader 2.3, CASIO Photo Hands 1.0, Ulead Movie Wizard SE VCD, Adobe Reader 6.0, Windows Media Player 9, and Direct X 9.0c )
• Quick reference guide

Other features

Spot (center), Center-weighted & Multi pattern metering
2 and 10 sec self-timer
Playback Histogram
Calendar
Rotate
Grid display
Album function
Favourites folder
Icon help
• Flash assist
• World time

Weight (exc batt) 127 g ( 4.5 oz)
Dimensions 89 x 59 x 22 mm (3.5 x 2.3 x 0.9 in)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area


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