Casio Exilim Z-1000 Review
Based on a production Casio EX-Z1000
Announced back in April, the Casio EX-Z1000 was the first compact to break the 10 megapixel barrier, though it was soon followed by a cascade of models featuring what we presume to be the same (Sony) 10.3MP 1/1.8-inch CCD sensor. Headline-grabbing double digit pixel count aside this is pretty standard Exilim fayre; friendly operation and ease of use, 3x optical zoom and stylish, slim, all-metal body. The 2.8-inch 16:9 aspect ratio wide screen LCD is unusual, but at its heart this is a point-and-shoot model in the truest sense, albeit one with more than a dash of style. So is the EX-Z1000 a giant leap forward or a simple case of a megapixel too far? Let's find out, starting as ever with the headline features:
- 10.1 million effective pixels CCD Sensor
- Large 2.8 inch, wide and bright display
- 37 scene modes
- High Sensitivity mode (up to ISO 3200)
- Anti-shake mode (up to ISO 800 at full resolution)
- Fast startup and operation
- 9-point multi-AF
- VGA movie mode
- Multi-function cradle can be used to recharge the battery, connect to a PC to download images, and connect to audiovisual equipment. The cradle also has as a photostand function, allowing users to view an image slideshow.
|Street price|| US: $370
|Body Material||Metal and plastic|
• 1/1.8 " Type CCD
• 3648 x 2736
• JPEG (Exif v2.2)
|File formats|| JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• AVI (Motion JPEG)
• 38 - 114mm equiv
|Image stabilization||High ISO 'anti shake' mode|
|Digital zoom||up to 4x|
|Focus||• Contrast type AF (selectable between spot, multi)
• Pan focus (movie)
• Infinity mode
• Manual focus
|AF area modes||• 9-point Multi AF
• Spot AF
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance||• Auto Focus: 40cm - infinity
• Macro: 6cm - 50cm
• Manual: 6cm - infinity
• Center weighted
• Program AE
|ISO sensitivity||• Auto (Max ISO sensitivity 800 when using Anti-Shake BEST SHOT mode, or 3200 when using High Sensitivity BEST SHOT mode)
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
|Exposure compensation||• -/+ 2EV
• in 1/3 EV steps
|Exposure bracketing||-0.5 EV, 0, +0.5 EV|
|Shutter speed|| • 1/2 to 1/2000 sec (Normal)
• 4 to 1/2000 sec (Night scene)
|Aperture||F2.8 - 5.6|
• Still with audio
• Continuous shutter (normal speed, high speed, rapid flash, zoom continuous)
• Movie with audio
• Voice recording
|Scene modes||37 BEST SHOT modes|
|Self timer||• 10 or 2 secs
• Triple self-timer
|Continuous shooting|| Continuous 0.5 fps (Limited only by size of card)
High Speed (3fps, 3 frames)
|Image parameters||Sharpness, saturation, contrast|
• High Power flash
• Soft flash
• Red eye reduction
• Range: 0.1m - 3.6m (wide), 0.4m - 1.1m (tele)
|LCD monitor||• 2.8-inch TFT
• 230,400 pixels
• Wide screen
|Connectivity||• USB 2.0 (full speed)
• AV out
• Via included cradle
|Print compliance||PictBridge, PIM, DPOF, EXIF print|
|Storage||• SD/MMC compatible
• 8MB internal memory
|Power|| Lithium-ion NP-40 battery
AC adaptor charges via cradle
|Weight (No batt)||139g (4.9 oz)|
|Dimensions||92 x 58.4 x 22.4 mm (3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 in)|
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