When it comes to Digital cameras bigger is not always better. We live in a world where we want both our Tablets PCs and digital cameras to be faster and lighter with batteries that last longer. Casio has managed to do all of the above with its EX-Z50 digital camera.
The Casio EX-Z50 that we used to when shooting the TabletPc2.com 2004 List for Santa is an ultra-compact 5 Mega Pixel camera with a 2.0" LCD display and amazing battery life. (Casio needs to make a Tablet PC or teach the Tablet OEMs about batery life!)
With a durable aluminum alloy body the Ex-Z50 weighs just over 5 ounces and is only 3.4 x 2.2 x 0.9 inches in size, making it the perfect point and shoot "go anywhere camera". The 3X optical zoom lens made by Pentax has a focal range of 5.8 - 17.4 mm, which is equivalent to 35 - 105 mm.
with out zoom with zoom
Like many other camera manafactures Casio no longer includes a memory card in the box. The the 9.3MB internal flash is only good for about 4 photos, so you will need to purchase SD memory card / Multi Media Card before you start. We use Kingston digital media in all of our devices here at Tablet PC2.com. We used the Standard Kingston SD card for the photos in our 2004 List for Santa, but for the best performance we recomend the Kingston Elite Pro Hi-Speed Secure Digital Cards to take full advantage of the speed and power of the Casio EX-Z50
Kingston 512MB SD Card placed next to the EX-Z50
gives you an idea how compact the camera is
The included cradle and usb cable allow you to connect the camera to your Tablet PC, laptop or desktop with ease and the included software allows you to import, view and edit your photos with the click of the mouse.
Another feature we liked is the simple fact that you don't have to be a rocket scientist to use it. You can take full advantage of all the available options and controls, or you can simply take it out of the box, point and shoot and get great pictures.
Add to that the fact that you can shoot for days ( up to 390 photos can be taken on a single charge) without recharging the battery and what you have is a great 5 mega Pixel camera that is small and light enough to go anywhere you do. It just doesn't get better than that.
All of the controls on the EX-Z50 are easy to locate use, the front of the camera has the optical viewfinder, self-timer lamp, and microphone. The four-way controller, is used for menu navigation, Up - Focus (Auto, macro, pan focus, infinity, manual) Down is the flash settings (Auto, flash off, flash on, auto w/redeye reduction)