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TabletPc2.com Product of the Month
 
January 2005

Review

Casio EX-Z50

5 Mega-Pixel Exilim Digital Camera

Linda A. Epstein
January  2005

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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!) 

EX-Z50

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

Ex-Z50

Kingston 512MB SD Card placed next to the EX-Z50
gives you an idea how compact the camera is

Casio backThe 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.

photohands

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.

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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)


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What's in the Box:

  • The 5.0 Megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z50 Digital Camera
  • NP-40 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • USB Cradle
  • AC adapter
  • Wrist strap
  • USB cable
  • Printed manual
  • Casio Digital Camera Software & EXz50 Users Guide on CD-ROM, includes PhotoLoader, PhotoHands, and USB driver

The Display:  2.0-inch TFT color LCD with 84,960 pixels (354x240) of resolution

Battery Life:  Up to 390 photos can be taken on a single charge, based on CIPA standards for battery life measurement. 

Lens:  F2.6-4.8, 3X optical zoom lens made by Pentax. The focal range of the lens is 5.8 - 17.4 mm, which is equivalent to 35 - 105 mm.

Memory:   9.3MB internal flash memory, compatible with SD memory card / Multi Media Card (not included.)

Software included:

Casio PhotoLoader and PhotoHands

Photohands

Notable Features:

  • 5.0-Megapixel effective CCD imager
  • High-quality, light-weight aluminum body
  • Still Image: 2560x1920, 2560x1712(3:2), 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
  • Audio recording, attached to images or audio-only
  • Record movies at 320x240 (15fps), length limited only by available memory
  • Pentax 3x optical zoom (35-105mm equiv)
  • Approximate two second startup time
  • Fast shot to shot time even when using the flash
  • 7-point autofocus system with selectable AF modes: Multi or Spot AF
  • Focus modes: Auto, Pan, Macro, Infinity, Manual focus, Focus lock
  • New “Auto Macro” function which automatically switches to Macro mode
  • Automatic 4 to 1/2000 sec. shutter speeds
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction and Flash-assist function
  • 2.0-inch TFT color LCD with 84,960 pixels (354x240) of resolution
  • 4X playback zoom magnification
  • USB 1.1 data transfer to PC or Mac computers
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and charging cradle included
  • 10% longer battery life than previous Exilim models
  • 9.3 Megabytes of internal memory
  • Secure Digital/MMC card slot for memory expansion
  • DPOF, ExifPrint (Exif 2.2), USB Direct-Print, and PictBridge compatible

Specs:  

Price: MSRP $349.99 
Recording Element: 1/2.5-inch square pixel primary color CCD (5.25 million total pixels; 5 million effective pixels)
File Record Format:

Snapshots: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: AVI (Motion JPEG), Audio: WAV (Monaural)

Recording Medium: Built-in flash memory (9.3 MB image recordable area), SD memory card/Multi Media card
Recorded Image Sizes:

Snapshots : 2560 X 1920 / 2560 X 1712 (3:2) / 2048 X 1536 / 1600 X 1200 / 1280 X 960 / 640 X 480 pixels
Movies :320 X 240 pixels

 

 

 

 

 


 

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The Pros

  • Excellent picture quality
  • Amazing battery Life
  • Compact Size so you can take it anywhere
  • 7-point Multi-Auto Focus system for optimum focusing
  • great zoom for such a small camera
  • 2.0-inch TFT LCD screen
  • aluminum alloy body

The Cons:

  • no memory card included in box (9.3MB of on-board memory)
  • Does not focus well in low light (no AF-assist lamp)
  • Redeye
  • unable to change memory cards while camera is on a tripod


In Conclusion:
   

The speedy start up and excellent quality of the photos mean you wont miss important shots when your in a hurry.

With a durable aluminum alloy body the Ex-Z50 weighs just over 5 ounces and is 3.25" by 2.0" in size this camera is the excellent point and shoot go anywhere camera for those always on the go.  You can store it in your pocket or a computer case with out a problem and even wear it on a neck lanyard comfortably.

The New Nikon CoolPix 8800 is staying home and the the Casio EX-Z50 is what we will be shooting with at CES.

Storm Ex-Z50

  Thunders Storm checks out the Casio EX-Z50

Purchase the EX-Z50 here

Please visit the links below for past products of the month, or take a look at the reviews accessories and software pages.

Previous Products of the month can be found at the links below

2004 Accessory of the Year- Oakley Thump

Ziplinq, Fujitsu Bump case, Franklin Covey Leather Case , Motion HardTop Keyboard Diskeeper Pro, SecuriKey Pro,  GoBinder 2005 Targus Rolling Backpack, Motion Field Case & Motion Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard

 

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