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Casio EX-Z40 Digital Camera Review

Digital Camera Review by: Michael Gazzola


The Exilim Zoom EX-Z40 is the first of many Casio cameras I will be reviewing over the next few months. The packaging for the EX-Z40 is a clean minimalist matt black finish with a small amount of gloss graphic work, giving the buyer the impression Casio has spent a fair amount of time, effort and money in redeveloping the Casio brand on all levels. All the usual manuals and CDs accompany the camera, with unfriendly 'drivers' for your PC that load easily. The software too is more than satisfactory for both viewing and basic editing.


The desktop cradle doubles as a charger and a USB connection, which is quite small and also very easy to use. Once the cradle is activated, at the push of a button your images can be set to automatically upload to your PC quickly and easily. The software allows you to scroll through the images as thumbnails according to the month in which they were shot. The camera automatically records when a shot was taken, and does not put the old fashioned 'date-print' on the image, if you don't want it.


The LCD screen is a large 2-inch size - which will prove to be a real winner with many first time buyers. The LCD is bright and has a very easy to use navigation system. There are more options than most will ever need, although just using the 'auto' setting produced images that were outstanding for its class between 64-200 ISO. medal-gold-r.jpgThe use of two buttons on the back of the camera for easily switching from camera mode to capture mode makes shooting a breeze. Deleting unwanted images is also quick, which can, with other brands become a task.


I found only two minor 'cons' with this camera, which is the 400 ISO setting has a little too much noise more noticeable in darker conditions, and that the viewfinder being a little too small at just 8mm. These are only small gripes and should be put aside when you consider the large number of 'pros', and that the EX-Z40 can comfortably fit into your shirt pocket without being noticed. Overall I was very impressed with the image quality, which is the single most important feature on any camera and the almost simultaneous capture of an image when the button is pressed - mimicking that of a 35mm compact. If you're in the market for a 4-mega-pixel camera the EX-Z40 is worth considering.


Appearance rating 3.5 stars
Functionality rating 4 stars
Image quality 4 stars
Value for money
4 stars
Effective Pixels 4 Million
Image Sizes 5 Sizes / 3 quality modes
Lens - zoom wide [mm] 5.8mm (35mm equivalent of 35mm)
Lens - zoom tele [mm] 17.4mm (35mm equivalent of 105mm)
Resolution Settings From 640x480 to 2304 x 1728
Modes 5 Individual. Plus auto and manual
Manual Focus No
Auto Focus Yes
Focus Range [cm] 6cm to infinity
Aperture Range Auto / F2.6 - F4.8
Aperture Priority No
Macro Yes
Macro Range [cm] 10cm
Shutter Speeds No
Shutter Priority No
ISO 4 Options. 64 - 400. Plus auto.
LCD Monitor Yes
LCD Size 2.0-inch digital interface TFT color LCD
Viewfinder Yes. Optical real-image zoom viewfinder
Flash Built In. 3 mode options. Plus auto.
Hot Shoe No
White balance 5 options. Plus auto & manual.
Self Timer Yes. 2 or 10 Seconds.
Auto Power Off Yes. 2min or 5min.
Sleep Yes. 30sec / 1min / 2min / Off
Movie Options Yes. Only limited by card size and battery.
Audio Options Yes. Only limited by card size and battery.
Video Out No.
Storage Type SD / MMC Cards
Storage Included 9.7Mb Internal.
Image / Audio Formats Jpeg / AVI / Wave
Connectivity USB.
Power Source Lithium Ion Rechargable Battery.
Dimensions 99mm x 62mm x 34.5mm
Weight 121 Without batteries
Software Included rating 4.5 stars
Appearance rating 4.5 stars
Functionality rating 4.5 stars
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