|Casio Exilim Z60 review : At the beginning of this year, just before the start of the PMA 2006, Casio introduced a series of new Exilim digital cameras, including the ultra compact Casio Exilim EX Z60 camera. This 'credit card' sized camera has extremely compact measurements, and the breadth of just 19.8mm (the thinnest point is even 16.2mm) will totally amaze many consumers. The Casio Exilim Z60 has a resolution of 6 Megapixels and a 3x optical zoom. The resolution is slightly better than that of its predecessor, the Casio Z50 and six Megapixels is the applicable norm nowadays. The recently introduced 10 Megapixel Casio Exilim EX Z1000 compact camera is proof that Casio has no intention of dropping out of this Megapixel race.
Casio digital compact cameras
During a press conference in Europe, the Japanese management drove the point home that Casio has been a player on the digital camera market for many years. Although many consumers connect Casio to watches and calculators, they are unaware that Casio pioneered the contemporary digital camera. The company made a digital camera for consumers back in 1995 and today Casio has sold many generations of digital cameras to consumers. The current Exilim digital camera was designed around the Exilim image processor and its emphasis is on its compact format, speed, energy saving aspects and quality - things that can always be improved.
Casio Exilim EX-Z60 - Compact format
The Casio Exilim EX Z60 compact camera has been available on the market for several months and was noticed immediately thanks to its predecessors. The Casio Z60 is a little camera that is particularly suited to photographers who want to capture a favourite moment quickly and easily. A camera like this should be no trouble to take along so that you can always have it on you. The Casio Exilim Z60 is one of Casio's prize products and is intended to capture a greater share of the market for Casio. At the moment, Casio is very active in Germany where its 15% share of the market share puts it at the top, but looking at its share of the US market, (3%) you will see that there is a lot of custom to be won.
Casio EX Z60 - Exilim camera line
Casio knows how to surprise the camera market every time with innovative solutions and possibilities, altered versions of which often crop up later in competing models. The Casio Exilim Z60 is typical of the sort of camera that you use to take a quick snapshot and that you casually shove in your coat or trouser pocket. It is not a camera for hobby photographers and although Casio has gained a lot of knowledge in the field of digital photography, it has not yet been seduced into making a digital reflex camera. Maybe if it had a strong partner with experience in digital reflex cameras, it would wager a step in this fast growing seg-ment, but in the meantime, Casio is sticking to the compact Exilim line.
Casio Exilim Z60 review
The Casio Exilim EX Z60 leads the ultra-compact Exilim Z series of cameras. With its 6 Megapixels and 3x optical zoom, it doesn't stand out immediately in this fiercely competitive market. In any case, the Casio Z60 has a strikingly compact design and must rely on its extensive inbuilt automatic software which gains it top marks for user friendliness and convenience. We tested the Casio Exilim Z60 thoroughly, you can read our findings in the following Casio Exilim EX-Z60 digital camera review.
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