|Casio Exilim EX-Z60 - Camera design
The camera’s casing is made of plastic but it looks very like aluminium. The front has a polished ‘steel’ appearance and the corners have been neatly rounded off. It makes the camera a bit smooth and you notice this if you put the Casio Z60 on a table. Because it’s ultra thin and what weight it has is concentrated in the rear around the LCD screen, the Casio Exilim Z60 is inclined to fall over backwards. When you are actually holding it, it lies nicely between your thumb and index finger and this gives you a reasonably stable feeling. At 134 grams (including the Lithium Ion battery) I can honestly say that this is a very light camera that you don’t even notice having on you. The Casio Exilim EX Z60 comes with a camera station (depends on region/country), USB and A/V cables, Lithium Ion battery, CD-ROM with software, wrist strap and mains supply adapter.
Casio Exilim Z60 - 3x optical zoom lens
The front of the Casio EX Z60 is matt silver and slightly mirrored. The big round circle around the optical zoom lens is prominent. I wanted to take the big sticker off at once as it doesn’t do justice to the design and who wants to be a walking advertisement anyway? The Casio Z60 has a 3x optical zoom lens with an average brightness of f/3.1 (W) - f/5.9 (T). The zoom lens is placed away from the middle and when it comes out it almost touches your left finger. Left of the middle we see a small flash with beside it a miniscule hole that functions as a little microphone. Under the built-in flash, there is a small LED that serves as a self timer indicator, and there is no AF assistance illuminator.
Casio Z60 - Flash memory & Battery compartment
The front of the Casio Exilim Z60 is rather streamlined and minimalist in regard to functionalities. If you look at the camera from above, you will see that the minimalist approach has also been applied to this part of the camera. There is just a long shutter release with an on/off button beside it in the middle of the camera and nothing else. The on/off switch is embedded deep in the casing and cannot be activated accidentally. If you look at both sides of the Casio Exilim EX Z60 compact camera we see an attractively finished plate with type number and Megapixel information on one side. The only tin on the opposite side is an eyelet to which the strap can be fastened.
|If you turn the camera around you will see a universal (plastic) tripod connection and beside it an USB interface with which the camera can also be connected to the camera station. Half of the underside is occupied by a compartment for the Casio NP-20 3.7V 700mAh Lithium Ion battery and a Secure Digital flash memory card. There is only one way to place the battery in the compartment and it is held in place with a safety bar. The flap does not close very well. I noticed regularly that the lid shut crookedly, which is not very neat. The battery and the SD memory card can’t fall out accidentally because both are secured in the compartment.
Casio Exilim EX Z60 - 2.5 inch LCD screen
The side most looked at by photographers is the back side. The large format 2.5 inch LCD screen stands out at once. Compared to the camera as a whole, the screen juts out a little, making the camera look at little thicker. The black frame around the screen is eye-catching and there is space for the necessary buttons beside the screen. The familiar multi controller which has two buttons for Menu and BS functions for the navigation of the diverse functions. The playback and record button has a separate function as the main function; they are also used to activate the camera. It’s handy I suppose, but several times when I had the camera in my pocket, it activated itself. You will understand that if the zoom lens does this when the camera is in your trouser pocket, you may be unintentionally giving someone the wrong signal. Fortunately, you can switch this extra function off via the menu. There are 2 buttons for the zoom function (digital and optical) on the furthest top right corner.
Casio Exilim Z60 digital camera - Menu
The 2.5 inch format screen shows all the information well. The menu is well ordered and the different subjects are shown in clear colours. Because there are not many buttons, you will use the menu a lot, so it’s a good thing that it is user friendly. The screen has an average resolution of 115,000 pixels which generally gives a good sharpness and reproduction. Due the small format and design, I didn’t think that the Casio Exilim Z60 was a particularly comfortable camera to hold. It was just a bit too smooth and toppled over when placed on as level surface too often for my liking. The Casio Z60 is likely to be a hit with photographers in search of an ultra compact design.