|Casio EX Z60 - Exilim image processor
Casio has developed an image processor in its own firm and uses it in its range of digital cameras. The Casio Exilim Z60 also has the Exilim image processor. The image processor plays an important role in the cameras’ speed reaction, for example when activating the lens. The Casio Exilim EX Z60 really scores amazingly well in this department. The camera is switched on with the optical zoom lens in position within a fraction of a second. The internal flash is loaded equally quickly so that you can capture the moment almost immediately after turning on the camera. This speed also applies to the focussing. The camera has some difficulties with focussing in dim light conditions and unfortunately has no AF assistance illuminator to come to its aid. Focussing with the Casio Exilim Z60 is nice and quick and with a shutter lag of only 0.002 seconds there is no delay to speak of as such.
Casio Z60 - DISP button & RGB histogram
Although a 2.5 inch screen is no longer one of the larger sizes, the possibilities are restricted to a maximum of 3 inches in a camera this size. The Casio screen reproduced the pictures very well and the different functions and pictograms are also very clear. The DISP button allows you to choose between different reproductions; a standard reproduction where only the AF frame is visible, one where an AF frame, date and time, battery status, resolution and compression, number of pictures and program mode are shown and one with a RGB histogram. The RGB histogram indicates the clarity of the picture and is supplemented with information from the red (R), green (G) and blue (B) channels, with which you can determine is there is too much or too little of one of the colour compo-nents present in the picture. If you have a lot of lines in a composition and want to arrange them horizontally or vertically, the GRID function that divides the screen into 9 segments can be activated via the play menu.
|Casio Exilim EX-Z60 - Macro focus
From a minimum distance of 10cm (to a maximum of 50cm), the focus is good enough to be able to capture small details. Although this macro focus distance is an average distance, it will be sufficient for the Casio Exilim Z60. The minimum focal distance is fixed from 40cm to infinity. The option that allows you to select the number of focal distances is very useful. Normally, the camera is set at a single focal point in the middle, and this is fine for most pictures. The second option is more accurate in practise, especially if the main subject clearly takes up most of the composition. The nine points offer greater accuracy and require less accurate focussing. It is a pity that the Casio Exilim Z60 doesn’t have an auto focus assistance illuminator. You notice when focusing in dimmer light conditions that the camera takes longer or even that it cannot focus at all. There is always the handy focussing function which magnifies the object of the focus and you can set the focus via the multi control button.
Casio Exilim Z60 - Snap shot camera
As mentioned earlier, the Casio Exilim EX Z60 compact camera has practically no manual setting options. The target group for a camera like this won’t really miss it. The Casio Z60 is still a snap shot camera whereby ease plays a large role. The BS (Best Shot) button on the rear of the camera gives access to a large collection of pre-programmed scenes. Casio introduced this part years ago and it is now clear that they anticipated the future correctly now that most digital cameras now have these sorts of scenes. Casio still wears the crown. With a series of 30 scenes, a voice recording program, an Automatic program, a video mode and even a scène that you can set yourself, this camera gives you great value for your money.