|Casio Exilim Z60 - High speed pictures
The speed with which the camera can be operated can also be seen when taking serial pictures. The standard setting is a single picture, but you can keep taking pictures one after the other as long as the shutter release button is held in. Of course this is without the use of the flash, but with a speed of approx. 0.7 fps you can go a long way with the standard pictures. By switching to the so-called High Speed pictures you can reach a speed of 3 frames per second with the Casio Exilim Z60. I tested it in combination with a SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus Secure Digital card, something the Casio Z60 can work with quickly. With a setting of 6 Megapixels in the highest quality it was possible to reach 3 fps and the camera only needs 2 seconds to empty the buffer and take a new series.
Casio Exilim EX Z60 - Serial pictures
As well as the standard series picture possibilities, Casio has added a special feature to the Casio Exilim Z60 that lets you take serial pictures using the flash. Flash pictures can be taken at the same speed and with a maximum of 3 fps, an option that only Casio provides. The effective reach of the flash decreases but this is still a very interesting option. It takes about 2.3 seconds with an Ultra II Plus SanDisk SD card, which is a really excellent performance!
Casio EX-Z60 - 3x optical zoom lens
Of course, it’s not very realistic to hanker after an optical zoom in such a thin camera, but it would be nice if Casio could manage to integrate a bit more wide-angle or tele. We will have to make do for now with a standard 3x optical zoom with a focal range of 38 - 114mm (equivalent to a 35mm camera). There is visible distortion in the wide-angle setting but it is not disturbing when printed in a normal format. This distortion is fairly normal and not more than average. There is also a slight distortion in the tele setting but this is scarcely perceivable. The Casio Z60 has some problems with chromatic aberration in the wide-angle setting but this quickly disappears when you zoom in slightly.
Casio Z60 - Anti Shake function & ISO values
The ISO values are normally automatically set by the Casio Exilim Z60 digital compact. If you select the Best Shot Anti Shake function or High sensitivity scène you can obtain a high ISO value up to 800 ISO. The low values of 50 and 100 ISO are fine in regard to the signal/noise ration.
|At 200 ISO more traces of noise become visible and this increases at 400 ISO. As far as I’m concerned the high 800 ISO is too much of a good thing. The noise becomes disturbing, the colour noise mars otherwise good portraits and you will have to consider whether it’s a good thing or not to use these high ISO settings. The digital image stabiliser uses the combination of high ISO and fast shutter speeds to minimise the chances of movement blur. This is in contrast to the optical image stabiliser where movement blur is eliminated purely optically. At the moment, Casio is not really able to give its models a better quality system. Casio should pay some attention to this point, now that many competitors are using the optical variety more often.
Casio Exilim Z60 - Automatic white balance
The Casio Exilim EX Z60 is normally activated with an automatic white balance. This function ensures that the camera reacts to the lighting conditions correctly, correcting them accurately in order to minimise colour cast. Casio has already shown that it knows how to use white balance and uses will take the vast majority of their photos in this setting. The automatic white balance gives you a good result, free of colour cast. The only problem is if there is too much artificial light. The solution is a setting for the light source in question and this can be simply set via the menu. Because the camera only saves pictures in JPEG it is important to set the correct white balance before you take a picture as this will save you a lot of time and trouble correcting the image in your computer or laptop.
Casio Exilim EX-Z60 - Edit saved pictures
As well as the white balance, the Casio Exilim Z60 compact camera has other settings with which it is possible to process the picture. It is possible to reduce saved pictures to one of three available resolutions; 3M, 2M or VGA. A copy with the new resolution will be made so that the original is also saved. It is also possible to trim a saved picture. You can make an enlargement of a crop and save it as a copy of the original. You will need to have enough memory to be able to use these processing options. A special option that can be used often is the Keystone correction. Via this procedure a picture of an object such as a poster, document, photo, etc. that has been taken in a corner and therefore is not squared can be corrected. The correction will then be saved as a copy in a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels.