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I was attracted to this camera because the shop I purchased it from had a special offer on it and out of all the cameras I found it neat and stylish, its not to flashy. The assistant showed me how easy the camera was to opperate so I was sold. When I got home I found in reality the camera was not quite as easy to use as he made it look, trying to navigate myself around I kept pulling up options I did not actualy want and found it almost impossible to use the video feature and then pull back up the videos and actually I am normally quite quick to pick up new bits of technology so not sure how someone with less knowledge of cameras would get on. I had the camera less than the 28 day period and it stopped turning on so I took it back and swapped it for another, I wanted to exchange it for something else, but was told that I could not, it had to be the same, so came back with another one, but 7 months down the line guess what? Its stopped turning on again, you may think its my fault and that I might be clumsy, but the camera had very light use as mainly used just for putting bits on ebay including this faulty camera now, still managed to get £9 for it selling it as faulty.
I think if there is an alternative which there normally is, avoid this camera.
Having bought a 'limited-edition' version of this from sevendayshop for £199, I have been extremely happy with its performance.
Lightweight, reasonable battery life, very stylish, excellent features and resolution. Reasonable bundled software. Very easy to use. Eye-catching.
A downside of the camera is that it is necessary to take the 'cradle' travelling as it doubles as the charger / and is also required for transferring the photos.
Video facility works well and incorporates sound.Admittedly only 60 second clips are possible, but with the right software, it is still possible to make some amusing output.
Feels good in the hand. Very sturdily designed with a very large and clear screen.
I have been very happy with its performance given its size.
The Casio Exilim EX-Z4 is a very well made digital camera that doesn't lose quality of picture due to it's slim design. This is one problem we have seen on the digital camera market. Camera's that are very slim but lack a decent optical zoom and pixels. Well this beast performs well with a 3x Pentax Optical zoom lens and a superb 4million pixels, plenty for producing larger prints. The camera also comes loaded with a 4x digital zoom for getting that bit closer to the action, but with any digital zoom you have to expect a lower standard of quality. The camera captures the images in the standard JPEG format ensuring you get the best quality pictures without loss of space on your memory card. Like the rest of the digital camera's on the market this one doesn't come with enough memory despite it coming equiped with a 10Mb internal memory. This however should not put you off as memory is fairly cheap to purchase as it takes the ever popular SD cards. Unusually for such a compact camera, it has a massive 2" TFT screen which is of high quality and clarity. Like all of the Casio digital camera's, the menu system is very user friendly and is navigated using the 4 way directional circular button at the rear of the camera. The largest picture size it will capture is 2304 x 1728 and on the "Fine" quality setting on the internal card you will store 4 photograph's. With an additional 64Mb card you could fit 30 on the same settings, this is ideal for printing large prints. The smallest resoultion is 640 x 480 and on the "Fine" setting with the internal memory will store 46 photograph's. These small prints are only ideal for small 6 x 4 " prints of viewing online, due to their small file size it makes it more convienient to send to family and friends through email. This camera also has a fairly decent movie mode which will give you standard quality at a resoultion of 320 x 240 and a maximum r
ecording time of 60 seconds per recording. With and additional 64Mb card you will be able to record around 6 minutes and 20 seconds of movie footage. Unlike the Casio QV range of camera's this one will record sound along side you video footage. There is also a seperate voice recording mode where you can record and listen to your recording thanks to the built in microphone and speaker. Casio does it again with their Bestshot mode. Bestshot mode consists of 21 preset settings which help you get the best possible picture even in the most demanding of situations. For example there is a Coupling Shot. This splits you screen into two halves. This is ideal if there are two of you on holiday and you both want to be in the image. First take a picture of you partner on the left hand side, then switch places and line up the ghost image with the horizon that is left on the screen, when you press the shutter it automatically joins the images together and hey presto, you are both in the same picture, just like magic! To get a better feel for the other Bestshot features I would recommend going on the High Street and playing aound with camera, only when you pick it up can you truly appreciate how well this camera is made and performs. You can even select different ISO ratings depending on your shotting location. The camera is also filled with great little extras such as 162 cities in over 32 different times zones, ideal if you go on holiday and you don't want to changethe clock settings as you travel to and fro. A fully displayed Calendar which shows you a key photograph for each day you took a picture, simply zoom in to view up to 9 images on the one screen, zoom in again to look closer at one particular image, it couldn't be easier. There is also an alarm clock which can also display your selected picture as well as a slideshow mode when used with the photo stand docking cradle (supplied). The camera comes complete with Rechargeable Lithium-Ion bat
tery and this charges through the cradle which is supplied. Photograph's are downloaded through the USB cable either on the cradle or directly into the camera. Battery life will last you around 1 hour 30 mins of continuous picture recording (540 shots) or 2 hours 10 minutes on the Voice Recording mode. Lastly there is also the album and web creation mode. Simply put the camera into play mode and press up on the directional pad, it then gives you the option to create a preset number of albums, just select the layout that takes your fancy and its done. When it comes to downloading your pictures just grab the PDF or HTML file and Bob's your uncle. Overall this is a brilliant camera for both the first time buyer and professional. It is a slim, metal bodied camera that is worth showing off to your friends and this applies to all the latest Casio camera's. Working in a big High Street store I have hands on experience with these cameras and by far these are the ones I sell the most due to the high quality style and picture's they produce. Before you buy, get a load of the feature's and have a play around with it, I can guarantee you will not be dissapointed. Come and visit me in the High Street! Brilliant camera!
Being a bit of a bargain hunter I was at first dubious of spending so much money on a camera and was thinking of ways to justify my purchase. But I had no need to fear as the casio EXZ4 was a good choice. Before I went and bought this camera all I knew was that I wanted a digital camera that was easy to use, a good investment, no less than 2million pixels and looked cool. So, I went into a few shops and was totally lost at the sight of SO many cameras, which one was right for me? So, I went home and did a bit of research on the internet. A few proffessional sites commented that the casio EXZ series gave a bluish tinge to the photos so I was a bit put off at first, however, I asked around in a few electronics shops and they said this was quite rare. In the end I bought the casio EXZ4 and am VERY pleased. It is 4.0-4.9 pixels with as much optical zoom as I will need (obviously not for proffessional use). I am not very good with technical jargon but this camera has all the latest technology AND it's very easy to use, I was clicking away in minutes! A few features it has are: - you can choose economy, normal or fine resolution - excellent picture quality - 2" screen - small and light weight - movie mode facility - auto flash - capable of the camera memory storing 10 photos (I bought an additional 64MB card that will hold and extra 36 photos) - slideshows - USB cable - charger - docking bay I shopped around and found the cheapest was £279.00. However, prices do vary and I have seen it being sold for £349.00. I also got a £50 discount because it was the display model. I think the cheapest price of £279.00 is a bargain price to pay for a top of the range, good make digital camera that is up to 5million pixels. It is also an investment piece as in a few months or in a year I reckon the lower range digital cameras will fade away and these will be left standing. It
also allows me to email my photos to family and friends, view them before I have them printed, print them myself and also add special effects to them on the computer. I am not a techincal wizz kid but this camera has made me very happy! And I'm glad to say...there is no sign of any bluish tinge!