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Casio Exilim Ex Z40 - Everything you could ask for in a digital camera
I bought this camera because I had got to a point where I was fed up with the low resolution of the images which I was getting from my cheap and cheerful little digital camera, and fed up with having to carry around the bulk of my regular camera and film to go in it.
After a lot of research I decided to go for this camera, at the best price I could find - from www.7dayshop.com. I was not disappointed.
SIZE One of the main things I wanted in my camera was that it should be compact. I was immediately stunned when I opened the box. From the front this camera oozed elegance, sophistication and modernity. Turn it over and the huge LCD colour screen is dazzling. This camera combines both small size, large viewing screen and easy access buttons. *****
QUALITY This camera offers exceptional quality for such a small camera. It has a 4 mega-pixel resolution which makes the images crystal clear with good lighting conditions. The 3x optical zoom (the retractable one which protrudes from the front) provides the same quality, whilst the extra 4x digital zoom is an adequate addition, despite not being of the same quality as the optical (images come out rather grainy when the digital zoom has been used). The flash is another essential in a good digital camera and this one doesnt fail to deliver. The images are again slightly grainy when the lighting conditions are very poor, however but this is to be expected. There are also a considerable number of preset photo options for the environment in which you are taking your photos. It goes from taking pictures of food, to party scenes and mountain views. ****
IMAGE TRANSFER I felt that this was the area which slightly let it down. The camera comes with a dock -Very useful, you might think. The problem arises from the fact that the dock is required to charge the camera and to synchronise images to your computer. You cannot do any of this directly from the camera (unless you have a memory card reader on your computer or printer in which case its a doddle to remove and transfer your pics.). That proved to be a considerable inconvenience as I could not simply go away and take the camera and charger, now I have to remember to take (and find in the depths of my suitcase) the dock. This is, however, worthwhile in the end, as the quality of the end result is worth all the hassle. ***
BATTERY reasonable battery life. I went on a week long trip to New York and despite taking a huge number of photos, the battery stayed intact throughout. Charging is a considerable effort though. ****
INCLUDED Included in the box are the bare necessities. That is to say, besides the essential dock and camera strap (and a few leads) theres nothing else. When I first started to play around with it I felt very uncomfortable with the fact that such a great piece of kit had no protection in the form of a case. I did, however, manage to locate one on the internet, but at considerable cost. ***
PHOTOS The inevitable problem of digital cameras is the distinct lack of photos. This was an immediate problem for me. I began experimenting with ordering prints of my digital images over the internet via www.bonusprint.com and www.photobox.com, but with such expense and the problems involved with uploading the images onto their site in the first place I decided to invest in my own photo quality printer. This is a must have for any digital photographer as it really brings out the best in digital photography (mine is an Epsom Photo R300).
Overall a very decent and reliable camera perfect for taking lots of holiday snaps. Nice and easy but also very good looking.