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I bought this camera in pink from John Lewis it came with a free cream leather case which had its own strap. Unfortunately the strap on my case broke off and I lost it but the camera has a strap so I use that.
I have managed to take some amazing photos with this camera. While it does not include as much detail as the more expensive cameras it includes enough that I was able to take a photo 100 metres away from the object then blow a small amount of the photo up to poster size while still keeping the quality. I do not know a lot about cameras but this seems pretty good to me.
It has a long battery life, I only had to charge it every few days while I was on holiday and I take a lot of photos. To charge the battery you remove it from the camera and put it in a charging device that plugs into the wall. I have a spare battery for my camera which means that I can always have one that's fully charged. This is a major advantage of this charging system.
The camera uses SD cards to store the photos; the newer SDHC cards are fine in this camera. I have an 8GB SDHC card in the camera and this stores a lot of photos and videos.
The camera has a wide variety of settings including black and white. It has the ability to take video footage although it took me a while to figure out how to do this. You can choose the quality of photo that you want and the type of focus that you want. I am not very technically capable but by reading the manual I figured most of this stuff out.
Overall I really like this camera; it is good quality for a reasonable price. It has also proven itself to be fairly sturdy as I have a habit of dropping it and it hasn't broken yet! I would highly recommend this camera.
I have this camera in pink and have had it for a few years now. I bought it for £125 a few years ago but about 2 years ago I bought the silver one for my boyfriend in offer in Asda for only £67. For a 10.1 Megapixel camera, I think that's pretty good.
This review is not intended to be extremely technical but just my opinions on a camera I use to make quick videos, and generally document my student life out and about.
The camera takes an SD card which is one of the reasons I bought it as these are very common now, easy to get cheaply and in big sizes, and my laptop also has a hole for this card, so does my printer, so a winner all round.
The camera has a big, approx 2.5 inch diameter (diagonally) LCD screen and there are only a few buttons on the back and top of the camera, making it really easy to use. It has an obvious play or shoot section with 2 little buttons, this is good as it means pretty much anyone can take the camera and work out how to use it. The other buttons; menu, display, BS (best shot) and flash/delete are easily labelled making it good for my mum etc to learn how to use easily and quickly. On the top are the power button, and the zoom, and the real take photo button. Pushing this down halfway focuses the shot, then fully down takes the picture.
When I bought this, it came with a little leather case, and a strap which you can slip on which is to go over your wrist. I have subsequently lost both of these, but I have just replaced the strap with a piece of ribbon, which just kind of adds to the girlyness of the camera.
The camera doesn't have a viewfinder, you have to point and shoot, or just use the LCD screen. This is fine but it means taking pictures in very bright light can be a bit of a problem due to the reflectance.
The menus on this are really ways to use and it has most of the standard functions such as self timer, flash, red eye flash, best shot, videos etc. It is also easy to scroll through the pictures and the information on these menus using the handy arrow sort of tools.
As with a lot of gadgets now, this is pink although I think it also came in black and silver. The pinky colour of this is really nice, it is subdued and cute, and it is not too in your face as some of the pink things I have seen can be.
The battery fits in well and has a little thing to hold the battery in, I think it's like spring loaded, although mine has now broken off. The card also goes in near the battery and it is a push in push out kind of thing, as most cameras are. These are both covered with a sliding cover.
On the bottom of the camera there is also a screw hole for a tripod to screw on to. The camera is easy to charge; you just take the battery out so if you have a spare battery, you don't need to hold up the camera while the other one charges.
Overall I really like this. It is compact, it fits in my pocket and my evening bag, and it is easy to use.
My fiancee (now wife) and I love going out and about in Scotland and quite often take our cameras with us as you never know what picture oportunities will come up so when out one day I noticed this camera and decided to get one of these for her so that she too had a digital camera with some good functions (her old digital camera was clumsy to use and did not have any optical zoom) and since buying this I have never looked back. The Casio Exilim EX-Z1050 is a terrific little camera in looks, feel, weight, functionality and ease of use. Want to point and shoot then this camera is fantastic for you...want to take time and zoom in and change the angle you take your shot from then this is not a problem either as the camera has a fantastic large colour screen which is easy to see and makes taking the shots both quicker and easier (smaller screens cause you to spend longer trying to look at the image whereas the slightly bigger screen makes it easy for you to take a quick look at the screen and be happy with the picture). The camera battery last a good amount of time and the weight of the camera means that you are happy to carry it about with you for the day without feeling like your arm is going to drop off. The camera has an excellent flash which like all functions on this camera is easy to change settings for. All in all this camera has functions that you would expect from a lot more expensive camera and the feel of the camera is like it is more than what you are paying also.
WHAT I THINK
I bought this digital camera in January of this year after having a few bad experience with previous cameras, this Casio EX-Z1050 installed my confidence in digital cameras before I turned my back and went back to the old disposable effects you see at most drunken nights out.
When I purchased the camera it was £170 off the internet, I came across the same model again on the internet to find it can be purchased for £120, what a bargin!, still I have had so much use over the past 9 months which I can,t get annoyed about.
The main features of the camera are the 10.1 megapixels, this is where you can achieve quality pictures that are so clear and colourful, you could never go back to any other camera that filled your holidays/nights out etc before. You can also reduce the megapixels down a notch, which makes it easier if you wanna send photos via email or list stuff on ebay, the other main features are the video recorder which is excellent addition and is of high quality, depending on which memory card you deceide to purchase, it will vary how much video time or pictures you can take, I would recommend anything over a 1gb card, this will solve all your needs<I have a 2mp, which I used on 2 week holiday recently, took pics everyday and videos, I still had enough space when I returned home to take a few more!, seriously though, I have seen many other digital cameras in my time, this has been the easiest to set-up, as simple as turn on, point and click, there are many digital cameras out there which are a pain to get set-up, and so annoying, trust me!
The EX-Z1050 is rather small in size and weighs 125g, about the same size and weight of most mobile phones which are out there, it can be easily carryied in your pocket/bag on a night out, wherever you seem to go. The battery life is also a plus, it will last for serveral days if your only taking pictures, the video element does wear the battery down, this is to be expected on all types of gadgets.
The only downfall of the camera, it does,nt come with a memory card, I would advise to purchase at the same time, also no carry case is provide, this is also a must, it does come with a desktop charger and all the software, usb cable etc, the charged is also all linked into to the downloading of the pictures to the pc.
Anyway enough of me blabbing on, below is the full spec of the camera
Battery Model: Camera Specific Powerpacks
Built-in Flash: Yes
CD-R / CD-RW: No
Camera Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2736
Camera Resolution Width in Pixel: 3648
Changeable Lens: No
Chip Type: CCD
Compact Flash Card: No
Digital Zoom (Ratio): 4
Effective Pixel (in Megapixel): 10.1
Highest Focal Length in mm: 114
Image Stabiliser: Yes
LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel: 114960
LCD Monitor Size in Inch: 2.6
Longest Shutter Speed: 4s
Lowest Focal Length in mm: 38
MP3 Playback: No
Maximum Aperture Tele: 5.1
Maximum Aperture Wide: 2.8
Maximum Pixel (in Megapixel): 10.3
Maximum Video Resolution Heigth: 480
Maximum Video Resolution Width: 640
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type: Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Mini Secure Digital Card: No
Movie / Voice Recording: Movie + Voice
Multimedia Card: Yes
Optical Zoom (Ratio): 3
PC Card: No
Photo Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2736
Photo Resolution Width in Pixel: 3648
RAW Format: No
Range Finder Type: LCD Monitor
Reduced Size Multimedia Card: No
SLR / Compact: Compact
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card (SDHC): Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/1000s
Size of Internal Memory in MB: 15
Smart Media Card: No
Video Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 480
Video Resolution Width in Pixel: 640
Weight in Grams: 125
WiFi Connectivity: No
XD Card: No
Zoom Type: Optical + Digital
microSD/ TransFlash Card: No
Recording Element: 1/1.75 inch square pixel primary colour CCD (10.3 million total pixels, 10.1 million effective pixels)
Recording Format: Still Image: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant, Movies: AVI (Motion JPEG), Audio: WAV (mono)
Recording Medium: Built-in internal flash memory (approx. 15.4MB recordable area), Card slot for SDHC / SD / MMCplus / MMC
Still Image Resolution: 3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432 (3:2), 3648 x 2048 (16:9), 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480 pixels (Fine / Normal / Economy)
Movie Resolution: 640 x 480 (HQ), 512 x 384 (Normal), 320 x 240 (LP) pixels
Image Deletion: One image, all images
Lens: 7 lenses in 5 groups, incl. aspherical lens, F2.8 (W) to F5.1 (T), f=7.9(W) to 23.7(T) mm (equivalent to approx. 38 to 114mm in 35mm format), Lens cover
Zoom: 3x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom (12x total when optical and digital zooms are used in combination)
Focus Modes: Contrast AF (selectable between spot, 9 point multi, or tracking), AF assist light, Auto focus (stills only), Pan focus (movie only), Macro mode, Infinity mode, Manual focus
Focus Range: Macro: 10cm to 50cm, Manual: 10cm to , Normal: 40cm to (Using optical zoom causes these ranges to change)
Exposure Metering: Multi-pattern, centre weighted, spot
Exposure Control: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter: CCD electronic / mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed: Normal: 1/2 to 1/1000 sec., Night: 4 to 1/1000sec.
Aperture: F2.8 / F8.0, auto switching (Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change)
White Balance: Auto, Fixed (6 modes), Manual
Sensitivity: Still image: ISO 80, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800 (automatic or manual switching), Movie: Auto (Max ISO sensitivity is ISO 800 when taking pictures with Anti-Shake or ISO 1600 with High Sensitivity BEST SHOT)
Recording Mode: Still image, still image with audio, BESTSHOT (38 predefined scenarios), movie with audio, voice recorder
Recording Functions: Macro, auto macro, self-timer, continuous shutter (normal speed, high speed, rapid flash, zoom continuous)
Self-Timer: 10 seconds or 2 seconds, triple self-timer
Flash System: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Approx. Flash Range: 0.1 to 3.3 metres (W), 0.5 to 1.8 metres (T)
Approx. Continuous Shutter Flash Range: 0.4 to 2.0 metres (W), 0.5 to 1.1 metres (T)
Viewfinder: Monitor screen
Monitor: 2.6\" widescreen digital TFT colour LCD (114,960 pixels, 479x240)
Playback Functions: Still image playback, movie playback, trimming, resize, rotate, copy, 16 image display, calendar, favourites folder, slideshow
Other: Multilingual menu, RGB Histogram, alarm with image, album feature, flash assist, grid display, icon help, key customization
Timekeeping: Date and time recorded with image data, time stamp function, auto calendar up to 2049
World Time: 162 cities (32 time zones), city names, date and time, daylight saving time
Input/Output Terminals: Built-in microphone, built-in speaker (mono), USB / AV connection (USB 2.0 Full Speed)
Power Requirements: Proprietary SUPER LIFE rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NP-40)
Battery Life: Continuous Recording: Approx. 370 shots (CIPA standards)
Battery Life: Continuous Playback: Approx. 500 min. (Temperature: 23°C (73°F), Scroll one image about every 10 seconds)
Battery Life: Continuous Movie Recording: Approx. 170 min (Recording without zoom)
Battery Life: Voice recording: Approx. 720 min. (based on continuous recording)
Dimensions: 91.1 x 57.2 x 24.2mm (W x H x D, excl. projections, thinnest point 20.7mm)
Weight: Approx. 125g (excl. batteries and accessories)
Wow information overload!
If your in the market for a digital camera at a superb price, whether your a first time buyer of a digi camera or just wanting a change, go with the Casio, it surpised me how good it is.