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The Z120 is an oldie but a goodie. Released back in 2006, it's still a quality camera which has stood the test of time in terms of durability and quality.
Starting with the things which date it: the display screen is a lot smaller than on modern cameras, and its shape is a little clunky looking. It's also slightly heavier than a modern day equivalent.
However, it's a very sturdy machine; and it takes good pictures for a pocket sized camera. The GUI is dead simple, and not at all sluggish.
It supports video recording (with microphone and mini-speaker) and takes micro SD cards in a side loading card reader. It takes AA batteries - loaded into the bottom of the machine as standard. Considering this, the camera isn't too deep.
Something I like about the camera is the way you zoom; there's a little mini-lever each side of the capture button which lets you zoom really easily with one hand without having to use a thumb, or bend your hand around in some contorted way - very ergonomic.
The camera takes photos very quickly when you press the capture button - it reacts in less than half a second (except for when the flash is charging), which is a refreshing change from other cameras and camera phones on the market which seem to take an hour to take a photo after pressing the capture button - after which time the scene has usually changed, or the photographer has died of old age. The view-finder on this camera is also a good feature that other digital cameras from that era don't seem to have; though what you see through the view-finder is definitely on the small size - it's more a case of 'point and hope' opposed to 'point and shoot'.
I find it very easy to take clear shots with the camera. I'm not a professional, so normally my shots come out blurred (and with the focus of the picture on my finger to the left of the shot), but this camera forgives my photographic shortcomings and more oft than not delivers good results - no grainyness and no bluryness.
The only grumble about this camera is the USB cable which doesn't seem to be used by any other camera except on the Casio Exilim range; so I had to order another one from the supplier when I lost the last - I couldn't just borrow one from another camera.
I bought this camera about two years ago now, and it is still a great camera and has definitely served me well! Firstly, althought now the size is slightly bigger than your average camera, it easily fits into a small bag or pocket, as it has been on numerous nights out with me and has never been too heavy. Furthermore, the actual quality of the camera is really good. I am always impressed with the sharpness, brightness and general quality of the pictures that i upload. It is also a very easy camera to use and great for anyone who has never had a digital camera before as it will not take you long to discover all the features. I think my favourite feature is the editing. It is so easy to crop and change the brightness and contrast of the pictures on your camera, which saves you a job when uploading them. Also the video function is great, it's clear and also comes with sound. The only negative response about the camera is that i have had a couple of problems with lense getting jammed and buttons not working, but i suppose that is something that happens over general wear tear. Lastly, the zooming function is great, and all the functions such as 'best shot' and different flashes are really helpful, the macro focus will always produce a beautiful sharp picture of any detailed object. This camera really is great for the amount that is being paid!
i bought this camera last year and it is the best camera i have ever had! it looks very stylish especially the silver one. it was easy to use and you could understand what each function does. it does quite a lot of different things for a small camera ie. video and panorama etc. it was very light and compact. i thought the only downside was that the instruction book that came with it was only basic so you had to load the software onto your computer just so you could read the full instructions. you can take photos in b&w and lots of other different effects. i think it has the functions of an expensive camera made into a compact one. it was well worth the money as i think it will last a long time as it is very sturdy and robust. i wouldnt say it was a beginners camera but it was very easy to use.
the casio ex z120 is a wonderful looking,stylish and compact camera.i recieved one at christmas as a gift(from myself to myself!!)it takes the widely available sd memory card but has good memory itself.
the menu is so easy to work,and can change so many settings,such as battery type,it takes aa,(apparantly this affects performance!),frames,picture effects and quality of picture(alter the pixels!)
the software for the pc is also excellent with great editing and printing options!
there is also the dial which easily allows you to change the mode from still to quick snapshot or video.
i was really pleased with the camera and although quite expensive i reasoned that the great quality was worth it but hey as always too good to be true......after 7 months of usage it started playing up!
id bought some expensive lithium digital camera batteries a slong lasting and changed menu to accomodate these but camera started turning off and not switching back on for hours,which is no good so i took straight back to dixons who informed me that as over £130 it has to be sent to casio,so they sent it and after 2 weeks i get a call to say its back so i went to pick up and got told they reported no fault and after checking in the store as well it seems fine!
i bring the camera home,use it for 2 days and starts playing up again,whenever i turned the camera on i was having to go through set up menu of setting date,time,batteries etc!!!!which got annoying as by the time id done this my kids were sick of posing!!!!!
so i trailed back to dixons and saw the same man whod sent it off 1st time,he checked different batteries etc and couldnt work it out either,i explained that for the price of the camera i shouldnt have to set date etc everytime switch it on so he sent it off for a 2nd time!it took over 3 weeks to get it back so i was without a camera for my daughters 3rd birthday and a trip to seaside with the kids!
dixons then said that again casio reported no problems but in good faith they replaced the circuit board!
so instead of replacing camera they took time and money to take it apart and put new circuit board in!!!!
this may just have been a one off like i know you do get with some things and i got a bad camera(typical!!!)
but do i think the EX Z120 is good or bad???
all i'll sy is the 1st 7 months i had the camera when it worked fine it was best digital camera id ever had or used but it was ruined by the playing up of it!saying that its been perfect since came back but that was only 4 days ago!!!!!
so im hoping thats it and my new circuit board will cure it coz the ex z120 really is an excellent piece of digital technology and is anything anyone could want from a camera!