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The Casio Exilim EX-Z700 is a fantastic camera with very few weaknesses. It is suitably compact and not noticeably heavy yet the screen size is not compromised; the LCD display is usefully large. In addition, the design of the zoom button is incredibly quick and easy to use as well as zooming long distances. There are many different 'best shot' styles including 'backlight' and 'monochrome'. Nevertheless using the automatic 'portrait' function produces good quality photographs for an amateur photographer. It is very easy to flick through the photos stored on the camera and with the flick of a button they are displayed on a calendar to show when they were taken. There are many settings to play around with on the menu, including self timers, sounds etc.
Overall the camera is simple to use and rarely needs referal to the instructions. The battery life is fantastic and once charged using the cradle that connects to the mains, I rarely find that the battery is low despite using it regularly and for long periods. Two slight weaknesses are the bright flash which seems to produced exceedingly light photos, and the large file size when storing photos on a computer. The latter could however be that I have not discovered the most appropriate way to store them.
I should start by saying that this camera is really well made. It has a feel of quality about it, in the finish, buttons and weighting. The lense is good quality and produces lovely pictures. The camera is easy to use and has many functions. Uploading photos is easy (we don't even need to use the supplied CD software) and the charging cradle keeps the camera in a stable position, making it harder to knock it off the desk, unlike those that you just plug a cable straight in. The zoom is perfectly adequate for the type of photos you would expect to take although once you get into the digital zoom you will obviously loose a lot of quality.
Two things of note on the downside, firstly the Anti-shake DSP is not, in my opinion, the best but it does the job most of the time. Secondly is the rather poor quality and slightly over complicated menu, there are a lot of functions on the camera, mainly various different picture modes, but navigating the menu could have been easier.
The many different picture modes can be useful although it may be debatable as too how much difference you will find between some of them but some do improve picture quality in certain situations and it is fun trying them out!
In conclusion, I am a fan of the Casio Exilim's and would recommend this specific camera to anyone who wants a good camera to snap away with on holiday. There are plenty of functions and the photo quality is good. I think that the positives out way the negatives but one thing to bear in mind is that there are probably newer (although not necessarily better) models on the market as we have owned this for almost 2 years!
The Casio Exilim EX-Z700 is a nice compact camera and as easy to use as is really possible. It is also takes excellent quality pictures. I have had this camera for a couple of years and the 7.2 megapixel images are about as good as it is necessary to take; much more and your printer may not illustrate in that much detail, yet you use more memory. I have regularly had pictures blown up to about 12x10" without loss of quality.
The video and sound recording quality are also satisfactory, however maybe not good enough for a dedicated video camera.
The Best Shot mode allows you to select from 36 different settings from sports to fireworks, and sunset to whiteboards. These do have a great effect in the circumstances.
The 3x optical zoom is adequate for most uses, but there are however better ones available.
On a downbeat note, I ought to say that the Casio Exilim models have been known to have lens problems. When mine was only a few months old, it was stood on a table with lens out, knocked over (only a few centimeters onto its face) and the lens had it. On the other hand, maybe this is a sign of a superior and therefore delicate component. Luckily, the shop I bought it from had it sent back to Casio and replaced it free of charge, as it would have cost as much to replace the lens alone. However, if you take care of the camera like I have done since it is an excellent model.
I purchased this Digital camera quite some time ago now and its still going strong after having a lot of drops in its lifetime.
The Casio Exilim zoom EX - z700 is a 7.2 megapixal camera which is plenty of megapixels as i take all my pictures and videos with 5 megapixal which give you still a perfect picture and also takes up less space on the memory card meaning you are able to take more pictures at a time.
This camera gives you the option to use it in 7mp, 5mp, 3mp, 2mp or even vga which means you can choosethe quality yur phitos aretakn in.
It allows you to take pictures in a number of differnt modes being sports mode with a quick sutter, portrait, children, fireworks, forest surrounding, water and also alot more there are a total of 35 differnt 'best shots'.
I seriously do not nkow how anyone could possibly go wrong with this camera.