Excerpt: Casio’s newest entry-level Exilim offers consumers a number of attractive options for its $180 price tag, including 720p HD video capture, a large 2.7-inch screen, and a sleek-looking metallic design. Although we discovered that all of these flagship features come with their own asterisks, the Z280 remains a decent point-and-shoot for the budget-minded novice. Casio’s Z280 offers a 12.1-megapixel CCD hiding behind a 26mm wide-angle lens that offers 4x optical zoom.
Cons: Plastic case feels cheap, HD video inferior to dedicated mini camcorders, Extremely poor, low-resolution display, Dynamic mode poorly trims out backgrounds, Blur due to lack of optical image stabilization
Conclusion: I find Casio digital cameras can be a bit hit and miss. Not every digital camera can sit at the top of the tree. In my opinion the Casio Exilim EX-Z280 struggles to keep pace with the best quality models in the highly competitive pocket camera sector. Aside from the picture quality it is a solid, if unspectacular offering.
Pros: Options displayed on the right hand side of LCD screen - ease of use
Excerpt: The Z280 is a good reminder of how much the camera market has changed in recent months. With its 12-megapixel sensor, slinky, brushed aluminium body, wide-angle lens, optical image stabilisation and HD video mode, its sub-£150 price is remarkable. Its video capabilities are particularly impressive, capturing 720p HD video at a film-like 24fps, and with high-quality sound recorded at the same 44.1kHz sample rate used by audio CDs.