Excerpt: The digital camera field is crowded with unusual and creative features. The Casio Exilim EX-Z600 (street: $260), however, managed to break through and create some buzz with its debut earlier this year. After all, what other camera can boast an "eBay Mode"? This function produces a 2MP image optimized for the online auction site, and has the ability to switch automatically to Macro mode and back.
Excerpt: Ultra compact cameras are usually considered under-performers. While compact cameras are the ones with all the great features like manual focus/exposure, more shot settings and better zooms, the ultra-compacts usually end up cutting out on some of these features due to space constraint. The Exilim EX-Z600 breaks that myth and proves that size truly doesn't matter.
Conclusion: When evaluating point-and-shoot digital cameras I always adjust my image quality expectations. The Casio Exilim EX-Z600 does nothing to change my point of view and that's fine. This is not a ground-breaking camera. It is, overall, one of the better point-and-shoots I have used -. The nice thing about the EX-Z600 is that you can count on it to simply and quickly produce a quality image. It's pretty "idiot proof.
Pros: Big, bright LCD screen, Pocket-sized, Lightweight, Very little shutter lag, Image stabilization, Quick startup, Great battery life, Good skin tone
Cons: Case not included, Terrible instruction manual, ON/OFF button a bit small, Pointless digital zoom, Movie mode is hard to find, Noisy images at high ISO settings
Excerpt: With a Super Bright LCD and long battery life, the compact Casio Exilim EX-Z600 has a lot to recommend it. It's in the current resolution sweet spot of 6 megapixels, and the LCD is 2.7 inches diagonally with 153,600 pixels of resolution. A pretty typical 3x optical zoom gives you some flexibility when composing your shots.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a six megapixel, pocket sized digital camera then the Casio Exilim EX-Z600 is well worth considering. It combines picture quality with ease of use and an attractive, simple design. There are not any real downsides to the camera and it is well priced.
Pros: Simple design, Overall picture quality, Ease of use, Large LCD screen
Cons: Very small internal memory, Small flash range
Conclusion: The Anti-Shake DSP is almost a misnomer in this digital, as it relies more on the higher ISO than actually fixing camera movement. As a result of the increase in sensitivity, the picture quality also falters and creates more noise. Casio would be better to incorporate an improved digital remedy, or use a system like the others that addresses movement in a positive way. The inclusion of a dedicated button for the anti-shake would be beneficial, too.
Conclusion: Die Exilim EX-Z600 zeigt im Test keine Schwächen – gute Bildqualität, geringes Rauschen, Schnelligkeit, praxisgerechte Ausstattung, starker Akku, handliche Abmessungen und schickes Design zeichnen die Kamera aus. Und das Beste: Trotz all dieser guten Eigenschaften kostet die Z600 nur etwa 230 Euro (Stand: Juni 2006) – für vergleichbare Qualität müssen Fotografen bei anderen Kameras deutlich mehr investieren. Damit ist die EX-Z600 ein echtes Schnäppchen.