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.
Excerpt: The EX-Z600 compared to a standard Compact Disc. The Exilim EX-Z600 and the 8-megapixel EX-Z850 . Continue on to Features & Controls Casio EX-Z600 Specifications Imaging Elements 1/2.5-inch square pixel color CCD (total pixels: 6.18 million, effective pixels: 6.00 million) Image Files Format Still Images: JPEG (Exif Ver.2.2), DCF1.0 standard, DPOF compliant Movies: AVI (motion JPEG) Audio: WAV Recording Media 8.3MB built-in flash memory, SD Memory Card, Multimedia Card...
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.
Summary: An attractive, well-designed, slimline camera for novice photographers.Available in silver, blue, brown, black and red, Casio's Exilim EX-Z600 is easily pocketable digicams and offers some handy features for snapshooters. Supplied with a USB cradle/battery charger, it boasts a 2.7-inch Super Bright LCD screen (but no viewfinder) and a fully-retracting, 3x optical zoom lens. Users can call up a rule-of-thirds grid on the LCD along with an intensity/RGB histogram.
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.