Budget Camera Shootout: Casio Exilim EX-Z75 vs. Pentax Optio M30
18 December 2008
Excerpt: Budget Camera Shootout: Casio Exilim EX-Z75 vs. Pentax Optio M30111753CasioEX-Z75On the surface so many 3x zoom compact digicams look virtually identical. How do you tell them apart, and what really separates one 3x zoom budget digicam from the next? A lot of times it comes down to the little things, like menu navigation, fit and finish, and price, that make one compact camera a better deal than the next.
Summary: The Casio EXILIM Zoom Z75 is, in reality, more a makeover of the Z70 than a major leap forward; that larger LCD being one of the key changes. The picture quality is good though and the addition of that larger screen and widescreen capture for stills and movies adds pep. The competitive price and stylish looks should also ensure the new model is one keenly contesting the increasingly crowded marketplace.
Pros: Good price, slim design, large colour LCD, USB 2.0 connectivity, good image quality at lower ISOs
Cons: No optical viewfinder, noise at higher ISOs, pixel fringing around high contrast areas
Excerpt: I like cameras that I can tote around easily, especially when I'm traveling extensively. Which incidentally I did lately. I had taken the Casio Z75 with me on this little excursion, so I decided to provide a complete update on the camera (because I'm sure you wouldn’t want to be bored with a blow-by-blow account of my amazing trip). Form Factor The camera really is slim. It’s also very light at 4.03 oz, so you can just shove it your pocket when the travel bug bites you.
Excerpt: This is a very thin body digital camera, indeed. Casio Exilim Z75 has an Anti-Shake function, which helps to reduce blurring due to moving subjects or shaky hands. A special thing about this camera is the World Time: contains a database with 162 cities from 32 zones and a built-in quartz digital clock and a calendar up to year 2049 (no wonder that this camera comes from Casio – a clock manufacture).
Excerpt: The 7.2 megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z75 hasn’t changed too much from its predecessor, the Z70, but the changes are welcome. The primary difference is that the Z75 features a 2.6 inch, wide LCD like the Casio S770 has. The new LCD offers better usability in essentially the same lightweight, slim, and stylish body that we’ve seen on the Z70. The Z75 also features a 3x optical zoom and comes in pink, blue, black, and silver.