Casio EX-Z300

Last updated (22 January’09):
– Review by CNET.UK

Casio Exilim EX-Z300 is a 10.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 4x Optical Zoom, CCD-Shift Image Stabilizer, EXILIM Engine 3.0, ISO 64-3200, and a 3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD) 230,400 dots (960 x 240). The camera measures 3.8″(W) x 2.3″(H) x 0.9″(D) and it weighs Approximately 4.6 oz.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Casio Exilim EX-Z300 Reviews

CNET.UK reviews the Casio EX-Z300 and writes;
“Gadget fans will love it but, while the Casio Exilim EX-Z300’s features can improve the success of your shots in very specific circumstances, in overall terms, the picture quality is no better than average”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DCR reviews the Casio EX-Z300 and writes;
“There are a number of small digital cameras in the $300 price range of the Casio Exilim EX-Z300, but the Z300 more than holds its own when it comes to shooting speed alone. That said, though, some competitive models definitely handle low light situations better than this particular model. Depending on what your shooting needs are, these trade-offs are worth considering.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Casio EX-Z300 and writes;
“Whether you go for this camera may depend on how keen you are on a camera with a HD quality movie mode. If that does not mean a lot to you then the Exilim EX-Z300 starts to look on the expensive side when considering picture quality and general features.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Casio EX-Z300 and writes;
“Overall, the Casio Exilim EX-Z300 cranked out a decent performance, though we were able to find some shades error in nearly every picture, from minor noise issues to full-blown posterization in low light. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DCI reviews the Casio EX-Z300 and writes;
“The Z300 isn’t a bad camera, it’s just thoroughly mediocre with an annoying menu system. It did very well in a couple of tests, like resolution, dynamic range and manual noise, but struggled with automatic noise levels, video resolution and white balance”
Rating: N/A

MacUser reviews the Casio EX-Z300 and writes;
“For low-light shooting, sensitivity can be cranked up to a DSLR-like ISO3200, but a combination of colour blotching and lowering of detail means you won’t want to stray above ISO400 too often. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Casio EX-Z300 and writes;
“Shooting performance could have been a little better, however with some practice pre-focusing, you’re sure to capture those special moments. With great image quality, plenty of exposure options, and a full HD movie mode, the EX-Z300 has a lot to offer… “
Rating: N/A

Casio Exilim EX-Z300 Sample Photos

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Casio Exilim EX-Z300 User Manual (PDF)

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Casio Exilim EX-Z300 Press Release

DOVER, NJ, AUGUST 20, 2008 – Casio America, Inc., in conjunction with it’s parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd. today announced the release of three new high-profile additions to its EXILIM family of digital cameras. The 10.1 effective megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z300 and the 9.1 effective megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z250 both deliver beautiful high resolution images and outstanding functionality made possible by a new Casio imaging engine for high speed image processing. The 9.1 effective megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z85 camera features a stylish design and is packed with the kind of innovative features users have come to expect from Casio.

EX-Z300 and EX-Z250 combine high resolution and high speed image processing to produce beautiful photos of people and night scenes

Thanks to Casio’s new EXILIM Engine 3.0*, these two cameras produce beautiful image quality with low noise and moiré. Both are high resolution models, boasting excellent resolving power and offering precise, smooth rendering of images. The image processing speed and power of Casio’s new engine make possible entirely new functions that deliver fantastic photos of people’s faces, night scenes and other subjects that have challenged photographers for years. These cameras automatically detect and correct for difficult situations, such as night scene photography where camera shake could be a problem, or backlit subjects where faces often come out too dark. This all means that users get great, well-balanced photos of family and friends against any background with no more worry than it takes to press the shutter button.

These cameras also feature a Makeup function that creates beautiful photographs of people’s faces: high end image processing can smooth skin and soften facial shadows caused by sunlight. The photographer gets to choose to apply such image processing at one of twelve levels, from weak through strong, and can shoot while checking the results of the effects in the LCD monitor. At last, a camera that brings out all the beauty of the human face, creating images worthy of holding onto for a lifetime.

EXILIM Zoom EX-Z85 — 9.1 effective megapixel camera with stylish design

The EX-Z85 comes with a Face Recognition function that can detect the presence of up to 10 people’s faces and then give priority to the faces of pre-registered people for correct focus and exposure, and an Auto Shutter function, which automatically takes a photo the instant camera shake ceases, as well as a Movie button that lets users easily record widescreen movies. The design of the focus frame and the color of the menu screen can be customized in accordance with each user’s wishes. The EX-Z85 delivers high performance with a compact, stylish look.

“We are proud to welcome three new additions to the EXILIM family of sleek and attractive digital cameras,” said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio’s Digital Imaging Division. “The new EXILIM engine for high speed image processing takes these point-and-shoot digital cameras to a new level of functionality.”

The three new cameras will be available at retail in October in the following colors: The EX-Z300, MSRP $299.99, will be available in silver, black and pink; the EX-Z250, MSRP $249.99 will be available in silver and black and the EX-Z85, MSRP $179.99, will be available in brown and orange.

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