Casio Exilim ZX750 Digital Camera Review

I purchased this 7.2 megapixel camera sometime April 2006 at around 18,000 hard earned Philippine pesos.

I saw my sister with a somewhat older model, which pushed me to lean towards that decision.  A google search found out that the then latest model 750 had the ability to shoot and record videos in MP4 format!  That's the same compressed DVD format we've been downloading in our bittorent blogs!  That's the same video in AVI format which you can play in your MP4 players, purchased locally at around less than 2,000 pesos (brands like nextbase, orange, pensony, etc.)

Some other features that I liked:

  • large 2.5-inch LCD display
  • 7-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints 3x optical zoom
  • High-speed start-up enables shooting approximately 0.9 seconds after the power is turned on
  • Super-life battery enables up to 325 shots on a single charge Powered by Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included, with charger)
  • Of course, longer battery life enables the shooting of approximately 325 shots (CIPA standards) on a battery charge
  • stores images on SD cards (camera features 8.3MB of internal memory)
  • a blank 1GB SD Card may shoot you a full 30 minute AVI MP4 video
  • When set in its cradle, AV signal output allows the user to view the photos or movies taken on an external video monitor such as television
  • Using MPEG-4 format, high quality movies can also be taken in VGA size (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second
  • Release time lag of only 0.007 seconds means images are recorded approximately 0.007 seconds after the shutter is released.
  • Preset Best Shot function enables the user to choose the desired setting from samples ideal for various lighting environments, which rival DSLRs
  • Manual exposure mode enables greater creativity for more enjoyable picture taking.
  • Various manual settings can be quickly set on a single screen with EX button.
  • Continuous zoom enables automatic framing function that crops and resizes pictures to create optimally framed images, taking two images with a single press of the shutter.
  • Art Shot function enables pastel, illustration, or cross-filter effect processing on the liquid crystal monitor during shooting to enable the creation of artistic photographs.
  • ID photo function enables, with a single press of the shutter, the automatic layout and shooting of five differently sized portrait photos saved as one image, ideal for resumes and drivers licenses.

Other features of interest here

Locally, the price of this specific model MAY have gone down to somewhere around 13 to 15k due to depreciation, especially since the Casio distributors had a slight selloff in the market last year.  But it was still selling above 20k Php in Hong Kong the last time I checked.  Obviously the 10 megapixels and 12mp are out.

I never really use the maximized resolutions as the files are too big and fill up my hard disk real quick.  Setting the resolution to medium is okay for standard 3R or 4R shots.

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