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Casio Exilim EX-Z75

£150 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Casio

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

An inexpensive compact camera with a 7.2Mp sensor and 3x zoom, the EX-Z75 is the successor to the widely revered EX-Z70.

In many ways, comparing the Casio Exilim EX-Z75 to its predecessor the EX-Z70 is like playing a game of spot the difference. Both models feature a 7.2Mp sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens – equivalent to 38-114mm in 35mm terms – and have the same slightly lethargic f3.1-f5.9 aperture range.

Even from the outside the differences aren't easy to spot; the Z75 retains the same excellent build quality and control layout – its dimensions haven't budged a millimetre. The exception is the LCD screen, which has been stretched from 2.5in to a widescreen 2.6in.

In conjunction with the wider LCD, a 16:9 widescreen image mode designed for borderless viewing on a high-definition telly has been included. Don't get too excited, though, because losing the black letterbox effect on your TV results in a white one when printing.

While the Casio's widescreen compatibility may smack of tokenism, other changes distinguish it from the Z70. In particular, the wider LCD makes space for a cut-down shooting menu to be placed onscreen for quick access to options.

Unsurprisingly, without a sensor change, the Z75's image quality is largely the same as that of its forebear. This is a good thing. The excellent automatic white balance keeps colours accurate, and you get impressive exposure performance in tricky conditions.

As with all inexpensive compacts, noise becomes an issue at higher ISOs. The Z75 is happiest below 200, but this is one of very few criticisms we can throw at it.

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Casio Exilim Expert Verdict »
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7.1Mp sensor
1/2.5in CCD
3,072x2,304 resolution
640x480 movie resolution (30 frames per second)
3x optical zoom
38-114mm aperture
2.6in, 115,000-pixel LCD
40cm/10cm normal, macro focus distance
4secs-1/2,000th shutter speeds
f3.1-f5.9 max aperture
50-400 ISO range
8MB internal storage (SD/SDHC/MMC)
lithium-ion rechargeable battery
95x61x20mm, 156g
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  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

It may not be a massive leap forward from the Z70, but it was so good before it didn't need to do anything too radical to scoop a Best Buy award this time around. This is an excellent, affordable compact digital camera.

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