The Casio Exilim EX-Z280 is a little more advanced than other pocket cameras in this part of the Casio range.With 12.1 megapixels 4x optical zoom with mechanical image stabiliser the EX-Z280 is the ideal everyday companion but comes into its own on exciting weekend trips and family holidays.
From the Manufacturer
The Exilim Zoom EX-Z280 is a 12.1-effective-megapixel digital camera boasting a wide-angle 26 mm 4x optical zoom lens in a stylishly slim, compact body. It comes complete with Casio’s standard high-performance features, such as CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism and Face Detection function. New to the Casio line-up is the Easy Mode function, which helps new comers quickly become an expert with common camera settings.
Additionally, the EX-Z280 is built with the EXILIM Engine 4.0. Featuring a unique high-speed dedicated image processing CPU in addition to an ordinary CPU, the EXILIM Engine 4.0 allows the camera to perform more complex processing so users can create beautiful, high-quality images with outstanding color reproduction and rich tonal range. This Exilim 4.0 Engine guarantees users will obtain superior visual expression and noise reduction at high-sensitivity levels.
Exilim EX-Z280 Highlights
Easy Mode helps newcomers become an expert with common settings
Using Easy Mode, photo settings are restricted to just image size, flash on/off and self timer, and these are displayed on a simplified menu screen.
NEW Dynamic Photo e-greeting function
This innovative function has been updated with the ability to add a number of different animated graphics to still pictures in the camera; these creations can be easily viewed on the monitor or printed. The picture with its added animation can also be converted to movies that can be emailed or posted on social networks as e-greetings. The Dynamic Photo function still retains its original ability where a picture having a moving subject can be automatically cut-out as if from a Hollywood green screen, and added to another still background image in the camera. The newly created moving subject and still background image can be converted into a movie and shared, and all of this takes place in the camera without the need of special software.
In addition to recognizing faces and adjusting focus and exposure accordingly, the camera can make adjustments to smooth skin in images and soften facial shadows caused by sunlight, creating beautiful photographs of people’s faces. The photographer can choose from one of twelve levels of skin beauty using different strengths of image processing, and can shoot after viewing the results in the LCD monitor.
Handheld Night Scene function and Lighting function
The camera can automatically detect difficult situations, such as night scenes where there would normally be camera shake, and backlit scenes where faces or backgrounds can be poorly exposed, and then make the most appropriate settings. All the user has to do is to press the shutter button to take great pictures.
High Resolution 720p HD Movies
The camera also features an HD Movie function. Just press the dedicated Movie button to take beautiful movies at 1280x720 pixels.
YouTube Movie Mode
Movies can be recorded and saved using the ideal size and quality settings for the world's most popular video sharing site, YouTube. Recorded movies can be easily uploaded to YouTube using the included computer software.