The Casio Exilim EX-Z600 is generally responsive, with respectable start-up time regardless of whether the camera is turned on using the power button or the direct record/playback buttons. It zips along quite nicely from shot to shot, although using the flash--with the exception of the special Rapid Flash, that fires three times in a little over a second--slows the time between shots to a laggardly 4.7 seconds. But there's minimal shutter lag, and under really dark conditions, the AF locks in pretty quickly. High-speed continuous shooting is almost instantaneous, although capture is limited to three consecutive frames. For more than three images, the capture rate slows to a little less than one frame per second.
While we applaud Casio's attention to trying to eliminate blurry photos with its various special modes, boosting the ISO often delivers such high noise levels that the pictures are almost useless for anything but small snapshots. Red-eye reduction is a mixed bag, although we were told that one subject's light blue eyes always produced red-eye regardless of the camera used.
We noticed minimal purple fringing in our test shots, though, and colors were generally realistically pleasing. The camera has a tendency to blow out highlights, but managed to capture decent detail on a dollar bill. Unfortunately, the detail capture was less than razor sharp.
But snapshooters who maintain control over noise by keeping the sensitivity lower than ISO 100 to ISO 200 and don't make huge prints will probably be satisfied with the Casio Exilim EX-Z600's capabilities, and its low price doesn't hurt.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
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(Longer bars indicate better performance)