Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z77 review: Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z77

Typical Price: £149.00

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z77

(Part #: CNETCasio Exilim Zoom EX-Z77)
2.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars 1 user review

The Good User-friendly YouTube capture mode; easy operation.

The Bad Lack of manual control; inconsistent playback/shooting buttons; average performance; no optical image stabilisation.

The Bottom Line The Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z77 isn't a bad camera, just a resolutely average one. Performance and features are capable but undistinguished. For this price, optical image stabilisation and better performance could be expected. YouTube capture mode does what it does with aplomb but if sharing grainy videos online isn't your cup of tea there's a world of better cameras out there

5.5 Overall

The Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z77 is the very model of an average modern digital compact camera. It's a slim 7.2-megapixel model with a 66mm LCD display and 3x zoom.

The feature grabbing our attention is a video capture mode designed specifically for creating and uploading YouTube films. We tested this £149 snapper to find out if there was anything else up the EX-Z77's sleeve.

The EX-Z77 is extremely sleek and slim. Build quality seems good. There's no flex in the frame and the battery cover seems sturdy. The EX-Z77 comes in black, silver, blue and pink. Our review model was a tasteful brushed silver, complete with football sticker-style mirrored YouTube label on the front.

Although the interface is easy to master, there are some inconsistencies. The display button toggles between onscreen status indicators, brightness histogram and no indicators. This button doesn't, however, control the largest element of the screen: the menu sidebar.

Like other Exilim cameras, the EX-Z77 includes green playback and red shooting mode buttons. These turn the camera on but not off, and their behaviour feels inconsistent

Also, as on other Exilim cameras, there are two separate buttons for playback and shooting modes. Most manufacturers combine these into one button that toggles between modes. These buttons can be used to switch the camera on independently of the main power button but not to switch it off.

While it's good to be able to turn the camera on in playback mode without extending the lens, we like 'on' buttons to be 'off' buttons, too. The rest of the buttons stand too proud of the frame and feel loose in their openings.

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