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First Look: Casio Exilim EX-Z70

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First Look: Casio Exilim EX-Z70

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The Casio Exilim EX-Z70 is small, cheap, and fast, but this 7-megapixel shooter is hindered by a couple of irritating flaws.

[ Music ] >> Hi, I'm Will Greenwald, assistant editor for CNET.com and this is the Casio Exilim EXZ70. This little 7 mega pixel camera strikes nice compromise between size and price. While it's not quite as thin as its ultra slim brother, the Casio Exilim EXS770, it is still nice and thin, very light and easily pocket able. It's also not quite as inexpensive as say the budget Olympus FE Series cameras, but it still is quite affordable compared to other compact cameras on the market. Like other current Casio cameras it has the quick shot feature which means that once you press the shutter all the way day, it takes the photo without achieving a focus log. Now you can turn that feature off, but you should know that this feature is by default enabled. So if you just power the camera on and start shooting, click, click, click, when you get home, a lot of the shots are going to be blurry and out of focus. Now this camera's slightly thicker design has some good points and some bad points compared to the S770. The playback and record buttons are on the back panel of the camera. And like all Casio cameras, when you press them, they turn the camera on. This means that if you have this wedged into your pocket and something bumps against it, you might accidentally turn the camera on, and the lens will extend which can be dangerous for the camera. On the bright side, compared to the S770, the buttons are nice and large and easy to work with even for large thumbs like mine. It doesn't have a whole lot of manual modes, but it does come with Casio's best shot selection, which gives you over two dozen different scene free sets. And just takes decent photos. If you want an inexpensive point shoot camera that you can still keep in your pocket, and don't have too much stuff knocking against it so you don't turn on these buttons, consider the Z70. I'm Will Greenwald and this the Casio Exisilm EXZ70. [ Music ]

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