Casio EXILIM EX-Z270 review
Review Date : Tue, 25 Aug 2009
Author : Mike Lowe
HD movie recording for less than £150 and a bundle of other top features. What Digital Camera reviews the Casio EXILIM EX-Z270 – is it the best entry-level compact to grace the current market...?
|Pros:||Affordable, one-touch button HD movie recording, 28mm wide angle|
|Cons:||High ISO of poor quality, macro not especially proficient|
With 10.1 megapixels, Casio's affordable entry-level compact offers features such as Subject Tracking autofocus and a ‘Make Up' mode to soften blemishes in portraits. There's even a one-touch button for HD movie recording, and all for less than £150. The What Digital Camera Casio EXILIM EX-Z270 review sees how the Casio fares...
Casio EXILIM EX-Z270 review - Features
The Casio EXILIM EX-Z270 is an affordable entry-level compact with a wide-ranging feature-set. Its 10.1 megapixel sensor can capture large JPEG files, reviewable on its large 2.7in LCD monitor - though at 114,960 pixels its resolution is relatively limited.
Modes are available in abundance, and Casio's own Auto Best Shot - a mode where the camera automates the settings to acquire optimum capture - comes with a quick-access button, plus an almost unnecessarily well-equipped 39-strong pre-set bank. As well as HD movie, the EX-Z270 offers a YouTube movie mode to maintain optimum size for quick upload to the site. Quick access to movie recording using the one-touch movie button on the back of the camera makes this an immediate process.
CCD shift stabilisation - where the Exilim Z270's sensor moves to counter camera shake - is one of the more notable features on offer. High ISO sensitivity to 3200 is designed for handheld low-light photography - though the given ISO range beings from as low as ISO 64. As well as Face Detection there are more advanced auto focus modes - such as subject tracking AF which follows the subject through the frame to maintain focus, even keeping focus should the subject leave the EX-Z270's frame and then return. A ‘Make Up' feature also provides varying levels of face-softening to ‘hide' those unwanted blemishes when taking portraits.
Casio EXILIM EX-Z270 review - Design
The EXILIM EX-Z270 comes in a variety of available colours - ranging from the more neutral black or grey to the jazzier gold and the girlier pink versions. There should be something here to suit any taste.
The camera body itself is simple in design, but easy to use. As well as a menu button, quick-access ‘Best Shot' and one-touch movie record button on the back there is a d-pad to control the LCD display and, most importantly, cycle through the options as displayed on the screen. The main menu itself can be a little frustrating as after selecting and setting any option you are kicked back out and have to begin again at stage one. However the shooting menu - aligned on the right of the LCD itself - lists a series of the more common options that can be quickly adjusted. An optional ‘Easy Mode' keeps options to a minimum for those looking for a straightforward ‘point and shoot' experience
The Casio EXILIM EX-Z270 packages image stabilisation, one-touch HD movie recording (including YouTube mode), Subject Tracking AF and a bundle of other features into a small, affordable body. Available in four colours it’s likely to appeal to a wide range – particularly given its £150 price tag. Whilst not as high a performer as more premium compacts available on the market, the Z270 offers a very fair balance on the affordability scale. A fun and useful Make Up mode, 28mm wide-angle lens and advanced Face Detection add to the range of useful features at your disposal. Whilst the overall functionality can lack at times – low resolution LCD, the limitations of macro mode and poor image quality at higher ISO sensitivities – this pocketable compact otherwise makes up for these shortcomings with the successes of its other features such as Image Stabilisation, Auto Best Shot and, of course, the price tag.