Digital camera technology has taken huge leaps in just the last few years. The megapixels continue increasing, almost exponentially, as the packages containing them continue to shrink in size. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Casio’s Exilim series of digital cameras. The series consists of three groupings: the Pro models which offer more advanced features for discerning amateur photographers, the Zoom models which offer high quality in a small package for everyday use, and the Card models which contain the world’s smallest optical zoom digital camera. Casio was kind enough to send us the Exilim EX-Z50, a member of their Zoom model series for review and I must say, this is my new favorite toy. The amount of features that they have packed into this tiny aluminum frame is simply astonishing. Among other things, the Exilim EX-Z50 can record movies and audio, automatically adjust to macro mode for close up photos & compensate for brightness levels in dark areas when using flash photography.
The Casio Exilim EX-Z50 offers s high resolution 5-megapixel CCD, a 3X optical zoom lens and a 2-inch LCD screen with optical viewfinder. It is compact and fits easily in your pocket. The battery life on the Exilim series has been radically improved. The Exilim EX-Z50 can take about 390 pictures on a single charge making it convenient for long family vacations or business trips without the need to bring a charger.