Casio Exilim EX-Z600
- Sharp pictures, Low noise, Slim
- Chromatic aberration and undersharpening
A slim model that makes an ideal point and shoot for people who want an all purpose camera.
Price$ 579.00 (AUD)
The Casio Exilim EX-Z600 is a solid basic camera. While not outstanding, images are acceptable and the compact size is ideal for all the time, anywhere photography.
With a sharpness score of 1645 in Imatest, this camera outshines any other compact we have looked at so far. With a result like this, you would expect crisp, defined edges with great representation of detail, and indeed, some parts of our shots did exhibit these qualities. Unfortunately the test also highlighted some issues that counterfeit this brilliant result somewhat. Imatest adjusts the sharpness of the image supplied allowing the sharpness result to be compared among cameras. Imatest reports the amount of adjustment in terms of a % of undersharpening or oversharpening against the adjusted image. The greater the value of this figure, the greater the adjustment to the image. The EX-Z600 exhibited 25.8% undersharpening. While preferable to oversharpening that is common in compact cameras, the disparity when combined with the chromatic aberration score of .155% made our shots not the stunningly clear pictures they should have been. The images included some noticeable colour fringing and a slightly unrealistic look. Nevertheless, they were still better than many cameras we've looked at recently.
The EX-Z600 performed admirably in the rest of our tests. Imatest gave it a rating of 9.71 for colour which is above average. Anything below 10 we consider to be very good and at this level it is difficult to spot inaccuracies with the naked eye. Blue was the colour that gave this model the most trouble, along with minor errors in the red and yellow spectrum, but overall we were more than satisfied with its colour representation.
The EX-Z600's stunning Imatest noise score of .37% makes this one of the best performers we have seen in this area. Our shots were all clear and speckle-free. Even at its highest ISO of 400, this camera only scored .58%, which is better than many models at their lowest setting.
If not for the undersharpening and chromatic aberration issues, this camera would be one of the best purchases in this category; however even taking them into consideration this is an excellent choice.
The EX-Z600 is a basic compact model and does not include manual control features. All the basic point and shoot settings are there, including exposure compensation, ISO settings up to 400, white balance presets and a variety of image options (sharpness, contrast, etc). There are two continuous shot modes, with one operating at an impressive six frames per second (but capped at just three shots) while the other takes a much more sedate 1.2 shots a second (without the capping). Rounding out the feature-set is a gigantic list of 32 pre-set scene modes. These cover every conceivable situation from Food to Text and Business Card. This list of features is more than adequate for someone who just wants to take holiday or party snaps.
We found the EX-Z600 to be quite speedy as well, taking just 1.5 seconds to power up. With a miniscule shutter operation time of .05 of a second it will capture all the action and Casio has complemented this with an excellent 1.6 second shot-to-shot time.
Casio sticks to a design formula with many cameras being brushed metal cases slightly larger than a credit card face, and slim to boot. The EX-Z600 fits this mould exactly. The EX-Z600 will fit comfortably in most bags or pockets.
The controls are fairly minimalist, with a basic directional pad and menu buttons. Everything is laid out well and is easy to navigate. The menu system is broken up a little strangely, with some camera functions in one menu tree while others are in another, but it doesn't pose a huge problem.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Acer Swift 7
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® Portable SSD
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Surface Pro 4
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Boom: SanDisk just dropped the world's largest SD card
- Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD
- TPMid-Level Java DeveloperNSW
- FTLevel 3 Support AnalystVIC
- FTMonitoring Tools Support l NimSoft , SMARTS, ehealth, TivoliNSW
- FTFinancial ERP Customer SME / Solution Consultant / System AccountantNSW
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Manufacturing and Trade & Logistics Modules)QLD
- TPDigital Strategist - Newcastle BasedNSW
- FTSenior Learning Specialist - Global OrganisationQLD
- TPDigital Process Business Analyst - Digital Transformation**NSW
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- CCTechnical Support AnalystACT
- FTNodeJS DeveloperNSW
- TPSpatial Science OfficerQLD
- FTSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FT.Net Azure DeveloperSA
- FTSenior Systems AdministratorWA
- CCSharepoint Business AnalystACT
- FTFront-End DevOps Developer/Consultant - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- FTDevelopment Manager - SaaSQLD
- FT.Net DeveloperVIC
- FTTechnical Consultant MS Dynamics AXWA
- CCDigital Communications ManagerNSW
- CCPMO ManagerNSW
- TPBI & Report Developer (SQL Developer)QLD
- FTConsultant Business AnalystQLD