Casio Exilim EX-Z670 digital camera review

Solid and serviceable digital compact for a rock bottom price
Photo of Casio Exilim EX-Z670 digital camera
£55.99 street price

Casio’s EX-Z670 is a tidy little compact camera. Our review unit, finished in a metallic pink, was a surprisingly sturdy device – and as we discovered, offered good returns for the price tag.

Eminently portable at just 99x58x20mm, the EX-Z670 weighs in at a pretty featherlight 121g. It’s powered by a lithium ion battery, with a charging device included in the box. You also get a USB cable, and CD-ROM, which includes a user guide, Photo Transport 1.0 and YouTube Uploader for Casio. There’s nothing vital there, but it’s nice enough to have.

Easy to use
It’s also simple enough to get going. You slot the battery into the camera, add an SD card (not provided), and you’re good to go. There’s no viewfinder, but the back of the unit is dominated by a sharp 2.7in LCD screen. Here, a fairly traditional, easy to navigate menu system is offered, and it’s not too tricky to tailor the options to your liking.

Mounted onto the top of the camera, meanwhile, is just a shutter release button, and the power button. The compact nature of the Z670 doesn’t actually leave a great deal of room for too much else, save for obligatory connectivity ports. This is certainly a tidy, tightly-packed piece of hardware.

Core specifications
The specifications boast of resolutions up to 12.1 megapixels – but as always, that only tells part of the story when it comes to image quality. And we soon found a couple of issues that betrayed the Casio’s budget price tag a little. The flash and lighting, for instance, proved erratic when shooting objects that were reasonably close up, and the camera’s macro capability has its limits. It’s a 4x optical zoom lens that you get here, but we weren’t particularly confident making full use of it.

For more straightforward scenarios, however, the Z670 delivered good results. In decent light in particular, the images punched happily above their lowly price tag.

Combine that with the fact that it’s very much a capable point-and-shoot device, with nothing in the way of unnecessary complications, and the unit has obvious merits, particularly for more casual, less experienced photographers. Granted, that means some desirable frills are cut out – you won’t get HD video out of it, for instance (video is limited to a top resolution of 848×480 pixels, with a frame rate of 30 frames per second) – but you still get a little more than you pay for.

Killer price
After all, there’s still the final quiver in its bow: the price tag. We shopped around, and found the Z670 for a shade over £50. For that price, it offers good value to go with its solid performance. Its box is never likely to be adorned with prizes, and there’s nothing here that would interest any photographer vaguely serious about their work. But then, this is a very portable, very simple (especially in Easy Mode), and good camera. It knows its job, and it sticks to it well.

Company: Casio

Website: http://www.casio.co.uk/

Positives
  • You get good value for a very low price.
Negative
  • Not a great deal of use in low light, or for very close shots.

Verdict

There's nothing groundbreaking here, but the Z670 is a well made, competent point and shoot camera, capable of some occasionally very good images.