Shutterbugs promised their best shots

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 March, 2004, 12:00am

Product: Casio Exilim EX-P600
Price: $5,400
Pros: Portable, good range of manual controls
Cons: Expensive

The compact six-megapixel EX-P600 is the flagship of Casio's new Exilim Pro line, which is not really for professional photographers but for advanced users of digital cameras. This is Casio's first pro-consumer model in some time, and it provides lots of advanced features and manual options for amateur shutterbugs who want to hone their skills.

It is an attractive offering. If six megapixels packed into a pocket-size form isn't enough for you, the EX-P600 also features a 4X optical zoom lens, a wide range of manual controls, support for add-on lenses from both Casio and Canon, improved performance across the board, a two-inch LCD display, and 99 programmable Best Shot settings. It has nine megabytes of built-in storage and an SD/MMC slot, and is powered by a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery.

The EX-P600 also features a user interface and menu that rank as among the best we have tested on a digital camera. However, despite all the oomph, the P600 supports only 320x240 pixel, 15 frame-per-second movies, which is disappointing. And instead of the six-megapixel CMOS sensor we are accustomed to having, this Exilim uses a CCD (Charge-Coupled Device), which adds to the cost of the device.

The EX-P600 is just starting to hit the shops in Hong Kong, and will bear a fairly steep price of $5,400.