Why Buy the Casio Exilim EX-Z250?
This camera is aimed at someone who is looking for a simple point and shoot camera. It is small enough to fit into most pockets and the larger LCD screen is a plus point.
ISO 400 and ISO 1600 - At higher ISO levels the camera holds its own against many cameras, including some more expensive models. Although there is the inevitable noise the colours remain true apart from in the darkest areas of the shot.
Overall - All digital cameras have good and bad points, but I found the Exilim EX-Z250 to be more inconsistent than most. I would be wary of blowing up any shots much above 7 x 5 inches.
Shutter Lag and Recycling Times - Shutter lag times were inline with most compact digital cameras. A single photo recorded 0.42 seconds and five took 15.19 seconds. With flash turned on times were still respectable at 0.56 seconds for a single photo and 16.13 seconds for five. Turning the camera on and taking the first picture was a slow process. This took 4.47 seconds.
Style - This camera has a standard look. It is has rounded ends, is quite plain and unfussy. The camera is available in six colours silver, black, red, blue, gold and pink.
Dimensions - 96.7 x 57.3 x 23mm
Weight - 119g
Batteries - Lithium ion (NP-40). Casio suggest you should be able to take up to 280 photos in between charges.
Memory Cards - Casio have built some storage into the Exilim EX-Z250. I was able to take 24 shots before the storage was full. The camera is compatible with SD and SDHC cards.
Ease of Use Rating - Very Good. There is nothing especially complicated about the Exilim EX-Z250. You will find that some of the options normally controlled through buttons on the back of the camera have been included within the menu system.
Points I Like - Options displayed on the right hand side of LCD screen - movie options
Where it Could Improve - Overall picture quality - closer macro mode
Alternatives - Based on picture quality and price I think a better digital camera with similar features is the Panasonic DMC FS20.
David Tyman's verdict - Not every digital camera can get top marks. I found the picture quality struggled to match the better cameras and the price of the Casio Exilim EX-Z250 is not low enough to compensate for this.
David Tymon works with Cameras.co.uk