Casio is well-known for producing some of the sleekest cameras on the market and the 7.2 megapixel EX-Z75 is no exception. Slim enough to fit into a tight pocket or small purse, you can carry this camera anywhere. And with the optional underwater housing, good to a depth of about 10 feet (3 meters), even the great outdoors won’t hinder your picture-taking when the EX-Z75 is encased in the housing.
Like its predecessor, the EX-Z70 and most of Casio’s EXILIM models, the EX-Z75 is designed for point-and-shoot ease. There’s even an Easy Mode that limits the number of options available to streamline operation. But in the Snapshot mode, users have access to a whopping 34 Best Shot (scene) modes that range from the standard Portrait and Landscape to the more esoteric Soft Flowing Water, Collection, and eBay. While there are no manual controls per se, the Casio Z75 offers a number of options to control various attributes like Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, as well as the more common White Balance, ISO, and Exposure Compensation controls. The output produced by the built-in Flash can also be adjusted.
At best, though, the Casio Z75 is only a minor upgrade to the EX-Z70. Two additional choices in body color–blue or pink–have been added to the standard black or silver. The LCD on the Casio Z75 is slightly larger at 2.6-inches (versus 2.5-inches), and the display can be changed from 4:3 to widescreen (14:9) aspect ratios. A new display panel option makes changing settings easier, and battery life has been slightly improved.
Basically, though the Casio Z75, with its standard 3x optical zoom (38mm-114mm/35-mm equivalent) is your basic snapshot camera with some useful extra features and decent, albeit not great, image quality (as long as you avoid high ISOs and the noise-inducing Anti-Shake DSP, which automatically boosts the ISO). The combination of the camera’s small and stylish design, ease-of-use, affordable price and respectably fast performance will appeal to point-and-shooters who want a camera without a steep learning curve to capture their snapshots. Of course, anyone who wants a highly portable, unobtrusive camera to supplement a more sophisticated camera will appreciate this camera’s low profile and simplicity.