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It also has a good continuous shooting performance, with a few unusual features. In normal mode it can shoot at approximately one frame every 1.5 seconds and keep it up until the memory card is full, and in high-speed mode it can fire off a burst of three shots in just over a second, both of which are good but not that unusual. However it also has a high-speed 3fps burst mode with flash, something lacking on most other cameras, and which is very useful for social snapshot photography. Flash range is 3.9m at wide angle, which is slightly above average for a compact camera.
It also has an extremely unusual mode in which it takes two shots at once, one at the normal optical zoom setting, and another with 4x digital zoom applied. I don’t like digital zoom at the best of times, but this is an application of it that I’ve never seen before.
Despite its diminutive size and large monitor the S770 is surprisingly easy to handle. The right-hand side of the body is sensibly shaped with a wide area for your thumb to grip it, and the controls, although very small, are well designed and easy to operate. The up-down rocker control for the zoom is unusual, but very responsive once you get used to it.
The S770 has the same sidebar menu system as the EX-Z1000, with all of the most commonly used shooting settings arranged down the right side of the wide-format screen, leaving a 4:3 area for framing your shot. It is fantastically easy to use, requiring just up or down movements of the D-pad to adjust any of the settings. If that wasn’t easy enough, the left and right D-pad directions can also be used as a shortcut for adjusting metering mode, exposure compensation, white balance, ISO or self-timer mode, depending upon a simple menu selection.
Like all Exilim cameras the S770 has the Best Shot mode of multiple scene program options, another Casio innovation which has since been copied by other manufacturers. There are 35 sample scenes to choose from, including for the first time several movie modes. Since the S770 shoots at 30fps at up to 640 x 480 (HQ) or 704 x 384 (HQ Wide) resolution, these are very good quality.
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