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Casio Exilim EX-Z19
The Exilim EX-Z19 is a low-cost compact camera from Casio. It is a mid-range model in the Exilim line-up, featuring a 9.1-megapixel 1/2.5-inch sensor, 3x zoom lens and 2.6-inch LCD monitor. Its specification it is fairly unspectacular, lacking the ultra-compact sleekness of the EX-Z85, or the wide-angle 4x zoom of new EX-150. However with a retail price of around £120 it will appeal to those looking for a basic, easy-to-use camera on a tight budget.
The Z19 has a rather plain aluminium body. Despite what it says on Casio's website it measures 92 x 55 x 25mm and weighs 127g excluding battery, which is about average for a current ultra-compact. Its overall design is virtually indistinguishable from any one of dozens of similar compacts from other manufacturers, such as the Pentax S-series, or the Fujifilm J-series. Like most of Casio's ultra-compacts it is available in a wide range of colours, including two shades of pink, black, the silver shown here and something that I can only describe as pee green. The overall build quality is quite good, but the body does creak a little when squeezed.
The external features are also a bit uninspiring. The 2.6-inch monitor has a relatively low resolution of 144k dots and has a disappointingly restricted angle of view. The controls are sensibly laid out, leaving enough room to grip the camera, and like most Casio cameras it does handle well, but the zoom control is a small rocker switch rather than the usual rotary bezel. The zoom action itself is stepped, with only five positions between wide and telephoto, which makes framing a bit hit-or-miss.