Casio’s Exilim range has been in existence now for over four years, starting with the January 2003 launce of the original 3-megapixel EX-Z3. Since that time it has remained at the forefront of camera design, with a large and well deserved share of the market for stylish high-performance ultra-slim compact cameras. It continues to face some stiff competition though, from Pentax’s Optio range and some models from Panasonic, Nikon and Olympus, but primarily from the formidable Canon Digital IXUS range.
One of the latest models in the Exilim range is this, the 7.2-megapixel EX-Z75. Although the “Z” series aren’t sold on their slimness (that’s the “S” series) it is a marvellously compact camera. It measures 95.4mm wide by 60.6 tall by only 19.6mm thick, and that’s across the thickest part, including the lens and monitor. Across the thinnest part of the body it’s just 16.2mm, and that’s without using BenQ’s trick of a tapering body shape. Weighing just 122g dry, it’s small and light enough to slip into any pocket or handbag.
Apart from the aforementioned but hard to find BenQ (£127), comparable cameras include the Canon IXUS 75 (£189), the Pentax Optio M30 (£149), the Nikon CoolPix S500 (£200), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 (£234) and the Olympus FE-230 (£129). The Casio EX-Z75 is available from a couple of online retailers for under £109, although a more usual price is around £150. Either way it represents excellent value for money.