Also in common with other Casio compacts, the Z19 features the useful quick control panel, a row of icons down the right side of the screen that offer quick access to often-used functions such as image size, exposure compensation, flash mode, ISO setting, and white balance. If that wasn’t simple enough it also has an Easy mode which restricts user input even further.
The Z19 is distinctly short on the sort of innovative features we’ve come to expect from Casio, lacking the auto-shutter feature of the Z85, or the mechanical image stabilisation of the EX-Z200. Maximum sensitivity is only 1600 ISO, minimum focus distance is 15cm, and even the flash is a bit on the weak side, with a maximum range of only 2.8 metres.
It does of course have the usual Best Shot mode, Casio’s name for the scene mode, with 22 options including all the usual suspects such as portrait, landscape, kids, sports and flowers, but also including less obvious choices such as soft flowing water, food, text and auction, a special mode for eBay pictures. It also has a YouTube video mode, which records in H.264 codec format and saves movies to a specially labelled folder on the memory card.
The standard video mode can shoot in WVGA format (848 x 480) at 30fps with mono audio, although as with most compact cameras the zoom lens cannot be used while recording. There is also the option to record audio only, which could be useful for recording lectures or meetings.
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