Casio EX-Z280

 
Casio Exilim EX-Z280 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-104mm (F2.6-5.9) lens
  • 133g - 97 x 53 x 20mm
  • Released August 2009
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  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
36
Features
21
Overall
30

Casio EX-Z280 summary

Casio EX-Z280 is Casio's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally revealed on August of 2009. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The EX-Z280 places at #189 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #1093 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. Please try our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your custom criteria.

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Casio EX-Z280 history

The Casio EX-Z280 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can look at all previous and brand new models alongside key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR800 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR800
EX-Z280 vs EX-ZR800
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR700 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR700
EX-Z280 vs EX-ZR700
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR400 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR400
EX-Z280 vs EX-ZR400
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR1000 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR1000
EX-Z280 vs EX-ZR1000
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR300 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR300
EX-Z280 vs EX-ZR300
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR15 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR15
EX-Z280 vs EX-ZR15
28-196mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR100 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR100
EX-Z280 vs EX-ZR100
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Casio-Exilim-EX-H30 front thumbnailCasio EX-H30
EX-Z280 vs EX-H30
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR10 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR10
EX-Z280 vs EX-ZR10
28-196mm
F3.0-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-H20G front thumbnailCasio EX-H20G
EX-Z280 vs EX-H20G
24-240mm
F3.2-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-FH100 front thumbnailCasio EX-FH100
EX-Z280 vs EX-FH100
24-240mm
F3.2-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2010
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Casio-Exilim-EX-H15 front thumbnailCasio EX-H15
EX-Z280 vs EX-H15
24-240mm
F3.2-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-FC150 front thumbnailCasio EX-FC150
EX-Z280 vs EX-FC150
37-185mm
F3.6-4.5
10MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z33 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z33
EX-Z280 vs EX-Z33
36-107mm
F3.1-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z280 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z28026-104mm
F2.6-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z90 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z90
EX-Z280 vs EX-Z90
35-105mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z450 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z450
EX-Z280 vs EX-Z450
28-112mm
F2.6-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-H10 front thumbnailCasio EX-H10
EX-Z280 vs EX-H10
24-240mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-S12 front thumbnailCasio EX-S12
EX-Z280 vs EX-S12
36-108mm
F2.8-7.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Casio-Exilim-EX-FC100 front thumbnailCasio EX-FC100
EX-Z280 vs EX-FC100
()mm
F3.6-8.5
9MP1/2.3"2009

Casio EX-Z280 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of good and bad points of the Casio EX-Z280 based on things that are often regarded as necessary in a digital camera.

built in zoom lens (26-104mm 4.0 x zoom)
great minimum ISO (64)
has built in flash
has manual focus
lighter than average (133 grams)
reasonably wide (26mm)
does not have external microphone support
does not have HDMI out
does not have headphone support
does not have Timelapse recording
does not posses selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of image stabilization
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
manual exposure not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no articulating screen
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW files
no shutter priority
pixelated screen (115 k dots)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Casio EX-Z280 Sensor info

The sensor specification in the Casio EX-Z280 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and features a standard ISO range of 64 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the EX-Z280's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The EX-Z280 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

Casio Exilim EX-Z280 sensor size Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Casio EX-Z280 dimensions

Casio EX-Z280 weighs in at 0.29 lb (133 grams or 4.69 ounces) and features outer measurements of 97mm x 53mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.8"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Casio EX-Z280 is less heavy when compared with other competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Casio EX-Z280 besides a soda so you can have a sense of its scale.

Casio Exilim EX-Z280 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show the button layout on the EX-Z280.

Casio Exilim EX-Z280 topview buttons dials

Casio EX-Z280 Lens info

The EX-Z280 includes a built-in lens providing a focal range of 26-104mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't perfect however it will probably be convenient in a few circumstances.

At the widest 26mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.6 and that's kind of slow and not good in low light occasions and you may struggle to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to raise the ISO resulting in noisy photos. On the tele end, 104mm comes to f5.9 which is really slow and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Casio EX-Z280 Connectivity

The EX-Z280 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer files and at times change settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

A few applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Casio EX-Z280 Video info

The highest possible video resolution in the Casio EX-Z280 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should shoot for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera does not offer a mic and / or headphone jack so you get no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to consider a different camera if you require decent sound in your videos.

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Casio EX-Z280 Weather Sealing

Casio EX-Z280 does not include environment sealing so damp conditions might affect the camera.

Casio EX-Z280 Screen and Viewfinder

The Casio EX-Z280 includes a 2.7" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 115k dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder details regarding Casio EX-Z280 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be pretty helpful for bright outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Casio EX-Z280 Shutter info

The max shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Casio EX-Z280 Flash and Hot shoe info

Casio EX-Z280 includes only inbuilt flash lacking external flash support.

Casio EX-Z280 Autofocusing info

Casio EX-Z280 includes just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and exact when compared with Contrast Based focusing.

Casio EX-Z280 boasts manual focusing if needed for low light or you want more exact focusing control.

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Casio EX-Z280 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the best (470) battery life for this type of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the highest battery life:

Casio EX-Z280 for varying types of photography

The following graph provides a summary of the Casio EX-Z280 for varying types of photography. To check out more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Casio EX-Z280 Portrait photography highlights

The Casio EX-Z280 gets a points tally of 28 which is subpar, meaning that it is not really acceptable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files plus the potential to utilize external lighting.

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has manual focus
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Street photography with Casio EX-Z280

Having a modest points tally of 55, the Casio EX-Z280 is reasonably adequate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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lighter than competition in class (133 grams)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Sports photography with Casio EX-Z280

A subpar sports photography points total of 18 suggests the Casio EX-Z280 is not really acceptable for photographing sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus

Casio EX-Z280 Travel photography details

Weight is pretty important when getting a camera for travel. All round, the Casio EX-Z280 gets a above average 62 as a travel camera which is a respectable fit for your journeys.

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lighter than average (133 grams)
has built in flash
decently wide (26mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
megapixel count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)

Casio EX-Z280 Landscape photography info

If you are planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Casio EX-Z280 at it's subpar score of 33 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable amongst it's rivals.

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focusing manually
reasonably wide (26mm)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
does not have image stabilization
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Casio EX-Z280 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera ought to offer a moving screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Casio EX-Z280 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it gets a subpar rating of 28.

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really wide (26mm)
lighter than competition in class (133 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external microphone socket

Casio EX-Z280 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the EX-Z280, below is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart down below will give you a summary of the EX-Z280 versus it's top rated competitors shown previously.

These are some more cameras you might take a look at as alternate options. To review a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Casio
Model type
Casio Exilim EX-Z280
Type
Small Sensor Compact
Released
2009-08-31
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW images
Max native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
64
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
26-104mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/2.6-5.9
Macro focusing distance
5cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.7 inch
Screen resolution
115k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
4.20 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
133 gr (0.29 lbs)
Physical dimensions
97 x 53 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.8")
Other
Battery ID
NP-80
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Triple)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
One
Launch cost
$180