Casio EX-Z400

Casio Exilim EX-Z400 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.6-7.0) lens
  • 130g - 95 x 60 x 23mm
  • Introduced January 2009
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Casio EX-Z400 overview

Casio EX-Z400 is Casio's Ultracompact camera first released on January of 2009. The camera houses a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The EX-Z400 places at #94 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #1101 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to test our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your custom factors.

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Casio EX-Z400 family

The Casio EX-Z400 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list below.

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Casio-Exilim-EX-Z400 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z40028-112mm

Casio EX-Z400 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Casio EX-Z400 based on aspects that are generally viewed as necessary in a camera.

built-in flash
comes with HDMI port
decently wide (28mm)
good zoom range (28-112mm 4.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is a good size (3")
very good min ISO (100)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW format
external flash not possible
fixed screen
focusing manually not possible
lack of headphone port
lack of mic port
lack of Time Lapse mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
manual mode not available
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000s)
no aperture priority mode
no shutter priority
pixelated screen (230 k dot)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
sluggish at full zoom (f7.0)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
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Casio EX-Z400 Sensor information

The measurement of the sensor on the Casio EX-Z400 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less margin for error.

The image below displays the EX-Z400's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The EX-Z400 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

Casio Exilim EX-Z400 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Casio EX-Z400 dimensions

Casio EX-Z400 weighs around 0.29 lbs (130 gr or 4.59 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 95mm x 60mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Casio EX-Z400 is on par as compared with its rivals.

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Listed below is a photo of the Casio EX-Z400 beside a soda to help you to have a feel for its size.

Casio Exilim EX-Z400 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the EX-Z400.

Casio Exilim EX-Z400 topview buttons dials

Casio EX-Z400 Lens information

The EX-Z400 has an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 28-112mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which won't be perfect however it will definitely be convenient in a few scenarios.

At it's widest 28mm, it provides an aperture of f2.6 and that is kind of sluggish and not ideal in low light situations and you will probably find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to up your ISO setting leading to noisy pictures. At the long end, 112mm comes with f7.0 making it fairly sluggish and you may have to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Casio EX-Z400 Connectivity

The EX-Z400 has the following connectivity:

  • HDMI Yes

Cameras with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can send photos and usually adjust settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Some apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB socket.

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Casio EX-Z400 Video information

The maximum video quality on the Casio EX-Z400 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You really should target at least FUll HD quality for good video. The body doesn't feature a mic and headphone socket which means that you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to look at another camera in case you want good sound in your video clips.

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Casio EX-Z400 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Casio EX-Z400 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Casio EX-Z400 Display and Viewfinder

The Casio EX-Z400 is equipped with a 3" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Casio EX-Z400 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be particularly useful.

Casio EX-Z400 Shutter information

The maximum shutter speed is 1/1000 sec.

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Casio EX-Z400 Flash and Hot shoe information

Casio EX-Z400 has got just built in flash with missing external flash ability.

Casio EX-Z400 Autofocus information

Casio EX-Z400 has got only Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and precise as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.

Casio EX-Z400 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be good in low light situations or you need more exact focus control.

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Casio EX-Z400 Battery life

The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the highest possible (320) battery life in this group of cameras.

Below is a list of Ultracompact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Casio EX-Z400 for specific kinds of photography

The following bar chart provides a analysis of the Casio EX-Z400 for specific kinds of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section below.

Casio EX-Z400 Portrait photography highlights

The Casio EX-Z400 receives a points tally of 21 which is really bad, and means the camera is not really very good for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos in addition to the potential to use external flash.

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lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Casio EX-Z400 as a Street photography camera

Having a average rating of 57, the Casio EX-Z400 is reasonably acceptable for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Casio EX-Z400 Sports photography info

A really bad sports photography points tally of 25 means the Casio EX-Z400 is not really very good for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
low max shutter speed (1/1,000 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Casio EX-Z400 Travel photography details

Weight is pretty critical when selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Casio EX-Z400 gets a decent 58 as a travel camera which is fairly appropriate to take with you on your holidays.

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flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
MP count low (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.6)

Casio EX-Z400 Landscape photography features

For anyone who is looking to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Casio EX-Z400 with it's really bad grade of 37 as a landscape camera is not really very good within the current market.

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decently wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.6)
manual exposure not available
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Time Lapse recording

Casio EX-Z400 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a articulating display screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Casio EX-Z400 is not really very good for vlogging as it receives a really bad score of 29.

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fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.6)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone port

Casio EX-Z400 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the EX-Z400, here is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall into the category of Ultracompact.

The graph below will give you an overview of the EX-Z400 versus it's top ranked rivals suggested previously.

There are more cameras you might take into account as alternate options. To go through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Casio Exilim EX-Z400
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
Resolution of display
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
1/2 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/1000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (15 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
130 grams (0.29 lbs)
Physical dimensions
95 x 60 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, Eye-Fi Wireless Card compatible
Storage slots
Price at launch