While we applaud Casio's attention to trying to eliminate blurry photos with its various special modes, boosting the ISO often delivers such high noise levels that the pictures are almost useless for anything but small snapshots. Red-eye reduction is a mixed bag, although we were told that one subject's light blue eyes always produced red-eye regardless of the camera used.
We noticed minimal purple fringing in our test shots, though, and colours were realistically pleasing. The camera has a tendency to blow out highlights, but managed to capture decent detail on a crisp new note. Unfortunately, the detail capture was less than razor sharp.
But casual shooters who maintain control over noise by keeping the sensitivity lower than ISO 100 to ISO 200 and don't make huge prints will probably be satisfied with the Casio Exilim EX-Z600's capabilities, and its low price doesn't hurt.
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Edited by Lori Grunin
Additional editing by Kate Macefield