Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 review


A new digital camera from Casio

If you’ve grown tired of your old snail-like camera, Casio recommends you buy their new EX-ZR100 model. Does it deliver good performance? We’ve performed a test with this gadget and here is what we thought of it.

12.5 x optical zoom

When we first saw the camera, we were very impressed with its appearance. The EX-ZR100 is elegant and sleek with its dark-gray color, round corners and gold elements. When we held it in our hands to see whether it was comfortable or not, we were delighted by its smooth, metallic feel and lightness. The product measures 2.3″ x 4.1″ x 1.1″ and weighs 204 g. One thing we didn’t quite like about the device: the front had too many numbers and logos. What we especially liked was that it featured a wide-angle 12.5x optical zoom lens. The back sported a 3″ LCD screen sporting 460.000 dots, a joypad control, buttons for camera modes, video recording, playback mode and, lastly, a separate menu key. Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR100

Some joypad problems

The problem with the joypad was that its left-right motion options made accessing features take longer than normal. Also, the interface was somewhat too basic for such a camera. When we tested the device, the gray text on gray backgrounds menus were very easy to use, making navigation a breeze. What we especially liked about the buttons: when we pressed the one on the directional pad, it opened a menu which had those options that were the most used.
The top of the camera houses a Mode button which offers access to specialized functions, program modes and scene modes.

Full HD 1080p movies resolution

When it came to features, several stood out during our testing for this review. One of them was the High Dynamic Range technology. This one combined three pictures that were snapped at the same time – a normal exposed one, an over-exposed one and an under-exposed one; the result: excellent saturated colors and dynamic range with great details. Another very good feature of the Casio EX-ZR100 was the Video Recording one. We had a lot of options to choose from when shooting a video; we could shoot content in 1080p HD at 30fps as .MOV files that we afterwards uploaded to sites such as YouTube and Facebook.

Good picture quality

In the performance department the camera stood out from the rest thanks to its speed: we could snap a picture every 0.7 seconds and once in Review mode only 1.6 seconds were needed between shots. Another plus for this device: its 0.3 seconds of shutter lag. Picture quality was very good, but white balance was an issue when there was low or bright light; indoor shooting was much better. Color noise was never an issue; so, when you are invited to a party, take the Casio EX-ZR100 with you. Even taking pictures at an ISO of 3200 turned our superb quality thanks to the device’s processing.

Weak image stabilization system

The Image Stabilization feature didn’t perform that well: zooming in provided awful results. Furthermore, autofocus was really slow.
The camera also comes with a mini-HDMI port and a USB port. The former connected the device to a HDTV for playback and the latter connected to our PC.
Another thing this Casio EX-ZR100 excels at is its macro shooting: it can reach down to 1cm. Control features include, among others, very good speed capture (we registered 40fps at 10MP) and specialized modes (panoramic capture, high speed anti-shake and sports movies, just to name a few).

Review conclusions

To wrap it up, the review conclusions is that the Casio EX-ZR100 offers decent performance, excellent speed and an affordable price.

Technical specifications

Sensor TypeCMOS
Resolution Width in Pixel4000
Resolution Height in Pixel3000
Viewfinder TypeLCD only
Memory TypeExternal Only
Optical Zoom13
Digital zoom4
Depth in mm29
Height in mm59
Lowest Focal Length in mm24
Focal Length in mm300
Interchangeable LensNot
Screen Size3
Video CaptureVideo + Sound
Secure DigitalYes
Micro DriveNot
Compact FlashNot
Memory Stick / Memory Stick ProNot
Memory Stick Duo / Pro DuoNot
Internal Memory size in MB0
Burst shootingYes
LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel460800
Max Resolution Mode Video Width1920
Max Resolution Mode Video Height1080
Ability to save files in RAWNot
Maximum Aperture Tele5.9
Maximum Aperture Wide3
Shutter Speed fastest in Second1 / 2000
Shutter Speed slowest in Second0
Sensor Size1/2.3 “
Battery TypeCasio NP-130
Image StabilizerStabilizer Electronic
Shutter PriorityNot
Aperture PriorityNot
Number of frames per second in video mode480