Casio Exilim EX-100
To our eyes, the Casio Exilim EX-100 looks fantastic. At the risk of overstating a fairly standard design, somehow the rounded-off edges, silver accents and, most of all, the ridge under the zoom rocker drip with understated class. The shiny bits are real fingerprint magnets, however.
The sturdy metal frame comes in pink, silver, blue and gold. It’s pocket-friendly, but with a decent weight to it. The metal buttons are laid out in the standard pattern, although we continue to be unconvinced by Casio’s policy of having separate playback and shooting button instead of one toggle.
We did like the dedicated video record button. This finally makes Casio’s YouTube mode into a viable proposition as it gets rid of the menu-sifting required on older models. The screen measures a large 69mm (2.7-inch) diagonally. The black bezel detracts from the size slightly, but we were impressed by the above-average 230,160 dots making up the onscreen image.
The lens is the big draw with the Z100. It has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28mm at the wide angle. This is pleasingly wide for a compact camera. As well as being wider, the lens is also slightly longer than the average with a 4x optical zoom.
Face detection is augmented by smile detection, which we’re not sold on, but some people may find it useful. The system also checks for motion blur and can snap an image when movement stops. When taking self-portraits, the camera can check for your face in the frame so you don’t cut off your forehead or chin.
Casio Exilim EX-100 Review
|Max resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Other resolutions||4000 x 2656, 4000 x 2240, 3264 x 2248, 2048 x 1536|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||13 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/1.7″ (7.44 x 5.58 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 80-12800 (expands to 25600)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||25600|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Image stabilization notes||5-axis|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–300 mm|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4X)|
|Normal focus range||10 cm (3.94″)|
|Macro focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Number of focus points||25|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Minimum shutter speed||15 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/20000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||6.10 m|
|Flash modes||Auto, flash on, flash off, redeye reduction|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(3 frames )|