Casio Exilim EX-100

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Casio Exilim EX-100

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.

Casio Exilim EX-100

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.

Casio Exilim EX-100

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

Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO Auto, 80-12800 (expands to 25600)
Boosted ISO (maximum) 25600
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes 5-axis
Uncompressed format Unknown
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–300 mm
Optical zoom 10.7×
Maximum aperture F2.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 10 cm (3.94)
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points 25
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD No
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/20000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 6.10 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, flash on, flash off, redeye reduction
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames )
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Connectivity
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Physical
Battery Battery Pack
Other features
GPS None

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