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Casio EXILIM EX-100 Review

The Casio EXILIM EX-100 was introduced recently to the Singapore market in April 2014. The Casio EXILIM EX-100 is a high-speed compact digital camera that is packed with interesting and pretty powerful features for a compact digital camera and it is packed with a 10.7x optical zoom lens and constant f/2.8 aperture.

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* CASIO EXILIM EX-100 picture Courtesy of Casio Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations * 

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The Casio EXILIM EX-100 was available for review recently for a period of two weeks. It accompanied me to the Made-in-Singapore products preview exhibition, University of Queensland Alumni Networking Night at Loof, Singapore Night Festival 2014 media preview and daily camera in my workbag. I had fun with the close up functions on food and Star Wars Lego mini-figurines too! It was a fun and interesting two weeks of my time with the Casio EXILIM EX-100 and I would like to share my thoughts, pros and cons of the Casio EXILIM EX-100 compact digital camera.

Pros

  • The Casio EXILIM EX-100 is of a solid build, consisting of solid die-cast magnesium body with a grip attached.
  • The Toy Art function is very fun and interesting function. It is great for travel and taking photographs such as Miniature cities/roads.
  • New Intelligent dual bracketing functions – white balance and saturation combination, and white balance and contrast combination, users can play around with a variety of seven combinations. At a single click of the shutter, the EX-100 captures nine stunning images for users to select the best possible shot every single time.
  • Auto bracketing functions.
  • Wi-fi capability and connectivity with smartphone app.
  • Large 3.5inch tilt type LCD screen.
  • Front shutter + Large LCD screen can be inverted 180 degrees, perfect for selfie / wefie photography and there is a countdown timer that can be seen from the screen.
  • Function ring – useful and mode-specific function such as zoom, aperture, and shutter speed adjustment.
  • Lens Cap/Hood – provides protection for the lens.
  • Premium Auto Pro function is a strong feature for the photographers to utilize.
  • EX Finder – good for photographers to know their setup.

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Cons

  • The user interface is not friendly and not easy to navigate.
  • Weight of the Casio EXILIM EX-100 is a bit on the heavier side for a compact digital camera.
  • At ISO 12,800 and aperture f/2.8, the image noise is grainy.

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White balance and saturation

* Intelligent Dual Bracketing Function Pictures Courtesy of Casio Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations * 

Q: The Casio EXILIM EX-100 might be suitable for which group of photographers?

A: In my personal and humble opinion, the Casio EXILIM EX-100 is ideal and suitable for

  • Photographers who are looking for a fun compact camera that suits their daily usage or a compact travel camera.
  • Photography enthusiasts who love selfie and wefie, the Casio EXILIM EX-100 is highly suitable and the functionalities are designed with that in mind.
  • Photographers who love food photography, the Casio EXILIM EX-100 can get you up close and allowing you to take nice food photographs!

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The new CASIO EXILIM EX-100 is available at all authorised CASIO and EXILIM retailers at a Suggested Retail Price of SGD $1,199.00. Do check out Casio website for more information and details if you are keen on the Casio EXILIM EX-100! Here’s the link to the photographs that I took with the Casio EXILIM EX-100 on my Flickr collection and 500px portfolio!

* I would like to thank Casio Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Casio EXILIM EX-100 compact digital camera. *


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Casio Announced EXILIM EX-ZR1500

Casio Singapore recently launched the latest addition to their High Speed EXILIM line of high performance digital cameras, the Casio EXILIM EX-ZR1500. The Casio EXILIM EX-ZR1500 has interesting and outstanding features such as the new make-up function, motion shutter, a 180-degree LCD tilt screen and a built-in tripod stand that promises impressive photographs and beautiful self-portraits.

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Capture beautiful self-portraits with new make-up function and tilt-type LCD screen 

With the new EX-ZR1500, taking stunning photos and self-portraits has never been easier. Users can now easily edit their self-portraits according to their preference with the new make-up function that allows adjustment of skin smoothness to 12 levels and enhancement of skin tone according to a scale of six stages from light to tan.

The 180-degree tilt-type LCD screen and built-in tripod also allows for the perfect ‘selfie’ and ‘wefie’ (group self-portraits) as users can view themselves while composing their well-framed shot. For self-portraits that need to be taken from a distance, the motion shutter makes capturing the moment that much easier as a wave to the camera is all that is needed to initiate the self-timer.

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Responsive photography to capture every moment 

The Triple Shot function, which captures the image immediately before, during and after the shutter is clicked makes sure that every precious expression is caught on the EX-ZR1500. Users will also never miss a moment with the high-speed continuous shutter function which takes up to 30 frames per second, perfect for capturing fast moving subjects.

Also equipped with the EXILIM engine HS Ver.3, a dual-CPU and two parallel image processors, the EX-ZR1500 offers an immediate start up time of only 0.99 seconds, high-speed autofocus in 0.15 seconds, a lightning fast shutter response of 0.015 seconds and a rapid capture interval as short as 0.25 seconds.

The quick and intuitive function ring around the lens further enhances user experience where they can select from nine zoom settings in addition to the regular zoom. This allows users to quickly set the exposure value shift, shutter speed and white balance.

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Photograph the best shot regardless of situation 

Users who struggle with hand stability will be relieved to know that the EX-ZR 1500 features the 5-axis HS Anti Shake to obtain image stabilisation. Casio has integrated optical image stabilisation (1.5 stops) with its pioneering technology for combining high-speed burst images (up to 9 shots) to achieve stabilisation equivalent to 4.5 stops slower in terms of shutter speed.

The HS Night Shot feature, Casio’s original and cutting-edge processing technology which eliminates camera shake in dark situations by detecting light conditions with light sensitivity as high as ISO 25600, will guarantee beautiful and high precision shots even in the dimmest lighting.

With the Premium Auto Pro function, the EX-ZR1500 automatically analyses the scene’s conditions and combines images from high-speed burst shooting to create gorgeous photos and videos. Images taken by the EX-ZR1500 promises to be even more beautiful with the HDR function, which uses continuous shooting to capture 5 images at different exposures and then selects three with the most appropriate brightness and instantly combines them pixel by pixel. This helps reduce under and over exposure in scenes with high contrast, resulting in stunning photographs.

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Get artistic and take stunning pictures

Photo effects fanatics can also choose from 11 effect types including HDR-ART, which produces impressive and dramatic art images, and Crystal Ball, which magically captures the image in a floating transparent glass sphere. Lovers of beautiful artistic shots will also enjoy the new Art Shot Bracketing function that saves five different interpretations of an image with one touch of the shutter button. The modes are HDR-ART photo, Crystal Ball, Toy Camera, Monochrome and normal photography.

Users can also try their hand at time-lapse photography. The function captures images at a frame rate much lower than usual and then combines them to create a video – perfect for capturing the sunset, cloud movement, or a night scene.

The high-speed burst shooting technology gives photos a beautifully blurred background that would usually only be attainable with an SLR camera. This allows users to easily take photos that accentuate the subject. Users may choose from three levels of blurring effects to give images a professional look. The EX-ZR1500 also comes with an all-in-focus macro ability to produce a composite image with every area in focus, from foreground subjects to far-away backgrounds

Availability and price 

Ergonomic in design and weighing in at a mere 265g, this 16.1 megapixel camera comes in four colours, White, Brown, Magenta and Yellow and will be available at all Casio authorised retail outlets in Singapore from 21 July 2014 at a Suggested Retail Price of SGD$549.00.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Casio Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Casio Announces the New Casio EXILIM EX-10

Casio announces the new Casio EXILIM EX-10, it’s their new premium flagship EXILIM compact digital camera. The Casio EXILIM EX-1o features the world’s first* Dual Combination Bracketing Function, enabling users to choose from many innovative features at the touch of a button. The range of innovative features include a number of bracketing modes, including focus, aperture, brightness, white balance, contrast and saturation, resulting in a series of nine extremely high quality continuous shots with a single touch of the shutter button.

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Photograph Courtesy of Casio Singapore 

With this capability, the EX-10 will be able to perform beautifully in situations that are difficult to obtain a satisfactory image with a single shot. For instance, photographing Singapore’s largest garden park – Gardens by the Bay, where trees, domes and the sky would require different settings to be properly exposed. With the new Dual Combination Bracketing function that automatically adjusts the camera settings to manipulate exposure, users will not only achieve better image contrast, but nine quality photos in succession with different exposures to choose from.

During their official launch on a Friday evening held at ION Sky, I witnessed the new Casio EXILIM EX-10 being presented and launched to the members of media and guests present during the event. During the presentation, key members of Casio Singapore management gave us an insight into the capabilities and key features packed inside the Casio EXILIM EX-10. The specifications of the Casio EXILIM EX-10 was pretty impressive and powerful for a compact digital camera.

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During the presentation, fellow social media friends Adrian and Dennis of SuperAdrianMe were also present at the event, Dennis was on stage to present and share about his adventure with the Casio EXILIM EX-10 earlier before the official launch event. Do check out their videos below on their adventure with the Casio EXILIM EX-10!

The Casio EXILIM EX-1o is crafted in lightweight yet durable magnesium, equipped with 12 megapixel sensor, with a 4x optical zoom lens, 28mm wide angle zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f1.8 and 5-axis image stabilisation function. The EXILIM EX-10 features in-built wireless connectivity, which—when combined with the EXILIM REMOTE app—allows users to remotely trigger the camera’s shutter, as well as control various functions of the camera. The wireless connectivity also enables users to share their photographs with family and friends whenever and wherever they are, creating more opportunities to bond while on the go.

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Photograph Courtesy of Casio Singapore

To provide maximum ease-of-use, the EXILIM EX-10 features an additional three different methods of capturing images: self-timer mode, a motion-shutter function when the LCD display is shifted to its upright position for ‘selfies’ and group photos, and a front shutter-button, which further enables users to take photos ergonomically. These functions, combined with a flexible 3.5 inch tilt-screen, offer users a wide range of angles for more precise and creative shots.

The EXILIM EX-10 also comes with a Time Lapse function which enables users to capture a stream of photographs easily, creating a progressive collage of changing sunset colours, passing clouds or a scenic drive that could be played back in acceleration. In addition, the EX-10 is decked with a High Speed Full High-Definition videography function and boasts Full HD video with stereo sound, enabling users to relive the special moments vividly.

I had a short hands on experience with the Casio EXILIM EX-10, it felt a little bit heavy and wider for a compact digital camera. The magnesium body gave it a good feel and grip of the camera.The Dual Combination Bracketing Function is unique and interesting function packed inside a compact digital camera that the consumer would find it useful with the ability to choose from the choices! The Casio EXILIM EX-10 in my personal opinion (without doing a proper review) during the short hands-on period during the event, it is a powerful specifications packed compact digital camera.

The new EXILIM EX-10 is available at all authorised Casio and EXILIM retailers at the recommended price (SRP) of S$1099.00. Here is the link to Casio EXILIM EX-10 website!

* Information and Details Courtesy of Casio Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

The technical specifications from the Casio EXILIM EX-10 website is attached below for your reference –

Number of Effective Pixels
Approximately 12.1 megapixels(/million)
Image Sensor
1/1.7-inch high-speed CMOS(back illuminated type)
Total Pixels:12.76 megapixels(/million)
File Format
  • Still Images:RAW(DNG*), JPEG (Exif Ver2.3), DCF2.0, DPOF
  • Movies:MOV format, H.264/AVC, IMA-ADPCM (stereo)

* DNG file format is one type of RAW image file, and it is recommended by Adobe Systems Incorporated for use as a standard image file format.

Built-in Flash Memory
(Image Area)
Approx. 49.9 MB
Recording Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card compatible
Number of Recorded Pixels
  • Still Images:RAW / 12M(4000×3000) / 3:2(4000×2656) / 16:9(4000×2240) / 8M(3264×2448) / 3M(2048×1536)
  • Movies:FHD:1920 x1080(30fps) / HD*:1280×720(12fps/15fps/20fps/30fps) / STD:640×480(30fps) / HS1000:224×64(1000fps) / HS 480:224 x 160(480fps) / HS240:512 x 384(240fps) / HS 120:640 x 480(120fps) / HS 30-240:512 x 384(30 to 240fps) / HS 30-120:640 x 480(30 to 120fps)

* HD movie is only for ART Shot and Time Lapse mode.

Recording Capacity
(Maximum Size)
  • Still Images(JPEG)
    Fine:Approx.1453 shots, Normal:Approx.2221 shots (SD Memory Card 16GB*)
  • Movies
    Maximum recording time per file:29minutes

* When using SanDisk Corporation 16GB SDHC Memory Card.

Operating Speed
Shutter Release Time Lag*1*2:Approx. 0.014 seconds
Continuous Shooting Speed*3*4:30 frames per second / 15 frames per second / 10 frames per second / 5 frames per second / 3 frames per second
*1 With built-in flash off.
*2 Time from when the shutter button is fully pressed from focus lock until the image starts to be recorded.
*3 When using SanDisk Corporation 16GB SDHC Memory Card.
*4 When set at maximum image size and normal image quality.
Lens
  • Construction:11 lenses in 8 groups, including aspherical lens
  • F-number:F1.8(W) to F2.5(T)
  • Focal Length:F=6.0 to 24.0mm
    35mm-Film Equivalent:Approx. 28 to 112mm
Zoom Ratio
  • Optical zoom:4X
  • Multi SR Zoom:8X
  • Digital zoom:4X
  • Maximum digital zoom:31.2X (in combination with HD Zoom, 3M size)
Focusing
  • Focus Type:Contrast Detection Auto Focus, with AF assist lamp.
  • Focus Mode:Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Super Macro Mode, Manual Focus
  • AF Area:Intelligent, Spot, Multi, Tracking
Focus Range
(From Lens Surface)
  • Auto:Approx. 1 cm to Infinity (W)
  • Macro:Approx. 1cm to 50 cm (W)
  • Super Macro:Approx. 1cm to 50 cm
  • Manual:Approx. 1 cm to Infinity (W)

* Using optical zoom causes the focus range to change.

Exposure
  • Exposure Metering:Multi pattern, Center Weighted, Spot by imaging element
  • Exposure Control:Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Manual Exposure
  • Exposure Compensation:-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter Type
  • CMOS electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
  • Shutter Speed*:Auto:1/2 to 1/2000 second
    Premium Auto Pro:4 to 1/4000 second
  • Aperture Priority AE:1 to 1/2000 second
  • Shutter Speed Priority AE:15 to 1/2000 second (high-speed continuous shutter:up to 1/20000 second)
  • Manual Exposure:250 – 1/2000 second (high-speed continuous shutter: up to 1/20000 second)

* May differ according to camera settings.

Aperture
F1.8(W) to F8.0(W)、F2.5(T) to F8.0(T)*
* Using optical zoom or recording mode causes the aperture to change.
White Balance
Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, Manual WB
Sensitivity
(SOS)*:Still Images:Auto/ISO80/ISO100/ISO200/ISO400 /ISO800/ISO1600/ISO3200/ISO6400/ISO12800
Still images(HS Night Shot):Maximum ISO25600
Movies:Auto
* SOS:Standard Output Sensitivity
Other Recording Functions
  • Image Stabilization Mechanism:CMOS Shift Stabilization (Compensation effect:Optical:2.5 stops*1 / Optical with High-speed Continuous Shutter image merging:5 stops*2)
  • Face Detection
  • Optical zoom In Movie
  • Auto Focus In Movie
  • Intelligent Bracketing:17
  • Remote Capture (Requires installation of the EXILIM Remote app on your smartphone.)
  • HDR
  • ART Shot (still / movie):11(HDR-ART is included.)
  • BEST SHOT:31(HDR and HS Night Shot are included.)
  • Time Lapse:11
  • Blurred Background
  • All-In-Focus Macro
  • Triple Shot
  • Wide Shot
  • Prerecord Continuous Shutter
  • Premium Auto Pro
  • Multi Frame SR Zoom
  • Front shutter
  • Brightening
  • Snapshot by handsfree
  • ND Filter
  • Electronic level
  • Slide Panorama
  • High Speed Best Selection
  • Snapshot In Movie

*1 Based on CIPA standards. During two-axis vibration. Equivalent to 112 mm when converted to 35 mm film.
*2 Based on CASIO data. In High-speed Anti Shake Mode.

Self-timer
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash
Flash Mode:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Red eye reduction
Flash Range:Approx. 0.8 – 10.9 m (W) Approx. 0.8 – 7.8 m (T)
*Range is affected by optical zoom.
Monitor Screen
3.5-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 921,600 dots, Tilt(Up:180 degrees, Down:55 degrees)
Timekeeping Functions
  • Date and Time:Recorded with image data
  • With Time Stamp Function
  • Auto Calendar:To 2049
  • World Time:162 cities in 32 time zones, City name, date, time, summer time
External Connection Terminals
USB port (Hi-Speed USB compliance, USB charging), HDMI™*1 output(Micro / TypeD)*2
*1 HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
*2 1080/50i output is not supported for PAL output using an HDMI™.
Microphone
Stereo
Speaker
Monaural
Power Requirements
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-130A)
Battery Life
Number of Shots:Approx. 455 still images (CIPA standards)*1
Number of Shots in ECO Mode:Approx. 555 still images (CIPA standards)*1
Actual Movie Recording Time(FHD Movie):Approx.1 hour 30 minutes(CIPA standards)*1
Continuous Movie Recording Time(FHD Movie):Approx.2 hours 35 minutes (Based on CASIO standards)*1
Continuous Movie Recording Time(HS240):Approx. 3 hours 00 minutes (Based on CASIO standards)*1
Continuous Movie Recording Time (Time Lapse, FHD):4 hours 25 minutes (Based on CASIO standards)*1*2
Continuous Playback:Approx. 4 hours 40 minutes(Based on CASIO standards)*1
*1 Not a guarantee of battery life during actual use.
*2 When shooting with the following settings:“Standard” for TL scene, “1/2 sec” for Interval, “Off” for Total Time, “1 min” for Sleep.
Dimensions
(CIPA Standards):119.9(W) x 67.9(H) x 48.6(D) mm
(excluding projections ; 32.6mm at thinnest point)
Weight
CIPA Standards):Approx. 384 g (Including Battery and Memory Card*) /Approx. 344 g (excluding Battery and Memory card)
* When using SanDisk Corporation 16GB SDHC Memory Card.
Bundled Accessories
Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery (NP-130A), USB-AC Adaptor(AD-C53U), Neck strap, USB Cable, AC Power Cord, Lens cap, Basic Reference, ID code for free download of RAW development software (SILKYPIX® Developer Studio4.0 for CASIO)*
* Download service may be discontinued without prior notice. For details, see our website at http://www.isl.co.jp/casio/