Average Camera Review Rating [5 reviews]
On September 20 2010, Casio announced the Exilim EX-ZR10
, which is a 12 Megapixels digital compact camera capable of HDR imaging through multiple exposure blending. The HDR-ART function can locally control the contrast and the level of color saturation of the analyzed subject.
The EX-ZR10 features the new EXILIM ENGINE HS, a 12 Megapixels back-illuminated CMOS sensor, a wide-angle 28 mm 7X optical zoom lens, ultra-high speed burst shooting at a maximum speed of 40 fps (frames per second), and Slide Panorama for capturing 360-degree panoramic images. In addition to high-speed movie recording at up to 480 fps for slow motion movies, the EX-ZR10 also takes Full HD movies (H.264). While shooting a movie, users can also capture still images with the optical zoom and burst shooting function. The EX-ZR10 is currently selling at around $230 (drop from $246 about a week ago). Here is the summary of review by TrustedReviews, giving the camera a rating of 8 out of 10:
"In terms of stills quality, the usual bugbears of any digital compact make an appearance - namely pixel fringing between areas of high contrast, but more disappointingly a distinct softness towards the corners of frame when shooting at maximum wideangle, rather than any noticeable barrel distortion. This is one of the few black marks against the EX-ZR10, but unfortunately a fairly prominent one. On a more positive note we were impressed with the level of pin-sharp detail across the frame we were able to achieve when shooing handheld at maximum telephoto setting. This is testament not only to the lens itself, but also the camera's built in image stabilisation mechanism - here of the fairly reliable and consistent CMOS sensor shift variety. This being a Casio camera colours are well saturated as a default, and if you do want a dynamic boost on a dull and flat day, then both standard HDR and HDR Art modes can supply it within a couple of button presses. For low light photography we managed to get a decent return on images even when shooting up to the top whack sensitivity setting of ISO 3200. As you'd expect, noise starts to subtly intrude from ISO 400 upwards, detail softening slightly at ISO 800 and getting subtly more so at ISO 1600. Though at ISO 3200 detail is at its least sharp, we'd argue that results at this setting are certainly as good as most compacts manage at ISO 1600, so can be utilised if push comes to shove. Certainly the ZR10 largely avoids the painterly look that most images from point and shoots take on at ISO3200 (including Casio's own EX-H20G). See our test images on the following pages for a first-hand view.
For those who just want to point and shoot in the main, but would occasionally appreciate a couple of extra gizmos at their fingertips for when they start to get bored, the EX-ZR10 comes into its own. The HDR features, Slide Panorama, slow-motion video clips and general speediness of operation impress. Sadly this is let down by corner softness at the maximum wide angle - one of the most often-used focal lengths for a compact camera. In this respect the Sony Cyber-shot WX5 may be a better bet for anyone looking for similar features and portability, yet sharper overall shots at extreme wide angle setting. Watch out for our full review next week. Otherwise images are detailed, response time (mostly) lightning quick and overall build quality is good. 'Could do far worse' seems like feint praise, but when levelled at the Exilim EX-ZR10 it is also particularly fitting. "
Casio EX-ZR10 Camera Reviews Roundup
|Pocket-lint: "Even more impressive meanwhile are the results generated by the Casio's "slide" panorama BestShot mode, which in the same vein as the Sony WX5's Sweep Panorama produces a single elongated image from a rapid-fire series of shots taken as the user pans with the camera - here through a full 360 degrees if desired. Inessential while that may be, the stitching is near seamless, it comes into its own on your tra..." - Mar 03 2011 More »|
|PhotoReview Australia: "Whilst lacking the GPS facility of the Exilim EX-H20G to make it a fully rounded travel zoom, the EX-ZR10 makes up for it by being quick off the mark and featuring a more sophisticated and simply less quirky body design. While outwardly looking the part though, its performance when it comes to image making lacks consistency and so it may not make for the most reliable traveling partner for the touristic photogr..." - Feb 12 2011 More »|
|CNET: "As with most compacts, manual controls are available but aren't particularly practical, given that there are no dedicated buttons or dials. The menus are, however, very easy to navigate and there are plenty of settings to play with if you're keen to experiment. For example, the camera's top-mounted 'HS' button gives you direct access to a number of interesting shooting modes. Chief among these are the high-spee..." - Feb 03 2011 More »|
|ePhotoZine: "The ZR10 shares a lot in common with the H20G thanks to the EXILIM engine. That means shooting backlit subjects usually gets you plenty of detail in the foreground. You can clearly see the camera's brain kicking into gear and brightening it up. The other area of technical wizardry is the use of fast processing to extend the focal range of the zoom. This isn't the digital zoom as you know it, because that's present a..." - Dec 14 2010 More »|
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