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Category: Hardware Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Casio's Exilim EX-Z100 latest on 'gotta have it' list

By MIKE BERMAN
Scripps Howard News Service
31-JAN-07

Why is it that whenever I take the plunge to actually purchase a tech toy, a new, better and flashier version hits the market the next day?

For instance, take digital cameras. I was perfectly happy with my 6 megapixel shooter until I became lured and then ensnared by newer models that deliver up to 10 megapixels of resolution.

The Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 ($349.95) now tops my “gotta have it” list, even though as recently as three months ago, I was seen drooling over the camera I now own. It’s not fair!

The folks at Casio have been letting me play with this new, ultra-slim, ultra-light camera for an extended period (probably do to my not wanting to give it up) and I am rarely seen without it.

Now, there are larger, more powerful, faster 10MP cameras out there that can take photos more worthy of display in your neighborhood art museum. But for those of us without deep pockets and only want shots of the vacation at the beach or our offspring’s first prom date, this baby can’t be beat.

The Exilim has many of the features only found on the higher-priced models, including built-in anti-shake; 34 Best Shot presets to take perfect pictures without having to fumble with ISO settings, lighting, etc.; and a large 2.8-inch LCD display. But it’s what’s missing that makes it more noticeable - - - there’s no optical viewfinder and no manual exposure controls. In fact, many of the buttons we’re used to seeing on digital cameras are gone. Instead, you can scroll through all of these settings on the large LCD display. 

Using this camera you can take two different types of shots - - - say, one wide-angle and the other in portrait mode - - - compare them side-by-side on the LCD screen and then choose which image you want to “shoot.” Or you can automatically retouch old photos right on the camera. Plus there’s a special “auction” setting for those of you that sell items on auction sites. 

The one disappointment with this camera was the loss of image quality in low light and at higher ISO settings, although it’s hardly noticeable to the average user. Also, If you want to download shots directly to your PC, you have to use its docking/charging station, which has the requisite USB and other ports on it. Or you can simply pull the memory card out of the camera and insert it into the multicard reader on your PC (if it has one).

Other key features include:

10.37 megapixel resolution.

A 3X optical and 4x digital zoom.

A 38 – 114 millimeter zoom lens.

Eight megabytes of built-in memory and slots for MMC and SD cards.

High resolution file size of 4.2 megabytes and low resolution of .35 megabytes.

Built-in flash and microphone.

Captures video at 25 frames per second.

Image resolutions ranging from 640x480 to 3648x2432.

A battery life of 360 images.

A built-in tripod mount.

 

More information can be found at www.casio.com.

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