Excerpt: Casio cameras always feel like dark-horse contenders in the compact zoom category. Maybe it's because Casio only makes compact cameras, but all the enthusiast chatter and punditry revolves around the more familiar brand names. This is despite near-universal praise for last year's FH100 model, which we gave a hearty 'A.
Pros: Very fast overall performance, Excellent battery life, Nice mix of automatic, manual, and "extra" shooting modes, Judicious image processing
Cons: Poor image stabilization hinders long-zoom and low-light shooting, Somewhat clunky, menu-driven interface, Pricey for this feature set
Summary: You can get a longer 18x zoom with better autofocus on the Nikon Coolpix S9100, while the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS packs a 14x zoom and GPS -- but you'll forsake the ZR100's exceptional shooting speeds. PCMag.com, ConsumerReports.org and DigitalCameraInfo.com provide test-based reviews of the Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 that show how it stacks up next to market rivals.
Pros: Blazingly fast shooting, Slow-motion video with optical zooming, 12.5x zoom lens, High-resolution LCD, Nice image quality, Long battery life
Conclusion: The EX-ZR100 isn’t perfect, and the absence of standard pre-sets and offsetting in-camera interface made us occasionally scratch our heads and ask “Why?” But these aren’t the types of features that make or break a camera’s overall performance. Instead, Casio seemed to focus on the technology behind the EX-ZR100 and not the gimmicks: The point-and-shoot’s speed, low-light performance, and superior build do enough to justify its $300 price tag and just might bump it into...
Pros: Excellent battery life, High-speed image and video-capture capabilities, Natural color and tone, Impressive low-light performance, Bright, sharp LCD display
Cons: HDR effects are cheesy, Ugly in-camera UI, Lack of pre-sets isolates some users
Summary: We're witnessing some pretty heavy competition in the advanced compact camera market these days, and the ZR100 distinguishes itself with its high speed shooting modes. Given its moderate price point, strong feature set, superb battery life and long zoom lens, it offers a lot of versatility for the money.
Excerpt: Casio leads the market with High-Speed compact cameras, and their Exilim EX-ZR100 is no exception. This pocket-sized camera boasts a 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor mated to a dual core "Exilim Engine HS Processor", which allows it to offer ridiculous fast shooting performance, with continuous shooting speeds up to 40fps at 10-megapixels, or 10fps at 12-megapixels. You can even choose the frame rate between 3 and 30 or 40 fps (depending on the mode chosen).
Summary: The ZR100 is indeed a step forward in Casio's portfolio. While the company seems to have spent much of its promotional time talking about the HDR Art mode - something we, quite frankly, don't care for even one little bit - there are loads more top features here that ought to be given far more credit. Although the menu systems are a bit clunky and some options are a little too tucked away, there are far more positives to speak of...
Excerpt: A good zoom on a travel camera is a great idea, youll get closer to the action, and with cameras like this Exilim, you'll still be able to fit it in your pocket. And, although the original asking price was a hellish £299, we found the Exilim EX-ZR100 online for a much more competitive £179 at the time of writing.
Pros: Good quality and sturdy construction, broader focal range than usual, one-touch video recording of Full HD video clips with stereo sound, decent 460k-dot screen
Cons: Pixel fringing between areas of high contrast, pricey RRP
Excerpt: A member of the relatively new breed of pocket megazoom cameras, the 12 megapixel, 12.5X optical zoom Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 offers manual controls for advanced users who want to stretch their photographic skills. But it's also for novices, thanks to extensive automatic shooting options that make capturing snapshots easy.
Excellent battery life, Very good exposure quality and colour accuracy, High-speed image and video capture, Versatile lens, auto modes, and manual settings
Delays when saving series of high speed shots, Start-up time is a bit sluggish, Sharp gradations along edges of some photos