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: 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.
Summary: The Casio Exilim EX-ZR100’s strength is its high-speed abilities, and if you want a camera that can shoot fast at a relatively high resolution this model could be for you.
In terms of manual control it is a bit limited, and there are plenty of cameras already on the market that offer greater control and zoom for similar money.
Conclusion: The Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 misses out on some travel zoom features of cameras around the £300 mark, such as the built-in GPS facility of the Panasonic DMC-TZ0. That's handy for recording longitude and latitude data with each image file so intrepid types can retrace your travels via image data, but most regular users simply looking for a large-ish zoom in a small-ish camera won’t find this omission a deal breaker.
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: Looking for an approachable pocket snapper with a bigger than average zoom? A close cousin of the EX-ZR10 we reviewed earlier in the year, thanks to its blocky sober black exterior, the Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 betters its forebear's 7x optical zoom with a more versatile 12.5x variety. So delivering a broader focal range and in theory more framing opportunities without having to actually shuffle your feet forward or back.