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...
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.