Conclusion: Casio was the company that first gave the world a 'consumer' digital camera, way back in 1995 (when most of the big names were still convinced film would live forever), and since the launch of the Exilim range in 2002 the brand has become synonymous with the kind of ultra-slim, ultra-stylish cameras that marketeers like to call 'lifestyle' products.
Pros: Excellent resolution and good edge-to-edge detail, Excellent results at ISO 50 and 100, Slim all-metal body, Superb build and finish, Easy to use, Well designed control and menu system, Very fast startup, focus, shutter lag, Lots of scene modes and some in-camera effects / editing, Superb screen; very bright, Accurate white balance, Lots of on-screen information including exposure info and live histogram, Good battery life
Cons: Noisy at ISO 400+, almost unusable at ISO 800, High Sensitivity (up to ISO 3200) mode very very low resolution (pixel-binning), Misleading 'image stabilization' mode simply increases the ISO, Noise reduction starts to remove low contrast detail at ISO 200, Underpowered flash, Consistent overexposure of bright scenery shots (use AE-compensation), Cannot charge the battery or connect to PC without using the cradle, Lens only F5.4 at long end; camera shake an issue unles...
Conclusion: Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 digital camera With the introduction of the Casio Exilim EX Z1000, Casio have paved the way for the competition to break through the 8 Megapixel barrier. The segment of 10 Megapixel digital compact cameras is still devoid of any competition, which means that Casio are indeed seizing virtually a 100% of the market share in this segment, just as was the case with the introduction of their QV10 camera back in 1995.
Conclusion: I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this new 10MP point-and-shoot digicam. I really didn’t like the Casio EX-S500 but this digicam is definitely a shooter of a different color. The EX-Z1000 has a nice feel, superb onscreen menus, is simple to use and it takes good–not great–photos. I recommend it, especially if you can get it for around $350.
Pros: 10MP for less than $400; very good image quality; excellent on-screen menus; good response time
Cons: Poor focusing with Quick Focus mode; bad movie mode; no printed owners manual
Conclusion: I can see the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 being a very popular camera. With ten megapixels, a pocket sized design and a host of features it is likely to turn a lot of heads. The picture quality is not quite top drawer, but is comfortably above average.
Pros: Indoor photos, Overall ease of use, Features
Summary: The Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 is a frustrating camera. It is
one of the best-built, well thought-out, feature-rich and
quick compact digital cameras that I've ever reviewed. On
the other hand, the 10 megapixel sensor is a liability, producing
images that look good at first glance, but which upon closer
inspection suffer from noise at ISO 200 and faster, purple
fringing in many shots, including situations where you wouldn't
expect to find it, and almost completely ineffective...
Excerpt: If you thought the megapixel war between camera makers was over, you’ll be surprised to learn of Casio’s 10.1-megapixel EX-Z1000. Fortunately, there’s more to this pocket-camera than the number of photo-diodes.
Pros: Great screen, intelligent layout, and sturdy build. Plenty of handy scene-based presets, including high-sensitivity mode
Cons: Noisy images at ISO 400 and above. Expensive.
Summary: Ultra-high resolution presents technical challenges to a prestige point-and-shoot camera with some interesting and useful functions. We can't understand why Casio put a 10-megapixel imager into its new slimline digicam, the EX-Z1000. By our calculations, each photosite on this chip has an area of just under two microns square.