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Casio Exilim ZR100 Digital Camera Review

We take a hands on look at the new High Speed Casio Exilim ZR100 with a wide-angle 12.5x optical zoom lens.

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Casio Exilim HS100 Front

The Casio Exilim ZR100 is the lastest High Speed camera from Casio, and featuyres not only a HS mode, but also a new HDR and HDR Art modes. The 24mm wide angle 12.5x optical zoom lens, provides more zoom than previous Casios, and the camera has a rubberised grip at the front of the camera, a feature that is missing from the camera double, the Casio Exilim HS30.

Casio Exilim ZR100 Main Features:
  • 12.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor Digital Still Camera
  • 24mm wide angle lens
  • 12.5x Optical Zoom Lens - 24-300mm
  • Full HD Video (1920x1080) at 30fps with stereo sound
  • 450 shots on one battery charge
  • 3 inch LCD Monitor
  • CMOS shift stabilization mechanism
  • 360 degrees Panorama shooting
  • 30fps shooting at 10mp
  • HDR, and HDR Art modes
  • 1cm Macro / Super Macro modes
  • SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory card support
Casio Exilim ZR100 Handling:

For anyone who has used Casio cameras before, the interface will be very familiar. For those that haven't, the Casio interface is well laid out, with a lot of options and controls, including customisable Best Shot modes, where you can customise the camera's settings to your hearts content, and then quickly access your favourite settings.

Casio Exilim ZR100 Back
Casio Exilim ZR100 Screen
Back of the Casio Exilim ZR100 Screen in HDR Art mode

The back of the camera features dedicated photo, video, and playback buttons with 4 way control, and central menu button. The screen, shown above on the right, shows the HDR Art mode can be customised depending on how strong you want the effect to be.

Casio Exilim HS100 Bottom

Bottom view, metal tripod mount, battery / memory card compartment. The battery used in the ZR100 and the HS30 is the Casio NP-130 Lithium Ion battery rated at 1800mAh, 6.7Wh, and 3.7V, and offers 450 shots battery life on the ZR100, and an impressive 1000 shot battery life on the HS30!

Casio Exilim HS100 HDMI Casio Exilim HS100 Dial
HDMI Port, and wrist strap loop. On, Off, Shutter release, Zoom control, mode dial.

The mode dial features P, Auto, HDR, HDR Art, A, S, M, Panorama, Best Shot modes.

Casio Exilim HS100 Top

Another view of the top showing the stereo microphones, HS button, On/off, and shutter. Camera switched on with lens extended.

Casio Exilim HS100 HS button

HS modes are accessed using the dedicated HS button on the top of the camera to quickly switch to the 30fps high speed shooting at 10 megapixels.

Casio Exilim ZR100 Performance and Verdict:
Unfortunately the Casio Exilim ZR100 we had a look at is still running on a pre-production firmware, so we are unable to provide a full review at this time. However, from first impressions, the camera's abundance of features, high speed modes, and new HDR mode makes it an interesting camera, and one we look forward to reviewing. Once we have the Casio Exilim ZR100 in for review we will update this page with the full review.

Casio Exilim ZR100 Specification:
Price £299
Box Contents Rechargeable lithium ion battery, Lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, Strap, CD-ROM
Lens 12.5x optical zoom, 24–300 mm (35 mm equiv.), F3.0(W) ~ F5.9(T)
Resolution 12.1MP
Sensor size 1/2.33in
Sensor type B.S.I CMOS
Monitor 3.0in colour LCD, 460k pixels
Shutter speed 15 ~ 1/2000 second (high-speed continuous shutter: up to 1/40000 second)
Focusing system Contrast detection Autofocus system
Focusing modes Auto Focus, Macro, Super Macro, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
File types JPEG
ISO sensitivity ISO100 - 3200
Metering modes Multi pattern, Center Weighted, Spot by CMOS
Exposure compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Image stabilisation CMOS Shift Stabilisation
Movie mode HD: 1080p (1920 × 1080 @30 fps) with Stereo Sound
Media type SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card compatible
Interface USB 2.0
Power Lithium Ion Battery
Size 104.8 x 59.1 x 28.6 mm (24.2mm thickness excluding protruding parts)
Weight Approx. 205 g (Including Battery and Memory Card

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Photographs taken using the Casio Casio Exilim ZR100

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