The Ca­sio EXILIM EX-100 gets re­viewed

Ca­sio EXILIM EX-100

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE - by Hafeez Sim

Ca­sio is one brand that’s been tak­ing a rather un­con­ven­tional road with their cam­eras, but if one goes by the pop­u­lar­ity of their TR-se­ries “selfie” cam­eras, it’s work­ing out for them. When mar­ket­ing their lat­est EXILIM EX-100 pre­mium com­pact, Ca­sio’s po­si­tion­ing is more of a life­style com­pan­ion rather than some­thing that boasts the lat­est and great­est hard­ware. That’s not to say the EX-100 has lack­lus­ter fea­tures, it has the abil­ity to shoot at F2.8 through­out its 10.7x op­ti­cal range and comes with Ca­sio’s In­tel­li­gent Brack­et­ing.

The cam­era it­self is chunkier than your av­er­age point-and shoot, partly be­cause its flipup 3.5-inch 921,600-dot LCD dis­play in­creases the over­all di­men­sions of the cam­era. Its die-cast mag­ne­sium body also con­trib­utes to a solid and sturdy feel. Plus, the glass used in its lens con­struc­tion has to be larger and heav­ier to achieve its wide con­stant aper­ture.

As a pre­mium com­pact, we’d ex­pect some ad­vanced fea­tures and the EX-100 comes with a con­trol ring that you can as­sign var­i­ous func­tions to such as white bal­ance, ISO and zoom­ing in and out like a DSLR lens. Its In­tel­li­gent Brack­et­ing func­tion shoots 9 im­ages with vary­ing set­tings you can choose from so you can get the best-look­ing of the bunch with­out wor­ry­ing about get­ting it right on the first try.

One of the few in­ter­est­ing fea­tures of the EX-100 is its built-in kick­stand be­hind the LCD dis­play to help prop up the cam­era. There’s also an ad­di­tional shut­ter but­ton at the bot­tom front cor­ner below the lens, which is handy for tak­ing self­ies. It’s a shame how­ever, that the dis­play isn’t touch-en­abled; you must use the d-pad to se­lect set­tings and set aut­o­fo­cus area.

Im­ages right out of the cam­era pos­sess col­ors that are quite ac­cu­rate and vi­brant with­out be­ing overly sat­u­rated. Image sta­bi­liza­tion per­formed quite well too, even at the long­est end of its zoom. The EX-100 scored 2,000 (in both ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal LPH) in our res­o­lu­tion test. The cam­era does a good job keep noise to a min­i­mum while re­tain­ing de­tail up to ISO200. Be­tween ISO200 and ISO400, noise starts to creep in, and de­tails start to meld at ISO800. The EX-100’s bat­tery life is rated at 390 shots, which is more than the stan­dard pre­mium com­pact cam­era.

The Ca­sio EX-100 is a match for any su­per­zoom with its de­cent zoom range, good image qual­ity and F2.8 even at the long­est end. Its selfie friendly de­sign, from flip screen to kick­stand give it a life­style ad­van­tage as well. Whether it’s worth a dol­lar shy of RM2,999 is the point of con­tention.

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