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The EX-ZR3500 is Ca­sio’s flag­ship in its travel se­ries com­pacts, and has a 25-300mm (35mm equiv­a­lent) zoom reach that can be dou­bled with the Multi SR Zoom func­tion, which sam­ples mul­ti­ple ar­eas from the im­age to do real-time in­ter­po­la­tion, thus cre­at­ing a bet­ter fi­nal im­age than what most dig­i­tal zooms are able to achieve.

It’s pow­ered by a 12.1MP 1/1.7-inch back-il­lu­mi­nated CMOS sen­sor, and fea­tures Ca­sio’s HS anti-shake fea­ture that cor­rects for shake in five axes, lead­ing to bet­ter im­ages and videos. In fact, Ca­sio touts the EX-ZR3500 as hav­ing the best im­age qual­ity of the en­tire travel se­ries to date, ca­pa­ble of giv­ing im­ages that show “each and ev­ery strand of hair”, so there cer­tainly is a fair bit of ex­pec­ta­tion in terms of im­age qual­ity.

The EX-ZR3500 fea­tures a quick ac­cess menu that you can get to eas­ily by press­ing down on the main dial pad. This runs as an ex­ten­sion of the phys­i­cal con­trol dial on the cam­era, so se­lec­tion of op­tions in­volves ro­tat­ing the con­trol dial, press­ing right to se­lect the func­tion, ro­tat­ing the dial again to get your set­ting, then press­ing the set but­ton to save it. That may seem a hand­ful, but it works pretty well in prac­tice, as the menu sys­tem was one of the eas­i­est to go through.

Of course, with any Ca­sio cam­era, make-up mode and self­ies are al­ways go­ing to be main fea­tures, and the EXZR3500 is no dif­fer­ent. There’s a ded­i­cated front shut­ter, and the cam­era au­to­mat­i­cally switches to selfie mode once you flip up the LCD, even if the cam­era is off. The strength of skin tone and skin smooth­ing ad­just­ments ap­plied can be eas­ily ad­justed via slid­ers, so men can darken their skin and yet get some light skin smooth­ing too.

There’s a handy con­trol dial over the lens.

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