Casio EXILIM EX-TR70
Selfie-takers can usually be categorized into two distinct groups. There’s the casual selfie-taker – who really isn’t all that concerned about the quality of their selfies, just as long as their face can be seen clearly – and there’s the devout selfie-taker, who expects their selfies to be exquisite enough to be featured on the front cover of a magazine. For the latter of the two groups, there’s the Casio EXILIM EX-TR70 – a dedicated selfie camera that’s poised to meet their lofty selfie demands.
As far as specifications are concerned, the EX-TR70 has 11.1MP, a 1/1.7-inch CMOS image sensor, an EXILIM Engine HS, Ver. 3 image processor, a fixed aperture of f/2.8, an ISO range of 80 to 3,200, and a 3-inch, articulating TFT LCD touchscreen. The EX-TR70 isn’t
APRIL 2016 capable of shooting in RAW, so you’ll have to make do with saving your selfies under the JPEG format.
Not a dealbreaker really, as the EX-TR70 does come included with built-in beautification features that you can use to touch up your portraits. From whitening and darkening your skin tone, to adjusting how smooth and flawless you want your skin to be – everything can be done from within the camera itself, with the help of an on-screen slider. Just a word of advice though: moderation is key.
The EX-TR70 comes with seven different shooting modes for you to choose from: Auto, Premium Auto Pro, Make-up, Instant Movie, Best Shot, Art Shot, and Posing Shot. If you’re the kind of person who prefers letting the camera do the work, the Premium Auto Pro mode is the way to go. Prefer getting your hands down and dirty instead? Set it to conventional Auto mode, where you’ll be able to manually configure settings like white balance, ISO and focus mode. The Make-up mode, meanwhile, is actually already integrated within both the Auto and Premium Auto Pro modes, so you don’t specifically have to be using that mode to doll yourself up.
It’s really no surprise that the EX-TR70 is able to produce images (and selfies) that are significantly much better in quality than those from your smartphone’s front-facing or rear camera. There’s noticeably less noise, the overall image is sharper, brighter, and clearer, while color reproduction is pretty much spot on – definitely much more visually appealing than the appallingly grainy selfies that are plastered all over social media.
Unlike the EX-TR60 (its immediate predecessor), the EX-TR70 is able to apply its beautifying effects onto its video recordings in real time, which it does commendably well. It was able to lock onto our face and enhance it accordingly, despite us moving and bobbing around haphazardly during our mock vlog.
You can transfer the photos and videos that are stored on the EX-TR70 to your smartphone wirelessly through the EXILIM Connect app, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play or the iOS App Store. For convenience’s sake, you can opt to have the EX-TR70 automatically transfer them to your smartphone the instant you capture them, using the EXILIM Auto Transfer feature.
The touch-sensitive ‘Selfie Pad’ on the side of the EXILIM EX-TR70 can be used to toggle various ‘Selfie Art’ filters.