SELFIE CON­NOIS­SEUR

Ca­sio EXILIM EX-TR70

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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

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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.

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The touch-sen­si­tive ‘Selfie Pad’ on the side of the EXILIM EX-TR70 can be used to tog­gle var­i­ous ‘Selfie Art’ fil­ters.

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