Casio EX-ZR10 Review

4.0
February 11, 2011 | Gavin Stoker |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 12 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 4Mb.

Image wise the EX-ZR10 is a bit of mixed bag. Pictures have an overly digital 'processed' look on occasion, results from the 'extended' zoom merely resemble the softened low res offerings that come from use of a digital zoom, whilst familiar bugbears like a loss of definition towards the corners of the frame when shooting at maximum wide angle, and pixel fringing between areas of contrast, rear their head.

Unfortunately this means that there's a lack of consistency there that, whilst fine for occasional snaps, doesn't make the ZR10 the most able tool if all you want to do is point and shoot and let the camera do its best - or are going on that onetime-only trip of a lifetime.

Colours, this being a Casio, do however look particularly vibrant, punchy and lush if there's plenty of available light, so on that score at least there's a chance to make your friends and neighbours jealous on your return from tropical climes.

In terms of low light ISO performance, the ZR10 is actually pretty impressive. Even at ISO1600 we're not getting much in the way of serious noise, images looking as clean - and in fact clearer - when viewed full size as some rivals manage at ISO800. Even if detail has inevitably softened further when we move up the scale to ISO3200, we'd argue this setting is still perfectly usable, as hopefully our test samples indicate.

So, to sum up, better than expected in low light and the HDR effects are fun, but disappointing loss of focus toward the edges when shooting at maximum wideangle.

Noise

There are 6 ISO settings available on the Casio EX-ZR10. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Casio EX-ZR10 kept chromatic aberrations largely under control during the review, with some purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Casio EX-ZR10 offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 2cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Casio EX-ZR10 are Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Soft Flash, and Red Eye Reduction. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (196mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (196mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. Both the Auto setting or the Red Eye Reduction option caused a tiny amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Correction

Red-eye Correction (100% Crop)

Night

The Casio EX-ZR10's maximum shutter speed is 4 seconds in the Night scene mode, which isn't good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1/60 second at ISO 250. I've included a 100% crop of the image to show what the quality is like.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

Panorama

The Casio EX-ZR10 allows you to capture 360 degree panoramas.

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