Casio Exilim Card EX-S100
Review Date: February 28th 2005
The Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 has a 3.34 megapixel, 1/3.2 inch CCD that delivers 3.2 effective megapixels. The camera's 2.8x optical zoom lens is equivalent to a 36-102 mm lens on a 35mm format camera. There is also a 4x digital zoom available. There are 5 image sizes (2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360 (3:2), 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480 pixels ) which are recorded as JPEGs in one of 3 image quality settings (Fine / Normal / Economy). The EX-S100 supports SD and MMC memory cards and there is also 9.3MB of built-in memory.
The Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 has one exposure metering option, Multi-pattern. It offers exposure compensation in ± 2 in 1/3 EV stops. There are a number of different focusing modes available (Contrast AF (selectable between spot, 7 point multi), Macro, Auto macro, Pan focus, Infinity, Manual and Focus lock). The Macro setting allows you to focus on subjects that are as close as 17cms. The built-in flash offers a range of different modes; Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction.
There are no less than 23 different scene modes available! The aperture range starts at F4.0 at the wide-angle setting and F6.6 at telephoto. The shutter speed range is 4 secs. – 1/2000 sec. There are 4 ISO speeds ranging from 50 to 400 and an Auto option. There are 6 different White Balance presets to choose from plus Auto and Manual settings.
To compose your images, you can use the LCD monitor - there is no optical viewfinder. The Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 has a 2-inch digital TFT colour LCD with 84,960 pixels. The Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 can record movies with sound at 1 different size, 320 x 240 pixels. Movies are recorded in the AVI (Motion JPEG) format. You can also record voice memos in the WAVE format.
The Casio Exilim Card EX-S100's dimensions are 88mm (W) x 57mm (H) x 16.7mm (D), and it weighs 113g without the battery and storage card fitted. The camera is powered by Casio's proprietary rechargable lithium-ion battery. There is a metal tripod mount in the left of the bottom of the camera. The PC interface is USB 1.0 (via the supplied cradle). There are no NTSC / PAL AV outputs, so you can't connect the EX-Z55 to your TV. Printouts can be made without going through a computer, though, by directly connecting the Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 to a PictBridge-compliant printer.
Finally, the standard box kit contains a USB cradle, Proprietary rechargable lithium-ion battery, USB cable, Wrist strap, User's quick reference guide and a CD-ROM. You will need to buy some SD memory cards as Casio don't supply one with the Casio Exilim Card EX-S100.
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