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Casio Exilim EX-Z1050
Being an ultra-compact, the Z1050 is easily pocketable, considering its small size of 91 x 57 x 24 mm. The lithium-ion battery keeps the weight light at 165 g.
The overall look of the camera is quite simple and minimalistic – just a few basic buttons to get the job done. Thanks to simple and intuitive menu system, functioning stays quick and spiffy.
The camera's default image aspect ratio is 4:3 (in 10.1 megapixels) but as you go down in image size, you also get to select resolutions of 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios. Even under sharp outdoor lighting, the display is clearly visible.
A unique feature in the Z1050 is its high-speed continuous shooting mode, where it shoots at 7 frames per second – higher than most consumer cameras can normally achieve. The best part is that the number of shots you take in continuous mode is only limited by your memory card capacity.
The only drawback is that the images shot are at 2 megapixels, but then again, shooting at that speed at full resolution is practically impossible.
The other feature, which is not so unique, is the Best Shot (BS) mode, which is basically scene selection mode. The Exilim series has always had some intuitive BS modes like Autumn Leaves, Soft Flowing Water, Backlight and Retro, along with the standard Portrait, Landscape, etc.
But how well these modes affect the actual picture quality can only be seen in the performance tests.
The first thing I noticed about the camera was its speed. It started in approximately 2 seconds, took 2 seconds between consecutive shots (without flash, at full resolution), and also 2 seconds to shut down. These speeds are pretty good by any standards for a compact consumer digicam.
It was the image quality that completely took me by surprise, in a good way. The overall detail level was absolutely brilliant in all the images, with every minute speck appearing in perfect clarity. In fact, the biggest advantage of having a high megapixel camera is the freedom to crop up to any part of the image and still have that part in a decent resolution.
Unfortunately most cameras don't produce the minute details too well, leaving images looking smudged at full resolution. But you don't need to have any such compunctions with the Z1050 – so crop away!
The colors were reproduced with perfect saturation levels. Not too bright, and not too dull either.
One thing you need to keep in mind is to avoid shooting in higher ISO settings, which tends to reduce the image quality. Fortunately the camera allows you to compensate for low light using a higher shutter speed, through its scene modes, which can give crisp night shots like the one below.
The battery lasted for a good 100+ shots, in a mix of with flash and without.
Without a doubt, the Casio Exilim EX-Z1050 is one of the better ultra-compact cameras in the market, and its price of Rs 17,000 makes it even more attractive. It may be small in size, but is one hell of a performer. Just steer clear of its higher ISO settings and you'll see your images shine. Very highly recommended!
|Dimensions||91 x 57 x 24 mm|
|Storage||SD/MMC/SDHC card + Internal|
|LCD Type||2.6", 115,000 pixels|
|Effective Pixels||10.1 Megapixel|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, (up to 800 with limitations)|
|Shutter Speed||4-1/2000 sec|
|Aperture||F2.8 - F5.4|
|Scene Modes||Yes |
6 positions plus manual
|Flash||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction|
|Self Timer||2-10 secs|
|Video Resolution||800 x 592 @ 30fps|
|Street Price||Rs 17,000|