Sony HX9V vs Casio Exilim EX-ZR100

12MP, 12.5 X zoom, 1080, HDR and HDR-ART, 360 degree panorama, PRERECORD CS
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since the Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 is not available yet, here last years dpreview test winner  the Casio FH100 in comparison with the Sony HX9V

Sony HX9V (left) vs Casio FH100 (right)
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Casio 12.1 megapixel EX-ZR100, the new flagship model for the company’s popular EXILIM® family of digital cameras. Blazingly fast, the EX-ZR100 is powered by Casio’s new EXILIM ENGINE HS with dual core processors, which work together to offer consumers a high-speed shooting experience unlike any other. From high-speed image processing to slow-motion video recording, the next generation EXILIM EX-ZR100 represents a dramatic advancement beyond today’s traditional digital cameras. Also joining the EX-ZR100 is the EX-ZR10. Announced at the 2010 Photokina Expo, the EX-ZR10 is the younger sibling of the more advanced EX-ZR100, and will begin shipping in January 2011.

“Casio is continuously pushing the envelope for what’s possible when it comes to digital cameras, and nothing embodies that approach more than the new EX-ZR100,” said Toshi Iguchi, Senior General Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Casio America Inc. “The EX-ZR100 combines our most advanced imaging technologies and is indicative of the level of innovation that consumers can expect from Casio. This is a camera that we’re proud to call our flagship model for 2011.”

High-Speed Processing Power

The EX-ZR100 incorporates a 12.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor which will help users capture high-resolution, low-noise images even in dimly lit environments. The camera also features sensor-shift image stabilization to help reduce the blur associated with hand movement for even better results. The sensor-shift stabilization technology also allows users to capture impressive 1920x1080p full-HD video at 30 frames-per-second (fps) with continuous auto focus. In addition, the EX-ZR100 features a built-in stereo microphone, and even offers users the ability leverage the camera’s full optical zoom and capture digital still images with high-speed burst shooting (10 megapixel), all while recording video.

The camera’s high-performance CMOS sensor is complimented even further by Casio’s advanced EXILIM ENGINE HS with dual core processors, which further enhance the digital imaging experience for consumers. Together, the EXILIM ENGINE HS with dual core processors drive the high-speed capabilities of the EX-ZR100 and are responsible for the camera’s industry leading, .37 second shot-to-shot time, slow-motion video recording as well as high-speed burst shooting. With burst shooting, consumers can capture 30, 10 megapixel images at a maximum speed of 40 shots per second. Adding even more versatility, the EX-ZR100’s Pre‑record Continuous Shutter will begin pre-recording images when the shutter button is pressed halfway, ensuring users will not miss a single critical moment even if they’re a little late in snapping the photo. All photos and video can be reviewed on the camera’s high-resolution three-inch LCD (460k).

Getting Creative

The new EX-ZR100 encompasses a number of unique shooting modes, such as slow-motion video recording, Slide Panorama, and Casio’s HDR-ART technology, which consumers can use to build on their creativity and better express themselves through images. With slow-motion, users can record fast-action events at a maximum speed of 1,000fps (224x64), revealing detail that’s simply too fast for the naked eye to see. Additional high-speed frame rates include 480fps (224x160) and 240fps (432x320).

With Casio’s HDR technology, each press of the shutter button actually takes several shots with different exposures and instantly combines them into a single image with a high dynamic range. This ensures that both light and dark areas are clearly visible in the photograph and that washed out or overly dark areas are minimized. The HDR-ART function uses this HDR technology to create beautifully artistic photographs. It locally controls the contrast and the level of color saturation of the analyzed subject, and achieves the kind of awe-inspiring effects that used to be possible only using dedicated software, all with just one press of the shutter button. The effects of the HDR-ART function can be set at three different processing levels, so now anyone can easily create dramatic, eye-catching HDR images that suit their artistic tastes and are sure to impress.

Users can also get creative with Slide Panorama, which will give them the ability to pan the EX‑ZR100 across a scene, such as an expansive landscape, to capture 360-degree images. Unique about Casio’s Slide Panorama is the fact that the function can detect moving subjects or peoples' faces and will not use these subjects for the combined points. This makes it easy to take more natural panoramic images. The EX-ZR100 also makes using the camera fun thanks to its Dynamic Photo function. With Dynamic Photo, users can combine moving characters preloaded to the camera’s memory, with a still image or movie background of their choice.

Optics That Pack a Punch

Casio’s new flagship EXILIM model doesn’t fail to impress thanks to a robust lens that boasts a powerful 12.5x optical zoom and a focal length of 24mm-300mm (35mm film equivalent). Packed within a compact body that measures under an inch thick (0.95-inches), the ultra‑wide‑angle and telephoto capabilities of the EX-ZR100’s lens will allow users to fit more into the frame or get in close, no matter how near or far they may be. Furthermore, Casio greatly enhances the 12.5x optical zoom of the EX-ZR100 with its Multi Frame SR Zoom technology, which doubles the camera’s zoom to achieve a zoom that’s equivalent to a 25x optical zoom. Far more advanced than traditional digital zooms found on today’s digital cameras, Multi Frame SR Zoom leverages the high-speed processing power of the EXILIM ENGINE HS to capture and combine several images at once to produce a final photo with no loss of image quality.

The Casio EX-ZR10 is available in black and will ship in January 2011 for $249.99

The Casio EX-ZR100 will be available in black and will ship in March 2011 for $299.99

Casio website with more info

EX-ZR100 Specifications
Number of Effective Pixels    12.1 megapixels(/million)
Image Sensor     1/2.3-inch high-speed CMOS(back-illuminated type)
Total Pixels: 12.75 megapixels(/million)
File Format     Still Images: JPEG (Exif Ver2.3), DCF2.0, DPOF
Movies: MOV format, H.264/AVC, IMA-ADPCM (stereo)
Built-in Memory    TBA
Recording Media    SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card compatible
Number of Recorded Pixels    Still Images: 12M(4000x3000), 3:2(4000x2656), 16.9(4000x2240),
10M(3648x2736), 8M(3264x2448), 5M(2560x1920), 3M(2048x1536), VGA(640x480)
Movies: FHD: 1920 x 1080(30fps), STD:640 x 480(30fps)
HS : 224 x 64(1000fps) / 224 x 160(480fps) / 432 x 320(240fps) / 432 x 320(30-240fps)
Recording Capacity    Still Images SD Memory Card 1GB*1: TBA
Movies Recording Time: TBA
Movies SD Memory Card 1GB*1: TBA
High-speed Continuous Shutter    40fps, 30fps, 15fps, 10fps, 5fps, 3fps (10M)
Lens    Construction: 9 lenses in 8 groups, including aspherical lens
F-number: F3.0(W) ~ F5.9(T)
Focal Length: f= 4.24~53.0mm
Focal Length 35mm-Film Equivalent: Approx. 24 ~ 300mm
Zoom Ratio    12.5X optical zoom, 18.8X Single Frame SR Zoom, 25.0X Multi Frame SR Zoom (10M),
4X digital zoom, 199.3X maximum digital zoom (in combination with HD Zoom, VGA size)
Focus    Focus Type: Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Mode: Auto Focus, Macro, Super Macro, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area: Intelligent, Spot, Multi, Tracking
AF Assist Lamp: Yes
Focus Range*2
(From Lens Surface)    Auto Focus: Approx. 2” ~Infinity (W)
Macro: Approx. 0.4” ~ 20” (Fifth step from widest setting)
Super Macro: Approx. 0.4” ~ 20”
Infinity Mode: Infinity
Manual Focus: Approx. 2” ~ Infinity (W)
Exposure    Exposure Metering: Multi pattern, Center Weighted, Spot by CMOS
Exposure Control: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter    CMOS electronic shutter, mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed*3
Auto: 1 ~ 1/2000 second
Aperture Priority AE: 1 ~ 1/2000 second
Shutter Speed Priority AE: 15 ~ 1/2000 second (high-speed continuous shutter: up to 1/40000 second)
Manual Exposure: 15 ~ 1/2000 second (high-speed continuous shutter: up to 1/40000 second)
Aperture*2    F3.0 (W) ~ F7.9 (W)*4
White Balance    Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, Manual WB
ISO Sensitivity (SOS*5)    Still Images: Auto/100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Movies: Auto
Other Functions     CMOS-shift image stabilization, HDR, HDR ART, BEST SHOT, Premium Auto, Still In Movie, Dynamic Photo(Play mode only), Slide Panorama
Self-Timer     10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash    Flash Mode: Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Red eye reduction
Flash Range: TBA
Monitor     3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 460,800 dots (960 x 480)
Timekeeping Function    Date and Time: Recorded with image data
On-image Time Stamp Function: Yes
Auto Calendar: To 2049
World Time: 162 cities in 32 time zones, City name, date, time, summer time
External connection terminal     USB port (Hi-Speed USB compatible) / AV output terminal(NTSC/PAL), HDMI™*6 output(Mini) *7
Microphone     Stereo
Speaker     Monaural
Power Requirement     Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-130)
Battery Life     TBA
Dimensions    W ” H ” D (CIPA Standards): 4.13” x 2.33” x 1.13” (0.95” thick excluding protruding parts)
Weight (CIPA Standards)     Approx. 7.2oz (Including Battery and Memory Card*1) /
Approx. 5.8oz (Excluding Battery and Memory Card)
Bundled Accessories    Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery (NP-130), Lithium Ion Battery Charger (BC-130L), AC Power Cord, USB Cable, AV Cable, Strap, CD-ROM

Specifications subject to change without notice.

When using Panasonic Pro High Speed 1GB SD Memory Card.
Range is affected by optical zoom.
May differ according to camera settings.
ND filter is being used.
SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity
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1080/50i output is not supported for PAL output using an HDMI™.


  1. Do you know if the panorama function can be used with the camera in landscape or portrait position (portrait position for taller images). My Sony lets me set the direction of the slide.

  2. I think this Casio ZR100 may have the potential to be a Panny "TZ/ZS killer" even more so than the travel zoom offerings from Fuji/Canon/Sony.

    From my adventures across the net looking at various pics from all the new flagship travel zooms (those that are out already anyway)... the image quality of the ZR100 is right up there with the best of them and Casio doesn't seem to be quite as aggressive with smearing out details like some others are.

    The Casio looks like it's priced right under that magic $300 mark as well whereas the top end models from Canon, Fuji, Panasonic and Sony are well above that.

    It's an interesting year in travel zooms because it appears to be a much more wide open market, no longer dominated by only Panasonic.

    There's probably a half dozen alternatives now that you could argue are at least as good and probably better when you look at overall factors like price/video/high speed/image quality etc.

    I'm also waiting to see what the Samsung WB700 will be like with its good looking specs but it's a CCD design so in a way I don't think it's really competing fully with the rest of the high speed CMOS travelzoom crowd.

    It taking on the ZS8/TZ18 with its CCD sensor and looking at the specs I'd say the Samsung should be able to compete well... if they can release it before next January.


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