Casio Exilim EX-Z1000

Last Updated: Review & Sample Photos @ Megapixel (added on 16 Marc’07)

Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 (announced on 26.04.06) is the world’s first 10.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera powered by a large 1/1.8 inch format, high resolution CCD. The camera featuring a 3x optical zoom, and a 2.8-inch LCD screen. It’s measuring 3.62″ (W) x 2.30″ (H) x .88″ (D), weighing approximately 4.9 oz and running on Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-40). The Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 is expected to be available in June 2006 at an MSRP of $399.

Casio Exilim Z1000

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 16.03.07)

Megapixel reviews the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 (rating: 8/10) and writes;
“With a 10.1 megapixel resolution, and a good image quality, the Casio EX-Z1000 offers a great deal of imaging power in a small and compact package. It is, however, a point and shoot camera and this imposes some clear limitations. While standard snapshots are well within the camera’s capabilities, more advanced photography such as night shots are pushing the envelope. Therefore, anyone considering the EX-Z1000 as a primary camera will be well-served by determining their own needs, and comparing them to the camera’s capabilities.”

ImagingResource reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“It was easy to make friends with the Casio EX-Z1000. Auto mode with its 16:9 aspect ratio made composing shots fun. The quick startup and shutdown made it convenient to use, never worrying about missing a shot because it would take too long to turn on the camera. The Casio EX-Z1000′s 3x zoom was a disappointment, if only because we’ve been playing with longer zooms lately. But the digital zoom does compensate for that, relying on the 10 megapixel sensor to deliver enough resolution without degrading image quality. Even with the larger sensor real estate to populate with 10 megapixel of sensor sites, the Casio EX-Z1000 did capture noisy images. But the noise resembled film grain rather than the colorless confusion of some high ISO sensors. Turn off Anti Shake if it bothers you. In all the categories that matter, the Casio EX-Z1000 scored well. And where it didn’t score well, there are convenient workarounds. Those are the kind of tradeoffs we like to see in a digicam. This is a very well-designed, capable camera, certainly worthy of a Dave’s Pick.”

DigicamReview reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“The Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 is an ultra-compact digital camera with a 10 megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a large 2.8″ screen. The camera provides speedy performance, a lot of user friendly controls and options, and a compact, stylish metal body. Images provide good colour and exposure, but unfortunately lack detail and suffer from excessive noise. The anti-shake mode(s) add even more noise and further degrade image quality. As one of the most compact, highest megapixel digital cameras currently available, the low price makes this model tempting, however I would personally recommend a different camera, as this model’s image quality severely counteracts the benefits of the 10 megapixel sensor. It’s a shame, as this is a very enjoyable camera to use.”

Pocket-Lint reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“..So, the controls are great and the handling is a great in terms of responsiveness too. The camera fires up and can start snapping in well under a second, the lens zoom is fast while moving in and out to the extremes of the 35-114mm zoom range. Moreover, a Snap Shot mode allows you to shoot within 0.002-second, by deactivating the nine-zone (or spot) AF set up, making shutter lag negligible. In short, using the Z1000 is great overall and the combination of build and handling make it very satisfying indeed….”

CamerasUK reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“I have always felt that Casio digital cameras were straightforward and easy. With the Exilim EX-Z1000 I think Casio have in fact improved this area further. They have achieved this by adding a number of key menu options down the right hand side of the LCD screen. If you do not want them there it is possible to stop them from being displayed. This innovation makes it very easy to find and amend a setting. I like this idea. When you do need to dip into the menu system it is well presented and simple to use.”

DigitalCameraInfo reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“What users hate most about digital cameras is the lag between the moment they press the shutter and the moment the camera gets around to actually taking the picture. Our consistent result with this Exilim was 0.18 seconds, which is much better than those of most competing cameras. It’s not as good as the hulking DSLRs that the pros use to photograph sports, but it’s noticeably better than many small cameras.”

TrustedReviews reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“Focusing is quick and exposure nice and accurate even in difficult conditions, and the image processing engine produces excellent colour rendition in standard snapshot mode. Noise is very well controlled at 50 and 100 ISO, although there is some unobtrusive mid-tone noise at 200 ISO, which becomes more visible at 400. 800 and 3200 ISO are also available in Anti Shake and High Speed modes, but the former suffers badly from image noise, while the latter suffers from the over-application of noise reduction.”

CNET reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“The EX-Z1000 produced attractive images of well-lit subjects, but we saw no benefit to the extra resolution. In part, that’s because the camera tended to overprocess its photos, resulting in compression artifacts and soft details. Our test shots were virtually noise-free up to ISO 200, though the ISO 400 setting produced a marked amount of fuzziness and grain. Low-light shots disappointed, with fuzzy details and large amounts of noise.

PhotographyBlog reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“The Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 produced images of below average quality during the review period. The 10 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting of 0 and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can increase the in-camera sharpening level. The Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 dealt poorly with chromatic aberrations, with limited purple fringing appearing in quite a lot of the review test shots. Macro performance is average, allowing you to focus as close as 6cms away from the subject. The built-in flash worked quite well indoors, with no red-eye and fairly good overall exposure, although the maximum range of 1.9m at the telephoto setting is disappointing.

ePhotozine reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“Ergonomically, the EX-Z1000 is a great camera. The controls are well laid-out plus the camera is quick and responsive. Unfortunately I am less impressed with the images produced by this camera, especially as the 10 megapixel resolution is one of the major selling points of this camera. Noise at high sensitivities and sharpening artefacts detract from what should be a fantastic camera on paper.”

DigitalCameraReview reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“As far as image quality, the Z1000 has some good and some not so good. I was not impressed with image results on indoor shots. The biggest culprit was noise. Even at low sensitivities, the flash is not intense enough to handle even a smallish room. “

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“The overall image quality of its 10m Fine images was very good. The majority of our outdoor samples are sharp with pleasing color saturation and exposure. I did notice a bit of edge softness, but this is a very common issue with consumer models…With robust performance, great image quality, and loads of easy to use exposure modes, this model will make a great choice for anyone in the market for an “ultra-compact” consumer model. “

CNET reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“It took only 1.6 seconds to power up this Exilim and shutting it down is just as fast. We clocked the time-to-first-shot at 2 seconds and managed to shoot thereafter every 2.1 seconds without flash. With forced flash, shot-to-shot timings faltered to 4.9 seconds; with red-eye reduction, it was every 5.4 seconds. Shutter lag was close to negligible during our tests. Image quality was generally good and, in fact, better than what we had expected. Chromatic aberration was kept to a minimal though we did lose some details in the highlights. We selected automatic white balance for most of our shots and it was able to detect and produce neutral tones in our images.”

HardwareZone reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“On the whole, we were very impressed with the level of details and color reproduction shown by the new Casio EX-Z1000. In most cases, images came out very well, especially so for night shots. As for day pictures, color reproduction was slightly warmer, which may or may not suit the preference of everyone. “

Let’sGoDigital reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 and wrote;
“The camera is equipped with many innovative functions, is economical with its energy, shows an excellent image quality, and is packaged in a high-quality stainless steel housing. In our opinion, the fact that this camera offers 10 Megapixels is not necessarily its main asset; after all, the Casio Exilim EX Z1000 camera already has sufficient potential in itself to seize a market share. Those who are looking for a digital camera, and are open to an abundance of handy and creative functionalities, should definitely take a closer look at the Casio Exilim EX Z1000″

Casio EXILIM EX-Z1000 User Opinions

>> SAMPLE PICTURES (last updated: 16.03.07)

- Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 Sample Photos posted @ Megapixel
- Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 Sample Photos posted @ ImagingResource
- Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 Sample Photos posted @ DigicamReview
- Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 Sample Photos posted @ CamerasUK
- Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 Sample Photos posted @ PhotographyBlog
- Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 Sample Photos posted @ Steve’sDigicams

>> PRESS RELEASE

CASIO ELECTRONICS CO. LTD., and its parent company, CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD., have announced the release of the EX-Z1000, the latest exciting addition to CASIO’s stylish series of EXILIM ZOOM digital cameras. The EX-Z1000 captures images of remarkable quality for its very compact size, and its new wide-format Super Bright LCD display gives users the power to enjoy instant, high-impact images of their shots.

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