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Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 Review Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 7.63 (out of 10)
Review: "First thing first, the EX-Z1000 doesn't manipulate megapixel count using interpolation; it is capable of capturing 10.1 million pixels per shot. Prior to the arrival of the EX-Z1000 however, only high-end DSLR and prosumer cameras like the Nikon D200 and Sony R1 are endowed with 10.0-megapixel image sensors. Suffice to say, the EX-Z1000 is the first ultra compact camera to pack an image sensor of equivalent caliber.

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. But with a suggested retail price of US$399.99, the EX-Z1000 is clearly a quality digital compact that's also value for money."

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Digital Camera Info 10.00  07-27-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Casio's parade of metal-clad, ultra-compact snapshot cameras in the Exilim line has culminated in the Exilim EX-Z1000, a 10.1-megapixel mite of a camera. It has a higher pixel count than many professional cameras, but no manual exposure modes and a modest 3x zoom range. With a suggested list price of $399, it's not the cheapest ultra-compact around - that resolution comes at a price. The question is: does 10.1-megapixel resolution benefit pocket-camera users?

We're supposed to be amazed that Casio is releasing a 10.1 megapixel camera with a list price of $399.99. We are amazed, but not in a pleasant way. The Z1000's resolution is pretty much a waste - its image quality simply doesn't justify it. Its lack of manual controls means that users can't shoot carefully with the Z1000."

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Pocket-Lint 9.00  08-24-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The Casio EX-Z1000 is a remarkable-looking little camera that proves Casio can create stylish and pocketable digital cameras with the best of them. The headline-grabbing feature is surely the 10.1-megapixel top resolution setting with all those pixels crammed into a 1/1.8-inch sensor.

This camera should have a lower resolution, say (the almost defacto) 6-megapixel resolution of most of its competitors. The race for bigger numbers has actually reduced the quality of the end result."

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Digital Trends 8.50  07-14-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Casio is known for ultra skinny digicams like the Exilim Card series such as the EX-S600. This 6MP digicam measures 3.54 x 2.52 x .63 (WHD, in inches), weighs 4.1 ounces without battery, has a 3x optical zoom and a 2.2-inch LCD. The EX-Z1000 is 3.62 x 2.3 x .88 and weighs 4.9 ounces. This is a long way of saying the 10.1MP Exilim is very compact and won’t break your back. In fact, I popped it into my pocket during my trek to the wilds of Alaska while trying out the Sony DSLR-A100 just to see how the two 10MP imaging devices compared

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this new 10MP point-and-shoot digicam. I really didn’t like the Casio EX-S500 but this digicam is definitely a shooter of a different color. The EX-Z1000 has a nice feel, superb onscreen menus, is simple to use and it takes good -not great - photos. I recommend it, especially if you can get it for around $350."

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CNET Reviews 8.00  07-12-06 Read Full Review
Review: "A 10-megapixel follow up to the 8-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z850, the Exilim EX-Z1000 is more than just a resolution bump in Casio's Exilim Z-series compact cameras. It's more of a fork in the road; for about the same price, the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 forgoes the optical viewfinder, the manual exposure controls, and the shooting flexibility of the EX-Z850 in favor of a 16:9-aspect, a 2.8-inch LCD and a more refined interface.

A slim design and an easy-to-use interface make the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 appealing, but its overprocessed images and mixed performance depress its overall value. It's a nice camera, but it doesn't sufficiently distinguish itself from the rest of a class, which includes star pupils such as the Canon PowerShot SD630 and the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-T30."

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Digital Camera 8.00  12-28-06 Read Full Review
Review: "When the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 was announced in April of 2006, it was the world's first ten megapixel compact camera. It seemed like only yesterday when the one megapixel barrier had been broken, and now there was an inexpensive little point & shooter that had TEN. Did Casio set the world aflame with this impressive feat? I mean, 10 megapixel is surely a milestone, a nice round number, and an incredible accomplishment. And Casio has always had a flare for creating jewel-like marvels that people loved simply because they looked so sleek and sexy.

...The good news is that because of that, the Z1000 is amazingly affordable, and you do get a lot for your money. It's not the instant conversation piece the sexy S600 and S770 are, unless you run into techies who appreciate the ultra-high resolution. But you do get that terrific resolution that lets you crop to your heart's content and always end up with plenty enough pixels..."

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Imaging-Resource 8.00  10-21-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Just when you thought the megapixel war was over, the Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z1000 offers a whopping 10 megapixel resolution from a 1/1.8"-type CCD sensor, coupled to Casio's proprietary EXILIM Engine image processor. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 400 equivalent by default, with the ability to extend to ISO 800 in "Anti-Shake" mode.

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."

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Trusted Reviews 7.50  07-19-06 Read Full Review
Review: "It seems to have become a habit for some people to start off any review of a Casio digital camera with a humorous quip about pocket calculators and cheap digital watches. It's as though the very idea of Casio making cameras is slightly comical, like a dog performing an amusing trick. I'm not sure if this betrays a somewhat immature sense of humour or a total ignorance of the digital camera industry, because the truth is that Casio has been making digital cameras since the early 1990s, longer than any other manufacturer except Sony and Kodak. Casio's current range ranks among the very best on the market, surpassing most others for build and picture quality, performance, ease of use and value for money.

With such an exemplary pedigree, it should come as no surprise that Casio is the first company to launch a compact camera boasting a massive 10.1 megapixel CCD, equal in resolution to a mid-level digital SLR. At the time of writing, the Exilim EX-Z1000 is currently the most powerful digital compact camera in the world.

Despite, and not because of, the megapixel willy-waving, the EX-Z1000 is a superb camera. It possesses first class build quality, brisk performance, outstanding image quality and an innovative and easy-to-use control system that makes it ideal for a first-time user. As to whether you really need 10 megapixels, only you can decide."

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LetsGoDigital 7.37  05-22-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The Casio EX-Z1000 is the first in the series to incorporate a large 2.8 inch, Wide and Bright LCD display. Casio makes the most of this extra screen space to offer great new functions like simultaneous viewing of a wide angle and a telephoto shot, and a convenient right-side set of icon controls. The Casio Exilim Z1000 has an effective 10.1 million pixels, powered by a large 1/1.8-inch format, high-resolution CCD.

The optical quality of the zoom lens is superb. There is hardly any distortion, and even the chromatic aberration is barely visible. A pity, however, that Casio have failed to equip the camera with a wide-angle of 28mm. The white balance produces excellent results."

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Digital Camera Review 6.00  06-29-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Despite the calls that declare the megapixel war over, Casio decides to thumb their nose at the rest of the industry by rolling out the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000. The Z1000 captures images at 10.1 megapixels with a 3x optical zoom, and a 2.8 inch, wide LCD. The stylish, pocketable camera is easy to use and provides good image quality, especially outdoors.

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."

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Photography Blog 4.67  07-10-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 is one of the very few compact digital cameras currently available which offers 10 megapixels. Recently 6 megapixels seems to have become the de facto standard for a lot of newer models, but Casio have decided to buck the trend and squeeze 10 megapixels onto the EX-Z1000's 1/1.8 inch sensor.

The Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 is a frustrating camera. It is one of the best-built, well thought-out, feature-rich and quick compact digital cameras that I've ever reviewed. On the other hand, the 10 megapixel sensor is a liability, producing images that look good at first glance, but which upon closer inspection suffer from noise at ISO 200 and faster, purple fringing in many shots, including situations where you wouldn't expect to find it, and almost completely ineffective anti-shake and high-sensitivity modes."

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DigiCam Review -----  08-27-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Announced on the 26th of April 2006, the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 is an ultra-compact 10 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a large widescreen 2.8" screen. The camera is one of the first compact 10 megapixel digital cameras available, it is also one of the only digital cameras available with a 2.8" widescreen. The 3x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 38 - 114mm on a 35mm camera.

The camera's image quality is somewhat disappointing - the camera has 10 megapixels which means you should get a lot of detail - however you generally don't get a lot of detail and I couldn't see that the results were any better than a good 6, 7 or 8 megapixel digital camera. Even at ISO50 when noise should be at it's lowest, and detail at it's highest - detail is lacking and images are generally soft. When the ISO setting increases noise is visible in large blotchy dots and image quality deteriorates and there is even less detail."

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DPReview -----  09-18-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Announced back in April, the Casio EX-Z1000 was the first compact to break the 10 megapixel barrier, though it was soon followed by a cascade of models featuring what we presume to be the same (Sony) 10.3MP 1/1.8-inch CCD sensor. Headline-grabbing double digit pixel count aside this is pretty standard Exilim fayre; friendly operation and ease of use, 3x optical zoom and stylish, slim, all-metal body. The 2.8-inch 16:9 aspect ratio wide screen LCD is unusual, but at its heart this is a point-and-shoot model in the truest sense, albeit one with more than a dash of style. So is the EX-Z1000 a giant leap forward or a simple case of a megapixel too far?

The EX-Z1000 is a very easy camera to like; it's fast and responsive in use, user friendly and stylish, and capable of stunning results at low ISO settings. It also has one of the best screens on the market and a well-designed interface and control system. But it's far from perfect; the poor high ISO performance is disappointing (though with files this big you might not be that bothered for small prints) and using the long end of the zoom in anything but very good light results in more focus errors than we'd like to see and an ever-present risk of camera shake."
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ePhotoZine -----  07-06-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Just as everyone thought the megapixel race was over, Casio releases the Exilim EX-Z1000 sporting a 10 megapixel sensor. In this review, Gary Wolstenholme takes a look at whether having all those extra pixels really does lead to better quality pictures.

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."

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Megapixel.net -----  03-19-07 Read Full Review
Review: "Casio packs a 10.1-megapixel CCD, a 3X optical zoom, and a 2.8-inch LCD monitor into the Exilim EX-Z1000, a camera with a size comparable to a deck of playing cards. Clad front and back in a metallic skin, the EX-Z1000 is a sharp-looking camera.

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..."

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