The Casio ZR100 combines a 12.1MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor with 12.5x optical zoom. A Casio revolution? The What Digital Camera Casio EXILIM ZR100 review takes a look…

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Casio EXILIM ZR100

Overall score:85%
Image Quality:85%


  • Close-up macro, ISO 100-400 quality, manual controls


  • Clunky menu system, flash can be obstructed, HDR Art mode


Casio EXILIM ZR100 Review


Price as reviewed:


Value & Verdict

Casio Exilim ZR100 review – Value

Casio products are often well-priced, if not with a tendency to ‘undercut’ the competition in terms of price. Although the ZR100’s suggested retail price is £300 that’s not too bad at all considering all that’s on offer here: 24mm wideangle coupled with 12.5x optical zoom, that new back-illuminated sensor, Full HD movie and high speed shooting.

Weighing the ZR100 up against something like the Fujifilm F550 EXR with its 15x optical zoom and there are a fair number of similarities, including the asking price of both.

Casio Exilim ZR100 review – Verdict

Casio EXILIM ZR100 product shot front angle

The ZR100 is indeed a step forward in Casio’s portfolio. While the company seems to have spent much of its promotional time talking about the HDR Art mode – something we, quite frankly, don’t care for even one little bit – there are loads more top features here that ought to be given far more credit. Although the menu systems are a bit clunky and some options are a little too tucked away, there are far more positives to speak of…

The back-illuminated CMOS sensor produces great images from ISO 100-400 and close-up macro works a treat. Although ISO 800 through to ISO 3200 are much softer the results are better than a number of competitor compacts out there.

The ZR100’s autofocus system is also generally very on the ball and the AF Area modes know which areas of interest to focus on. Add to this manual controls, a reasonable (if not over-compressed) Full HD mode that can utilise all of the 24-300mm (12.5x) optical zoom in real time during recording and there’s very little missing from this release.

If you’re looking to buy a decent compact with a wide ranging zoom for £300 then the Casio ZR100 certainly doesn’t do a bad job and would be worthy of a place on your shortlist.


Weight:Approx. 205 g (Including Battery and Memory Card)
Other:Sensor-shift image stabilisation, high speed continuous shutter (40fps, 30fps, 15fps, 10fps, 5fps, 3fps @ 10MP), HDR function, manual control
Power:Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-130)
Dimensions:104.8 x 59.1 x 28.6 mm
Memory Card:SD / SDHC / SDXC
Connectivity:USB, AV out, mini HDMI out
White Balance:Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, Manual WB
Flash Modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Red eye reduction
ISO Range:100-3200
Metering System:Multi pattern, Center Weighted, Spot by CMOS
Exposure Modes:M, S, A, HDR Art, HDR, Single Shot, Premium Auto, Best Shot, Panorama, Best Selection
Shutter Speeds:15-1/2000th sec
Sensor:12.1MP, 1/2.3in size back-illuminated CMOS
Lens:12.5x optical zoom; 24-300mm equivalent
File Formats:JPEG, MOV (movies)
LCD:3in, 460k-dot LCD
  1. 1. Casio Exilim ZR100 review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value & Verdict
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