CES 2012: Casio stand report

Casio is another one of the larger stands in the Central Hall, presenting a wide variety of product categories at CES. Nevertheless imaging has a fairly prominent position among the watches and other digital products. The company's latest compact cameras can be looked at and tested while product presentations are going on on the stage in the background. The 'Imaging Square' web community which allows you to manipulate and share images is also being demoed.

The Casio stand has a prominent location in the Central Hall Product presentations are being held on a stage and big screen.
The 12.5x zoom flagship compact EX-ZR200 has now been released beyond Japan  
The 16MP, 12.5x zoom EX-SZ150 is very similar to the flagship ZR200 but offers a CCD chip instead of CMOS. The 16MP, 6x zoom EX-ZS20
EX-ZS12, 16MP and 5x zoom EX-ZS6, 16MP and 5x zoom


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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Jan 14, 2012)

I'm waiting for a day when Casio will introduce an interchangeable lens camera system of their own. It's a trend, right?
Then the confusion on the market will reach the state of confusion visible in the pan with cooking hot ratatouille.

By PolarHki (Jan 14, 2012)

Yes, I'd also like to see a report about Pentax / Ricoh!

By Drofnad (Jan 13, 2012)

Pentax Ricoh is listed as an exhibitor (yea!). [Google]


By TxCamFan (Jan 13, 2012)

Does Ricoh have a stand at CES? Please post something from there too.

By Neodp (Jan 13, 2012)

Obviously, Casio does not take photography seriously. They're Just fishing for uninformed buyers. How's that working for you Casio?

Can we please, just make a better camera. People, please don't buy poor performing cameras. Maybe they will catch a clue.

Thank you DPR.

By ThePhilips (Jan 14, 2012)

I'm no expert in P&S, but many of my colleagues just last spring have gathered their experience with the P&S cameras (and tried many brands and types in the office) and pretty much unanimously declared the Casio Exlim best camera for vacation at around 100€.

And the 100€ as they all have said is the limit for the vacation cameras, because they are lost and stolen very often.

Frankly, I would rather trust bunch of literally photo n00bs who (admit the n00bness but) tried the cameras and reasoned for their choice - rather than a comment troll who claims that only "uninformed buyers" have them.

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By NotSteve (Jan 14, 2012)

My perspective on point and shoot cameras is as another photographic tool, like a wide angle or long telephoto lens for a DSLR, one of their prime advantages being compactness. I went without a digital camera for about 5 years because there was not something in the price range and with the feature set I required. Looking at the market, I could see different makes had their strengths and weaknesses. In the end, I ended up with a Finepix 70EXR, before then getting a DSLR. Having informed myself of the what is out there, I can tell you that one of the advantages of Casio point and shoots was that they were amongst the first manufacturers to use CMOS sensors, not CCD. This enabled ultra high speed shooting in their cameras several years ago, that others are catching up to just recently. Otherwise, if you read the reviews, their cameras are competitive with others makes.

So, yes, in a way you have confirmed your own point of the necessity to be an informed person.

By MonkRX (Jan 14, 2012)

Casio was a strong force in the early digital era. Unfortunately, their class leading performance has diminished, with their last strong performers being the Z-750, Z-850, and P700 (easily besting the best of the best Canon/Nikon/etc had at the time).

While their current flagships aren't the pinnacle of "performance", they're still some of the best photographic tools around. What Casio has learned from being the market leader has carried onto these new cameras.

Casio's have extremely simple, fast, and intuitive menu/interfaces. Easy access and extremely fine control of commonly used features and uncommonly used features. (Such as a per-setting option to memorize the last known setting, from Flash mode, WB, Zoom setting, AF, shoot mode, etc).

Casio's also have extremely good white balancing. Canon is still very, very poor in this department. Casio excels in tough artifical lighting, from poor green/pink colored florescent, or low CRI orange stage lights.

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By MonkRX (Jan 14, 2012)

Auto exposure is almost always spot on, often better than the other Sony/Canon compacts that I've used in the past. The only thing lacking is per-pixel sharpness.

And frankly, that's the last thing I look for in a point and shoot. Those 16MP in Casio's flagship are going to be resized into 60KB 960x720 facebook images for most, and at best, a nice 4 x 6 image. For most people, the Casio will provide the best results and the ease of use for its target audience.

It just no longer has class leading sharpness, which is currently a very overrated form of measuring performance. (The general excuse is that any other color or slight exposure abnormalities can be fixed in post - something most people don't want/have time to do).

By keeponkeepingon (Jan 13, 2012)

Caption on the EX-ZS150 reads EX-SZ150

Is their any difference with the ZR200 besides the CCD sensor?

Richard Shih
By Richard Shih (Jan 13, 2012)

Thanks for pointing out those typos. I've made the appropriate changes.

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