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Casio Japan announces Exilim EX-ZR300 high-speed compact camera

By dpreview staff on May 22, 2012 at 22:27 GMT

Casio Japan has announced the Exilim EX-ZR300, a high-speed CMOS-based 16MP 12.5x zoom compact. The ZR300 features a 24-300mm equivalent zoom and dual 'Exilim Engine HS' processors to offer autofocus in as little as 0.12sec and start-up in under 1 sec. It can shoot 1080p video at 30fps or 640x480 video at up to 120 fps. The ZR300 promises battery life of around 500 shots per charge. It is one of the first cameras to support Toshiba's Flash Air wireless SD card format. No details of a US or European launch are yet available. (From DCWatch)

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Ian PARIS
By Ian PARIS (Aug 31, 2012)

Bought the ZR200 before summer.
What's the word beyond enthusisast ?!
It's already extremely reactive,
Lots of relevant creatvie programms,
Among which a superb HDR mode.
Autonomy is insane.
Image quality is fine for a compact camera.
I will certainly shift to the 300.

Today, I sometimes forget my GSM, never my ZR200...

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Stungun
By Stungun (Jun 9, 2012)

I had the FH100 and liked it a lot, so two weeks ago I found a cheap ZR100 and since I needed a pocket camera to replace a Sony HX9 I decided to give it a try. What an extraordinary camera ! Much better than FH100
The multi shot zoom mode is amazing, art HDR fantastic, really usefull best shot modes with multi shot technology that enhances low light. Stabilization is not the best but the camera is so fast that multi shot compensates for it, but stabilization improvements would be welcome.
When used in M mode with the excellent flash it really shines, and along with the very fast focus produced easily some of the best macros of my 40 years of photography, It's also very good for portraits and photos are full of details of skin and hair. Low light high ISO could be better but since I always carry a Fuji X10 that's not a big issue for me, but that's the weak point, other than that , extraordinary. Flickr has wonderfull examples. I would like to buy the ZR300 but where in USA ?

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Macro Minded
By Macro Minded (Jun 4, 2012)

I have a keen interest in Casio. I bought a new Exilim FH-20 on Amazon for about $250, and sold it less than a year later on eBay for about $430. Must have become a cult camera for sports shooters.

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z909
By z909 (Jun 2, 2012)

Just another compact superzoom?

I agree it would be nice to see a high quality large sensor compact, with just a bit more zoom range than the Canon S100.

If this Casio fires up, focusses and shoots quickly, it might just have one significant advantage.

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (May 29, 2012)

It's disappoining that casio has given up on the high end american market. Once they had class leading cameras such as the EX-Z750/850, FH100, FX1. Today they flood the U.S. market with "me too" point and shoots and fashion accessories such as the tryx.

The ZR100 was pretty bad, but we never got try out the ZR200 and I doubt we will ever see the ZR300.

I've given up on casio (ZR750/850, P505, Z80, ZR100 owner) but I really wish someone would copy some of their features.

I love the past movie mode, also called prerecorded video, and have yet to find anything to replace it. Smugmug's camera app has tried to copy it, but I wish other vendors would too. It's the only reason I've purchased my last two casio's and put up with their shortcomings.

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Oltenus
By Oltenus (May 23, 2012)

No so many improvements in ZR300 !!!! Only the slow speed is better (15 seconds and no 8 seconds like the ZR100). Or maybe the quality of the image above 800-1600 ISO. Whait and see !!!

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ARTASHES
By ARTASHES (May 23, 2012)

It's only need to have FH100's JPEG and EX-z850 colors !!!

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Rachotilko
By Rachotilko (May 23, 2012)

12MP on 1/1.6" CMOS

That's what I want, oh, yeah
that's what I want.

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ARTASHES
By ARTASHES (May 23, 2012)

Canon S100 1/1.7 CMOS

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Rachotilko
By Rachotilko (May 23, 2012)

Is that not a bit sad that we have 3 cameras with this spec (Canon S100 and Fujis X-10 & X-S1). But there is an absurd number of cameras with 1/2.3 sensor with 16MPix, slooow and low-quality lens ?

Oh yes, and one can have a fast lensed mirrorless for only $1500.

What a brave new world !

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derfla1949
By derfla1949 (May 23, 2012)

Casio once built the Exilim Z850, still one of the best compacts P&S. It had a bigger sensor than the 1/2,3 of today. Unfortunately, the electronic and mechanical build quality have not been so very superb, so most used cameras on the market are defective.

As far as IQ and in particular color rendition is concerned, it was just excellent. Superior not only to other compacts, but also to some higher level products, for example, the Panasonic Lumix L3 and L5.
This know how is still present in Casio.

I hope Casio will return to a somewhat bigger sensor size, and lower the pixel count.

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mhike
By mhike (May 23, 2012)

Casio's compacts have traditionally been quite underrated and high on performance compared to many others. I just wished they'd stop stuffing MP on tiny sensors, just like everyone else.

Perhaps return to using larger sensors, like they did in the past.

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derfla1949
By derfla1949 (May 23, 2012)

Fully agreed!

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ARTASHES
By ARTASHES (May 23, 2012)

Well EX-Z750/850 with 1/1.8 CCD suffered from lot of noise above 200 ISO but then that was the most responsive P&S cameras I ever hold

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Desert Cruiser
By Desert Cruiser (May 23, 2012)

Casio made some nice cameras in the early days of digital. One thing I always liked was their voice recording ability, like having a tape recorder with you at all times that would fit in your pocket. They made some nice cameras back then.

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Archiver
By Archiver (May 23, 2012)

I wholeheartedly agree. The Z750's audio recording function was a godsend on many an occasion. That, along with the compact size, decent image quality and unlimited mpeg4 movie mode, made me keep it on my belt for years.

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wkay
By wkay (May 23, 2012)

whoopee as Casio has apparently exited the US market. EX-ZR200 never even made it here!

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (May 23, 2012)

yay?

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westcoastmatt
By westcoastmatt (May 23, 2012)

The FlashAir article here on DPreview suggests that FlashAir cards would be available in February. Other articles suggested the same. A quick search for "flashair" on amazon.com however didn't provide any results.

Does anyone know if cards are actually available in North America yet? Or when they will be?

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atetuna
By atetuna (May 23, 2012)

Not as high speed as some of their older cameras, but at least it has good battery life.

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Gesture
By Gesture (May 22, 2012)

I would like to see Casio join micro 4/3rds group to offer a more compelling product line. Otherwise, it's WiFi enabled cameras and weather-resistant cameras, but others are pushing ahead there. Owner of a QV-4000!

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peevee1
By peevee1 (May 22, 2012)

Do you have any specs?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (May 23, 2012)

Coming soon.

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Oelund
By Oelund (May 23, 2012)

http://www.casio.co.jp/file/release/2012/pdf/20120522_EX-ZR300_spec.pdf

Here are the specs.
It is in Japanese, but it should be easy enough to make out the context of the numbers.

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (May 22, 2012)

What a snooze fest...

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