Based on a production Casio EX-Z1000

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? Let's find out, starting as ever with the headline features:

  • 10.1 million effective pixels CCD Sensor
  • Large 2.8 inch, wide and bright display
  • 37 scene modes
  • High Sensitivity mode (up to ISO 3200)
  • Anti-shake mode (up to ISO 800 at full resolution)
  • Fast startup and operation
  • 9-point multi-AF
  • VGA movie mode
  • Multi-function cradle can be used to recharge the battery, connect to a PC to download images, and connect to audiovisual equipment. The cradle also has as a photostand function, allowing users to view an image slideshow.

Z-1000 specifications

Street price • US: $370
• UK: £220
Body Material Metal and plastic
Sensor

• 1/1.8 " Type CCD
• 10.37 million pixels total
• 10.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 3648 x 2736
• 3648 x 2432 (3:2)
• 3648 x 2048 (16:9)
• 2560 x 1920
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480

Movie clips

• JPEG (Exif v2.2)
• DCF 1.0
• DPOF
• AVI Motion JPEG

File formats • JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• RAW
• AVI (Motion JPEG)
Lens

• 38 - 114mm equiv
• F2.8 - 5.4
• 3x optical zoom

Image stabilization High ISO 'anti shake' mode
Conversion lenses None
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus • Contrast type AF (selectable between spot, multi)
• Auto
• Macro
• Pan focus (movie)
• Infinity mode
• Manual focus
AF area modes • 9-point Multi AF
• Spot AF
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Auto Focus: 40cm - infinity
• Macro: 6cm - 50cm
• Manual: 6cm - infinity
Metering • Multi-pattern
• Center weighted
• Spot
• Program AE
ISO sensitivity • Auto (Max ISO sensitivity 800 when using Anti-Shake BEST SHOT mode, or 3200 when using High Sensitivity BEST SHOT mode)
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Exposure compensation • -/+ 2EV
• in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing -0.5 EV, 0, +0.5 EV
Shutter speed • 1/2 to 1/2000 sec (Normal)
• 4 to 1/2000 sec (Night scene)
Aperture F2.8 - 5.6
Modes • Still
• Still with audio
• Continuous shutter (normal speed, high speed, rapid flash, zoom continuous)
• Movie with audio
• Voice recording
Scene modes 37 BEST SHOT modes
White balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Overcast
• Shade
• Daywhite Fluorescent
• Daylight Fluorescent
• Tungsten
• Manual

Self timer • 10 or 2 secs
• Triple self-timer
Continuous shooting • Continuous 0.5 fps (Limited only by size of card)
• High Speed (3fps, 3 frames)
Image parameters Sharpness, saturation, contrast
Flash • Built-in
• Auto
• On
• Off
• High Power flash
• Soft flash
• Red eye reduction
• Range: 0.1m - 3.6m (wide), 0.4m - 1.1m (tele)
Viewfinder None
LCD monitor • 2.8-inch TFT
• 230,400 pixels
• Wide screen
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (full speed)
• AV out
• Via included cradle
Print compliance PictBridge, PIM, DPOF, EXIF print
Storage • SD/MMC compatible
• 8MB internal memory
Power Lithium-ion NP-40 battery
AC adaptor charges via cradle
Weight (No batt) 139g (4.9 oz)
Dimensions 92 x 58.4 x 22.4 mm (3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 in)