Casio Japan has announced the EX-10 - a flagship high-end compact with a 1/1.7" type sensor and a fast 28-112mm equivalent lens. The model, which the company says it will be launching in other markets, features magnesium alloy construction and, like the existing EX-ZR1000, an LCD that flips all the way up, for shooting self-portraits. As usual for Casio, the EX-10 features a range of innovative shooting modes, in this case including a dual bracketing mode that will adjust two variables for each sequence (e.g. exposure brightness and white balance). It also has built-in Wi-Fi and the ability to shoot Raw, and upholds Casio's tradition of offering really good battery life (at 455 shots-per-charge, it's around twice as good as most of its rivals).

We got the chance to shoot with several Casio models earlier this year and found them to be pretty enjoyable to use - especially the range-topping EX-ZR1000, which combined enthusiast-compact levels of control with some pretty sophisticated, automated high-speed shooting modes. The only thing that really counted against it, from a DPReview perspective, was its use of a 1/2.3" sensor, which limited its appeal, when some pretty good enthusiast models with larger sensors exist. The move to a 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor makes the EX-10 seem much more attractive. The lens, with its associated control ring looks an awful lot like the excellent unit used in Olympus's XZ-1 and 2, and the Pentax MX-1 (the likelihood of there being multiple 6.0-24mm F1.8-2.5 lenses, all featuring the same two-barrel construction, is extremely small), which bodes well for image quality.

Beyond this, magnesium alloy build, built-in Wi-Fi and a customizable front-plate shutter button that Casio says is for waist-level shooting make the EX-10 a pretty interesting prospect. The existence of several cameras coming towards the end of their product life-cycles (with the consequent price drops that this brings), could make life difficult for this latest Exilim, but we're still pleased to see Casio making a move into making the type of camera we like.

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Casio to Release Flagship EXILIM Digital Camera

Captures Nine Images in a High-Speed Burst at Different Camera Settings  

Features the world's first* dual-combination bracketing function that automatically adjusts for a pair of shooting parameters such as focus and aperture EX-10

Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced today that it will release its new flagship EXILIM compact digital camera, the EX-10, on November 29. The newest addition to the EXILIM family boasts the world's first dual-combination bracketing function. With a single touch of the shutter button, nine photos are captured in a high-speed burst for a unique pair of parameter values for focus, aperture, white balance, exposure, among others. Now anyone can take high-quality photographs just like the professionals without complicated adjustments.

The new EX-10 includes the following features:

  • The world's first dual-combination bracketing function. The "Auto Bracketing" function automatically varies a pair of shooting parameters over three steps, producing a matrix of nine images to choose from. The "Manual Bracketing" function enables users to explore the settings of each parameter manually.
  • 28mm wide angle zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f1.8 (wide-end): This powerful lens is able to maintain a high resolution even at its peripheries.
  • 1/1.7-inch Back-lit CMOS image sensor: The expanded size of the image sensor is optimized for high-speed burst photography. The improved sensitivity increases the amount of light that can be received, while the back-lit system more effectively directs light to the sensor's surface.
  • Easy-to-see 3.5-inch tilt-up and tilt-down display, complemented by a front shutter button

The new model will be open-priced.

* World's first compact digital camera featuring a bracketing function that combines two separate parameters. (Accurate as of November 14 based on a Casio Survey)

Casio Exilim EX-10 specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact
Body materialMagnesium and aluminum alloy
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Other resolutions4000 x 2656, 4000 x 2240, 3264 x 2448, 2056 x 1536
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors13 megapixels
Sensor size1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExilim Engine HS 3
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
ISOAuto, 80 - 12800
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3, DCF 2.0)
  • Raw (DNG)
  • Raw + JPEG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–112 mm
Optical zoom4×
Maximum apertureF1.8–2.5
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2X/4X)
Manual focusYes
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3.5
Screen dots921,600
Touch screenYes
Screen typeSuper Clear LCD with 180 degree upward tilt
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed250 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Premium Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Custom
  • Time-lapse
  • Bracket
  • Art Shot
  • Best Shot
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range10.90 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, off, fill-in, redeye reduction
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesHigh speed: 224 x 64 (1000 fps), 224 x 160 (480 fps), 512 x 384 (240 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included49.9 MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Wireless notesvia smartphone app
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion Li-130A rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)455
Weight (inc. batteries)384 g (0.85 lb / 13.55 oz)
Dimensions120 x 68 x 49 mm (4.72 x 2.67 x 1.91)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes