Compared to... Samsung NV10

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Casio EX-Z1000 and the Samsung NV10 at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)  

  • Casio Exilim EX-Z1000: Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation.

  • Samsung NV10: Manual mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance.
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Casio EX-Z1000
Samsung NV10
ISO 400, 1/200 sec, F7.6
ISO 400, 1/800 sec, F3.8
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At ISO 400 (and to a greater extent at ISO 800, only available in the 'anti-shake' Best Shot mode) things are a lot less impressive; noise is obviously high, meaning the camera is having to apply a lot of very unpleasant-looking noise reduction, which has removed quite a lot of the fine detail (for an examination of the effect on low-contrast noise check out the Phototest section). Being 10 million pixels you can expect to get an acceptable 6x4-inch print from this, but that's about all. It will be interesting to see how the other manufacturers deal with what is obviously a bit of a noise problem at ISO 400 (never mind at higher ISO settings). Casio has rarely done well with ISO 400 (the 8MP EX-Z850 is actually worse than this), so I will reserve judgment until I've seen the output from other 10MP cameras, but its clear there's been no great leap forward in sensitivity here. Of course the only saving grace here is that the Samsung NV10 result is even worse (and the Z1000's output isn't any worse than most 6-8MP cameras).