FeaturesNot a complete list, these are the features that attracted me
- High speed startup
- High speed burst mode - 30 fps
- High speed picture cycling
- High speed video mode - up to 1000 fps (at reduced resolution)
- Long zoom - 12.5x
- Long battery life - 480 shots
- USB charging
- Wide angle and macro lens
CompetitionFor me, it was down to this camera or Canon's S100. In the end, I thought this camera was good enough.
- Higher image quality
- Higher ISO - 6400
- Longer battery life
AvailabilityThis is supposed to be Casio's flagship camera of 2012, yet it's quite hard to find. Some stores sell other Exilims, but not this one. You'd think the flagship model would be the most available. If you decide on this camera (or any Casio camera really), I advise you to get it at one of the technology shows, at the last one this camera came with a bundle of gifts and another video camera for free!
Other reviewsThere aren't many reviews of this camera. Maybe it's not popular enough. Hopefully this review will help. A good reference is http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/ - they don't have a ZR200 review, but they have a ZR100, and there's not much difference between the 2 cameras. They also have a review of the S100 if you want to compare. http://www.digitalversus.com/digital-camera/casio-exilim-ex-zr200-p12580/test.html has a good, to-the-point review.
- AC to USB adapter and power cable (I wonder if it has the intelligence to charge, say, an iPhone?)
- USB cable (proprietary)
- Basic reference guide (like quick reference guides)
- Hand strap
BodyThe ZR200 is quite big, for a compact camera. It's actually slightly bigger and heavier than the S100. It seems quite solidly built. The shutter button is oriented flat, but the mode dial is tilted slightly towards the user.
LCD3", 960x480 = 460,800 pixels. By my calculations, that's 358 ppi - enough to be considered a Retina display. Maybe I'm fooling myself, but I think I still can see the pixels. The viewing angle is very good. There is also an automatic brightness mode for the LCD, which works quite well.
- Premium Auto Pro (this analyses the picture and guesses what scene mode to apply. The modes it chooses don't seem to come from those you can choose in Best Shot. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Best not to use if you're in a hurry. This mode also optionally applies a "make-up" filter to faces. Seems to use HDR sometimes. Face detection not so good.)
- Best Shot (this is just like scene modes in other cameras. There are some interesting ones.)
- Slide Panorama (stitches photos together to make a panoramic image. Sony has a better, 3D version)
- Multi SR Zoom (this is an interesting feature. Optical zoom goes up to 12.5x, but by taking several pictures and combining them together, this allows you to zoom in 25x without affecting image quality, and up to 50x. Going to write a full post on this.)
- Manual Mode (I think including manual mode shows they're targeting this camera at those who know a bit more about photography)
- Shutter Priority
- Aperture Priority
- HDR Art
I'm splitting this review into several parts to post anything on time.