05 July, 2012

Casio Exilim EX-ZR200 - Best Shot

"Best Shot" is Casio's name for scene modes, although to me it sounds more like bracketing or burst shooting. The Best Shot modes available on the ZR200 are:
  1. High Speed Night Scene
  2. High Speed Night Scene and Portrait
  3. High Speed Anti Shake
  4. Blurred Background
  5. Wide Shot
  6. High Speed Best Selection
  7. Lag Correction
  8. Child CS
  9. Pet CS
  10. Sports CS
  11. Child High Speed Movie
  12. Pet High Speed Movie
  13. Sports High Speed Movie
  14. Portrait
  15. Scenery
  16. Portrait With Scenery
  17. Children
  18. Sports
  19. Candlelight Portrait
  20. Party
  21. Pet
  22. Flower
  23. Natural Green
  24. Autumn Leaves
  25. Soft Flowing Water
  26. Splashing Water
  27. Sundown
  28. Fireworks
  29. Food
  30. Text
  31. Collection
  32. Auction
  33. Prerecord (Movie)
  34. For YouTube
You can also define your own for photos. Most of the modes are just specific settings for colour saturation, shutter speed, sharpness, ISO, etc. Some have additional features, like prerecording. You can start with a BS setting and modify it, but it'll reset the next time you select that BS again.

It's odd that the modes available can't be found anywhere, I thought they'd be listed as a feature - some cameras advertise how many scene modes they have. Before I got this camera, I thought only Sony had a food (gourmet) mode. I was also wondering if cameras had a "scanner" mode. This has one for text, but it only boosts contrast, it doesn't correct for perspective. Take note, I assumed this camera had a miniature effect / tilt-shift mode, but it doesn't.

On the whole, I'm surprised by how many modes this camera has, and some of them seem very useful.

It's nice that Casio has used the high speed of this camera for modes besides burst shooting and high speed video. In several modes, the camera takes several shots quickly and combines them to make a picture. This is better than a long exposure in some situations, since a few short exposures is less likely to be affected by camera shake. (combining several short exposures is also used in astronomy) In particular, this is used in:
  • night shooting
  • HDR
  • panorama
  • blurred background
I'm just worried that taking e.g. 2 exposures for every picture will wear out the shutter more quickly, although I don't think it's using the mechanical shutter for fast shots.

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