By Neil Bennett | on April 10, 2007
Price When Reviewed: 195
Pros: High resolution. Low price. Quick access to core settings. Versatile manual settings.
Cons: Lack of detail at full resolution. Mediocre low-light performance. Too easy to inadvertently turn on.
For the past few years, the quality of pocket-sized cameras has been rising as fast as prices have been falling. Even so, the appearance of a sleek shooter that snaps 10-megapixel photos for under £200 is enough to make even the most jaded creative do a double take.
The EX-Z1050 is an upgrade to last year’s Z1000 (reviewed here), which also boasted a 10.1mp sensor – but cost around £325. Its successor isn’t just a lot more affordable, it gains a new image processing engine designed to deal with the Z1000’s main failing: noise.
There’s a definite improvement in images taken in low-light conditions using ISO 1600 or ISO 3200 settings, but still, more often that not, the photos are unusable for professional work.