Price When Reviewed: 323
Pros: Great screen, intelligent layout, and sturdy build. Plenty of handy scene-based presets, including high-sensitivity mode
Cons: Noisy images at ISO 400 and above. Expensive.
If you thought the megapixel war between camera makers was over, you’ll be surprised to learn of Casio’s 10.1-megapixel EX-Z1000. Fortunately, there’s more to this pocket-camera than the number of photo-diodes.
It’s not the first to sport a 16:9 widescreen 2.8-inch LCD. However, it puts the oversized display to intelligent use. The screen permanently displays icons for the most-used features – such as ISO values, exposure compensation, and flash – on a panel down the right-hand side.
You can use the Z1000’s traditional menu system if you prefer, but the screen-based icon system is clearer and quicker to use, and you can see at a glance what settings are selected. The camera can perform super-fast scrolling during playback, too – an addictive feature that can come in handy when searching through your shots.