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Casio Exilim EX-S100

Review posted 10/1/2004

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The Casio Exilim EX-S100 was developed to be the flagship of the Exilim "S" series, and as such, embodies all the brand concepts. Key features of the EX-S100 include a 3.2-megapixel CCD image sensor, use of the world’s first transparent ceramic lens in an ultra-slim 2.8X optical zoom lens unit, and Casio’s proprietary Exilim Engine, an ultra-compact image processing LSI module that provides greater image quality, robust performance, and low power consumption – all within an extremely slim and compact body package. As a result, the EX-S100 is the world’s smallest optical zoom-equipped digital camera, with a volume of just 79 cc and very compact measurements of 3.46" x 2.24". Moreover, it is only .66" thick, and just .56" at the thinnest point.

It also features a stainless steel body, a hallmark of the Exilim series, which has been polished to a brilliant shine. It is created entirely of metal (with the exception of the battery/memory door and buttons) for a true feeling of high quality. The front of the camera features a stylish theme of circular patterns that highlight the shape of the lens, while the back of the unit features a more square look that matches the large 2.0-inch LCD screen. In keeping with the distinctive form of the other models in this series, the lens area itself protrudes slightly from the body of the camera.

Its Best Shot Mode provides optimum camera setups in an instant. Simply select the sample scene that is similar to the image you want to record and the camera's exposure compensation, white balance, and other settings are configured accordingly. There are a total of 23 sample scenes built in, or you can custom build you own scene with the Register User Scene function.

The EX-S100 stores images in a Web browser-viewable format that allows you to browse images in an album format. The album feature uses HTML format, which means you can incorporate an album directly into a web site and even print directly from the album.

Casio Exilim EX-S100

Placing the EX-S100 onto its cradle and pressing the Photo button starts a slideshow of images currently in memory. You can even set up the camera to display the images you want whenever it is placed on the cradle. Connect the cradle to your computer, place the EX-S100 onto the cradle, and press the cradle's USB button, and the included Photo Loader software automatically transfers all JPEG and AVI files in image memory to the computer.

World Time lets you select one of 162 cities in 32 time zones around the world as your home time. When traveling to another time zone, simply select the applicable city, and time and date settings are adjusted automatically. A total of three independent alarms help to make sure you are on time, and you can even have a specific image appear when an alarm time is reached.

In addition to its 9.3MB of built-in Flash Memory, the EX-S100 also supports use of thin, compact SD memory cards and MMC cards (optional and sold separately). An easy operation copies images between a memory card and the built-in memory or vise versa.

EX-S100 Features:

  • 3.2-Megapixel effective CCD imager
  • Credit card-size stainless steel body, only 0.66" thick
  • Still Image: 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
  • Uses world's first transparent ceramic 2.8x optical zoom lens
  • Lens covers 36-102mm (in 35mm equivalence)
  • AVI 320x240 Movies with audio, length limited only by available memory
  • Contrast type AF selectable between spot, multi
  • Focus modes include pan focus, macro mode, infinity, and manual focus
  • 23 Best Shot scene modes, plus 1 custom mode
  • 9.3 Megabytes of internal memory
  • 4 to 1/2000 sec. shutter speeds
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction
  • 2" TFT color LCD monitor
  • 4X playback zoom magnification
  • USB 1.1 data transfer to PC or Mac computers
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charging cradle included
  • Secure Digital/MMC card slot for memory expansion
  • DPOF, Exif Print, Print Image matching, and PictBridge compatible

The EX-S100 kit includes a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, Docking cradle, USB cable, AC adapter, Strap, and CD-ROM. All of this for around $399.99.

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Casio Exilim EX-S100

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Casio Exilim EX-S100

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The EX-S100 compared in size to a credit card.

Casio Exilim EX-S100

Casio's ultra-compact Exilim EX-Z55 and EX-S100.

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Casio EX-S100 Specifications

Recording Element 1/3.2-inch square pixel primary color CCD
(3.34 million total pixels; 3.2 million effective pixels)
File Record Format
Snapshots : JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies : AVI (Motion JPEG), Audio: WAV (Monaural)
Recording Media Built-in flash memory (9.3 MB), SD memory card/Multi Media card compliant
Recorded Image Sizes
Snapshots : 2048 X 1536 / 2048 X 1360 (3:2) / 1600 X 1200 / 1280 X 960 / 640 X 480 pixels
Movies : 320 X 240 pixels
Recorded File Sizes
Snapshots Image size
Resolution /
recording time
File size Built-in memory
Movies 320x240 Recording time: unlimited*2 Approx. 300KB/sec.
30 sec.
3 min.
20 sec.
Audio - Recording time: unlimited*2 Approx.
39 min.
4 hr.
20 min.
*1 when using a Panasonic 64MB card
*2 limited only by the battery life and the available memory
Lens 6 lenses in 5 groups, including transparent ceramic lens; F4.0(W) to 6.6(T); f=4.8(W) to 13.5(T) mm (equivalent to approximately 36 to 102 mm when converted to 35mm film)
Zoom 2.8X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom (11.2X total when optical and digital zooms are used in combination)
Focusing Contrast type AF (selectable between spot, multi); pan focus; macro mode; infinity mode; manual focus
Focus Range
Normal: 40cm to ∞ ; Macro: 17 to 50cm
Exposure Control
Metering : Multi-pattern by imaging element
Control : Program AE
Exposure Compensation : -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter CCD electronic / mechanical shutter; 4 to 1/2000 shutter speed (including night mode)
Aperture Auto; F4.0 / F8.0* Automatic switching
*brightness conversion F values
White Balance Auto; Fixed (6 modes); Manual
Sensitivity Auto; ISO 50 / ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Recording Functions Snapshot; audio snapshot; movies with audio; Best Shot; Auto Macro; Business Shot; voice recorder; Flash Assist; Icon Help; sharpness/color saturation/contrast/flash intensity settings
Self-timer 10 seconds or 2 seconds; Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction
Approximate Range: 0.4 to 2.5 meters (W); 0.4 to 1.5 meters (T)
Viewfinder LCD screen
Monitor Screen 2.0-inch digital interface TFT color LCD, 84,960 pixels (354x240)
Playback Zoom display (4X); 9 picture display; calendar; Photostand function
Time keeping Functions Date and time recorded with image data; auto calendar up to year 2049
World Time 162 cities (32 time zones); city names; date and time; daylight saving time
Other features RGB histogram display; grid display; album function; favorites folder
Input/Output Terminals USB cradle terminal
Battery Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Battery life Approx. 180 snapshots (CIPA standard)
Continuous recording: approx. 540 snapshots (approx 1 hr. 30 min.)
*recording wide / tele alternatively each 10 secs, LCD on, flash off
Continuous playback: approx 2 hr. 30 min. (still photos)
Continuous recording: approx 2 hr. 30 min. (voice recording)
Dimensions 88(W) x 57(H) x 16.7(D) mm (excluding protrusions, thinnest point 14.2 mm)
Weight Approximately 113g (excluding battery and accessories)

Bundled Accessories

Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery; USB cradle; USB cable; AC adapter; Strap; CD-ROM

NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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