Casio EX-S10 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-S10

Review posted 6/27/2008

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Casio's EXILIM Card EX-S10 is the world's smallest and thinnest 10.1 megapixel digicam (as of 6/2008). With this model, Casio sought to produce a camera with a high resolution CCD and a very bright Super Clear LCD featuring a high contrast ratio and a wide field of view. Both the picture taking and image viewing capabilities of this camera have been improved, and its design presence has been enhanced by keeping it as slim as possible.

The camera's stylish body, measuring 3.71" x 2.15" x .59" thin (.54" at the thinnest part) is the product of Casio's relentless pursuit of thinness. It is finished according to two design requirements — a high quality feel created by the stainless steel body, and a unique beauty derived from its coloring. The camera comes in four colors — red, blue, silver, and black.

This new camera's thinner, smaller body was made possible without sacrificing high resolution image quality using a newly developed 1/2.3 inch CCD. Its high resolution images can be used to create beautiful prints even when enlarged or when the image is cropped.

With the new Auto Shutter function (which uses motion blur detection technology), the camera can automatically take a photo at the instant when hand shake or subject movement ceases. Users can also automatically capture the moment of a smile, the instant when subject movement due to panning ceases, or the moment when their own face fills the frame as they point the camera towards themselves.

The EX-S10 uses the H.264 video standard, which utilizes the AAC audio codec widely enjoyed in Apple's iPod, etc. It is also possible to record movies in a wide format at resolutions of 848x480. The camera also features a separate Movie shutter release button which makes movie recording a snap.

Exilim EX-S10 Features:

  • 10.1-Megapixel effective CCD imager
  • 3x optical zoom lens covers 35mm equivalent range of 36 - 108mm
  • Super slim stainless steel body that is stylish, durable and light-weight
  • Large 2.7-inch "Super Clear" LCD with 230K pixels of resolution
  • Face Detection and "Auto Shutter" technologies for sharp portraits
  • 33 pre-programmed "BEST SHOT" scene modes for easy to difficult shooting situations.
  • Attach up to 30-second audio memos to still images at capture or later.
  • Record voice-only audio
  • H.264/AVC (MOV format) high-quality movies at 848x480/640x480/320x240
  • Movie Best Shot, Past Movie, Short Movie, YouTube and in-camera movie editing
  • 9-point autofocus system with selectable AF modes: Multi, Spot, or Tracking AF
  • ISO sensitivity from 50 to 1600
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction and Flash-assist function
  • USB 2.0 (high-speed) data transfer to PC or Mac computers
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery for up to 280 shots
  • 11.8 Megabytes of internal memory and SD/SDHC/MMC/MMC PLus card slot for memory expansion
  • ExifPrint, PRINT Image Matching III, USB Direct-Print, and PictBridge compatible

The EX-S10 is available in blue, black, red and sliver with a MSRP of US$249.99. The kit ships with: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, and CD-ROM.

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Casio EX-S10 Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels
10.1 million
Image Sensor
1/2.3-inch square pixel CCD
Total Pixels
10.34 million
File Format
Still Images JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant
Movies MOV format, H.264/AVC, AAC (monaural)
Audio (Voice Recording) WAV format (monaural)
Built-in Flash Memory
Image area: 11.8MB
Recording Media
SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCard plus compatible
Number of Recorded Pixels
Still Images
3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432 (3:2), 3648 x 2048 (16:9),
3072 x 2304, 2304 x 1728, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Movies 848 x 480 (UHQ Wide/HQ Wide, 30 fps), 640 � 480 (UHQ/HQ/Normal, 30 fps), 320 � 240 (LP, 15 fps)
Recording Capacity (when set at maximum image size)
Still Images Built-in Flash Memory Approx. 1 shot (Fine) / 3 shots (Normal) / 5 shots (Economy)
SD Memory Card 1GB*1 Approx. 151 shots (Fine) / 286 shots (Normal) / 426 shots (Economy)
Movies Recording Time Maximum Recording Capacity per File: 4GB*2
Built-in Flash Memory Approx. 11 seconds
SD Memory Card 1GB*1 Approx. 18 minutes 59 seconds
Operating Speed
Power on to First Shot*3 Approx. 1.2 seconds
Shutter Release Time Lag*3 Approx. 0.008 second
Image Playback Approx. 0.1 second/image
Shot to Shot Time*3*4 Approx. 1.9 seconds
Normal Speed Continuous Shutter*4 Approx. 1.2 second intervals
High-speed Continuous Shutter*5 Maximum is 4 frames per second
Flash Continuous Shutter Maximum is 3 frames per second
Construction 6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
F-number F2.8 (W) to 5.3 (T)
Focal Length/35mm film equivalent f=6.3 to 18.9mm/Approx. 36 to 108mm
Optical Zoom 3X
Digital Zoom 4X (12X in combination with optical zoom)
Focus Type Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Modes Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area Spot, Multi or Tracking
AF Assist Lamp Included
Focus Range
Auto Focus Approx. 15.75" *6 to infinity (W)
Macro Approx. 5.91" *6 to 19.69" (W)
Infinity Mode infinity (W)
Manual Focus Approx. 5.91" *6 to infinity (W)
Exposure Metering Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure Control Program AE
Exposure Compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter Type
Shutter Speed *7
CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter
Auto 1/2 to 1/2000 second
Night Scene (BEST SHOT) 4 to 1/2000 second
F2.8 (W) to F7.9 *9 (W), auto switching
White Balance
Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, manual WB
Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*10
Still Images Auto, ISO50, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
Movies Auto
Other Recording Functions
BEST SHOT Included: 36 scenes
YouTube™ Capture Mode Included
Face Recognition Included
Auto Shutter Included
Voice Recording Included
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash
Flash Modes Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Range Normal: Approx. .66' to 9.19' (W), approx. 1.31' to 4.9'(T)
Flash Continuous Shooting: Approx. 1.31' to 5.91' (W), approx. 1.31' to 3.28' (T)
Monitor Screen
2.7-inch wide TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 230,160 dots (959�240)
Timekeeping Functions
Date and Time Recorded with image data
On-image Time Stamp Function Included
Auto Calendar To 2049
World Time 162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, summer time
Input/Output Terminals
USB/AV port
USB: Hi-Speed USB
Power Requirements
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-60) x 1
Battery Life
Number of Shots*11 Approx. 280 still images (CIPA Standards)
Continuous Playback Approx 3 hr. 10 min. (still images)
Continuous Recording Approx. 6 hr. 40 min. (voice recording)
Dimensions (excluding projections)
3.71” (W) x 2.15” (H) x .59” (D)
Thinnest Part: .54”
Weight (excluding battery and accessories)
Approx. 3.99 oz
Bundled Accessories
Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM

Specifications subject to change without notice.

*1. When using Panasonic (Matsushita) Pro High Speed 1GB SD Memory Card. *2. Within limits of memory and battery life. *3. When using built-in memory with built-in flash off. *4. When set at maximum image size and normal image quality. *5. Image is fixed at 1600x1200 pixels and normal image quality. *6. Range is affected by optical zoom. *7. Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene. *8. Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change. *9. F7.9 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *10. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index. *11. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting.

NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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