Features & Controls

Casio has equipped the EX-ZR100 with a powerful 12.5x optical zoom lens, which covers an approx. 35mm equivalent range of 24-300mm. This lens is comprised of 9 lenses in 8 groups, including aspherical lens. The maximum aperture range is F/3.0 (wide) - F/5.9 (Tele). This is a retractable lens that features a built-in lens cover to protect the camera when powered down.

The EX-ZR100 uses a contrast detection AF system, along with a built-in AF-assist lamp to help with focusing in low light. Focus modes include: Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Super Macro, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus. AF area options: Intelligent, Spot, Multi, Tracking.

Focus range:
  • Auto Focus: Approx. 2" to infinity (W)
  • Macro: Approx. 0.4" to 20" (First step from widest setting)
  • Super Macro: Approx. 0.39" - 1.64'
  • Infinity Mode: Infinity (W)
  • Manual Focus: Approx. 2" to infinity (W)

The built-in flash has 5 modes; Flash Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash and Red Eye Reduction.

Flash range (ISO Auto):
  • Approx. 1.0'-15.4' (Wide); 3.0'-7.9' (Tele)
  • Approx. 5 second flash recharge time


The top of the EX-ZR100 is packed with controls, when compared to most cameras of this size. First you can see the "High Speed - Continuous Shutter" button with the stereo microphones mounted around it. Next is the Power button, then the still image shutter release with the zoom controls mounted around it. The zoom controls also control the index and magnify options in Playback mode. Lastly, we have the mode dial with positions for: Premium (intelligent) Auto, BS (Best Shot), Slide Panorama, High-Speed Best Selection, Manual, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority, HDR Art, HDR, and Auto (Program AE).

On the back of the EX-ZR100 is a nice 3.0-inch TFT "Super Clear LCD" display with 460,800 dots of resolution (960x480). This unit offers 100% frame coverage, four brightness settings (Auto, +2, +1, and 0), and an anti-reflective coating to help cut down on glare.


Controls on the back: Top right we have the Movie mode shutter release, which allows you to start recording HD video no matter what mode you are in. The red camera button middle left will take you to record mode, as well as power the camera on. Below that we have the 4-way controller that can change the display settings when pressing up, and the flash settings when pressed down (delete in Playback). The middle SET button will open up the function menu. This is also used for selecting settings in the Menu. The left and right directions on the 4-way can be customized to control various camera settings. Bottom left you see the Playback mode button, that will allow you to browse through your videos and pictures, and also can be used as a power on button. The last button you see is the Menu button, which enters the main menu system.


The I/O ports are located on the right hand side of the camera. Here we can see a combination port at the top, which handles both USB and standard definition video output with the included cables. At the bottom is a mini HDMI port, which can be used with an optional HDMI cable to plug the EX-ZR100 into your HDTV.

Casio's EX-ZR100 stores images and video on either a SD, SDHC , or SDXC memory card. The card slot is located inside the battery compartment. Shown above is a SanDisk Ultra II 4GB memory card; no card is included.

The EX=ZR100's battery is quite "beefy". The NP-130 Li-ion battery pack is rated at 1800mAh, which is almost double that of most of the camera's competition. This pack is charged out of camera with the included AC charger; which uses a power cable verses fold-away prongs.

Battery Life:

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