Friday, May 25, 2012
First Photos From The Casio Exilim ZR20
Well, I've had some time to play with the Casio Exilim ZR20, and these are the preliminary photos.
The Premium Auto PRO mode that automatically picks the best settings works really well. Even at low light (as above), photos turn out decently. I rather suspect it takes several rapid shots and blends them together to get that better brightness and clarity.
The kids love playing with this camera. Here's Nadine taking a mirror shot.
Here's Jolie as taken by Nadine.
Here's Nadine as taken by Jolie.
I tried out the Multi Frame Super Resolution Zoom (which allows a zoom of up to 16 times) on the neighbouring school from my block on the 25th floor. At that level of zoom, my hand movements proved shaky but the zoom shows a lot of detail!
I also tested out at Gluttons Bay the various "Best Shot" modes:
The camera's HDR mode blends different exposures to give optimum clarity.
HDR Art Mode. Gives an arty filter effect.
Toy Camera mode: dark edges and altered hues make the photo look like it was shot with a toy camera.
Pop Mode gives enhanced saturation.
Monochrome - see the world in black and white.
The Slide Panorama mode allows you to take a really wide panoramic shot.
There are lots more modes (nearly 40 of them), so you have lots of effects to play with.
But what about food?
BBQ chicken wings.
Fish and chips.
Not too bad, the colours are pretty much as-is, and I didn't have to tweak much.
Oh if you haven't tried the banana fritters with creamy kaya fondue from Sweet Spot at Gluttons Bay, give it a whirl. I do wish the kaya was thicker and not drippy, but the combination is still tasty as it is.
On the whole, the Casio Exilim ZR20 is quite versatile and really easy to use (hey, even my four year old and my little one with special needs can use it without much coaching). It starts up quickly, and the dual processor makes it ready to take one shot after another without too much delay. But some shots which require multiple rapid shots understandably do take some time. The camera also does quite well in low light situations. Well, I'm still learning how to use the many features it has. But I think this will be useful to bring along on holidays or outings when I don't want to lug my bulky DSLR.
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