Announced in Japan last spring, the Casio EXILIM compact cameras flag ship, the ZR-300, is coming over to Europe. This 12.5x compact camera features a 24-300mm zoom lens. Less powerful (on paper) than the 20x lens 25-500mm equivalent of the Fujifilm Finepix F770 EXR (with GPS) or F800 EXR(with Wi-Fi) or the Sony HX20V, the ZR300’s lens still offers a very convincing wide angle position of 24mm and a versatile / powerful 300mm telephoto focal length of 300mm. That should be enough for a travel camera. The Casio EXILIM EX-ZR300 if gifted with a BSI CMOS sensor of 16 megapixels. Therefore, the camera can record 1080p movies, use its multi-frame SR mode to access sky high sensibilities up to ISO 12,800, to offer multishot HDR, handheld nightshot, backlit correction…. As a high-end camera, the Casio EXILIM EX-ZR300 has a fully auto mode with scene detection. It can shoot swipe panorama images 180° or 360° wide while Casio has made tremendous efforts to achieve a lightning fast digital camera thanks to the use of a dual processor in the EXILIM Engine HS (HS = High Speed) that enables the ZR300 to focus in as fast as 0.12s. The Exilim EX-ZR300 wakes up in less than a second and need not more than 0.26s betwee, two shots. That is fast indeed and boosts the ZR300 among the fastest cameras. Fast, the ZR300 is also sober like a camel and its lithium-ion battery allow up to 500 stills per charge, an other high-end performance.
Aside from recording 1080p movies, the Exilim EX-ZR300 may also capture Slow Motion sequences in VGA quality, at 120 fps.