Casio Exilim EX-ZR700 - It Could Have Been Much More

Launch SRP: S$599


A Missed Opportunity

In summary, the Casio EX-ZR700 is a camera that sets lofty goals for itself but ultimately falls short because of a fundamental flaw. 

For starters, the ZR700 does get a few things right; a useful 18x optical zoom and competent image stabilization would make it a good super-zoom camera. There’s also no shutter lag and the camera has an agile autofocus system, so in theory the ZR700 would do well as a travel camera and to take snapshots of your toddler or pet. 

Indeed the ZR700 would have been a very compelling buy, except for the fact that its image quality leaves much to be desired. Without zooming in, the photos actually look fine, but when you peer in (even way before you reach the 100% view mode), we found most shots taken weren't sharp and when the iffy noise reduction engine of the camera kicks in, things start to look murky (pun intended). As such, the photos from the ZR700 are only ideal for casual snapping and sharing it online in your social networks. We wouldn't really bet on this camera for printing photos anything larger than the 4R size.

If only the ZR700’s image quality was better, we would have wholeheartedly recommended it. At an asking price of S$599, its image quality is below average to appeal to anyone but the casual shutterbug. Considering the many other better performing options in this category that are priced much more competitively, we really can't recommend Casio's offering this time round.

The Casio EX-ZR700 would have made a very compelling buy if it didn't falter in an area that all cameras are expected to at least perform reasonably well - image quality. With such a fundamental downside, we really can't score this camera as smooth as it functions.

The Good
Quick autofocus
Minimal shutter lag
User-friendly UI
The Bad
Plastic hand grip
Fiddly scroll wheel
Below average image quality

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