Tim Coleman checks out Casio’s latest Exilim model that is the size of a smart phone and features a unique swivel frame and screen
For best image quality, the TRYX EX-TR100 should be kept at its fixed 21mm focal setting. Here, image detail in the centre of the frame for objects within 5ft (1.5m) is sharp and crisp. In-camera processing renders a high level of sharpening.
At these settings, the TRYX EX-TR100 reached 22 in our charts at ISO 100 and performed admirably up to ISO 400. From this point on the drop-off in resolution detail is steady and ISO 3200 is soft and patchy with noise. It is a shame, then, that in low-contrast light there is only a low-powered LED light rather than a flash. As expected, the edges show a minor drop-off in sharpness and barrel distortion is present.
Most of the shooting modes, such as HDR, capture a large number of images that are processed into one. There is a lot of information for the processor to deal with, so the processing time is at least 4secs. Slide panorama captures the most during its fixed 360° sweep, with a process time of around 12secs. If speed of use is essential, auto shooting mode is the best option.
I found the fixed-angle panorama much more reliable than other panorama-shooting modes I have used on different models. HDR art is a rather garish filter for extreme HDR effects, although the standard HDR mode in the best shot selector menu is much more subtle and pleasing. Premium auto assesses the scene and selects the appropriate setting.
Video quality is good, and as such this is a good option for high-quality videos from your pocket, although the lack of optical zoom is hindering.
Image: JPEG files boast sharp detail, with the centre ofthe frame particularly crisp. HDR mode brings out the sky here, too