This review is way overdue, I bought this camera for myself as a birthday present in January, been wanting to review but I keep forgetting about it! So here's the review of my most expensive purchase of all time, I don't usually buy branded items so most of the stuffs I own are below $50. I felt like I overspent and kept wanting to sell away this the moment I got it(that's before I tried the functions) but I'm glad I didn't! It's so fun playing with the different modes of this camera.
Many ladies own Casio TR series which I like too but it is really pricey, I'm glad they came out with ZR1200 which is 50% of the price and have some really cool features for a digital camera! When I first mentioned Casio to my friends, the first thing they said "oh, that watch brand? I didn't know they had cameras." Most people remember Casio as a watch brand and even I didn't know much about the brand until I goggled for cameras that are good for selfies or with flip screen. It took me a couple of weeks before finalizing on Casio, and the main reason for choosing this is the price being affordable as compared to most flip screen cameras out there.
Let's start with the appearance, the camera came in various colours (black, yellow, pink and white) but I went with white because I already had plans to use camera sticker to beautify my camera as I have been obsessed with decoden for a period of time, more about it in the later part of the post :)
This camera weighs 256grams which is much lighter than the previous camera my dad lent me, that was probably 800grams as it is a semi-dslr. Plus, the size is small for a 16.1-megapixel camera so it fits into my clutch easily, with spaces to spare for wallet, keys and phone.
The roll dial of the different settings at the top is similar to my old camera so I had no issues with the placement of the buttons, just that it did took me awhile to find out which button is for what purpose as there weren't any blog posts or detailed information on the usage of camera months ago.
Most of the time I use program mode as the other modes usually takes slightly longer to process and it can get quite annoying at times like when you're asking passersby for help or trying to capture a perfect shot before the object moves from its place. The program mode is more than sufficient to make pictures look good, here are some examples of pictures taken using program mode; no makeup level with auto settings.
The anti-shake function did help to save alot of my pictures from being blurry as I don't have a steady hand. Look at this photo I took at Singapore Zoo on my birthday, all I used was program mode plus zoom in. It is pretty clear for a animal that is pacing around its premises.
That's not all, this camera also have a wave function together with the 180 degrees tilt screen so you can set your camera anywhere to take a proper picture of yourself. The wave function doesn't always work, sometimes it will refuse to take(perhaps sensor problems) but when it works, it's so much easier than getting someone to take a picture for me. Pictures above are all taken with program mode with natural or existing lighting so no additional lighting equipment or touch ups or colour correcting done, the quality of pictures is good for a beginner user like me.
Like I mentioned earlier, I don't usually use the modes but I have to say the makeup mode is really useful if you don't want to spend time using photoshop, pictures taken usually looks picture perfect and there's no need for extra work before posting to Facebook or Instagram!
One thing I dislike about this camera will be it heating up easily. If you use the various modes, the battery heats up even faster, usually 30 minutes into picture taking it will be hot and I have to stop to let it rest for awhile. Not sure if my battery is faulty or this series of cameras are like that.
Casio Exilim ZR1200 $460
Camera Sticker $5
Camera Case $10
= $475 (January 2014)
Overall, it is a great camera to use, fun to explore the various modes and I will use this in Seoul to take more great photos using the various modes, do keep checking back! :)