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Casio EX-ZR100 vs Samsung PL170

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
46
Overall
40
Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 front
 
Samsung PL170 front
Portability
99
Imaging
39
Features
20
Overall
31

Casio EX-ZR100 vs Samsung PL170 Key Specs

Casio EX-ZR100
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-300mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 204g - 105 x 59 x 29mm
  • Launched July 2011
Samsung PL170
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 0 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 95 x 57 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2011
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Casio EX-ZR100 vs Samsung PL170 Overview

Here is a thorough assessment of the Casio EX-ZR100 versus Samsung PL170, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Ultracompact by rivals Casio and Samsung. There is a big difference among the sensor resolutions of the EX-ZR100 (12MP) and PL170 (16MP) but they come with the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The EX-ZR100 was announced 7 months later than the PL170 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Casio EX-ZR100 being a Compact camera and the Samsung PL170 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple summation of how the EX-ZR100 grades versus the PL170 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Casio EX-ZR100 over the Samsung PL170

 EX-ZR100 PL170 
RevealedJuly 2011January 2011Fresher by 7 months
Focus manually Very precise focus
Display resolution461k230kCrisper display (+231k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung PL170 over the Casio EX-ZR100

 PL170 EX-ZR100 

Common features in the Casio EX-ZR100 and Samsung PL170

 EX-ZR100 PL170 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Casio EX-ZR100 vs Samsung PL170 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera, you will need to consider its weight and size. The Casio EX-ZR100 comes with outside dimensions of 105mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 204 grams (0.45 lbs) whilst the Samsung PL170 has specifications of 95mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") and a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs).

Examine the Casio EX-ZR100 versus Samsung PL170 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the EX-ZR100 and the PL170.

Casio EX-ZR100 vs Samsung PL170 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the EX-ZR100 and PL170 is 92 and 99 respectively.

Casio EX-ZR100 vs Samsung PL170 top view buttons comparison

Casio EX-ZR100 vs Samsung PL170 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its tough to see the contrast in sensor sizing simply by checking out technical specs. The graphic here will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the EX-ZR100 and PL170.

As you can tell, both of those cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You should expect to see the Samsung PL170 to show greater detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics a little more aggressively. The younger EX-ZR100 is going to have an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Casio EX-ZR100 vs Samsung PL170 sensor size comparison

Casio EX-ZR100 vs Samsung PL170 Screen and ViewFinder

Casio EX-ZR100 vs Samsung PL170 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Casio EX-ZR100 Portrait photography information
Samsung PL170 Portrait photography information
29
has manual focus
no external flash support
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
30
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
no manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Casio EX-ZR100 Street photography highlights
Samsung PL170 Street photography highlights
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than average in class (204 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
50
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Casio EX-ZR100 Sports photography highlights
Samsung PL170 Sports photography highlights
46
incredible zoom range (24-300mm 12.5 x zoom)
fast shooting (40.0 frames/s)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking focus
low MP (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
27
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
fixed focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Casio EX-ZR100 Travel photography advice
Samsung PL170 Travel photography advice
64
lighter than average in class (204 grams)
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
long zoom (300mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low MP (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
71
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
has built in flash
very good maximum aperture (f)
missing Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Casio EX-ZR100 Landscape photography advice
Samsung PL170 Landscape photography advice
43
has manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
39
very good maximum aperture (f)
screen size is good (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (()mm)
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Casio EX-ZR100
Vlogging with Samsung PL170
33
quite wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average in class (204g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have mic socket
27
very good maximum aperture (f)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone port
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Casio EX-ZR100 vs Samsung PL170 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Casio EX-ZR100 and Samsung PL170
 Casio Exilim EX-ZR100Samsung PL170
General Information
Make Casio Samsung
Model type Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 Samsung PL170
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Ultracompact
Launched 2011-07-19 2011-01-05
Body design Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Exilim Engine HS -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 -
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-300mm (12.5x) ()
Largest aperture f/3.0-5.9 -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 461k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech Super Clear TFT color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 secs 8 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 40.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye -
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 432 x 320 (30, 240 fps), 224 x 64 (480, 1000 fps) 1280 x 720
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format H.264 -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) none
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 204 grams (0.45 pounds) -
Dimensions 105 x 59 x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") 95 x 57 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 seconds, Triple) -
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC -
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $300 $175