Casio EX-ZR300 vs Samsung GX-1L

Portability
92
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
44
Casio Exilim EX-ZR300 front
 
Samsung GX-1L front
Portability
69
Imaging
46
Features
36
Overall
42

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Samsung GX-1L Key Specs

Casio EX-ZR300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-300mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 205g - 105 x 59 x 29mm
  • Released May 2012
Samsung GX-1L
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 570g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Announced February 2006
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Casio EX-ZR300 vs Samsung GX-1L Overview

Below, we are analyzing the Casio EX-ZR300 vs Samsung GX-1L, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Advanced DSLR by manufacturers Casio and Samsung. There exists a big gap between the resolutions of the EX-ZR300 (16MP) and GX-1L (6MP) and the EX-ZR300 (1/2.3") and GX-1L (APS-C) come with totally different sensor dimensions.

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The EX-ZR300 was launched 6 years later than the GX-1L and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Casio EX-ZR300 being a Compact camera and the Samsung GX-1L being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before we go through a more detailed comparison, below is a quick summation of how the EX-ZR300 scores against the GX-1L in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Casio EX-ZR300 over the Samsung GX-1L

 EX-ZR300 GX-1L 
AnnouncedMay 2012February 2006Fresher by 76 months
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution461k210kSharper display (+251k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung GX-1L over the Casio EX-ZR300

 GX-1L EX-ZR300 

Common features in the Casio EX-ZR300 and Samsung GX-1L

 EX-ZR300 GX-1L 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Samsung GX-1L Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera regularly, you will want to factor its weight and size. The Casio EX-ZR300 has outer measurements of 105mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 205 grams (0.45 lbs) and the Samsung GX-1L has specifications of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") along with a weight of 570 grams (1.26 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Below is the front view dimensions comparison of the EX-ZR300 versus the GX-1L.

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Samsung GX-1L size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the EX-ZR300 and GX-1L is 92 and 69 respectively.

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Samsung GX-1L top view buttons comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Samsung GX-1L Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be tough to see the contrast between sensor sizing merely by reading through specifications. The graphic here will help give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the EX-ZR300 and GX-1L.

Plainly, both of these cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The EX-ZR300 due to its tinier sensor will make getting shallower DOF trickier and the Casio EX-ZR300 will resolve greater detail utilizing its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The more modern EX-ZR300 will have a benefit in sensor technology.

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Samsung GX-1L sensor size comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Samsung GX-1L Screen and ViewFinder

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Samsung GX-1L Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 Portrait photography info
Samsung GX-1L Portrait photography info
40
you can focus manually
good resolution (16MP)
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
51
you can focus manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Casio EX-ZR300
Street photography with Samsung GX-1L
62
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others (205 grams)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
61
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than average (570g)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 Sports photography factors
Samsung GX-1L Sports photography factors
56
long zoom range (24-300mm 12.5 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16MP)
features tracking focus
better than average battery life (500 CIPA)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
39
decent sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect AF
no liveview
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Casio EX-ZR300
Travel photography with Samsung GX-1L
71
better than average battery life (500 CIPA)
lighter than others (205 grams)
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
great reach (300mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
52
lighter than average (570 grams)
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (6MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 as a Landscape photography camera
Samsung GX-1L as a Landscape photography camera
52
you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
better than average battery life (500 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse recording
47
you can focus manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
small screen (2.5")
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 Vlogging factors
Samsung GX-1L Vlogging factors
33
quite wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others (205 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
does not feature selfie friendly display
doesn't have microphone jack
9
lack of video recording
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Casio EX-ZR300 vs Samsung GX-1L Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Casio EX-ZR300 and Samsung GX-1L
 Casio Exilim EX-ZR300Samsung GX-1L
General Information
Brand Name Casio Samsung
Model type Casio Exilim EX-ZR300 Samsung GX-1L
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Released 2012-05-22 2006-02-24
Body design Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Exilim Engine HS -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 6 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 3008 x 2008
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 200
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 5
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Pentax KAF
Lens zoom range 24-300mm (12.5x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.0-5.9 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Number of lenses - 151
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 2.5 inch
Resolution of screen 461 thousand dot 210 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech Super Clear TFT color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 96%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed - 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.70 m 7.50 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (15, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 512 x 384 (30, 240 fps), 224 x 160 (480 fps) 224 x 64 (1000 fps) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format H.264 -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 205 grams (0.45 lbs) 570 grams (1.26 lbs)
Dimensions 105 x 59 x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Battery life 500 shots -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-130 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 seconds, Triple) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC card
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $329 $0