Casio EX-Z90

Casio Exilim EX-Z90 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 121g - 90 x 52 x 19mm
  • Introduced August 2009
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Casio EX-Z90 summary

Casio EX-Z90 is Casio's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally released on August of 2009. The camera houses a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The EX-Z90 stands at #222 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over all #1194 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please test our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Casio EX-Z90 history

The Casio EX-Z90 is part of a family of products. You can read the full list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR800 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR800
EX-Z90 vs EX-ZR800
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR700 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR700
EX-Z90 vs EX-ZR700
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Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR400 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR400
EX-Z90 vs EX-ZR400
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR1000 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR1000
EX-Z90 vs EX-ZR1000
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR300 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR300
EX-Z90 vs EX-ZR300
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR15 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR15
EX-Z90 vs EX-ZR15
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Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR100 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR100
EX-Z90 vs EX-ZR100
Casio-Exilim-EX-H30 front thumbnailCasio EX-H30
EX-Z90 vs EX-H30
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR10 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR10
EX-Z90 vs EX-ZR10
Casio-Exilim-EX-H20G front thumbnailCasio EX-H20G
EX-Z90 vs EX-H20G
Casio-Exilim-EX-FH100 front thumbnailCasio EX-FH100
EX-Z90 vs EX-FH100
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Casio-Exilim-EX-H15 front thumbnailCasio EX-H15
EX-Z90 vs EX-H15
Casio-Exilim-EX-FC150 front thumbnailCasio EX-FC150
EX-Z90 vs EX-FC150
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z33 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z33
EX-Z90 vs EX-Z33
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z280 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z280
EX-Z90 vs EX-Z280
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z90 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z9035-105mm
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z450 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z450
EX-Z90 vs EX-Z450
Casio-Exilim-EX-H10 front thumbnailCasio EX-H10
EX-Z90 vs EX-H10
Casio-Exilim-EX-S12 front thumbnailCasio EX-S12
EX-Z90 vs EX-S12
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Casio-Exilim-EX-FC100 front thumbnailCasio EX-FC100
EX-Z90 vs EX-FC100

Casio EX-Z90 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of good and bad points of the Casio EX-Z90 based on criterias which are usually regarded as important in a digital camera.

focusing manually
good minimum ISO (64)
has built in flash
in built lens has zoom (35-105mm 3.0 x zoom)
lighter than others (121g)
can't use external flash
doesn't have external mic jack
doesn't have HDMI support
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
no aperture priority
no manual mode
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW files
no shutter priority mode
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.9)
tiny screen (2.7")
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
wide angle not great (35mm)
Photography Glossary

Casio EX-Z90 Sensor specs

The Casio EX-Z90 features the Digic 4 processor. The spec of the sensor in the Casio EX-Z90 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor has 12 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 64 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the EX-Z90's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The EX-Z90 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Casio EX-Z90 dimensions

Casio EX-Z90 weighs in at 0.27 lbs (121 gr / 4.27 ounces) & has external proportions of 90mm x 52mm x 19mm (3.5" x 2.0" x 0.7"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Casio EX-Z90 is less heavy than various rivals.

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Underneath is a picture of the Casio EX-Z90 with a soda to help you to get a feel for its size.

Casio Exilim EX-Z90 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button layout on the EX-Z90.

Casio Exilim EX-Z90 topview buttons dials

Casio EX-Z90 Lens details

The EX-Z90 provides an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 35-105mm giving it a 3.0 x zoom which is definitely not exceptional but it is going to be convenient in certain situations.

At it's widest 35mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.1 and that's fairly sluggish and not good for low light circumstances and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You would also need to up your ISO which causes noisy images. At the long end, 105mm comes at f5.9 making it pretty sluggish and you would have to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Casio EX-Z90 Connectivity

The EX-Z90 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can send images and sometimes change settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Many apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Casio EX-Z90 Video details

The highest possible video quality in the Casio EX-Z90 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should strive for a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The body does not offer a microphone and / or headphone port which means that you have zero control over the audio. It is probably best to look into a different model in case you want good audio for your videos.

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Casio EX-Z90 Weather Sealing

Casio EX-Z90 does not have environment proofing so wet conditions can ruin the camera.

Casio EX-Z90 Screen and Viewfinder

The Casio EX-Z90 is equipped with a 2.7 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Casio EX-Z90 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be quite beneficial in sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Casio EX-Z90 Shutter details

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Casio EX-Z90 Flash and Hot shoe details

Casio EX-Z90 features just inbuilt flash without external flash support.

Casio EX-Z90 Autofocusing details

Casio EX-Z90 features only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier & precise than Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Casio EX-Z90 comes with manual focus when needed in low light occasions or you require more exact focus control.

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Casio EX-Z90 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the best (470) battery life in this class of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Casio EX-Z90 for various kinds of photography

The following bar chart displays a outline of the Casio EX-Z90 for various kinds of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Casio EX-Z90 Portrait photography advice

The Casio EX-Z90 gets a points tally of 27 which is lousy, meaning that it is simply not good for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files plus the potential to work with off-camera lighting.

Photography Glossary
has manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Casio EX-Z90 Street photography highlights

Getting a moderate rating of 55, the Casio EX-Z90 is somewhat acceptable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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lighter than average in class (121 grams)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Casio EX-Z90 Sports photography details

A lousy sports photography rating of 17 indicates the Casio EX-Z90 is simply not good for taking photos of sports. A camera should have great focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF

Casio EX-Z90 Travel photography highlights

Weight is extremely crucial in picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Casio EX-Z90 gets a moderate 56 for a travel camera which makes it relatively adequate to buy for your vacations.

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lighter than others (121g)
has built in flash
no Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)

Casio EX-Z90 as a Landscape photography camera

For anyone who is planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Casio EX-Z90 and it's lousy rating of 28 as a landscape camera is simply not good within the current market.

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you can focus manually
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse function

Casio EX-Z90 Vlogging information

A vlogging camera should come with a moving display screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Considering all the details, the Casio EX-Z90 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it comes to a lousy rating of 25.

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lighter than competition in class (121 grams)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone jack

Casio EX-Z90 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the EX-Z90, here is a collection of the highest placed cameras that fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram just below gives you a bird's eye view of the EX-Z90 vs it's top ranked competitors suggested above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may check out as alternative options. To check out a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Casio Exilim EX-Z90
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 4
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35-105mm (3.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
3.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (15 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
121 grams (0.27 lb)
Physical dimensions
90 x 52 x 19mm (3.5" x 2.0" x 0.7")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Triple)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
Pricing at release