Casio EX-ZR15

 
Casio Exilim EX-ZR15 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 176g - 102 x 59 x 27mm
  • Launched January 2012
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
93
Imaging
41
Features
43
Overall
41

Casio EX-ZR15 overview

Casio EX-ZR15 is Casio's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first released on January of 2012. The camera has got a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The EX-ZR15 is placed #32 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #660 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to look at our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your custom requirements.

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Here is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Casio EX-ZR15 history

The Casio EX-ZR15 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR800 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR800
EX-ZR15 vs EX-ZR800
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR700 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR700
EX-ZR15 vs EX-ZR700
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR400 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR400
EX-ZR15 vs EX-ZR400
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR1000 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR1000
EX-ZR15 vs EX-ZR1000
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR300 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR300
EX-ZR15 vs EX-ZR300
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR15 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR1528-196mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR100 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR100
EX-ZR15 vs EX-ZR100
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Casio-Exilim-EX-H30 front thumbnailCasio EX-H30
EX-ZR15 vs EX-H30
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR10 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR10
EX-ZR15 vs EX-ZR10
28-196mm
F3.0-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-H20G front thumbnailCasio EX-H20G
EX-ZR15 vs EX-H20G
24-240mm
F3.2-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-FH100 front thumbnailCasio EX-FH100
EX-ZR15 vs EX-FH100
24-240mm
F3.2-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2010
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Casio-Exilim-EX-H15 front thumbnailCasio EX-H15
EX-ZR15 vs EX-H15
24-240mm
F3.2-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-FC150 front thumbnailCasio EX-FC150
EX-ZR15 vs EX-FC150
37-185mm
F3.6-4.5
10MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z33 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z33
EX-ZR15 vs EX-Z33
36-107mm
F3.1-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z280 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z280
EX-ZR15 vs EX-Z280
26-104mm
F2.6-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z90 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z90
EX-ZR15 vs EX-Z90
35-105mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z450 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z450
EX-ZR15 vs EX-Z450
28-112mm
F2.6-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-H10 front thumbnailCasio EX-H10
EX-ZR15 vs EX-H10
24-240mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-S12 front thumbnailCasio EX-S12
EX-ZR15 vs EX-S12
36-108mm
F2.8-7.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Casio-Exilim-EX-FC100 front thumbnailCasio EX-FC100
EX-ZR15 vs EX-FC100
()mm
F3.6-8.5
9MP1/2.3"2009

Casio EX-ZR15 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Casio EX-ZR15 based on factors which are generally viewed as important in a digital camera.

decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
good battery (325 per charge)
good min ISO (80)
has built in flash
has HDMI support
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
in built zoom lens (28-196mm 7.0 x zoom)
nice screen size (3")
offers face detect focusing
offers tracking focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
you can focus manually
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW support
lack of manual mode
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
missing headphone jack
missing mic jack
missing Time Lapse recording
no shutter priority
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (461 thousand dot)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Casio EX-ZR15 Sensor specs

The Casio EX-ZR15 houses the Exilim Engine 5.0 processor. The sensor specification in the Casio EX-ZR15 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved so you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the EX-ZR15's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The EX-ZR15 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

Casio Exilim EX-ZR15 sensor size Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Casio EX-ZR15 dimensions

Casio EX-ZR15 weighs 0.39 lbs (176 grams / 6.21 ounces) & the overall size of the camera is 102mm x 59mm x 27mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Casio EX-ZR15 is on par compared with various rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Casio EX-ZR15 with a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its size.

Casio Exilim EX-ZR15 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button arrangement on the EX-ZR15.

Casio Exilim EX-ZR15 topview buttons dials

Casio EX-ZR15 Lens details

The EX-ZR15 houses a built in lens with a focal range of 28-196mm giving it a 7.0 x zoom which isn't exceptional however it might be valuable in a few cases.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.0 which will be somewhat sluggish and not good for low light circumstances and you might struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You would also have to increase your ISO setting causing noisy images. On the long end, 196mm comes at f5.9 making it very sluggish and you might have to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Casio EX-ZR15 Connectivity

The EX-ZR15 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and at times alter settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Certain apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Casio EX-ZR15 Video details

The maximum video quality in the Casio EX-ZR15 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance for video quality versus file size but FULL HD will not leave you with any room to crop. The body doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone port so you have got zero control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to buy a different model if you require decent audio for your videos.

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Casio EX-ZR15 Weather Sealing

Casio EX-ZR15 doesn't have weather proofing so rainy conditions can affect the camera.

Casio EX-ZR15 Screen and Viewfinder

The Casio EX-ZR15 has got a 3 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support.

Casio Exilim EX-ZR15 screen and viewfinder World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

The ViewFinder specifications for Casio EX-ZR15 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are very helpful.

Casio EX-ZR15 Shutter details

Casio EX-ZR15 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Casio EX-ZR15 Flash and Hot shoe details

Casio EX-ZR15 has just in-built flash without external flash ability.

Casio EX-ZR15 Autofocus details

Casio EX-ZR15 has only Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & exact than Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which makes it helpful for people photography.

It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Casio EX-ZR15 has got manual focus if needed for low light occasions or you need more accurate focus control.

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Casio EX-ZR15 Battery life

The battery (NP-110) for the Casio EX-ZR15 is designed to last for 325 shutters according to the CIPA standards which is higher than average for its class. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest possible (470) battery life for this group of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Casio EX-ZR15 for specific kinds of photography

The following chart gives a summation of the Casio EX-ZR15 for specific kinds of photography. To see more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Casio EX-ZR15

The Casio EX-ZR15 gets a points tally of 41 which is terrible, and means the camera is just not very good for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support & ability to use off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Street photography with Casio EX-ZR15

Coming in at a average score of 57, the Casio EX-ZR15 is somewhat acceptable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Sports photography with Casio EX-ZR15

A terrible sports photography points tally of 45 means the Casio EX-ZR15 is just not very good for shooting sports. A camera needs good focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
features tracking focus
better than average battery (325 per charge)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus

Casio EX-ZR15 Travel photography information

Portability is very important when buying a camera for travel. All things considered, the Casio EX-ZR15 gets a very good 68 as a travelling camera which is a good option to buy for your holidays.

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great battery (325 CIPA)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)

Casio EX-ZR15 Landscape photography info

If you're looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Casio EX-ZR15 at it's average rating of 50 for a landscape camera is fairly appropriate among its rivals.

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has manual focus
really wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
better than average battery life (325 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
no manual control
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse mode

Casio EX-ZR15 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging really should have a articulating screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering all things, the Casio EX-ZR15 is just not very good for vlogging as it receives a terrible score of 34.

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relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic port

Casio EX-ZR15 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the EX-ZR15, here is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart below gives you an overview of the EX-ZR15 compared to it's top scoring rivals mentioned previously.

There are more cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To go through a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Casio
Model
Casio Exilim EX-ZR15
Type
Small Sensor Compact
Launched
2012-01-09
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor Chip
Exilim Engine 5.0
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Highest native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch 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 focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-196mm (7.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.0-5.9
Macro focus range
2cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3"
Resolution of screen
461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology
Super Clear TFT color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
5.20 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 512 x 384 (30, 240 fps), 224 x 160 (480 fps)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
176 gr (0.39 pounds)
Dimensions
102 x 59 x 27mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
Other
Battery life
325 shots
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-110
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 seconds, custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
One
Cost at launch
$249