Casio EX-ZR300

 
Casio Exilim EX-ZR300 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-300mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 205g - 105 x 59 x 29mm
  • Revealed May 2012
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
92
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
44

Casio EX-ZR300 overview

Casio EX-ZR300 is Casio's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally launched on May of 2012. It has a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The EX-ZR300 stands at #87 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all-around #545 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to look at our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personal requirements.

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Casio EX-ZR300 family

The Casio EX-ZR300 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can find all past and newer models along with main features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR800 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR800
EX-ZR300 vs EX-ZR800
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR700 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR700
EX-ZR300 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-ZR300 vs EX-ZR400
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR1000 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR1000
EX-ZR300 vs EX-ZR1000
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR300 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR30024-300mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR15 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR15
EX-ZR300 vs EX-ZR15
28-196mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR100 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR100
EX-ZR300 vs EX-ZR100
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Casio-Exilim-EX-H30 front thumbnailCasio EX-H30
EX-ZR300 vs EX-H30
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR10 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR10
EX-ZR300 vs EX-ZR10
28-196mm
F3.0-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-H20G front thumbnailCasio EX-H20G
EX-ZR300 vs EX-H20G
24-240mm
F3.2-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-FH25 front thumbnailCasio EX-FH25
EX-ZR300 vs EX-FH25
26-520mm
F2.8-4.5
10MP1/2.3"2010
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Casio-Exilim-EX-FH100 front thumbnailCasio EX-FH100
EX-ZR300 vs EX-FH100
24-240mm
F3.2-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-H15 front thumbnailCasio EX-H15
EX-ZR300 vs EX-H15
24-240mm
F3.2-5.7
14MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-FC150 front thumbnailCasio EX-FC150
EX-ZR300 vs EX-FC150
37-185mm
F3.6-4.5
10MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z33 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z33
EX-ZR300 vs EX-Z33
36-107mm
F3.1-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z280 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z280
EX-ZR300 vs EX-Z280
26-104mm
F2.6-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z90 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z90
EX-ZR300 vs EX-Z90
35-105mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z450 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z450
EX-ZR300 vs EX-Z450
28-112mm
F2.6-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-H10 front thumbnailCasio EX-H10
EX-ZR300 vs EX-H10
24-240mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Casio-Exilim-EX-S12 front thumbnailCasio EX-S12
EX-ZR300 vs EX-S12
36-108mm
F2.8-7.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-FC100 front thumbnailCasio EX-FC100
EX-ZR300 vs EX-FC100
()mm
F3.6-8.5
9MP1/2.3"2009

Casio EX-ZR300 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Casio EX-ZR300 based on things which are often viewed as essential in a camera.

better than average battery (500 shots)
built-in flash
great zoom (300mm)
has HDMI port
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has manual focus
has tracking autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (205g)
long zoom range (24-300mm 12.5 x zoom)
quite wide (24mm)
resolution is good (16MP)
screen size is good (3 inch)
very good min ISO (80)
can't use external flash
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external microphone port
does not have headphone port
does not have Timelapse function
fixed screen
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW files
pixelated screen (461 thousand dot)
sluggish at long end (f5.9)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Casio EX-ZR300 Sensor information

The Casio EX-ZR300 is run by the Exilim Engine HS processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Casio EX-ZR300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and has a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported therefore the user has less margin for error.

The picture underneath shows the EX-ZR300's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The EX-ZR300 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Casio EX-ZR300 dimensions

Casio EX-ZR300 weighs around 0.45 pounds (205 gr / 7.23 oz) & has outside measurements of 105mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Casio EX-ZR300 is lighter as compared with its competitors.

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Here is a shot of the Casio EX-ZR300 beside a soft drink so you can get a sense of its size.

Casio Exilim EX-ZR300 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button arrangement on the EX-ZR300.

Casio Exilim EX-ZR300 topview buttons dials

Casio EX-ZR300 Lens information

The EX-ZR300 has got a built-in lens having a focal range of 24-300mm making it a 12.5 x zoom which is amazing and will let you zoom all the way in.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.0 which will be really sluggish and not ideal for low light events and you will probably find it hard to get good bokeh. You could also have to boost your ISO setting resulting in noisy files. With the long end, 300mm is terrific zoom and comes to f5.9 which is quite slow and you might have to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Casio EX-ZR300 Connectivity

The EX-ZR300 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send pictures and usually adjust settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

A few apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external monitor. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Casio EX-ZR300 Video information

The maximum video resolution in the Casio EX-ZR300 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in H.264 format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in quality and file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with any room to downsample. The body doesn't feature a microphone and headphone jack which means that you get absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to buy another model should you need better audio for your video clips.

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Casio EX-ZR300 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Casio EX-ZR300 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Casio EX-ZR300 Display and Viewfinder

The Casio EX-ZR300 has a 3 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder details for Casio EX-ZR300 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really handy in sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Casio EX-ZR300 Shutter information

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Casio EX-ZR300 Flash and Hot shoe information

Casio EX-ZR300 comes with just integrated flash with no external flash ability.

Casio EX-ZR300 Autofocusing information

Casio EX-ZR300 comes with only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & accurate as compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

It also includes Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Casio EX-ZR300 has got manual focus in case it is required in low light conditions or you need to have more exact control on focus.

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Casio EX-ZR300 Battery life

The battery (NP-130) on the Casio EX-ZR300 is made to last for 500 shutters based on the CIPA measurements making it higher than average for its class. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the highest possible (600) battery life in this type of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the highest battery life:

Casio EX-ZR300 for varying types of photography

The following illustration presents a analysis of the Casio EX-ZR300 for varying types of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Casio EX-ZR300 Portrait photography highlights

The Casio EX-ZR300 receives a points total of 40 which is low, and means the camera is just not very good to use for portraits. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos & flexibility to use external flash.

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focusing manually
good resolution (16MP)
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Casio EX-ZR300 Street photography factors

Having a nice score of 62, the Casio EX-ZR300 is a good choice to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (205g)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Casio EX-ZR300 as a Sports photography camera

A average sports photography points tally of 56 indicates the Casio EX-ZR300 is relatively adequate for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have good autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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long zoom range (24-300mm 12.5 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
good battery life (500 per charge)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Casio EX-ZR300 Travel photography features

Portability is very critical in buying a travel camera. Overall, the Casio EX-ZR300 gets a above average 71 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable pick to take with you on your vacations.

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great battery life (500 per charge)
lighter than average (205 grams)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (24mm)
long zoom (300mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)

Casio EX-ZR300 Landscape photography features

For those who are looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Casio EX-ZR300 at it's decent grade of 52 as a landscape camera is somewhat adequate in the current market.

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manual focus
relatively wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (16MP)
great battery life (500 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
no Timelapse mode

Vlogging with Casio EX-ZR300

A vlogging camera should really posses a moving screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Casio EX-ZR300 is just not very good as a vlog camera as it delivers a low rating of 33.

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rather wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (205 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have microphone support

Casio EX-ZR300 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the EX-ZR300, below is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall within the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line chart here gives you a bird's eye view of the EX-ZR300 compared to it's highest scored rivals listed previously.

Following are several cameras you might view as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Casio
Model
Casio Exilim EX-ZR300
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed
2012-05-22
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Powered by
Exilim Engine HS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor 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
Minimum native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-300mm (12.5x)
Largest aperture
f/3.0-5.9
Macro focus distance
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inch
Resolution of display
461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech
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
15 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
4.70 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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
Video data format
H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
205 grams (0.45 lb)
Dimensions
105 x 59 x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1")
Other
Battery life
500 photographs
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-130
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 seconds, Triple)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
One
Retail cost
$329