Casio Exilim S10 First Impressions Review

Read an expert, unbiased first look at the Casio Exilim S10 digital camera.

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Physical Tour

Front

The Casio Exilim EX-S10 looks similar to its relatives. It has an Exilim logo embossed on the left side of the front. At the edge of this side is a loop that barely protrudes from the camera body; this is for the wrist strap. In the upper left corner of the camera is a printed Casio logo next to a rectangular built-in flash that is flush with the camera body.

The right side of the S10’s front is occupied by the 3x optical zoom lens and its thick silver barrel. The lens has its specs printed along the outer edge: "Exilim Optical 3x, f=6.3-18.9mm, 1:2.8-5.3." To the upper right of the lens is the autofocus assist lamp. To the lower left of the lens is a hole that makes up the mono microphone.

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Back

The back of the S10 has the 2.7-inch LCD screen on the left side with the Exilim logo peeking over the upper left corner. On the right side of the camera is a small strip of undersized controls. In the upper right corner of the back is a small circular button with a red dot in its center. This is the movie recording button. Below it are two tiny buttons for playback and shooting. The multi-selector is beneath this; it has a central selection button and a tiny hard-to-press ring around it. The multi-selector is truly awful, especially when trying to scroll to the left, where there is a slight increase in elevation from the LCD screen. Below the multi-selector are two buttons for menu and Best Shot (labeled "BS").

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**Left Side

**The left side of the camera is free of features. It has only a chrome strip for decoration running down the center. The skinny profile of the camera can be seen from this angle.

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Right Side

The chrome strip from the left side runs over the top and down the right side. A wrist strap loop sits here.

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Top

The top of this digital camera boasts its resolution along the chrome strip: "10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera EX-S10." There is a shutter release button near the right side, and a zoom ring surrounds it. The ring is tiny and has a tiny knob on the front for rotating it. The knob is very sharp and feels awful to touch. To the left of the shutter release/zoom ring combination is the miniscule power button, which is recessed into the camera body and very hard to push.

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Bottom

The bottom of the camera isn’t very exciting. It has the battery and memory card compartment under where the right hand pinches the camera. Nearly centered is the single jack, and the tripod socket is its neighbor.

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Sections

  1. Physical Tour
  2. Components
  3. Design / Layout
  4. Modes
  5. Control Options
  6. Image Parameters
  7. Connectivity / Extras
  8. Overall Impressions
  9. Conclusion

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