These issues aren't as visible at smaller sizes, such as prints of 5 by 7 inches and below, or when viewed at similar sizes on a computer screen. Also, be aware that, with the starting aperture of f3.9, low-light situations will force you to use higher ISO settings or the flash. There are noticeable colour issues at ISO 1,600 and ISO 3,200 because of noise and yellow blotching, although the yellowing first shows up at ISO 400.
Purple fringing in its images is above average for the EX-G1's class. Also, lens flare is an issue, probably because the EX-G1 has tempered glass protecting its lens. Even though it doesn't have a wide-angle lens, the EX-G1 has some visible barrel distortion. Even when zoomed out, there appears to be some distortion on the left side of the lens. The lens isn't terribly sharp, but it's decent and consistent from edge to edge -- again probably caused by the protective glass.
The EX-G1's image colours are very good and pretty close to accurate, at least in photos taken at ISO 800 and lower. Similarly, its image's white-balance levels are good indoors and out. If you like your pictures more vibrant, there are controls for fine-tuning saturation, sharpness and contrast. For shooting flowers or landscapes, use one of the camera's scene modes.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
|Time to first shot||Typical shot-to-shot time (flash)||Typical shot-to-shot time||Shutter lag (dim)||Shutter lag (typical)|
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
The Casio Exilim EX-G1 is a good, but not great, first attempt at a rugged camera. Since the company has a solid design within reach, it should put more effort into improving the feature set and photo quality of the EX-G1's successor.
Additional editing by Charles Kloet