Snapshots are generally bright and sharp, with slightly warm colours. The grey stone of Tower Bridge became grey with a hint of beige, for example. We felt the colours were pleasing, even if they weren't completely accurate.
There's some barrel distortion at the wide end of the lens, and some purple fringing on backlit subjects in the corner of the frame, but both effects were acceptable for an ultracompact camera. The EX-Z57 coped well with bright red spring tulips, retaining details in the petals despite the saturated colour. It also managed to retain highlight detail in the feathers of our nesting swans. Macro shots were detailed and correctly exposed.
Portraits taken with flash were generally pleasing, with natural-looking skin tones. In keeping with the general warm tones of the images from this camera, skin sometimes looked very slightly yellow, but we thought this effect was more flattering than the slightly pink skin tones from the Pentax Optio S5n. If the flesh tones aren't to your taste, you can easily adjust the colour balance with an image-editing program.
Edited by Michael Parsons
Additional editing by Tom Espiner