Casio EX-ZS150 First Impressions Review$229.00
Lens & Sensor
Casio has elected to stick with a 16.1-megapixel CCD image sensor on the EX-ZS150, as opposed to the higher-end CMOS image sensors on Casio's flagship compact cameras. The sensor does retain the ability to shift on a plane in order to counteract subject blur due to camera shake, which helps with a 12.5x optical zoom lens.
The ZS150 has a standard 2.7-inch LCD, though resolution numbers were not available as of CES 2012. The screen didn't appear to be as high a resolution as the 461k-dot screens on the ZR-series Casios, so the camera may end up with a more entry-level 230k-dot display.
The ZS150's flash is built directly into the body and appeared to be of similar power to the ZR-series Casio cameras. Again, we have yet to receive final specifications on the power, but we used it for a few shots and it appeared to be a typical point-and-shoot flash: very harsh, very bright, and with a slow recycle time.
Jacks, Ports & Plugs
The ZS150 features a proprietary AV/USB port for charging and transferring photos and video off of the camera. The port is located behind a small plastic flap on the right side of the camera beside the wrist strap eyelet. The media and battery slots are located in the usual place, behind a plastic door on the bottom of the camera.
The EX-ZS150 has a rechargeable, removable lithium-ion battery. We do not yet have specs on the battery's capacity or CIPA rating with the ZS150. The camera does feature USB charging, letting users recharge their battery via just a USB port, rather than needing a dedicated charging block.
Pictures can be stored on SD/SDHC (and presumable SDXC memory cards), all of which fit into a dedicated media slot on the bottom of the camera. There is also the option for enabling functionality with Eye-Fi memory cards, which are SDHC cards with built-in wireless functionality.