Over at Casio they like to do things a bit differently, as evidenced by the EX-TR100, otherwise known as the TRYX – a super-slim compact camera with a unique frame design that can be twisted and bent to accommodate all kinds of shooting angles.
With its articulated screen and foldable hollowed-out handle it’s even possible to hang the TRYX from hooks, or to use the frame itself as a makeshift support when composing self or group portraits. This is sure to appeal to its target audience of bright young things looking for a camera they can keep close to hand to photograph themselves and their friends with.
Of course, it could be argued that the latest generation of camera-equipped smart-phones offer exactly that, and with the styling of the TRYX matching that of a smart-phone so closely it clearly has its work cut out to prove it can offer something extra.
So, is the Casio TRYX able to deliver the goods to go with its looks, or is it a case of all style and no substance? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
At the heart of the TRYX is a 1/2.3-inch backside illuminated CMOS sensor offering an effective resolution of 12-megapixels. This is underpinned by the same Exilim Engine HS image processor used in several other high-end Casio cameras that excels at high-speed recording functions.
At the maximum 12MP resolution images are recorded in 4:3 aspect ratio at 4,000 x 3,000 pixels. The camera offers further options to record in 4:3 at 5MP (2,560x 1,920) and VGA (640 x 480), along with a 3:2 (4,000 x 2,656) option. The TRYX is JPEG only, with no provision to record lossless Raw files.
The fixed lens of the TRYX offers a generous 21mm field of view (35mm equivalent) with an equally impressive f/2.8 maximum aperture. Sadly though, there’s no optical zoom and so all magnification is of the digital zoom kind.
The TRYX is adorned a 3in, 460k-dot monitor offering touch-screen control over the camera. As there are only two physical buttons – an on/off button and a shutter button – operation of the TYRX is almost wholeheartedly reliant on jabbing this screen with a finger. Screen brightness can be altered via the settings sub-menu with 1, 2 and -1 options available in addition to the default brightness.
The two main shooting modes – Auto and Premium Auto – are both fully automatic, with the second option turning on what is effectively an automatic scene mode, whereby the TRYX analyses the scene in front of it and selects the appropriate scene mode. You will get better results with this mode than standard Auto, but it does eat up the battery quicker.