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Casio TRYX EX-TR100 - Handling and Performance
Built very much with fun and practicality in mind, the TRYX’s biggest selling point is undoubtedly its flexible design. By extending the handle and twisting the screen it’s possible to use the handle as a grip or as a stand. This is rather fortunate as the TRYX has no tripod bush, meaning there’s no way to use it with a tripod short of using a clamp.
Still, when used in portrait orientation self-portraits remain fairly easy to compose, simply by folding the rim out and using it as a stand. Things aren’t quite so easy when the camera is used in landscape orientation as there’s no way to alter the angle without physically propping the lens part of the camera up somehow. Even when you’ve managed that, getting a straight horizon can prove fiddly.
A more serious problem encountered though, was with orientation – namely getting the sky to sit at the top of the frame and the ground at the bottom. Sadly, it’s not as clear-cut nor as easy as it should be, and you need to remember to hold the camera the right way up when shooting, otherwise all your movies and images will come out upside down or back-to-front. The ‘simple’ way to remember this is that (when shooting with the lens facing away from you at least), you need to hold the TRYX’s rim in your left hand with the screen to the right of the lens.
This quirk can prove infuriating if you forget, especially when shooting video that’s not so easy to correct using post-production software. Like us, you’d be forgiven for thinking the camera would have an option somewhere – or an automating setting – allowing you to tell the camera ‘this way up’, so that the sky and the ground are always in the right place, but alas there isn’t. This is especially annoying given the numerous ways it’s possible to hold the camera. There is an icon on the touch-screen misleadingly called ‘Screen Orientation’ however this just changes the configuration of the touch-screen menu icons, not the actual orientation of the camera.
Using the touch screen to make basic menu changes proves quite easy. Icons are lined up along one side of the screen and are just about big enough to prevent accidental presses, with the turquoise coloured camera symbol icon acting as the gateway to the TRYX’s range of shooting modes. From here it’s possible to swap between Auto, Premium Auto, HDR Art, Best Shot and suchlike with ease.
If you want to make more advanced changes to your shooting parameter, for example applying some EV compensation or changing the AF mode, then you’ll need to enter the main menu, which is accessed via the Menu icon on the home screen.
Once inside the main menu you’ll need to hold your finger firmly on the screen to scroll down the list of options. Jabbing or flicking at the screen will simply open the sub-menu item your finger happens to be on at that time. It might sound fairly straightforward, but it does take some getting used to before it becomes second nature.