At 24mm thick and weighing 153g, the Casio Exilim EX-Z1050, available for around £130, isn't quite the slimmest member of the Casio Exilim series of digital cameras. It is, however, one of the simplest.
Unlike most other Exilims, the EX-Z1050 lacks both mode dial and switch and holds only a few buttons on its back panel. This simple design betrays the camera's simple feature set. The 10-megapixel shooter uses a standard 38-114mm equivalent 3x zoom lens.
Like all Exilims, the EX-Z1050 features Casio's antishake DSP digital-image stabilisation and Best Shot scene preset modes. The EX-Z1050 also uses the same control sidebar first seen in the Casio Exilim EX-S770. The sidebar works well with the EX-Z1050's simple design, making almost all commonly used image settings available with a few taps of the direction pad.
The EX-Z1050 sports a 66mm (2.6-inch), 115,000-pixel LCD screen. That's a far cry from the 230,000-pixel screens found on a lot of cameras these days.
The low resolution makes virtually everything you see through it look soft and grainy. Since the camera doesn't have a viewfinder, you're forced to deal with the disappointing LCD whenever you use it. This makes framing shots difficult, as the coarse, blurry display doesn't clearly show whether the camera has accurately focused.