Pros High-Quality Images (Crisp & Sharp)
Cons LCD Screen is Buggy at Times
Summary As far as the picture quality is concerned, the unit delivers on all points. The unit is easy to use with a few strange issues that need to be addressed. When I purchased the first unit, the LCD was blinking from dull to bright mode incessantly. I took the unit back to the store and traded it for another unit. The second unit works just fine, but the LCD goes out of focus easily which is rather abnormal. Although the LCD will be out of focus, the green meter will show that focus is good, and when you take the shot, sure enough the picture is well focused. Hence, if the LCD bugs out on you, you're in a world of hurt, because there is no viewfinder. Another problem is when you attempt to use the edit colors mode in the menu options. Three-quarters of the time it will make it to the editing menu, but the other 25% of the time, it will shoot over to the trim menu. I contacted Casio on this issue, and I'm awaiting technical support. The construction is awesome (made in Japan), and I have no complaints at all. The unit is light and easy to use. The buttons are well positioned and taking shots is painless. As for the zoom (even though not a great optical magnification), it is incredibly clear when taking shots. The Antishake DSP mode works well which is an added plus. Overall, I am very happy with the camera, but I still have the EX-Z750 as a backup just in case. Now, if you already own the EX-Z750, then my advice is to wait until the next generation arrives. Although the EX-Z1000 has a higher resolution, the crispness and colors are not any better than the EX-Z750. The only difference (in my opinion) is that you can enlarge the image to a much higher aspect ratio. Had I been able to use the EX-Z1000 before buying it, I would not have made the purchase given that it is not really better than the EX-Z750. On a last note, the video does not suffer from the jaggies, and it is very clear with excellent sound! Although this is the case, it is not compressed as is the case on the EX-Z750, so you're only going to get a few minutes of video on your SD card before it fills up. I would say a good 8 minutes (plus or minus) on a 1GB SD card. Final Conclusion: The unit is definitely worth the price if you don't have a better camera, but it is not worth the added cost when compared to the features of the Casio EX-Z750. Thus, if you own the EX-Z750, you should rest assured that upgrading is not going to get you a sharper or more vivid-looking picture.
Pros Ultracompact, nice design, huge LCD
Cons A step down from the Z750 and Z850 in many respects
Summary I think this camera will appeal to those who think a higher MP count is the sole measure of a camera's worth (or those trying to compensate for something...) -- I would defy anyone to take photos of the same scene with a 6-7 MP camera and a 10 MP camera, enlarge them to 8x10s/12s and be able to tell a scrap of difference between the two (all other factors being equal). The bottom line is, unless most of your shots are enlarged to 20x30" posters, you DO NOT NEED this many pixels. All that's accomplished, realistically, is larger file sizes. Save a few bucks and pick up one of Casio's exceptionally good Exilim cameras, the EX-Z750 or EX-Z850. They have better manual controls for flexible photography, an optical viewfinder for occasional use, a very good 2.5" LCD, tremendous user interface, and exceptionally good image quality. I've spent a little time fiddling with the Z1000, and it just doesn't offer the control that its younger brothers do. This is far from a bad camera, in fact it's better than most of the crap a lot of the "big camera name" makers churn out in the P&S realm, but Casio has better cameras in their Exilim line. Don't be swayed by the MP count.
Pros Easy to use, very compact, price, flexibility
Cons no view finder
Summary I have read a lot of good things about Casio's EXILIM series and wanted something small size with lots of features and MPs so was interested to read about the 1000 which didn't get a great review on CNET. I thought that was odd and felt maybe I'd go with the 850. Then I found reviews on 2 other sites which only review digital cameras both of which were incredibly extensive and intensive compared to the review here. And both of them gave the Z1000 much higher ratings than here and both also showed totally different and much faster response times than this review did. They also rated the picture qualities as very high for this class of camera. 1 even said that they figured the price point was fantastic since it wasn't much more than the 850 and had more features.
Anyway, I bought the camera and it was on sale for 3 days at the same price as the 850. I love it. It is so easy to understand and use and so far so good on pic quality and I haven't even tried anything but the pre programmed "BestShot" settings yet.
I certainly respect CNET's rep and always read reviews here whenever I buy PC eqpt and find them to be accurate.
But in my opinion,this review was off base compared to the others which were much more comprehensive.
Pros Small, thin, light. Very cool looking...
Cons pictures are horrible... even at highest settings.
Summary i loved the look and feel of this camera and was tricked by the high megapixel rating.
i was told before getting this camera to get a canon. i did not listen and was sold on the salespersons' reccomendation of casio. i should have known not to just get any manke because casio is not primarily a camera maker. long story short i am a novice user and an artist. so i am familiar with good pictures and resolution. i looked at a variety of cameras, took pictures and talked to many people after getting this. i loaded pictures to my computer, and had many people veiw the pictures to. and everyone across the board said that the pictures were of questionablee quality at best. after much debate i purchased a highly rated canon s2 is. it is only 5 megapixels, but it takes incredible shots. i know it is a much larger camera and in theory can do more with that space. in any event it takes good pictures and is rated very highly and that i all that matters in the end. i got a great deal and will stick with canon unless there is a huge flaw that i am not aware of.
please do not make the mistake that i did and be tricked by megapixel. there is not a huge difference in lines of resolution. quality pictures matter.
contrary to popular belief the optics and megapixel of this casio do not allow it to take good pictures. they are not even passable.Updated
i would like to say that this is my opinion of the camera. i bought it and used it, and unless i had a dud, it just did not take good pictures. also the screen was not at a high enough brightness or resolution to see if the pictures were good until you got them on your pc. for the record i did call casio. i tried a variety of settings and none of them produced even passable shots. there was alot of grainyness at high resolutions and too much fuzziness at low ones.
Pros small and good pocket camera
Cons below average image quality and cumbersome operation.
Summary I have had digital cameras since it's glory days introduction of the 1.4 megapixil. I have recently had the Canon S80 (best camera yet) and the Canon SD500. Also, I have owned several Nikon and even a Kodak digital. I bought this primarily due to to my heading to China in February and want an inexpensive pocket camera but with the best image possible.
This camera is a bit difficult to get used to going through the menues but once you get used to the "BS" button, you can take some fairly good shots. I have the latest 1.02 firmware and the video on my high speed 1-gig Sandisk actually wasn't bad with good low light capture and no dropped frames.
Picture quality was really only fair. Yes you get the image and but the quality is near to that of my 5 mp Canon.
I bought mine from Abes of Maine and bought a bundled unit with a spare battery 1-gig hi-speed flash card and a small case.
One small but pleasing surprise is that this camera package COMES with a plug that will work in China and the converter automatically switches to 220V.
On the down side, you HAVE to use to the cradle to transfer files to your computer and that is a hassle. You have to plug a power cord into the cradle to charge the camera battery. Then if you have images to transfer, you plug the USB cable into the cradle also. That's one too many steps but It's an inexpensive unit and I can live with it..
UPDATE: Last night I found a 'hot' white pixel in every dark picture. It's a little above center and to the left. Unexceptable!
Review: I've had the camera for a little over 2 weeks and while looking at a dark picture on my computer, I noticed a bright pixel. I examined several images and they all have the same 'hot' white pixel. Half way up and to the left of center.
For a point and shoot, I am not too concerned but it's not a good sign from Casio. This is my first Casio camera. Maybe I'll just stick with their calculator watches in the future...