Pros Big Screen, Brilliant Camera, Not very heavy and packed full of features
Cons I havent found some so far
Summary Well firstly the Casio EX-Z57 is brilliant because this is a small camera that is muchly different to other bulky cameras that have small screens and this camera has great camera quality for a five mega pixel plus its battery life lasted a loong time, it also comes with 23 Best shot profiles to create the best photos i would recomend this camera to anyone who had a bulky camera and are seeking for a slim stylish spectacular camera
Pros picture/screen/construction quality
Cons none for point and shoot use
Summary I purchased this camera after months of research. The Z57 is an incredible buy:
* HUGE screen (2.7 inch)
* Fast shutter/focus/operation speeds
* Unbeatable battery life
* Excellent picture quality/control (modes and manual w/b, etc)
* Incredibly stylish - it looks incredible
Pros ENORMOUS LCD, Great photo resolution, Simple and easy to use.
Cons Resolution is somewhat grainy on screen
Summary Scrolling through your photos on the camera, you might just miss how fantastic the pictures actually are. With such a large screen, the image on the camera appears somewhat fuzzy. It is still good, however, and when you look at it on your computer you will be dazzled. Picture quality is incredible.
The camera has an immaculate design: it is beautiful to look at, very light weight, and fits perfectly into your hand. It is also very easy to use.
Overall, the Casio EX-Z57 is the best digital camera I have ever come in contact with.
Pros Big screen, excellent picture quality, long battery life
Cons Grainy screen, no viewfinder
Summary This is my first digital camera and I definately wanted a 5.0 megapixel camera. I was also looking for something slim so that I could carry around with ease. I narrowed down my choices between the Casio EX-Z57 and Casio EX-S500. These were the slimest cameras I could find. I ultimately chose the EX-Z57 becasue it is the same camera as the EX-S500 as it comes to features, but it costs $100 less. Plus the EX-S500 is a little too thin for something that costs $400 dollars. The picture quality of the EX-Z57 is excellent, though it is hard to tell with its grainy screen. But I can live with a grainy screen if it means the battery will last a little longer. In the end what we all really want from a camera is picture quality and when you upload these pictures they a very smooth and detalied. The different pre-set best shot modes (there are about 20 of them) take time to getting used to, but they help any amatuer take better pictures by adjusting to the environment you are taking the pictures at. Pictures in low light may take some experimenting to get used to because if you leave it on the regular mode, then the pictures come out looking a little dark. Also, when you take pictures in night mode it flashes twice. Thats kind of weird, but it makes the picture come out 100x better than when you take it with only one flash. All in all it is a steal to get all this with its little size and great picture quality for $300!!!
Pros Huge bright LCD at 2.7", light weight and easy to use menu's.
Cons Useless user manual. Not for the first time user if you require instructions.
Summary It was a toss-up between the Sony DSC-W7 7.2 mp camera or whatever it was and the Nikon P1 8.0mp with wi-fi, until i saw this camera here. The Casio EX-Z57 ($339 cdn)is a 5 mp camera. 5mp is good enough to print an 8x10 picture at the same quality as a film camera. most people wont ever print a pix bigger than 5x7 anyways so 5mp was more than enough for my uses. Casio uses a very good lens by Pentax who is well known in the professional camera industry, on par with Nikkor, Carl Zeisse etc. The camera is small (about 1/2 the thickness of the Sony) and about 1/2 the weight too. The menu's are simple and easy to use and has manual features also if you want to use them. That brings me to the LCD.. its FREEKIN HUGE at 2.7".. bigger than the sony or Nikon (2.5") and its a noticable difference trust me.
I got the 1gig SD card and it will hold over 400 pics at 5.0mp or over 1200 pics at 1024x768 (pc wallpaper size)so thats enough for anyone i think. Overall i am very impressed with this camera..The only thing i didnt like was the lack of info in the user manuel. If you are a first time user and havent used a digital camera before then you better get someone to show you how to use it.. all the manuel shows you is what the icons mean on the display and lists its features.. i still dont know what the "best shot" feature is. I will have to look it up online. Nothing is explained in the manual.
Oh yeah.. it also comes with this cool little docking cradle for charging and USB transfers.. some websites features say its an option but mine came with it.. its called a "usb cradle" but you can buy the optional "dock" for $50??.. looks like the same thing to me. kinda confusing but look to see if its inc in the box. I did a lot of research and this is the best bang for the buck. I rated it a 9.0 but realisticly would knock it down to an 8.0 if i considered the user manual as part of the rating.