"works great"on by jgoldin1
Pros small, yet not too small. photos look good.
Cons video requires a good bit of memory
Summary after a good bit of research, i finally settled on the exilim z600. i was also looking at the s600 and z850. i found this camera to be a happy medium. the z600 is small enough to fit in my pocket (same thickness as my cell phone). i thought the s600 was just too thin.
the 33 best shot settings are pretty good. i don't know too much about adjusting manual features, but this feature makes sure you have the right setup for the right photo (though, my main setting is usually snapshot).
i'm not that picky about photos, but they look excelent to me. 6 megapixels is more than enough for me. it does take some time to save the pictures, so if you plan to take several pictures real quick(without the use of rapid fire function), you will need to lower your quality.
the video is nice tv quality. the video plays great in the camera, but in my experience, requires a lot of memory on my computer. i have to play the movie, its choppy and the second time i play it, its fine. this is okay for 30 sec video, but for 3 minute video, it really gets old. the size of video is also huge (1 GB for 15 mins at highest quality). this camera uses m-jpeg which looks like it is trying to overtake mpeg-4, but it doesn't look like its going to happen.
Pros Awesome Screen-picture-feel and menu
Cons Disappointing instructions-cumbersome download
Summary I've just had this camera for a few days and so far it is everything I was hoping for-great lcd screen-great photos-easy to understand menu-great size-shape and battery life. I tried the viewer in direct Florida sunlight and I could see very well. The picture is sharp and clear.- I chose the less expensive z600 over the z850 because of the price, slightly larger screen and memory and more compact size-and I'm not sure the extra megapixel factor is that important- after 6 megs (you can still print awesome 8X10's )
The z600 has a great feel and shape and with the Best Shot feature makes it easy for an average user to get great shots-quickly and easily-plus it has some options that will interest a more creative photographer.
A slight con was the large but virtually worthless direction book. It only had about 25 pages in English and then you have to use the software to download the manual all 250- some pages!!!
This is one sweet camera and really for $300 bucks I think a great buy.
Pros Flexible modes, straightforwad controls, good battery
Cons Small and inconvenient buttons for shifting modes from picture to review or movies
Summary Purchased this camera to replace a lost Sony Cyber-Shot after researching the many available products on the shelves in Japan. It has now done several strenuous trips and has produced very satisfactory results.
There are many pre-set modes for various conditions and objectives. After a couple of weeks, one learns what is available and where to find it quickly in the menu. Under most conditions, the default "Best Shot" works very well but difficult settings such as portrait with scenery and backlight improves the quality of the images. There are a full range of manual settings for those with the time, experience, and ability to use them properly (definitely NOT me!) The picture stabilizing mode works remarkably well, especially when taking shots in low light. Worth the purchase just for this feature!
Battery life is good. A full 512MB SD card was filled with one charge (though very pictures requried flash). The camera takes MPEG-4 movies though this tends to wear the battery down quite quickly.
Moving between picture and review modes requires pressing very small buttons located on the top back edge of the camera. These buttons are NOT intuitive and quite frankly, my stubby fingers occasionally have to take several jabs to activate them. The controls to activate these functions on the Sony camera were much more convenient.
Overall, I consider this an excellent purchase with very satisfactory results. This camera should be considered when comparing similar products in the same price category. When compared feature for feature, this one is a bargain. And, to plagerize from a rival watch manufacturer, this camera takes a licking and keeps on clicking!
Pros Very easy to use and loaded with cool features
Cons Image quality is disappointing
Summary When digital cameras first came out I hated them. The image quality was always poor. When I saw the Olympus C-5000 I was pretty impressed with the image quality and decided to buy it. It didn’t take long before the slowness and lack of features wore on me and I grew to hate it. Fortunately, it suffered a fatal accident recently and I decided not to make the same mistake. I bought the Casio EX-Z600 after seeing it at a tradeshow. I loved the ease of use, small size and the features are exceptional but after getting it home, taking a few pictures and blowing them up in Photoshop I realized the image quality was everything that made me biased against digital to begin with. My five-mega pixel Olympus produced much more detailed, higher quality images. The camera is advertised as six-mega pixels but looking at the images up close I think the CCD pickup device is actually much lower then that and the image is “blown up” to six-mega pixels. This of course just makes the image bigger and does not give you six-mega pixel detail. If this is true, then Casio ripped me off and I will be very pissed. Regardless, the images are noisy and fine detail is often lost. If I could post images here I would show you the difference – it’s pretty striking. If you are looking for an easy to use camera that is loaded with features and don’t much care about great image quality then this is a great camera for you. But if you are more concerned with image quality, then perhaps you should keep looking. After all, what are cameras for?
Pros Palm-sized, easy to use menus, large LCD screen, quick startup and shutter release, zoom in video mode
Cons picture quality, videos take up lots of memory
Summary I bought this to replace an Olympus Stylus and right off the bat, I noticed that the picture quality is subpar. It's not as detailed and clear as an Olympus, which bugs me. Sometimes it's clear, sometimes it's not especially when taking photos of faces.
Videos take up a lot of space! On the normal setting, a 2gb card will hold only 40 minutes of video and only 25 minutes of video on the high quality setting. I like that you can zoom in, but it's quite blurry!!
Really makes me wonder if this is truly a 6 megapixel camera.
Aside from these annoyances, its a great camera. Good for beginners or those who are not picky about image quality.
But I will most likely sell this to get something else. Bummer. =T