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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Recently, I notice the Casio Exilim line of cameras are extremely small and slim, easy to carry on the slopes. the Ex S500 model is especially interest to me with its 2.5 inch display, slim body, 3x optial 4x digital zoom. Price is cheaper than the SONY lines. But I also heard SONY's video stabalization technology is superior.

I want to take casul pictures and some video using the camera. I know the DV's or Mini DV's can do a better job, but as some said:

"size does matter, smaller is batter"


What is your experiences?
post #2 of 22
First off... digital zoom is worthless. You can digitally zoom in your PC photo editing software.

Second... go with Canon or Panasonic. I had a Canon Powershot S400 and loved it, and recently upgraded to a Panasonic Lumix TZ1 and love it even more. They're both smaller and easy to carry in your pocket.
post #3 of 22
I love my Casio Exlim Z750. It takes excellent photos and even very good videos. I like the fact that the video is not limited and it is MPEG4 which saves a lot of space. I bought a pelican case for it and I take my camera around my neck when I go skiing.

Yes, digital zoom is worthless. Don't bother with it if you want good pictures.
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by jackwan1
Recently, I notice the Casio Exilim line of cameras are extremely small and slim, easy to carry on the slopes. the Ex S500 model is especially interest to me with its 2.5 inch display, slim body, 3x optial 4x digital zoom. Price is cheaper than the SONY lines. But I also heard SONY's video stabalization technology is superior.

I want to take casul pictures and some video using the camera. I know the DV's or Mini DV's can do a better job, but as some said:

"size does matter, smaller is batter"


What is your experiences?
Here is a great site where they review digital cameras. I ended up getting an Olympus based on their reviews.
http://www.imaging-resource.com/
post #5 of 22
post #6 of 22
The Casio is far superior for two reasons...

1- casio has a bigger, better lens. Look at it, as compared to the sony...sure sony has a Zeiss lens, but its tiny. The lens on the casio (I believe its a schnider, I could be wrong, but its a name brand) is much bigger, and actually retracts into the camera.

2 - the flash on the sony is inadequate. Most point and shoot digitals have crappy flash, anyway, but the sony is especially crappy.

ok, three reasons.

3- the sony doesn't have a veiwfinder. so if you are out in the bright sun, and your LCD washes out...(and i dont care what polarization or whatever they have, it WILL wash out) you have no back up. Some of the casios in that line have a veiwfinder.


There is also some very nice Nikon Coolpix cameras that have that thin profile and the classic and unbeatable Nikkor lenses....

also the flip/slide thing on the sony malfunctions often.

(I did a part time stint selling digital cameras for Circuit City.)
post #7 of 22
Oh, and you are going to get pretty crappy video with any digital camera. Sonys image stabilization is superior IN thir camcorders....

(btw, casio makes most of the LCDs for all brands of digital cameras...the building of the cameras was sort of a horizontal diversification for them...)
post #8 of 22
I bought a Canon A610. I find it to be a great camera and an unbelievable bargain
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by skilife
I love my Casio Exlim Z750. It takes excellent photos and even very good videos. I like the fact that the video is not limited and it is MPEG4 which saves a lot of space. I bought a pelican case for it and I take my camera around my neck when I go skiing.

Yes, digital zoom is worthless. Don't bother with it if you want good pictures.

skilife, does the z750 have image stabilization?

ed
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
I saw the Casio Ex S500 in Costco, it is really slim, has a body width of only 18mm, that is amazing. LindaA had pointed out that both SONY and Casio cameras do not have video stablization, so the choice is pretty clear.

I also looked up Panasonic TZ1, it has 10x opitical but it is 40mm body width.....vs others have only 3x optical. Made me think twice.:
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by jackwan1
I saw the Casio Ex S500 in Costco, it is really slim, has a body width of only 18mm, that is amazing. LindaA had pointed out that both SONY and Casio cameras do not have video stablization, so the choice is pretty clear.

I also looked up Panasonic TZ1, it has 10x opitical but it is 40mm body width.....vs others have only 3x optical. Made me think twice.:
I believe that the Casio EX S500 does have stabilzation. The EX 750 does not but is 7.2 meg-pics and has full manual control settings as well as good auto settings.
post #12 of 22
I've got 30 fps on my video mode with the Panasonic, and its pretty smooth. You should definitely check it out.
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post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
Now a days, 30 frame/sec almost is standard for DC's over $200 in price. I think the following criterias are the determind factors, but I really do not know which has higher priority in skiing:

Size & Weight
Optical Zooming
Video Stableization
Battery life in cold
All automatic control vs Automatic+ manual control


Can you think of other criterias? How do you rank them?
post #15 of 22
I have the EX S500 and have taken it skiing a few times now. I usually shoot with a dSLR, and bought this to pack when skiing and/or for my wife to use.

When skiing, I was able to put the loop around my wrist and tuck the camera into the cuff of my glove, then I can just stop and take off my glove to shoot pictures. It was very convenient, and I had no problems with mobility, etc...in fact, I hardly knew I was carrying a camera.

The slim factor is what sold me on the camera, and the fact that the menus are easy to use, and it takes great pictures.

The Canons, Nikons, and Sonys are all great too. Most the P&S cameras are fairly equal in terms of performance in my opinion, so as long as you stick with one of the major manufacturers you can't go wrong.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by stoweguy
I bought a Canon A610. I find it to be a great camera and an unbelievable bargain
Quite possibly the best camera out there for $200.

Oh, and it fits easily in my parka and soft shell jacket.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Cornbread
Quite possibly the best camera out there for $200.

Oh, and it fits easily in my parka and soft shell jacket.
Yeah but does it survive wipeouts on cattracks!!!
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by stoweguy
I bought a Canon A610. I find it to be a great camera and an unbelievable bargain

There are two things I do not like the A610

1. 49mm thickness, vs Casio's 18mm
2. Uses 4x AA battery
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Powdigger
Yeah but does it survive wipeouts on cattracks!!!
I wouldn't know. I'm not the one that wiped out.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by jackwan1
There are two things I do not like the A610

1. 49mm thickness, vs Casio's 18mm
2. Uses 4x AA battery
Those are actually two things that I really like about it. The thickness has a feel of stability to it in the hand like an even larger SLR. Kind of nice when working in the cold or with gloves. Plus, those four batteries are held in and make up the hand grip, good NiMH rechargeables last for 450+ shots before recharging, AA batteries are available everywhere if needed in a pinch. They add to weight and bulk but for me a nice trade-off. Besides, I really do not notice the extra bulk or heft while carrying it in my jacket pockets.

In addition to the numerous high end features to the A610 is the relative lack of shutter lag and a pretty high 2.4 shots per second in continuous shooting mode.

Combine all of those features and it's pretty nice for action photography like skiing. There are a lot of great cameras out there but like stoweguy said, the A610 is great and an unbelievable bargain.
post #21 of 22
Just picked up the Canon SD630 for the wife. What a great camera for her - easy to use and has a huge 3" LCD screen that doesn't wash out in the sunlight. Battery life has been pretty good too. Check it out.
post #22 of 22
Just a product alert here

dealsofamerica.com has the Canon A610 for $169.99 with free shipping.

the vendor is office depot. That's an incredible price
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