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Old Dec 28, 2005, 4:12 PM   #1
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We need a p&s camera and prefer ultra-compacts because we hate having to drag extra 'stuff' around. I have read many conflicting reviews on this camera and find that the reviewers analyze every minute detail about the pics (who really scrutinizes them like that in the real world?). So... I'd like to hear from some real world folks who have actually bought/used this camera. What do you like/dislike about it? Did you also consider the Canon SD450???

Also... what type of case did you buy for it??

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Old Jan 3, 2006, 5:12 PM   #2
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I can give a subjective assessment of the EX-S500 compared to the EX-P600 since I have both. The P600 was my first digital camera bought in early 2005, and I have been very happy with the image quality and general performance. My wife and I are both point and shoot snappers, but I did compare the P600 with our old compact 35 mm camera (which never gave a bad picture over 10 years), and also experimented with all the features, including wide angle and telescopic lenses and slave flash.

I bought the S500 5 months ago (for my wife of course!), and it is beautifully slim and consistent for p & s - neither of us bother to use Best Shot scenes. The video is great and I have produced several DVDs combining the MPEG4 clips with Hi8 and Digital8 clips (after some fiddling with different programs.) People do not realise that you are taking a video with the S500 and it fits easily in a pocket or small handbag. The picture quality of the S500 is slightly inferior to the P600, but only when you magnify on screen. I have hardly used the P600 since acquiring the S500, and have been very pleased with all the images on screen and 4 x 6 prints. I did consider the the IXUS 50 and my son has the latter plus a Olympus 7070 - again, he now hardly uses the big camera (I was put off by all the reports on cracked LCDs - when you press lightly on the LCD, you see the image ripple. His camera is still fine though).

I don't think that you can go far wrong with either the Casio EX-S500 or Canon IXUS 50 or 55 if you just want a small compact camera for snapshots, and don't want to play with manual settings.

Good luck with your selection.
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Old Jan 3, 2006, 5:16 PM   #3
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You asked about the case for the S500 - I found a slim leather case at the local market (It said "Tobacco" on the front!) The standard cases for ultra compacts are too thick, and you lose the pocketability.
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Old Jan 8, 2006, 6:34 PM   #4
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I have both the EX Z750 and the EX P600 and they are both great cameras with very good images. You may want to read what a pro says about the 750
/http://www.kenrockwell.com/casio/exz750.htm

It is a very very good camera with great images and a wonderful feature set.

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Old Jan 15, 2006, 7:04 PM   #5
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The picture quality of the S500 is slightly inferior to the P600, but only when you magnify on screen.
So many people, when taking pictures,consider very little regarding composition. If you are going out snapping pictures, then come home and crop the daylights out of them, then you are going to end up with photos less then sharp. Unless, of course, you are using a camera like the Nikon D2X or D200, that will allow major cropping to your images.

When out shooting, spend a little more time thinking about composition. If you are taking portrait type photos for example, take various shots using different focal lengths. Point of thought is, do most of your work with the camera, and less with programs like Photoshop on the computer. Remember, you are dealing with a small point and shoot camera, and you are not going to get tack sharp photos like the Nikon pro cameras mentioned above. So again, to avoid poor quality images, do your cropping, for example, with the camera. You will be allot more happy with your results.

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Old Jan 19, 2006, 5:46 PM   #6
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JPEG's advice on the camera to frame the picture is good - we never had the luxury of cropping with various 35 mm film camera over the last 30 years, and good composition becomes a habit. Having said that, it is a bonus to be able to crop on occasions, and to remove red-eye on some individuals.

The comment on relative picture quality between the S500 and P600 was intended to put into context the occasional negative comments you can find about the S500. I cannot see any difference between the 2 cameras on a 4 x 6 print, and I don't mean sharpness. Correct exposure and colour fidelity are more important and noticeable on a small size print (assuming the focusing is correct).

I have read hundreds of reviews about digital cameras ( a curse of the internet!) and it is the same as reviews of hotels, resorts, DVD recorders, etc. You'll always get some very negative comments for whatever reason.

I ignored the negative comments on the S500 picture quality and am pleased with its all round performance and convenience of use.
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 5:51 PM   #7
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I have read hundreds of reviews about digital cameras ( a curse of the internet!) and it is the same as reviews of hotels, resorts, DVD recorders, etc. You'll always get some very negative comments for whatever reason.

I ignored the negative comments on the S500 picture quality and am pleased with its all round performance and convenience of use.
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