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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this camera as an anniversary gift for my wife, based on Consumer Reports and users' reviews and its 12 MP and 10X capabilities w/ shift stabilization. We weren't disappointed. The camera is easy to use, compact (my wife wanted one to carry in her purse), no sticking buttons, great low light and close up capabilities. We've had it almost a month and so far highly recommend it as a step up from the typical beginner, under $100.00 digital camera.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2011
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After all the reasearch and comparing, I'm glad I didn't spend more for similar function and features on a pricier camera. My use is for real estate, largely interior room shots and it is a gem to work with! It has the (forced) and (low) flash options I need, in addition to the wide variety of autofocus choices, I can easily change-up in between shots. Love that I can tote it everday in my bag and always have it at the ready, too. Overall, I'm impressed and that's not someting I say all too often :)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2011
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Not only does this subcompact have a 10X optical zoom.... it has optical image stabilization (kinda necessary for that kind of zoom). Also, I found that it works very well fully zoomed in lower light situations, such as concert halls.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I have no idea why Casio Exilim cameras aren't as popular as Canons....maybe Casio doesn't spend enough money on marketing. Whatever the reason, I've tried several of the cheaper Canon P&S models at almost twice the price this Casio is, and the Casio, hands-down, has better picture quality.

I purchased this for a friend, but tried it out beforehand to make sure it was OK to give as a gift, plus I was curious to see how good this camera was! It was ranked a Best Buy by Consumer Reports. And I have to agree - this camera rocks!

Currently there are tons of cameras on the market with higher megapixels than 12, but bigger isn't better when it comes to cameras with small sensors. It seems all the camera manufacturers think that consumers want more and more megapixels - but if you're smart, you will find a camera with fewer MP's. A 12 MP photo can be blown up to poster size and look fine. The 10X zoomed picture I have uploaded here I also viewed as the desktop background on my PC monitor, the detail is astounding with this camera. I have a couple of point & shoot cameras that were twice the price of this Casio, and the detail is not as good as my more expensive cameras - this Casio is impressive.

Battery life is excellent; it uses a lithium-ion battery - it initially takes over 90 minutes to charge in the included battery charger, but easily gets 300 photos + a few videos before it needs recharged.

Focusing, capturing the photo, and getting ready for the next photo is very fast with this camera, even when using the flash.

HD Video: It's 720p HD, but it's good enough. And unless you have a very new computer, it's a waste to buy a camera with 1080p. Your computer's processor speed probably can't handle it so if you try to watch a 1080p video and your computer isn't up to speed, the video will be so jittery it's unwatchable. You cannot optically zoom with this camera unless you optically zoom BEFORE pressing the movie button - which is standard for a camera of this price range. There is a dedicated movie button on the back, no need to dig down into any menus before shooting a video.

You can also take a picture WHILE filming a video, just press the shutter button on top and then it will continue shooting the video after taking a picture.

This camera has over 40+ different scene selections, even scenes like crayon, watercolor, oil painting, etc., or you can just keep it set at Best Shot Auto. Plus an option called Dynamic Photo where you can cut the subject out of a photo and place it in a different photo or even a video. I never tried this feature as I didn't have time to learn it, but there's an entire section of the instruction manual that explains this feature (the manual on the included CD).

There is very little internal memory so purchase an SD card. This camera will also work with Eye-Fi cards. I noticed some of the cameras being sold here come with the genuine Exilim case and an SD card as part of the deal, but check and make sure as that was a special bundled item.

This camera seems to have a very high build quality, the LCD screen is sharp, the zoom motor sounds strong, and even the latch for the battery and SD card isn't flimsy, though you should always take care when opening it.

This camera is NOT an ultra-compact camera; this is great if you have large fingers/large hands, yet it's small enough that it's easy to carry. It weighs 6.2 ounces.

For the price this is currently (I wouldn't pay over $130 for it), you can't go wrong if you are looking for a low priced camera with excellent build-quality that takes outstanding pictures.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2012
I did not buy this through Amazon but wanted to review it here anyway. I have had this camera about a year and have taken some very good photos with it. The zoom makes a funny noise when it is deployed but after that any zooming is quiet and smooth. I have not had any problems with the camera and it is quick and easy to use. The focus and stabilization on this camera is very good as I never get blurry shots. This camera has about 40 different " Best Shot Modes " and there is enough for any situation. The camera always defaults out of any setting when turned off. I was playing around with the "Menu " and discovered if you go to Menu, then arrow over to " Rec" and then tab all the way down to Memory - All of the camera's memory is off by default, so tab over and change them from Off to On and the camera will remember exactly what settings it was on even after it is turned off. This camera shoots good video's as well but you cannot use the zoom while doing so. I mainly use this for pictures and that is does very well. Highly Recommended !
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2011
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I bought this camera for myself for Christmas recommended by Consumer Reports. Easy set up and use.
Pictures look great especially since I'm not the best picture taker. I'm very happy with the quality and handling of the Casio EX=H5BK.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2011
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An upgrade from our Nikon Coolpix. Takes pretty good close up photos of small items, which is what we needed. Downloading photos isn't as intuitive as most new digital cameras, but it's ok once you get used to it. It's easy to use the camera itself.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2011
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So far I love the camera, however there was not a instruction booklet on how to use the camera. Everything has to be done online and I like to read the directions in my hand so I can go over sections I don't understand. Its the first time I had a camera without a book at my hands.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2011
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I'm very pleased with the camera. Photos are clear and the basic functions are easy to use. Primary information is in a small written manual; more detailed instructions must be consulted via an online manual. This camera has a great deal of versatility for its size. Learning all the features is time consuming and I'm sure I will enjoy the camera even more once I have more experience with it. Battery life is excellent and the camera takes many photos on one charge. I received the camera right away and the shipping service was excellent.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2011
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This camera is the best compact camera. Voted No 1 in a major consumer report magazine and they were right. Easy to use and great pictures. I totally recommend this.
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