This review is from: Casio Exilim EX-Z77 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Anti-Shake Optical Zoom (Blue) (Electronics)
This is such a great camera. The picture quality is excellent (with sufficient light), it's packed with features, has a fabulous battery life, has an optical zoom, and is slender enough to carry in a pocket.
The picture quality is very dependent on having sufficient light - pictures taken outdoors during the day look wonderful, but anything approaching low-light conditions severely impacts the quality. The flash works fine, but has the same issue as most flashes insofar as it tends to wash out the subject. The camera has a "soft flash" mode that will take the picture an instant after the flash is fired - very cool idea, but doesn't seem to make that much of a difference.
I should note, though, that this dependence on ample light is a hallmark of digital cameras, and I've had essentially the same experience with most digitals.
I'm usually the type of person who uses every feature a gadget has, but I have to say that I was outdone by this camera. This thing has so many modes, features, and options that I haven't had a chance to use half of them. For example, I've never used the feature where you can record the faces of family, and have the camera's facial recognition give focus precedence to their faces over others (I'm a bachelor - I'm sure I'd use this feature if I had kids). I don't know how much of a difference it would make, but I think it's utterly cool that they even included such an option.
The battery life is awesome - I've pulled this thing out at the last minute before going somewhere, and even after not charging it for weeks it will still easily last for a day's worth of casual photography.
There are only two things that I really think are missing: First, I really wish it had a "lock" mode à la an iPod or a cell phone, so that it wouldn't accidentally turn on in my pocket. It's only happened a couple of times, but I'm always a bit worried that it'll open up and get the lens scratched or something. Second, I wish the camera gave you more direct control over the settings. It includes pre-set modes for dozens of potential scenarios (e.g., moving water, landscape, sports, portrait with landscape in the background, etc.), but instead of scrolling through all of them I'd prefer to just be able to set the controls myself.
Overall this is a great product, and I've been very happy with it. I was looking for a good quality digital camera with an optical zoom that was slim enough to carry with me, and this fits the bill perfectly.