Summary: Based on several reviews and, even more, on the rating in Consumer Repots, and after much study, I decided to buy this camera (Casio EX-H5). And I decided to save 50-60 bucks by getting it from one of the "used" sources--in this case, Excel-Shots-- which claimed it was "Like new". And maybe it is. BUT, when it arrived, I discovered that the battery and charger that came with it were not the right ones.
Summary: I bought this camera for use while snow skiing and around the water. The pictures are good in the snow, but the shutter release is delayed so some shots are missed. This camera is supposed to be waterproof at 9 feet for 60 minutes. My experience was the camera failed completely the first time I used it in a swimming pool for less then 5 minutes at 18 inches of depth. It's in the shop for repair before seven months of use. Don't buy it for water use.
Summary: I have used this camera for a little over a month and have shot both stills and video in various settings. Over all it is a nice little camera. It has one noticeable defect that may bother some. In the widest setting on the zoom lens, there is significant "pincushion" distortion around the perimeter of the frame, to the point that if a person is in that area, the person's head or appendages may appear warped or bent.
Summary: I have had (and still have) good experience with an earlier Exilim. My main reason for buying this was the relatively high optical zoom (10x)for a pocket camera. Having used it on one major trip, and taken about 1000 pictures with it, I am not yet sure that I have made a good purchase. One thing which I did not think about when buying it, and which is a major disadvantage, is the absence of a view-finder.
Summary: The video on this camera stinks, and is supposed to be Hi-Def. It's very dark and grainy no matter what circumstances are being filmed. I tried returning it to 17th Street Photo and was told they have a 7 DAY return policy. Yes, 7 DAYS. Insane. I'll never order from this seller again and would highly discourage others from considering them as a reputable retailer.
Summary: Because the camera is small, and much of it's operation is hand-operated on the right-hand side, it calls for sensitivity and careful handling to operate, without hitting the wrong directive "button". The size of the LCD screen is good and I 've taken good photos as I've gotten used to it.
Summary: Bought this camera as a Christmas gift for my wife. She uses a digital SLR as her primary camera but it isn't always practical for carrying along. Was hoping the 10x zoom would make this a convenient alternative. So, we took it on our 10 day holiday vacation after Christmas and before it was over she was done with it. Both the shot-to-shot time and shutter delay were too slow for her. Consistently missed shots because of it. Pictures that we did get turned out fine.