Summary: I bought the Casio Exilim EX-12 camera because it got a good rating from Consumer's Report and was a fair price. It takes excellent pictures up to 10X zoom. The only thing I don't like is the instructions are only available on line and I would like to have received a complete printed Users Guide. I don't like learning to use new things and would find any camera intimidating but am doing well with it.
Excerpt: I recently purchased this camera to replace a Panasonic camera that would no longer show an image when I wanted to take a picture. Panasonic would not repair it because it was all of four years old. They just wanted to sell me a new model. The Casio does all of the things the Panasonic did, at about half the price. The images are just as clear and the settings are actually easier to understand. I would definitely recommend this Casio camera.
Summary: It's a little heavy but actually for a 10x it's light. The controls did not seem natural at first but I was coming from an Olympus. Within 10 minutes though I worked my way through it and I like the controls much better than the Olympus. It remembers settings when turned off so no need to keep resetting things. The LCD/screen is nearly impossible to see in sunlight. Such a shame in this day and age.
Pros: Good battery life, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Short Lag Time
Summary: I received this camera as a present because my stepfather got on really well with it and recommended it. My old camera was unfortunately ruined by sand while on holiday so this was my upgrade. The pictures are amazing quality for a compact; I honestly could not expect more for the price. I've had a lot of problems in the past with cameras with a slow reaction time (i.e.
Pros: zoom, battery life, picture quality, small
Cons: video quality isn't the same level as the pictures