Excerpt: It's becoming difficult to up the ante in today's crowded market for ultra-compact consumer cameras. Just a few months ago Casio introduced the Exilim EX-Z100 and Z200 to the US market (in January of 2008) -- a pair of ultra-compact 10-megapixel cameras that come in a variety of colors, a variety of...
Pros: 28-112mm 4X optical zoom allows wide angle photography, Very small and light, Large high-res 3-inch display, CCD-Shift image stabilization
Summary: Casio's Exilim EX-Z150 will primarily appeal to teens and others who value its size, style, wide-angle coverage, and fun factor. If wide-angle photography isn't as important, we suggest the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS (street-priced at about $20 cheaper) or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3, which is not as...
Excerpt: Hey, Casio: Time to call Jenny Craig. Your formerly slim, sexy Exilim cameras have ballooned up like William Shatner. Witness the EX-Z150, a chunky, pocket-sagging model that looks like it has a glandular disorder.
Pros: Wide-angle lens just plain kicks ass, and 4x optical zoom gets you close. One-touch video recording and YouTube-upload software make this the perfect camera for Paris/Lindsay/Bigfoot sightings.
Cons: Too thick and heavy to leave in your pocket all day. Small, stiff control pad. Snapshot colors lack pop. Battery must be removed for charging.
Summary: The Casio Exilim EX-Z150 is fun to shoot with. Its wide-angle lens and big screen were a joy, but the Casio Exilim EX-Z150's shutter lag and slow focus were handicaps that made us use a lot more brain power ("Will this be in focus?") than we'd prefer when taking simple, happy snaps.