Summary: I bought this camera model a few years ago, mainly due to the 7.1x optical zoom. At the time there were hardly any point and shoot cameras at this price range (I paid about £200) with over about 3x optical zoom, so the Caplio really stood out. It was the only one of these that was still as small as a conventional model, ie it didn't have a bulge at the back to accommodate the zoom.
Pros: Macro feature is excellent, more optical zoom than most models
Cons: Picture quality not bad, but not the best I've seen either
Excerpt: "At 6 megapixels, it's not a class leader any more but that's more than enough for day to day shooting. What impressed me the most when I bought this camera 3 years ago was the lens - an impressive 7.1 optical zoom. This is double what you get in most compact cameras which means you can get closer to the subject you are photographing. It is also quite small and light, perfect for carrying around in a pocket. The screen is big and clear and the functions ...
Pros: Small, light, great 7 . 1 optical zoom lens, lots of features to change settings, long battery life
Cons: Bit old now, flash can be covered by a stray finger
Excerpt: "This product is one of the best cameras other there for value for money this is what I feel any way. It has a 6.0 mega pixel camera which is great for catching the moment you want to remember, it also has a 7.1 wide optical zoom meaning you picture will not pixel ate so you can get right up close with your picture. It is very slim and can fit into your pocket easily. It is very simple to use but has a lot of functions on the camera which you will ...
Summary: This Camera is terrific for a compact backup to my two Nikon DSLRs. I take a lot of close ups with wildflower photography and insects - just brilliant. I like the fact that there is little noise filtering and the shots are pure - you can use PP or Noise Ninja in post processing. This is not a Camera for low light photography because of poor performance at high ISO levels. I don't use the AUTO ISO mode as it lets it go too high too quickly.
Pros: Best MACRO compact going around Zoom Range Excellent and WIDE 28 Low noise filtering
Cons: Placement of flash Poor high ISO quality No Aperture or Shutter Prioty Mode
Summary: Bought this camera in August 06. Specs look great on paper but dissatisfied with image quality. Not worth the high price. My 2 year old Kodak 5mp takes better photos. When you're looking for a point and shoot, image quality is more important than bells and whistles. Would've been a 9 score camera if it wasn't for the poor image quality.
Pros: Nice specs and size. Strong flash...too strong (see Cons)
Cons: Poor image quality with lots of noise in low light conditions. Image stabilization doesn't work as well as hoped. Can't seem to focus quickly enough or "predict" movement making for blurry photos even in Sports mode. Flash doesn't 'throttle down" when subject is close so it washes out everything. Great if subject is 10 - 15 ft away.
Summary: I love this camera but am thinking to switch either to caplio R5 or to Panasonic Lumix DMC LX2. Caplio r5 has 640x480@30fps video and USB 2.0 connection and 1600 ISO as max but still no shutter and/or aperture priority setting. Lumix has all goodies and even has shutter/aperture prio but zoom goes from 28 only to 112 mm (35mm film calculation).
Pros: super zoom, good opt. image stabilization, 28mm wide angle, real "pocket" camera with unbeaten wide angle 7.1x zoom, super fast
Cons: usb 1.1 connection only, 320x240 video resolution only, no shutter and/or aperture priority setting
Summary: I wanted to buy a D-SLR, but for the shear functionality and portability I just couldn't go past this one, its great to be able to pull out the camera and shot a pic and put the camera away before most other cameras have even switched on.
Pros: too many to say Start up time is fast really really fast, the macro and super macro functions are excellent, as well as the manual focus option, size is perfect, and most of all the quality of finished photographs is exceptional, the black colour is a must !!
Summary: Just about everything I ever needed in a digital compact and heaps more portable than my digital slr. It's been good for 'testing' locations etc. for me to return with my slr and tripod later. Love the 28-200mm (35mm equiv.) range. Real convenient.
Pros: Nice big lens - pretty good indoor pictures even with lower light as compared to other digital compacts. ie no need to use flash as often. Wide angle is great for land/cityscapes and esp. group portraits. Decent battery life. Small size given capabilities. Interval shooting! Good for those experimenting with Kite Aerial Photography.
Cons: Noisy motors (zooming, on/off, focussing) - freaks out the pets.. Power button hard to press especially with one hand. Video mode is lower resolution than current competitors. Not particularly attractive looking.