Price When Reviewed: 255
Pros: Tiny & good-looking. Easy-to-use menu system. Antishake system.
Cons: Precise zooming difficult. Lack of sharp detail. Noise is obvious. Limited aperture range. No media provided.
Casio’s 5.1-megapixel EX-S500 may be one of the thinnest zoom lens-equipped digital cameras you can buy. It’s diddy at just 1.5cm front to back with its 3x zoom lens retracted – guaranteed to garner admiring and envious looks.
The size also makes the S500 small enough to take with you almost anywhere, although you do have to question its ease of use, as you couldn’t label it ergonomic.
The 2.2-inch LCD is slightly smaller than the 2.5-inch displays found on some competing models of comparable size, but it’s perfectly adequate for composing shots or sharing snaps with friends. The EX-S500’s small size and large LCD does mean that you’ll have to forgo the luxury of an optical viewfinder.
The EX-S500 starts up in less than two seconds and has minimal shutter lag.