Casio Exilim Pro

Casio Exilim Pro
Does anyone think the Casio Exilim EX-Z60 is a good Digital Camera for $168? List the pros and cons.?

I am not personally familiar with this camera, but I have a problem with any camera lacking an optical viewfinder.

1. You never have the option of turning off the LCD and these things eat batteries for lunch and spit them out. Why do away with the option of a viewfinder that has zero electrical drain?

2. It can be difficult to see the image on an LCD in bright sunlight, even if they are “new and improved.”

3. You have to hold an LCD viewer out at some distance in front of your face. This is more conspicuous than I prefer to be all the time.

4. The need to hold a camera at arms length will introduce some shake. I like the idea of stabilizing a camera against my face when I am taking a picture. This is especially important with a longer zoom lens. No wonder “image stablization” or “vibration reduction” is necessary with these cameras. Not that there’s anything WRONG with IS or VR, but it is really a requirement with LCD viewfinders and telephoto lenses.

5. Using the LCD to view photos after you’ve taken them slows down the camera quite a bit. You can’t shut of the LCD monitor and still take pictures if you don’t have an optical viewfinder.

I don’t know what the holiday season prices are, but the Canon SD600 compares to the EX-Z60. Be sure to “read owner opinions” on the Casio. A couple of people were very unhappy…

Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1