The ultra-thin 8.3Mp Casio Exilim EX-S880 compact camera is similar in shape and size to BenQ's DC-T700, however Casio forgoes the touchscreen for a more traditional approach.

This means buttons, and quite a lot of them. However, the Casio Exilim EX-S880's design is such that a total of eleven switches and a cursor pad area presented in such a tidy and well thought-out way that the camera never seems cluttered.

The Casio Exilim EX-S880 is in fact an easy camera to use. During shooting, the Casio Exilim EX-S880 supports two different information display systems, a traditional layout with small overlaid icons, and a "panel" mode which devotes the righthand margin of the screen to a narrow column of icons that can be stepped through with the cursor pad.

This allows very quick and easy adjustments without taking your eye off your composition and without having to switch into a full-blown menu system.

The most touted new feature of the Casio Exilim EX-S880 is its YouTube capture mode. When selecting this mode, video is captured in a display format optimised to look good when uploaded directly to YouTube.

Video shooting also gets its very own button, which means you don't have to stop and swap between still and video modes. Furthermore, because the Casio Exilim EX-S880 is always recording into a buffer, you can actually capture video from a few seconds before you pressed the button, ensuring you don't miss any priceless moments.

Face detection is supported, but it's not quite as quick and accurate as Canon's (seen here on the Canon IXUS 75). It does however support a "family first" option where you can teach it to recognise your friends and family. Priority is usually given to the largest and closest faces in the picture, but in this mode the Casio Exilim EX-S880 will instead give priority to the faces it recognises, making them the target for best exposure and focus.

Unlike many other compact cameras, the Casio Exilim EX-S880 enjoys a two- rather than a one-year warranty.

Casio Exilim EX-S880: Specs

  • 8.3Mp
  • 3,264x2,448
  • 848x480@30fps
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 1/2.5in sensor
  • no optical image stabilisation
  • face-recognition capability included
  • f2.7-f8.0l 38-114
  • 2.8in (230K) LCD
  • 10MB (SD)
  • lithium rechargeable battery
  • 64-1,600
  • 1/2-1/2,000
  • 94.5x60.4x17.3mm
  • 144g
  • Movie Wizard, Ulead VideoStudio 10.0 Plus trial
  • 8.3Mp
  • 3,264x2,448
  • 848x480@30fps
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 1/2.5in sensor
  • no optical image stabilisation
  • face-recognition capability included
  • f2.7-f8.0l 38-114
  • 2.8in (230K) LCD
  • 10MB (SD)
  • lithium rechargeable battery
  • 64-1,600
  • 1/2-1/2,000
  • 94.5x60.4x17.3mm
  • 144g
  • Movie Wizard, Ulead VideoStudio 10.0 Plus trial

OUR VERDICT

The Casio Exilim EX-S880 is a very capable and feature-rich camera with good image quality; however it's also pretty expensive for a compact camera.

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