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Casio Exilim EX-S600

£280 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Casio

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Makers of compact digicams have turned 'pocket-sized' into an overused stock phrase. But if any camera truly deserves that accolade, it's Casio's Exilim EX-S600.

Makers of compact digital cameras have turned 'pocket-sized' into an annoyingly overused stock phrase. But if any camera truly deserves that accolade, it's Casio's Exilim EX-S600.

At only 115g and with the sveltest of dimensions, the S600 is ultracompact, but it doesn't skimp on specs. This is a great model for novices, as you'll find no full manual control here. But for anybody that can manage without, this is a great purchase.

Despite its tiny frame, the S600 feels solid in the hand because of the all-metal finish, while the retractable zoom lens means there's nothing sticking out to get damaged.

Around the back there's a fourway navipad and two other impressive additions. There's the 'best shot' button, which selects the most appropriate of 34 scene modes – shoot in low light without flash at high sensitivity and the antishake automatically kicks in, for example. There's also a red button to instantly start recording high-quality Mpeg4 movie at 30fps (frames per second) and a resolution of 640x480. However, you'll need to upgrade to a 1GB SD Memory Card or MMC because the 8.3MB onboard storage holds a mere 24 seconds of footage.

The 6Mp (megapixel) CCD (charge-coupled device) delivers pretty good shots. We liked the level of detail this little camera produces, although some of the colours were slightly muted. This can be eradicated with the onboard contrast and saturation.

Overall, we loved the Casio's responsive feel – the quick nine-point autofocus is sharp as a tack – and the 300-shot battery life is phenomenal for such a compact camera. In fact, the only bone of contention we had was the slow shot-to-shot processing time. It was five seconds on high resolution with the flash switched on.

Casio Exilim EX-S600 Expert Verdict »
Casio Exilim EX-S600 Scores 9.2 out of 10 based on 30 reviews
6Mp
max res 2,816x2,112
8.3MB internal storage
max photos on 8.3MB=57
min=2
SD/MMC slot
1x rechargeable lithium battery
Mpeg4 movie capture at 640x480 and 30fps
2.2in LCD
3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
1-year warranty
90x16.1x59mm
115g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

While not as pretty or quite as responsive as Canon's sublime Ixus range, the Casio Exilim EX-S600 has a classy allure all of its own. It doesn't offer a wide array of shooting options, but it has excellent specifications and is easy to use. It's also incredibly hardy.

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