I feel like Casio has been coasting since they released the FC-100 and FS-10. That miniaturization of their famous high-speed imaging device was a serious boon to consumers, and to be honest, I still don’t see any reason to recommend another “vanilla” point and shoot over the FC-100. This pair of new ones doesn’t offer much except for small size, but let’s go through the numbers just to be sure.
The EX-S200 and EX-Z800 are more or less the same camera with slightly different bodies. They share all the following characteristics:
- 14 megapixels, 1/2.3″ CCD sensor
- 2.7″ 480×320 LCD
- Video: 640×480/30fps or 720p/20fps (useless)
- 27mm lens (35mm equivalent) with 4x optical zoom (F/3.2-F/5.9)
- 6x “super resolution” zoom (optimized digital zoom, don’t use it)
- CCD-shift image stabilization
- Nearly identical scene modes and “best shot” modes
They differ, as I said, primarily in body style and dimensions. The EX-S200, top, is slightly smaller and lighter, though both are very compact. The EX-Z800, below, has a high-speed USB port, which would be very handy.
I can’t say these are very exciting cameras, though I’m sure they produce perfectly good images. I’m telling you, go for the FC-100.