Canon Powershot A720 IS -vs- Casio Exilim ex-z1080

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  1. Bluesman

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    Hi guys!

    I've been planning on buying a new camera for the summer. I want it to be a fun, simple little thing that makes nice photo's. Not too expensive, just something fun to shoot some photo's with during the holiday. I know what I can expect from a compact camera, so my standards aren't extremely high. I'm currently in doubt between two very different ones. I can get them for around the same price at the moment. My parents have a 6MP Casio camera which is a great little thing. That's why I'm also looking at this one.

    Canon Powershot A720 IS
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    Casio Exilim Ex-z1080
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    Here's what I've summed up for myself:
    Canon pro:
    Canon lens
    Better zoom & macro
    Standard AA batteries
    Image quality seems very good

    Canon con:
    Bulky
    Made of cheap-feeling plastic


    Casio pro:
    Made of metal, not plastic
    Smaller & nicer looking
    Image quality seems also very good
    Very fast operation

    Casio con:
    Is the lens and sensor as good as the Canon?
    Uses battery pack instead of AA (expensive)

    I really don't care about the 10mp vs 8mp. I'll probably put it on 4 or 5 because it's faster, and I'm not planning to do poster prints of me and my drunk idiot buddies.

    Any of you got experience with both or one of the two? Thanks. :)
     
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    Hi Bluesman,
    Welcome to the forum. Truth is....both of these cameras are point & shoot, both are good cameras if that's all you're looking for right now.
    My opinion is....when in doubt--go canon.
    But I'd go to the store and hold them both, see which one physically feels better to you and go from there.
    Good luck!
     
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    Just ordered the Casio. I couldn't help myself... lol.
     
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    The Casio has no viewfinder. Good luck seeing that LCD screen in the summer sun.
     
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    I have the 10MP predecessor. Casio did a real good job on the the monitor. I use it exclusively at the beach (where I wouldn't dare take my any of my SLRs).
     
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    That's good to hear. I'll post some pictures when I received the camera, which will probably be in a week.
     
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    Received my carrying case and Kingston 50x high-speed 2gb sd card today :D If all goes well, my camera sould be here tomorrow. I can't wait!
     
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    Just received the camera. Happy with my choice. It's small, feels solid and really fast.

    It has a 10 mp sensor. But I'm never going to use that resolution really. I'm planning on printing them no bigger then 13x18. I can also set it to 5 mp.

    What would yield better quality results? Setting the camera to 5, or on 10 (to resize them later on the computer)?
     
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    Anyone knows?
     
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    I would always save to 10mp, just on the principle of the issue.
     
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    I'm not sure about Casio, but the way that Canon, Sony and Fuji implement lower megapixels on their p&s cameras is to use only the center portion of the sensor, so it's exactly like cropping your 10 megapixel photo to 5mp. As you noted, if you aren't printing at large sizes, it shouldn't matter.

    If you're going to use 5mp, you might be interested in gaining more zoom as a tradeoff. See here for more info:
    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1010&message=27450018
     
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    Eww! If it only uses part of the sensor, wouldn't that mean that ISO noise and all the drawbacks of a small sensor would only get WORSE?
     

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