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Josiah J. McGuire

Canon SD500 Elph vs Casio EX-Z750

I'm looking for advice on buying a ultra-compact digital camera like the Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital Elph, or the Casio EX-Z750. Both of these cameras are in the 7 mega-pixel range, and I would like to know if anyone had any thoughts on which camera would offer the best images and features? I would also like to be able to manually adjust all the settings easily. My spending budget would be about $500 for the best ultra-compact availabe in the 5-7 mega-pixel range. And my time frame for researching the available cameras and purchasing one is by this coming Christmas, so I would be interested in new cameras yet to be released. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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3/14/2005 6:43:37 AM

Larry W   Well, I just received my new Canon SD500 and my new Casio EX-Z750 should be here in a few days.

My first impression of the SD500 is it's a pretty nice camera and the video is pretty good too. Just recently Steves Digicam reviewed the SD500 and you can check out the samples and review at this link:

But all things considered I will be returning the SD500 because the Casio just has too many advantages over the SD500 even though it's image quality may not be a match for the Canon (but the Exilim P700 won the DIMA award so what can you say--and the EX-Z750 should be as good or better than the P700).

I did notice that despite what the reviewers say the 2" LCD is nearly impossible to see on a bright and sunny day. You will have to depend on the optical when it's bright out.

For sure the Casio image quality may not equal the Canon (few do) but realistically--even at 13" x 19" prints--it's doubtful anyone would know the difference between 2 cameras with equal megapixels (so long as color saturation, sharpness, etc are adjusted to their best). I printed out Steves digicam results for the P700 and SD500 and at 4x6, 5x7, 8x10 you can't tell any difference. Small differences begin to appear at 13x19" but you really have to look for them.

Here is a list of Casio advantages that I made up. Do note the first one particularly as it's an ultra compact first:

Optical AND digital zoom usable during movie recording
Base mount for transferring pics and charging.
2.5" LCD screen versus 2.0"
30 scene modes versus 10
.88" thin versus 1.04"
175 grams weight with batteries versus 200 grams
Full Manual focus versus none
6 movie modes versus none (including silent)
4 Art Best Shots versus Color swap
Auto Macro versus manual macro
More versatile histogram (on screen during framing)
8x digital zoom versus 4x
Full voice recorder (w/voice annotation)
Battery CIPA 325 shots versus 160 shots (and cheaper); I found the SD500 only takes about 75-100 shots at most and I was particularly unhappy with that.
Motion (single and collage) prints from movies versus none
HTML in-camera album/website creator
Burst mode 2fps equal to Canon's 2fps continuous
Included Movie editing software
Ex button for quick access to many manual controls
Free focus option (anywhere on screen)
Past movie function
Dual capture continuous shutter (outputs framed and zoomed)
Faster startup (slightly)
Icon help (great for beginners or new users)
On-screen gridlines
ID photo function
Customized welcome screen (take that Microsoft!)
Favorites folder
Button customizer

The SD500 does have some advantages too including faster single shots (but identical continuous), 1/2000 shutter versus 1/1600, 60fps in 320x240 movie mode, flash good to 15' compared to 9', aa 10 shot self timer versus a triple sshot timer, a closer macro (5 cm versus 10cm) and a stitch assist mode.

For the beginner though I think the Casio is best as it has so many scene modes which are best viewed at this link:

Some samples have been posted but they look soft at casio world:

But realistically when you venture into 7 megapixel and up with newer cameras you really can't go wrong.

Best is to try them both to make up your mind.

Keep in mind the 2.5" LCD, 30 scene modes, and full optical/digital zoom during movie recording are pretty significant Casio advantages. I'll leave it at that!

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4/1/2005 7:04:24 PM

Josiah J. McGuire   Thanks Larry for you in-depth analysis between the two cameras. When the Casio EX-Z750 comes and you get a chance to further evaluate it's picture quality, etc., I would be interested in seeing your final thoughts. Thanks again for your help!


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4/2/2005 7:05:20 PM

Josiah J. McGuire   Help - camera experts! I have seen 3 photos and 4 movie clips taken with the Casio Ex-Z750 located at a Casio web site. The clips don't seem to be that bad - actually thought they were pretty good! The 3 photos looked not to bad in my opinion too. The picture of the mountain and pine trees, seemed a little soft. Zooming in on the picture seemed to loose quite a bit of resolution for some reason. The picture of the jewelry seemed a lot sharper. If anyone has purchased a Casio Ex-Z750, could you please post additional pictures taken with the camera! And please give a review of the camera, and the image quality of the photos that it produces. I am mainly interested in the quality of the pictures that it takes, instead of the movie modes. I would love to see a good unbiased review of all the available ultra-compact cameras in this class. I'm still undecided between the Canon SD500 and the Casio Ex-Z750. I think that the features of the Casio sound great! - but I don't want to just go after the super neat features of the camera, and end up with photos that are maybe just so, so. If anyone has photos taken with this camera, please let us see them!! Help the rest of us decide! Thanks!


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4/12/2005 1:14:30 PM

A F   I have the z750. I got it for the reasons eloquently stated by Larry W. along with two others. I have owned a Casio S2 for years, it is a reliable little tank! It has gone everywhere unprotected in my pocket and has always produced great results (as my Nikon D100 sat in my drawer). Second, Casio makes only miniature is what they do (I'd get the ex-p700 as my second choice, but I opted for the smaller size over the relatively few superior features). The image quality is amazing. I can honestly say that the D100 does a slightly better job, but no one will ever no because there will be virtually no A - B comparison of the pictures and the fact is there are so many variables in photography that the actual diferences in equipment are among the least worrisome. I think both the canon and the casio are both amazing, just the casio slightly better value (got mine for $390 delivered) and slightly better features. Either way, you have a 7mp camera in your pocket!! have fun and stop stressing.

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5/2/2005 2:20:37 PM

  Re: Canon SD500 Elph vs Casio EX-P700

I know it's a few years since these questions but I cannot help point out something that EVERYONE has seemed to miss....& it makes this comparison a mute point. The Casio P700 is the superior camera by far. Guess what folks, Casio selected a Canon Lens for the camera! Yepper, it's says so right on the camera! Canon Lens AF ZOOM / OPTICAL 4X - F=1-28.4MM 1:2.8-4.0 Both the Casio P600 & P700 are factory fitted with this nice Canon lens for it's optics. I believe it is the ONLY Casio digital camera (their Pro series) that ever offered a Canon lens. Casio wanted to produce a knock your socks off camera and decided to use another companies optics because they knew it was better. That says a lot for Casio as a company to admit that someone else makes a component better than theirs or what's available to them at the time. Everyone wins, the user, Casio...for putting out such an awesome camera, and Canon...for getting paid for Casio buying the lens from them, but also Canon wins as the gain notoriety for having a lens on another companys body. The P700 is a sleeper, one which most people have no clue as to its capabilities & features.

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