So I was (just bought) recently in the market for a slim (think unobtrusive to the pocket) sized Digital Camera – comes in silver or black accents. To be completely honest I considered aestheitics when making my descion. After all, who wants an ugly camera especially when our handheld gadgets, such as cell phones and mp3 players, represent who we are. After reviewing my options I narrowed it down by price and then by brand. I desired a camera under $200 just incase I dropped or lost it. That way I wouldn’t feel too guilty. I finally arrived at the Casio Exlim Z75. It boasts a slim housing (less then .8″) and aesthetically its pretty sleek.
I bought the camera through Costco (for the 90 day return policy and b/c it included a 2GB memory card) and dropped $220 including shipping and tax. I could have purchased through Amazon for less, but I wouldn’t have gotten the 90 day return and the included memory card (although I am sure buying one of them separately would still be less). I used this camera for about 1.5 weeks. Although I wasn’t totally disappointed the UI was terrible – not intuitive at all. Furthermore, the pictures were just so-so. I’ve always been a Canon fan (my first digital camera – SD100) and had some buddies in town with some older, but albeit new Canons. After playing and looking at theirs I decided to throw down the extra cash ($300 total) for the Canon SD750. Sure I paid an additional $80 but its well worth it. Pics are better, UI is far slicker, the camera senses if your all holding for vertical or horizontal shots, and not only dispays it correctly when reviewing but uploads them correctly – total time saver and again worth the money (time=money). Furthermore, the camera is pretty quick to startup, easy to setup and can be operated in Auto mode with great pictures. Another great and neat feature is its touch sensitive like scroll wheel. When touched the ‘wheel’ displays the ‘button’ on the dazzling 3″ (yes, 3 inches”) screen. No viewfinder on this puppy so don’t expect to save juice that way – although I got a good many shots and reviews out of a single charge. Another nice touch is the battery charger has the plug built-in so no need to carry the would be cord or yet another thing to lose on vacation. Video also looks fantasics on this thing. I’d recommend the Powershot SD750 to anyone looking for a mid to upper range shooter with a slim body and a kick ass UI.