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This camera is my back-up to a bigger DSLR, and I always have it with me. It's performed well for over a year. Build quality is fine, the battery door feels a little flimsy however, as does the lens cover.
The start-up time is ok, not quite as fast as I would like considering I carry it to take photos when I see a great opportunity. The lens takes a reasonably long time to deploy.
The buttons are slightly fiddly. The on/off button in particular requires a finger nail to depress it, and the zoom buttons are a little small; I have to look for them on the back sometimes.
The picture quality is good, having 14 megapixels is a lot to crop a picture later and still have an acceptable resolution, and the low light performance is fine too, better than a lot of other cameras at a similar price. Above ISO 400 noise does become quite pronounced however, and so I try to avoid taking pictures with high ISO. Some of the built-in modes like night scene are good for dealing with this automatically, as they use a low shutter speed instead.
The screen is bright and quite large, and the zoom, while modest, is sufficient for most subjects.
My family all have Casio cameras and though I've never had a technical fault my sister's similar camera developed a lens problem where it would whine and not deploy on start-up maybe 50% of the time.
One disadvantage for me is that it doesn't have a RAW mode - but I could hardly expect it to at the price, so it's not really an issue.
My experience with using this camera has been a good one. I got this as a birthday present before I went on holiday and for the price I was told it got bought for I wasn't expecting much but the picture quality is very good. It can take up to 14 mega pixels which is large enough for anyone! The camera seems to have a good auto focus feature so taking fast photos were normally not a problem. It also has a macro feature which means you can take photos up close.
The camera can take VGA resolution videos at a good frame rate so high quality videos are done quite well normally without taking up too much memory.
The build quality is very good, mine has been battered and bruised at the bottom of a ruck sack and still works perfectly. The battery life is also very good and can last up to a few days of frequent use. Non frequent use can last for weeks!
It is a small camera so can fit easily in your pocket and the loading time is quite short so you can easily take a quick snapshot of something.
Overall I would recommend this camera if you are after something cheap, reliable and something that provides decent looking photos.
Admittedly this doesn't look the best camera from the outside, but you'll find it's packed with a great range of features on the inside, such as taking stills from videos, red eye removal and motion printing.
The menus are easy to navigate with the buttons and tweaking the settings before you take your photo only takes seconds.
It's pretty slim so fits nicely in your pocket, doesn't weight too much and only takes a second to start up and be ready for taking photos.
It works very well as a point and shoot camera if you stick all the settings on automatic as it produces some very good quality, in-focus photos, but if you want to tweak the settings such the ISO, white balance, focus mode etc, there is plenty of scope for this too, more so than you would expect for a typical compact camera.
The build quality is also very good, it seems to survive most everyday knocks and drops.
Lastly, the battery life is one feature that lets the camera down, when on holiday it would usually only last for a couple of days (taking around 50photos each day) and seems to degrade noticeably with age.