casio exilim ex-s500 or panasonic lumix dmc-fx9???

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  1. bigben334 macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2005
    which camera should i get, the casio exilim ex-s500 or the panasonic lumix dmc-fx9??? i can get them both for 350 so price is not the issue. the casio has a beautiful, ultra slim exterior and its orangeeeee. but i think the panasonic is a better camera on the inside with better image quality. but i cant get over the casio's look. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
  2. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
  3. Frank (Atlanta) macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2004
    I've read really excellent things about the Casio cameras. One example is below; however, I've seen similarly glowing reports from other reviewers.

    I have no affiliation w/Casio; shoot, I don't even own a Casio digicam!

    Good luck,
  4. passaickid macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2005
    Think carefully if you buy Casio and have a Mac

    I bought a Casio s500 this summer. Be careful if you are considering doing the same!

    What is nowhere to be found in any review of this camera is that the video files you take on the Casio s500 is not out-of-the-box able to be played on your Mac !!

    For 2 months there was not even a patch to allow this . Now Casio has offered one up doesn't always work. I have 2 Macs --both running Tiger 10.4.2 and the patch works on one but not the other.

    I am going to return my Casio---it is simply to much of a hassle to use.
  5. minimax macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2005
    The casio's are extremely beautiful designed, I own the Exilim Z3 myself and must say I bought it primarely on that basis.
    But picture quality is poor, colors are flat and you don't have a lot of options, which, especially at darker places can really be an issue. Perhaps they improved on the picture quality but somehow I doubt it. I wouldnt buy one again but it does the job.
  6. adriaan macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2005
    I own the FX-8 and I absolutely LOVE it! It may not look as trendy, but it's a great camera with lots of useful features (for example, it's the only one in that segment to sport an optical image stabiliser... the effect of which is definitely noticeable)

    The only downside of the panasonic FX-8/9 -- that I can think of -- is that they don't encode to MPEG4, which limits its usefulness as a videocamera. But oh well, who shoots more than like 10' of movie clips (and then watches them again) anyway :)
  7. ouphe macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Where are you planning on buying these cameras for $350 apiece, out of curiosity? I'm currently looking for a nice carry-with-me-every-to-document-everything-everywhere digital camera, and these both look like they might fit the bill.



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