- Ultra-slim build
- Good images in ample light
- Noise at ISO 400
- Slow lens
- Below average video quality
The Casio S200 is slimmer than your average compact camera, but it turned in only average performance with significant noise at ISO 400.
Pat Benetar once told us that love is a battlefield. So is the compact point-and-shoot market. Manufacturers are battling ever-improving smartphone cameras, and traditional point-and-shoots are smaller and more feature-packed every year. How do you make a camera stand out in a saturated market?
One of the answers, at least right now, seems to be to make cameras thinner, lighter and sexier than before. The Casio Exilim S200 fits that description, well under an inch thick with a bright orange finish (other available colors are deep blue, black, pink and silver). It just screams out “Put me in your back pocket and take me to a party!”
Aside from its good looks, the Exilim S200 offers a 4x optical zoom lens with a wide angle equivalent to 27mm, 720p HD video recording and an assortment of beginner-friendly shooting modes like Premium Auto. A 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor and a current Exilim engine 5.0 do the imaging grunt work. It also slides under the $200 mark with a $179 MSRP at the time of this writing.
Does the skinny Casio S200 back up its curb appeal with solid performance? Or is it a pretty but forgettable 14+ megapixel point-and-shoot in a market overrun with pretty 14+ megapixel cameras? Read on for our full analysis.