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Survey: 10 stabilised digital cameras
by Vincent Alzieu
Published on May 18, 2006

Casio Exilim S600
The aim of the Exilim was to be the thinnest possible. The first product didn’t even include a zoom. Thanks to technological improvements they now have 3x zooms on this device which is the size of a credit card. Without taking quality into consideration, we love this camera for its minimum bulkiness: 1.6 cm thick. I had it in my pocket for a month without any inconvenience. It’s even a real pleasure to take it out whenever you want to take a picture or to make a movie. Without being the most gifted it records satisfactory sequences.

Image Stabilization
Casio speaks of Anti Shake DSP. The logo is nice but you shouldn’t be mistaken, it isn’t an optical device. It adjusts the sensitivity when there isn’t enough light whether you want to use the flash or not. You have to select results in the program (Best shot on the camera) and choose one of the stabilised modes. You should know, however, that quality will be reduced and the noise level increases fast:

There is a significant loss of detail as early as 200 ISO and indoors without flash, the camera selects 400 ISO most of the time. Cameras with optical stabilization all provide better results in this context.

Thin, fast (switches on in 1.5 second), the S600 mustn’t be eliminated right off even if it doesn’t really have a stabilization device. Its price is quite moderate and size truly appreciable.

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