Casio EX-Z250 fun for the frugal snapshooter

Loaded with convenience features including a near-ludicrous 37 scene-shooting options, the Casio Exilim EX-Z250 is the auto-lovers' ultracompact.

If there is such a thing as a camera with too many automatic features, the 9-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z250 might be it. This ultracompact--with an MSRP of $250, but sells for less than $200--is brimming with detection, recognition, and preset shooting options to the point where the camera's Auto mode ironically provides you the most control.

Luckily it also produces very good photos, as long as you don't mind some softness. It's not all that fast, but that still doesn't stop it from being a respectable pocket camera.

Read the full review of the Casio Z250 .

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