Casio is known for its small cameras and the Exilim EX-S770 carries on that tiny tradition. This 7-megapixel shooter has a few irritating bits, but its size, style, and speed make it a good choice for a pocket point and shoot. The S770 succeeds last year's Exilim EX-S600 by offering a higher resolution and an improved interface.
The S770 is a slim and attractive little camera, with a stylish metal body that's available in silver, blue, or bright red. It weighs 5.1 ounces and is only 0.7 inch thick, making it the perfect size to slip into any pocket. The camera manages to feel solid in the hand, but its small body still has drawbacks. The S770's buttons are quite small and flat, making them feel awkward under large thumbs.
Despite the irritating buttons, the S770 offers great control. The wider-than-usual LCD displays handy status information users can thumb through to change camera settings on the fly, without diving into the menus. This control scheme is leaps and bounds better than that of the S770's little brother, the Exilim EX-Z70.
The S770 comes with the same handy features as all of Casio's Exilim cameras. Casio's Best Shot modes offer users more than two dozen scene presets, including the auction-photo-optimizing eBay mode. Digital image stabilization helps reduce shake and blur when using the camera's 38-to-114mm-equivalent lens, though it shouldn't be confused with the more effective optical or mechanical image stabilization offered by some other camera-makers. The camera maxes out at ISO 400 sensitivity, leaving it somewhat underequipped for low-light or high-speed shooting. The S770's 2.8-inch LCD screen is quite bright, but washes out very easily. Since the display leaves no room for an optical viewfinder, users are forced to use the LCD whenever framing a shot, regardless of the lighting.