The Good Tiny and light; simple to use; speedy.
The Bad Subpar image quality; shutter release too close to power button; no optical zoom.
The Bottom Line What this ultracompact 2-megapixel camera lacks in substance, it makes up for in style.
Casio EXILIM EX S2
Casio's first-generation Exilim EX-S1, a 1.2-megapixel model, had a brief but noteworthy run in the marketplace. Casio now replaces it with an almost identical 2-megapixel version with a few minor feature upgrades. Like its predecessor, the ultrasvelte, eye-catching Exilim EX-S2 is an easy-to-use camera that's designed for snapshooters who want a truly pocket-sized camera with maximum stealth factor. The higher pixel count means you'll be able to print your pictures not only at larger sizes but also with more precise color reproduction and sharper details. Still, don't expect to be blown away by the image quality. Bond, James Bond--that's whom you feel like when you're using the 0.4-inch-thick EX-S2. OK, so maybe a couple of martinis would help get you into character, but the point is that this camera really is bar- and party-friendly. Because it's so small--about half the size and weight of one of Canon's Digital Elphs--you don't have to worry about looking goofy with a bulging pants pocket or a carrying case clipped onto your belt. No, you'll barely feel this baby in your pocket or purse.