Casio Exilim EX-Z9 announced

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Casio is expanding its Exilim Z line of compact cameras with the introduction this morning of the EX-Z9.

Casio Exilim EX-Z9

The EX-Z9 is an 8.1 megapixel camera sporting a 3x optical zoom and a 2.6-inch LCD. Emphasizing ease of use, the camera features 23 "Best Shot" scene/situation preset modes and an "Easy" mode that reduces the number of user-adjustable parameters to a mere three.

Casio Exilim EX-Z9

Like many of Casio’s latest models, the Z9 also features a YouTube-optimized video capture mode aimed to simplify getting web-res videos from your camera and onto the internet. Though there’s apparently no optical image stabilization, the Z9 does advertise Anti Shake DSP – an ISO boost digital stabilization system, presumably.

As with practically every compact camera these days, the Casio also has Face Detection Technology. Color options include pink, black, silver, and orange. In short, the EX-Z9 sounds like a pretty conventional budget compact.

The camera should begin showing up in retail outlets this month, with an MSRP of $159.99.

Casio Exilim EX-Z9 Specifications:

Sensor 8.1 megapixel, 1/2.5" CCD
Lens/Zoom 3x (37.5-112.5mm) lens, f/2.8-5.2
LCD/Viewfinder 2.6", 115K-pixel TFT LCD
Sensitivity ISO 64-1600
Shutter Speed 4-1/2000 seconds
Shooting Modes Normal, Easy, Best Shot, Movie
Scene Presets 23 Presets
White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Tungsten, Manual
Metering Modes Multi, Center, Spot
Focus Modes Multi AF, Spot AF
Drive Modes Normal, Continuous
Flash Modes Auto, Forced Off, Forced On, Soft Flash, Red-Eye Reduction
Self Timer Settings
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self Timer, Off
Memory Formats SD, SDHC
Internal Memory
  18.6 MB
File Formats JPEG, MPEG
Max. Image Size 3264×2448
Max. Video Size
640×480
Zoom During Video Not Specified
Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion
Connections USB 2.0, AV output
Additional Features Easy shooting mode, 23 Best Shot presets, YouTube video capture mode

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