Casio Exilim EX-Z9 announced
by David Rasnake -  3/6/2008

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:

Sensor8.1 megapixel, 1/2.5" CCD
Lens/Zoom3x (37.5-112.5mm) lens, f/2.8-5.2
LCD/Viewfinder2.6", 115K-pixel TFT LCD
SensitivityISO 64-1600
Shutter Speed4-1/2000 seconds
Shooting ModesNormal, Easy, Best Shot, Movie
Scene Presets23 Presets
White Balance SettingsAuto, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Tungsten, Manual
Metering ModesMulti, Center, Spot
Focus ModesMulti AF, Spot AF
Drive ModesNormal, Continuous
Flash ModesAuto, 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 FormatsJPEG, MPEG
Max. Image Size3264x2448
Max. Video Size
Zoom During Video Not Specified
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ion
ConnectionsUSB 2.0, AV output
Additional FeaturesEasy shooting mode, 23 Best Shot presets, YouTube video capture mode