Casio has announced the release of two new slim digital cameras, the Exilim Card EX-S200 and the Exilim Zoom EX-Z800. Both cameras have 14.1 megapixel resolution, wide angle, 4x optical zoom lenses (27mm to 108mm, 35mm equivalent), and take 720p HD movies. They both include Casio's sensor-shift mechanical image stabilization to counter the effect of camera shake.
Casio Exilim Z800
The two cameras include several advanced features. Casio claims that the new Single Frame SR Zoom function extends the maximum telephoto range of the optical zoom up to 1.5 times by reducing image degradation that occurs using digital zoom.
Premium Auto enables the camera to automatically analyze the scene being photographed and attempt to adjust settings for proper exposure, ISO, sensitivity, focus location, photo blur correction, tonal range and color balance and level of noise reduction. Dynamic Photo allows users to create "moving photos" in-camera camera by cutting moving subjects from the background in images taken with continuous shooting, and combining those images on a different still or moving image background. Art Shot and Art Effect functions add digital processing to a photo to make it look like an oil painting, crayon drawing, or water color.
Casio Exilim EX-S200
The EX-S200 uses a flat lens barrel and lens ring to achieve a body that is only 0.7-inches thick. It includes a Quick Mode function that powers on the camera with a press of the shutter button, previews a photo after shooting, and automatically powers down. The EX-S200 comes in five different colors - silver, orange, blue, black and pink.
Casio Exilim EX-Z800
The EX-Z800 employs a flat lens, LCD monitor and buttons to achieve a compact body that is only 0.8-inches thick. The EX-Z800 comes in six different colors, ranging from basic black and silver to vivid pink, red, yellow and blue. The camera features dedicated shoot, view and delete buttons that provide access to each of the camera's basic operations.
Pricing and availability
The EX-Z200 will retail for $179.99 and the EX-Z800 will retail for $149.99. Both cameras will be available for purchase in September.