Casio gets the big picture

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 April, 2006, 12:00am

Just last year, some professional digital cameras offered only 8 megapixel imaging while consumer models were restricted to about 4 or 5 megapixels.

Casio will soon launch its latest compact digital camera model, the Exilim Zoom EX-Z1000, which has an awesome 10.1 megapixels.

The higher megapixel count means higher-quality photos that you can now print larger without the risk of seeing the grain of the photos. It also allows you to zoom into a scene without losing picture quality.

According to Casio, you can now zoom between 4.3X and 17.1X with the EX-Z1000 and suffer no reduction in image quality.

In addition to its enhanced image resolution, the EX-Z1000 also incorporates a 7cm liquid crystal display (LCD).

While there are many models on the market with larger 7.5cm LCDs, Casio uses the extra space to introduce a cool application that lets you preview two versions of a scene (wide-angle and zoom) at the same time so that you can decide which the better option is for your shot.

At the same time, the EX-Z1000 has all the enhancements that Casio has developed for the core technology of its Exilim series over the years. These include features such as fast power-on - which readies the camera for a shot in just over a second - and the company's Super Life Battery, which claims to power 360 shots on a single charge.

Other impressive features include a high-sensitivity shooting mode. It sets the camera at an ISO of 3200 for low lighting conditions or for fast action scenes when you need a super-fast shutter speed.

To push the performance of the Exilim series to a higher level, Casio didn't make any compromises on features.

As with all Exilims, the EX-Z1000 will fit easily into the palm of your hand and is slim enough to slip into the pockets of your jeans.

The Exilim EX-Z1000 will be available in Hong Kong later this year, but you should see it on the grey market late next month, when it's launched in Japan. No price has been set yet.

PROS: 10.1 megapixel imaging; large display; extensive features; long battery life

CONS: will likely be expensive