Perfect for YouTubers

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 July, 2007, 12:00am

Hong Kong's most famous upload was last year's hit Bus Uncle video. But it seems everybody is getting into video hosting site YouTube these days.

While it was only launched in 2005, YouTube now gets about 70,000 new videos uploaded on a daily basis. And many, like Bus Uncle, have registered millions of hits.

Now Casio has joined YouTube to make it easier than ever to make and upload videos to the site.

Casio's new camera models, the EX-S880 and EX-Z77, now come with a YouTube shooting mode, which captures MPEG-4 video with H.264 format.

What that means is that the cameras are capable of shooting regular VGA-quality video (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second.

But with H.264 compression, you can now fit more videos, or higher quality videos, into the same amount of memory.

In addition, you also get custom software that makes it easier for you to upload your videos to the site in two steps.

The EX-Z77 offers 7.2 megapixel images, while the EX-S880 gives you 8.1 megapixel ones. They also come with all the basic shooting modes, image stabiliation, manual controls and 3x optical zoom.

For aspiring filmmakers, both models are perfect for when you are looking to shoot that next chapter of Bus Uncle.

But be warned: the videos won't look so good on a regular TV.

Prices start at around HK$2,500.

PROS: YouTube-friendly video capture, H.264 compression, uploader software

CONS: pretty standard camera features

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