Monday, February 5, 2007

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1050

Casio only makes slim cameras, but their new lineup does not lack interesting contenders. The Z1050 will come in pink, blue, black and silver.

Aimed at stylish consumers, this little camera spots a massive 1/1.75" 10.1 megapixel sensor. The lens is a 3x optical zoom 38-114mm. It has a 2.6" LCD screen, which is almost as big as it can get into the camera. Internal memory has been increased from 8MB to 15.4MB. There is anti shake DSP to reduce handshake. It is not optical stabilization, though, so don't expect miracles. It also has subject motion detection that boosts ISO to ensure sharp pictures, similar to the Panasonics.

What's different, is auto tracking auto focus that helps lock on to fast moving subjects. This feature is especially useful with the maximum 7 shots/second high-speed continuous shooting (lmited to 2.0 megapixels and normal image quality), the EX-Z1050 should be a useful camera for sporting events. Yes, 2 megapixels is quite small, but even a DSLR don't have this kind of performance. There is also the interesting eBay Best Shot mode, which makes photo optimized for ebay display.

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