After yesterday's small DSLR excitement, we have something for people looking for something even more compact. Such as a compact camera. Just liike clockwork, Casio has announced just such a device. The Casio Exilim EX-Z9 is an 8.1 megapixel compact with 3X optical zoom and 23 Best Shot modes to help get the perfect picture. It is available in orange.

Casio Introduces Stylish New 8.1 Megapixel
Digital Camera

EX-Z9 Offers Increased Portability and 23 Best Shot Modes to EXILIM Zoom Series
of Digital Cameras

DOVER, NJ, MARCH 6, 2008 — Casio America, Inc. introduced the latest addition to its stylish series of EXILIM® digital cameras today, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z9. This newest member of the EXILIM line features a stylish, slim and compact design to increase portability, and provides an improved 8.1 megapixels of image resolution with 3X optical zoom.

This new model stays true to the user-friendly features that have become standard to the EXILIM Zoom series. The 2.6-inch wide LCD display enables users to easily navigate camera operations and enhance the review of images, while the 23 Best Shot Modes and face detection technology help users take high quality photos without having to adjust camera settings.

“Whether you are taking snap shots of your family at the park or your friends at a concert, this high-quality digital camera is sure to satisfy all of your photographic wants and needs,” said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio’s Digital Imaging Division. “Casio’s innovative YouTube Capture Mode allows videos to be recorded and uploaded directly to YouTube in as few as 3 steps, making the EX-Z9 perfect for online video enthusiasts.”

The EX-Z9 comes loaded with other useful features including Anti Shake DSP which reduces photo blur from shaky hands or moving subjects, allowing users to shoot images with ease and confidence.  Easy Mode simplifies the camera settings to three easy menus (image size, flash and self timer).  With Easy Mode, the camera is set to take great photos in every situation without having to check presets or accidentally making a wrong adjustment. Casio’s Face Detection Technology maintains a sharp focus and the correct exposure for the human face.

Available at retail in March, the EX-Z9 will be available in pink, black, silver and orange and will have an MSRP of  $159.99.

MAIN FEATURES
  • Stylish, slim, compact model featuring 8.1 million effective megapixels and 3x optical zoom.
  • Generous 2.6-inch wide LCD display
  • 23 Best Shot Modes for high quality images
  • Anti Shake DSP for reducing photo blur due to shaky hands or moving subjects
  • Easy Mode for simplifying the camera settings
  • Casio’s Face Detection technology for maintaining a sharp focus

Casio Exilim EX-Z9 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 8.1 million effective pixels
• 8.3 million total pixels

Image sizes

• 3264x2448
• 3264x2176 (3:2)
• 3264x1840 (16:9)
• 2816x2112
• 2304x1728
• 1600x1200
• 640x480

Movie clips • 848 x 480 (HQ Wide)
• 640 x 480 (HQ/Normal) / 320 x 240 (LP)
File formats • JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2, DCF1.0, DPOF)
• Motion JPEG, AVI format, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
Lens

• 6.2 - 18.6 mm
• 37.5 - 112.5 mm (35mm equiv.)
• F2.8 - F5.2

Image stabilization No
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom 4x
Focus • Contrast detect AF
• Auto/Macro/Pan Focus/Infinity/Manual
AF area modes Spot, Multi
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance 40cm - Infinity (Auto, W), 15cm - 42cm (Macro W)
Metering Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot
ISO sensitivity

• Auto
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600

Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Shuttter speed • 1/2 - 1/2000 sec (Auto)
• 4 - 1/2000 sec (Night scene)
Aperture F2.8 - F5.2 (With ND filter)
Modes • Snapshot
• Continuous shooting
• Best Shot
• Face detection
• Movie (Normal movie / YouTube)
• Voice Recording
Scene modes 23 Best Shot modes
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Overcast
• Shade
• Day white Fluorescent
• Daylight Fluorescent
• Tungsten
• Manual
White balance fine tune No
Self timer 2 or 10 sec
Flash • Auto / Off / On / Soft / Red-eye reduction
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.6 "
• 114,960 dots
Connectivity USB/AV port
Print compliance Pictbridge
Storage • SD / SDHC / MMC card
• 18.6 MB Internal
Power • NP-60 Li Ion battery
• Charger included
Weight (no batt) 127 g (4.48 oz)
Dimensions 92 x 55 x 23 mm (3.64 x 2.17 x 0.91 in)