Casio’s Exilim Card EX-S100
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Dubbed "the world's smallest optical zoom digital camera," the Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 is business-card size at a mere 0.66" thick and just 3.46" at its longest dimension. But despite its size the EX-S100 yields excellent color files from its 3.2-megapixel chip and has a whopping 2" LCD screen and a quite good 2.8x zoom lens. To top it off it has a stainless steel body, a built-in flash, and works with those slim Secure Digital (SD) cards. The camera focuses fast and has virtually no lag time, the duration between pressing the shutter release and the moment the image is recorded. In short, it's the ultimate candid camera, offering both diminutive size and quick response to subjects and scenes before you.
Would we use the camera to make big prints? The 3.2-megapixel sensor precludes that, although very good quality prints up to 5x7" make it a great camera for snapshots, travel, and family fun pictures. (It also allows you to make movies with monaural sound.) Would we take the Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 with us everywhere we go? You bet, as its size and weight make it a great traveling companion. Priced at about $399 (list) it isn't cheap for a 3.2-megapixel camera, but it delivers the goods and allows you to be picture-ready without having to even be aware you have a camera in your pocket.
Sensor: 3.2 megapixels
Lens: Optical zoom, equivalent to 36-102mm in 35mm format
Focus: AF (spot and multi), Macro (6.6 to about 20"), Manual, and Infinity
Shutter: 4 seconds to 1/200 sec
White Balance: Auto, six modes, manual
ISO: Selectable, 50-400
Flash: Built-in, max range 8.2 ft, at wide setting
Features Of Note: RGB histogram display; USB cradle for charging, downloading; long-life lithium ion battery; weight at just 3.95 oz
For more information, visit Casio's website at: www.casio.com.
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