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Casio Upgrades Exilim Digital Camera Line

Dover, N.J. — Casio introduced a trio of new cameras in its Exilim line of slim form-factor models, pouring a host of improvements into the models in anticipation of a competitive holiday season.

The EX-Z4U is the first Exilim to offer 4-megapixel resolution. Additionally the Z4U features a 3x optical zoom, 2-inch LCD screen, a shutter lag of .01 seconds, a start-up time of 1.6 seconds (with the flash turned off), and an audio snapshot and voice recorder function for capturing still images with sound.

The new model has improved battery performance from the older Z3, offering 20 percent longer continuous recording time. It has 10MB of internal memory and takes SD/MMC flash cards.

The Z4U ships with a USB cradle for picture transfers. It will be available in October for a suggested retail price of $399.99.

The company also released the EX-S20U and M20U, both shipping in October. These 2-megapixel, fixed-focus models are based off the previous EX-S2, only 10 percent smaller. They feature start-up times of .9 seconds, shutter lag of .01 seconds, 10MB of internal memory, SD/MMC card expansion slot, and a new, low-power design that improves battery life by 85 percent over the S2.

Other improvements include a new lens that allows for macro shots from 30cm from the subject (the first fixed-focus Exilim models to incorporate a macro shooting mode), and a new lens cover.

Both units ship in October with a USB cradle for image transfers. The S20U will have a suggested retail price of $279.99 and the step-up M20U, which offers MP3 playback, voice recording and audio snapshots, will carry a $329.99 suggested retail price.