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Casio intros 12-megapixel Exilim cam

updated 08:20 am EDT, Mon May 21, 2007

Casio Exilim Z1200

Casio today launched a new range-topping model for its Exilim Zoom series. As suggested by its name, the Exilim Z1200 is the company's sharpest compact camera with a new 12.1-megapixel sensor that captures up to 4000x3000 images with a 3X optical zoom lens. The same sensor also includes an auto-ISO Best Shot mode that can raise sensitivity for fast-moving subjects. The compact camera also comes with sensor-shift image stabilization to correct shaking and face detection to help create portraits.

The Z1250 also has a strong movie mode, according to Casio: its movie mode can record both in QuickTime's MOV format as well as the high-efficiency H.264 standard; this allows resolutions anywhere from 320x240 to a widescreen 848x480, including in ultra-high quality modes not often seen with other cameras.

Pricing and availability for the new Exilim hasn't yet been announced by the company. The Z1200 is targeted for a worldwide launch and should ship soon for North America as well as Europe and Japan.

by MacNN Staff




  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not about MP

    when, when will these companies stop pushing the "useless" megapixel limit, and instead focus on better lenses for these point and click.

    People, it isn't about Megapixels. You are not going to be making posters of every shot.

    you could put 200 MP behind a cheap plastic or thin glass lens, and the end result is still a lousy photo.

    Sorry for the rant.

  1. frisby

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dynsight is right

    I have a 6 Megapixel Canon Rebel and it kicks the a** off my 8 megepixel built in lense camera.

    Basiaclly if the lense is built in, or should I say you can't change your lens, it will more than likley blow in comparison to a camera of less megapixel that can change lenses.

    12.1 sounds to me like a waste of harddrive/sd card space.

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Megapixels are the friends of marketing departments in the same way MHz were marketing people's darlings about 6 years ago.

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    continue if the marketing departments tell people the features that they THINK they need, useful development and features go out the window.

    What a waste.

    Can you imagaine if they put as much effort in developing higher light transmission glass, built in polarizing filters, ...or just better quality small lenses.

    oh well, just dreaming.

  1. zac4mac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Got Exilim?

    I have 2 digital cameras, 3 if you count my cell phone(I don't). One's an old Oly E-10 I got in 2001 for $2k new - 4MP, and a 2MP Exilim EX-S2 that I got in 2004 for 200 bucks. I use the Exilim a lot for snapshots and documentation at work and I am very happy with the quality. I will be looking at this new batch of Exilims closely.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You get what you pay for

    It is always the same story. If you pay $300 for 12 megapixels, you get exactly $300 worth of megapixels. On the other hand, $800 worth of 7 megapixels (for example, on Canon's EOS digital rebel or similar SLR), each of those pixels is worth its cents (or fractions thereof).

    At this point, sensor chips, in-camera software and lenses tend to make much bigger difference.

    Some tests suggest that an ordinary ISO 200 Fuji (or Kodak) negative film resolves images at the equivalent of about 22 megapixels. That means that we are probably about two years from that. Now, once the megapixels are there, we will still have one dramatically more serious problem to overcame in order to come close to the negative film, and that is the contrast. Negative has significantly greater range than digital sensors, and, unlike megapixels, there is no noticeable improvement in that area. Digital camera sensor has limited range of exposure; take a picture of a person with dark skin under the canopy of a thick tree, on a white sandy beach at noon and one of the two will be forever lost on digital; either the person would just be completely black, with no features whatsoever, or the sand would be completely white. Film will still record all details; all you'd need then would be to process it properly in the lab in order to bring all the detail out.

    Digital still has long way to go. Still, consumers don't mind.

    12 Megapixels are definitely better than 6, all else being equal. If nothing, it will drive down the prices of those high-end, high-quality 5-megapixel SLRs.

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