Casio has the first digital cameras with a video mode optimized for YouTube. Called the Exilim EX-S880 and EX-Z77, the cameras will be released worldwide starting in the US in August, followed by Europe and Asia soon after.

So how do you get a clip onto YouTube? First, you shoot a video in the YouTube mode then slip the camera into a dock. This automatically starts a video management application on your PC (Windows XP SP2, 2000 SP4 and Vista only) and grabs the movie files.

The application can be set up with a YouTube account, default title name and other settings, so getting the video online involves simply clicking the upload button. Alternatively, you can enter information specific to the clips and then upload them. It's very easy. The EX-S880 can take 8.1Mp images, has a 3X optical zoom and will cost about $300.

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