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Casio launches 'YouTube' digital cameras

New Exilim cameras offer Best Shot Mode

Casio has included a new video capture mode designed to help users upload clips to YouTube in two new digital cameras. They also feature the Exilim Engine 2.0 image processing module.

The EX-S880 is the latest addition to the Exilim Card series, which combines sophisticated design in a thin card size. The EX-Z77 joins Casio's successful Exilim Zoom series.

Both new models come with a high-quality movie function that makes the most of next-generation H.264 compression technology. They also feature Casio's new YouTube Best Shot Mode, which enables users to shoot and save movies at the optimum size, quality and other settings for YouTube. Casio has also included an exclusive software application that makes it fast and simple to upload movies to YouTube.

The new cameras also feature a blur reduction function that uses motion analysis technology, an auto-tracking AF system, and face-detection technology. Casio says that the combination of face-detection technology and the auto-tracking AF system ensures that, once the focus locks on to a person's face, it will stay sharp and maintain the right exposure, even if the person moves.

The Exilim Card EX-S880 has an 8.1Mp CCD and a 3x optical zoom lens. It has a continuous shutter mode with a maximum of eight shots at 4fps (at 2.0 megapixel image size). It's available in a choice of three body colours: silver, black and red.

The Exlim Zoom EX-Z77 has a 7.2Mp CCD and a 3x optical zoom lens. There's a choice of five body colours: silver, black, red, blue and pink.

Pricing has yet to be announced.

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