Friday, January 26, 2007


The Casio EXILIM CARD EX-S770 combines a 1/2.5" CCD imager with seven megapixels and an EXILIM-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 38 - 114mm equivalent focal range. There's no optical viewfinder, but a 2.8" LCD display with a higher than average 230,400 pixels dominates the camera's rear panel. With the lens retracted, the Casio S770's smooth, clean lines and ultracompact 17mm thick body should prove friendly for storing in a pocket. Images are stored on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCards, or in 6.0MB of internal memory. As well as regular SD / MMC cards, the Casio EXILIM EX-S770 has support for the new SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) standard, which extends the maximum flash card capacity to a theoretical 32GB (4GB cards being the largest at the time of this writing), with sustained transfer rates of up to six megabytes per second.

The Casio EX-S770 has an impressive 34 scene modes, dubbed "Best Shot" modes in Casio parlance, such as an eBay mode that captures images at reduced resolution with auto macro focusing. The Exilim S770 also has some more unusual features - including a wide aspect-ratio movie mode, the ability to use the included software to convert documents on your PC to JPEG format for viewing on the camera's large (by digicam standard, anyway) LCD display, plus a Rapid Flash mode that allows three flash shots to be captured in a single second, the trade-off being that flash range is roughly halved. The Casio Exilim EX-S770 ships in the USA from September, priced at $380.

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