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January 07, 2009

New Casio EX-Z400, EX-Z270 and EX-S12 with EX-S5

Apart from the two high speed shooters, Casio has also introduced four traditional sequential digital camera models for their line-up.

Casio EX-Z400
The Z400 follows up on the Z300 as the highest model-number model, and continuing the new 1/2.33" tradition instead of a 1/1.7" sensor. Previously, Casio's line-up had both 1/1.8" and 1/2.5" sensor cameras at this level. Now they have gone with 1/2.33" for all the models in this segment.

So the Z400 has the 2009 sensor du jour (12mp 1/2.33"), a 4x optical zoom lens with image stabilization, a 3" LCD and a $300 price.

UPDATE: From the Japanese announcement (computer-translated), we learn that Casio will have an initial monthly production output of 200,000 units for this and the EX-S12.

Casio EX-Z270
The EX-Z270 follows up on the EX-Z250 as the "new deputy", with a fewer megapixels (10mp 1/2.5" sensor) and a smaller screen (2.7") and a smaller price of $230.

Casio EX-S12
Following up on the EX-S10, the EX-S12 is another slim camera (slimmer than the ones mentioned above), with a 12mp sensor. See pictures of it at Engadget. We are not sure what the sensor size is on this guy. If it is in lockstep with the Pentax S12, it should have a 1/1.72" sensor. We'll find out later on I suppose.

UPDATE: The camera is actually using a 12mp 1/2.33" sensor, and has a 3x optical zoom lens (36-108mm) with 2.7" wide-display, and Exilim Engine 4.0.

The EX-S12 is available for pre-order at Amazon for $250 and available in green, black, silver, or pink.

Casio EX-S5
The EX-S5 is the entry-level model, starting at $180 and has a 10mp sensor, with a typical 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7" LCD display. This lovely is available for pre-order at Amazon for $180 in your choice of silver, blue, black, purple, pink or gold. If you lost count, a total of six colors.

This is also known as the Casio EX-Z1 in some markets and you can find out more about it at our EX-Z1 page.

More details
+ Casio International
+ Gallery of pictures of the cameras from the CES 2009 show at Engadget
+ Recap of new Casios by Laptop Magazine blog
+ Recap of new Casios by computer-translated
+ Recap at Photography Press UK

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