Casio Exilim EX-S1 is sleek, easy-to-use digital camera

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August 08, 2002|By Kevin Hart | Kevin Hart,Hartford Courant

Casio's Exilim EX-S1 digital camera screams "secret agent," man.

It's the world's smallest, lightest and thinnest digital camera. The EX-S1 is about 2 inches high, 3 inches wide and less than a half-inch thick.

Besides being an instant conversation piece, the $299 EX-S1 is a fun, easy-to-use camera undermined only by a four-way, rock-and-click control navigator that's too small for most people's thumbs.

Its performance rates as satisfactory for an entry-level camera, with 1.2-megapixel resolution and 1280-by-960-pixel images. The EX-S1 can create even better 1600-by-1200-pixel images through an in-camera digital process called interpolation. It also shoots 30-second videos at 320-by-240 pixels.

EX-S1 accepts both Secure Digital and MultiMedia cards. A 64-megabyte card can hold about 620 images at its lowest resolution setting, more than 50 at its highest.

The EX-S1 is a fixed-lens camera. It's equal to a 37 mm wide angle in 35 mm format photography. The "digital zoom" enlarges the center part of a captured image, losing its sharpness as it gets bigger.

Information: 800-836-8580 or www.casio.com

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