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Casio has announced two more digital cameras to join its skinniest line. The Casio Exilim EX-S12 comes in at just over half an inch thick while the EX-S5 keeps its figure at three-quarters-of-an-inch. Both cameras are packed with new technology, including a feature that crops subjects and inserts them into other pictures.
The S12 and S5 cameras both use an Exilim Engine 4.0 image processor, which allows them the Dynamic Photo function. This function bypasses Photoshop by letting users move subjects from picture to picture. Casio has set up a special Web site to show off this feature: www.exilim.com/dp/. The Web site shows a picture of a little girl in a nearly blank space. She gets cropped out of this spare picture, and moved into a scene of an astronaut standing on the moon. In the end, the girl appears to be holding the astronaut’s hands. Casio claims that new applications for this cut-and-paste technology are in development. A March 3 press release states, “Following the release of the camera, Casio will offer new services that expand the fun of the Dynamic Photo function.”
The Casio Exilim S12 takes over as flagship of the line with 12.1 megapixels and a $249 price tag. It has a 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. It has dozens and dozens of automated Best Shot modes, including HD 1280 x 720-pixel movies and a For YouTube mode. The slim camera will come in silver, pink, green, and black.
The Casio S5 departs from the standard boxy look of most Exilim Card cameras gaining rounded edges on its the right side in a design similar to that of current Canon Digital Elph models. The 10-megapixel S5 also comes with scores of Best Shot modes, a 3x lens, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The LCD has a sub-par resolution of 115,000 pixels – half that of the S12 – and the S5 ditches the HD movies for a wide 848 x 480-pixel format. The Casio S5 has an iTunes compatible video format and comes in blue, black, silver, pink, and purple. It will be available in March for $179.