Casio cameras hop on YouTube bandwagon

Branded scene program mode is the highlight of Casio's Exilim EX-Z880 and EX-Z77.

Casio Exilim EX-Z77
Casio Exilim EX-Z77 Casio USA

With the introduction of its eBay mode in 2006, Casio brought the concept of the branded scene mode to digital photography. So color me unsurprised that this summer's new launches, the Exilim EX-Z880 and the EX-Z77, introduce YouTube mode, a combination software bundle for direct upload to YouTube plus a camera preset that captures H.264-compressed QuickTime-format movies.

Casio Exilim EX-S880
Casio Exilim EX-S880 Casio USA

On one hand, I hate these branded modes--they don't really do anything new, they just create the perception of it. For instance, the YouTube mode captures a far-from-unique 640x480 30frames per second. On the other hand, if it keeps people from running out and spending $150 to $200 on a device specifically designed to create these unnecessarily low-quality videos, I'm all for it.

    EX-Z77 key specs:
  • 7 megapixels
  • f/3.1-5.9 38mm-114mm 3X zoom lens
  • 2.6-inch, 114,960-pixel LCD
    EX-S880 key specs:
  • 8 megapixels
  • f/2.7-5.2 38mm-114mm 3X zoom lens
  • 2.8-inch, 230,400-pixel LCD

When they ship next month, the $300 EX-S880 will come in red and black, and the $230 EX-Z77 will wear black, blue, pink, or silver.

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Casio Exilim EX-S880 (black)

The Bottom Line: Soft pictures and few improvements mean you should give this marginally upgraded Casio Exilim EX-S770 digital camera a pass. / Read full review

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Casio Exilim EX-S880 (red)

The Bottom Line: Soft pictures and few improvements mean you should give this marginally upgraded Casio Exilim EX-S770 digital camera a pass. / Read full review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z77 (silver)

The Bottom Line: The Casio Exilim EX-Z77 has some neat features and feels responsive, but its poor photos simply can't be overlooked. / Read full review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z77 (Pink)

The Bottom Line: The Casio Exilim EX-Z77 has some neat features and feels responsive, but its poor photos simply can't be overlooked. / Read full review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z77 (blue)

The Bottom Line: The Casio Exilim EX-Z77 has some neat features and feels responsive, but its poor photos simply can't be overlooked. / Read full review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z77 (black)

The Bottom Line: The Casio Exilim EX-Z77 has some neat features and feels responsive, but its poor photos simply can't be overlooked. / Read full review

About the author

Lori Grunin is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. She's been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 1988.

 

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