Casio Tryx review: a smartphone camera on steroids

An interesting little snapshooter in both design and features, the Casio Tryx pops out satisfying photos and movies for straight-to-Web sharing.

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My first thought when I saw the Casio Tryx was that Casio took a smartphone and turned it into a single-function device. It has the dimensions of a smartphone, a 3-inch touch screen, and a fixed-focal-length lens similar to what's on a mobile phone, but with better specs. Where the design differs from a smartphone or the average point-and-shoot is that the display can pivot through its frame a full 360 degrees while the screen itself can rotate 270 degrees. With its built-in orientation sensor, you can hold the Tryx in your left or right hand and the picture will right itself

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This swiveling, rotating design allows for a lot of shooting flexibility at different heights and angles. The Tryx can be its own tripod and when you rotate the screen it becomes perfect for self-portraits. You can use the frame to hang it on the wall for easy group shots or for a better grip when shooting. Plus, since it shoots movies in full HD, it can do all of these things for photos and videos.

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