Less than two months after Casio announced the Exilim EX-Z77 and S880, the company has unveiled two new digital cameras. The Exilim EX-V8 offers a 7x zoom in an ultracompact shell; the EX-Z1080 features the highest ISO sensitivity we've seen yet on a Casio camera.
The Exilim EX-V8 replaces the EX-V7 as Casio's higher-zoom camera. The 8-megapixel V8 keeps its predecessor's 7x zoom, 38mm- to 226mm-equivalent, f/3.4 to 5.3 lens, giving it the highest zoom power of the current crop of Exilims. Like the V7, the V8 uses sensor-shift image stabilization to help reduce blur when using the zoom, and a completely internal lens mechanism to maintain the camera's slim profile no matter in what position the lens rests. A sliding lens cover helps protect the lens when the camera isn't in use, and gives it a bit of Sony Cyber-shot T-series style. With a different sensor and Casio's new Exilim Engine 2.0, hopefully this new camera will solve the picture quality issues we had with the V7. Unfortunately, it still uses its predecessor's slow lens, leaving at least one of our complaints still on the table.
Though it keeps the Z1050's 10-megapixel resolution and 38mm- to 114mm-equivalent, f/2.8 to 5.1 lens, the Exilim EX-Z1080 introduces a few new features that its predecessor lacks. The Z1080 can reach up to ISO 6,400, offering much more flexibility when shooting high-speed or poorly lit subjects. Of course, higher sensitivity almost always means higher noise, and we'll have to see the camera for ourselves before we can tell just how much grain this high-ISO setting will produce. Like the V8, the Z1080 also uses Casio's Exilim Engine 2.0 image processor.
Besides the new image processor, both cameras also feature the same YouTube Capture modes first seen on the Z77 and S880. It's just a fancy name for a YouTube-compatible, 30fps VGA movie mode, but the included YouTube Uploader software makes posting video clips a bit easier.
The Casio Exilim EX-Z1080 and V8 ship this September with suggested retail prices of $280 and $330, respectively. The Z1080 will be available in gray, black, blue, and pink, while the V8 will come only in silver.
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