The Casio Exilim C721 is one tough camera phone

We reviewed the Casio Exilim C721 and we find it's a sleek yet durable phone with a great megapixel camera and plenty of high-end features.

A couple of months after Casio's steamy YouTube leak of its first ever Exilim phone, the Casio Exilim C721 is finally official. The Casio Exilim C721 is as slim and sleek as Casio's other Exilim point-and-shoot cameras, but it's military certified to withstand the elements like Casio's own G'zOne Boulder from Verizon Wireless.

Not only that, the Exilim C721 is equipped with a 5.1-megapixel camera lens, which makes it one of a few high-megapixel camera phones available on a U.S. carrier. To enhance the camera experience, the front flip of the Exilim C721 can be twisted so that the display faces outward, thus becoming the camera viewfinder. You can then hold it in your hand like you would a regular point-and-shoot camera. If you choose to leave the front flip twisted half-way, you can use the display as a self-portrait viewfinder as well. The camera comes with a slew of settings, including 15 "Best Shot" modes that adjust the camera settings to a particular need, like Portraits, Night Mode, and Scenery. And, of course, there's a built-in camcorder as well.

Aside from the camera, the C721 has a ton of features, like a music player, EV-DO Rev. A, stereo Bluetooth, and more. Surprisingly, the C721 even comes with a HTML Web browser. It's not quite as advanced as we would like--you need to enter the URL in a separate page, for example--but it's still nice to have in a flip phone like this.

The Casio Exilim C721 won't come cheap, however; it is available for $279.99 with a two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate from Verizon Wireless. You can read our full review of the Casio Exilim C721 to see if it's worth the price.

About the author

Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments