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Casio continues Dynamic Photo push on new compacts

Three, 14-megapixel cameras get added to Casio's lineup featuring unique shooting options backed by improved image processing.

The H15 is one of three 14-megapixel compact Casio cameras featuring its improved image processing and specialty shooting modes.

Unless you follow Casio's camera developments closely you probably don't know what the company's Dynamic Photo feature is. Hell, there's a good chance that even if you know about it, you're not entirely sure what it does or why you'd want it. But Casio must be getting some kind of good feedback on it because they've added the feature to three more cameras.

The quick explanation is that the cameras--the EX-H15, EX-Z2000, and EX-Z550--are capable of creating a motion image from a burst of shots. The moving subject can then be clipped from the original scene and placed in another. The latest version allows you to place moving images on other moving images.

The cameras also have new Art Shot shooting modes for turning your photos into "art" when you take a picture. The options include Oil Painting, Crayon, and Water Color and the effect you select is viewable on the LCD when framing shots. There's a new Premium Auto mode, which is simply an improved auto scene recognition.

Along with these modes, these models all feature 14-megapixel sensors, 720p HD-quality movie capture, sensor-shift image stabilization, and Exilim Engine 5.0 processing with two processors, one of which is dedicated to image processing. Casio claims it improves processing speeds by 30 percent as well as improving tonal gradation and color reproduction.

There are differences between the models, but for the most part they're related to LCD, lens specs, battery life, and, of course, price.

Casio Exilim EX-H15
  • 10x f3.2-5.7 24-240mm lens
  • 3-inch LCD (460K pixel)
  • 1,000-shot battery life
  • $299.99
Casio Exilim EX-Z2000
  • 5x f2.8-6.5 26-130mm lens
  • 3-inch LCD (460K pixel)
  • 580-shot battery life
  • $199.99
Casio Exilim EX-Z550
  • 4x f2.6-5.9 26-104mm
  • 2.7-inch LCD (230K pixel)
  • 250-shot battery life
  • $169.99

All three models are expected to arrive in the April/May time frame.