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Casio's new EX-Z9 camera offers lots of color, little cost

Casio just announced the Exilim Zoom EX-Z9, a colorful, compact digital camera.

Casio Exilim EX-Z9
Casio USA

Casio expands its digital camera lineup with the Exilim Zoom EX-Z9, a budget shooter with a scant price tag and a surprising selection of colors. While it doesn't present any new features compared to previous Exilims, it should still appeal to both budget- and fashion-minded consumers.

The Z9 uses a 37.5-112.5mm-equivalent, F/2.8-5.2 3x zoom lens, typical for a compact budget shooter, along with a slightly-later-than-usual 2.6-inch widescreen LCD. Like most Casio Exilim cameras, the Z9 offers nearly two dozen "Best Shot" scene preset modes, along with an "Easy Mode" that simplifies its interface. The Z9 can capture video at VGA or widescreen VGA (848 x 480) resolution. The Z9 also features Face Detecting autofocus for shooting portraits and group shots.

The Casio Exilim EX-Z9 ships later this March. It will be available in silver, black, pink, and orange versions, and will retail for about $160.