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Casio Exilim EX-S200 and EX-Z800: Little and large

Laurel and Hardy. Abbott and Costello. Cannon and Ball. The latest thin/fat double act is the paring of the Casio Exilim EX-S200 and EX-Z800

Fact: there is nowt funnier than a fat man and a thin man getting into comedy pratfalls. Casio has applied the principles of Laurel and Hardy, the two Ronnies, and Farley and Spade to its latest compact cameras: the 14-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-S200 and EX-Z800 offer similar specs in a choice of slimline or portly frames.

Casio claims the S200 is a svelte 15mm at its thickest point. Yet it still packs optical image stabilisation and a 4x optical zoom with a 27mm wide angle, equivalent to a 35mm camera. The skinny frame comes draped in blue, black, orange, pink or silver livery.

Quick mode helps you snap one picture with the speed of a meerkat checking if that lion is still there. Press the shutter button, and the camera will take the picture, show you the results, and power down again.

The entry-level Z800 boasts the same specs, but has been hitting the pies rather than hitting the gym and isn't as skinny. It's out in a wide range of colours including blue, black, pink, silver and yellow.

The S200 will set you back £200. The Z800 will cost £150, and both will be available this month.

Update: The entry-level model is called the Z800, and not the D800 as we were first told by Casio's PR folk.