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Is 10.1 megapixels enough?

Who needs 10 megapixels? That's like saying, "Who needs a million dollars?" Most people can get by with what they already have, but nobody is going to turn that much down.

I picked up the Casio S-500 last year. It was the most awesome camera ever...for about a second. Then cooler ones with more features and higher capacities came out.

Casio Exilim
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Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1000

The new 10.1-megapixel Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1000 was announced Wednesday. Shortly thereafter, I developed a serious case of pixel envy. Sure, I can get by with what I already have, but the new one captures an effective 10.1-million pixels. The 2.8-inch LCD screen is larger than previous models with sported displays ranging from 2 inches to 2.6 inches. I gotta have it. And the million dollars, too!

The palm-size camera is able to capture pictures from 640 pixels by 480 pixels up to 3,648 pixels by 2,736 pixels. It also doubles as a camcorder, capturing movies at 640 pixels by 480 pixels or 320 pixels by 240 pixels. A 10.1-megapixel picture takes up 4.2MB, so only one can fit in the 8MB of built-in memory. Alternatively, the 8MB of flash memory can handle three minutes and 16 seconds of video recorded at the highest setting. But for someone with a 1GB flash memory card, that equates to around 6 hours to 7 hours of video or around 240 10.1-megapixel pictures.

The camera has some interesting features, like simultaneous viewing of a wide angle and a telephoto shot, as well as a rapid flash function that lets you take up to three shots per second. The camera also has a 3x optical and 4x digital zoom. It will retail for $399 and is set to come out in June.