Casio’s Exilim family has been blessed with a new arrival: the Exilim EX Z700. This bouncing baby digital compact has kicked its predecessor, the Exilim EX-Z600, out of the nest, upstaging its 6MP with 7.2MP.
True, 7.2MP may not be staggering in this climate of megapixel monsters – there are already 10MP compacts (including Casio’s EX-Z1000) knocking about – but it’s a welcome addition to the Exilim range and comes with a few other perks to keep it in the running.
This, coupled with a few new Best Shot modes – which select one of 37 sample images to give the best pic – will have you believing you’re the next David Bailey in no time.
And what of these Best Shot modes? Well, first up, there’s an ‘auto framing’ mode to keep moving subjects at the centre of the photograph using tech to track movement. Secondly, a ‘layout shot’ mode will let you make a collage from various shots taken with the same background or, if you’re feeling extra arty farty, mix shots with different compositions to create an abstract masterpiece.
Into this most tempting bargain is thrown anti-shake tech, a bright 2.7in LCD and a battery that’ll suck up 460 still images on a single charge. Good show.
Casio Exilim EX-Z700
On sale: August