Casio comes back down to 5MP earth

In the aftermath of its 10MP compact’s wild launch party, Casio nursed its head and swore that it’d never make that many megapixels again. A sensible,

In the aftermath of its 10MP compact’s wild launch party, Casio nursed its head and swore that it’d never make that many megapixels again. A sensible, well-rounded snapper was in order, and here it is: the new 5MP Exilim.

The EX-Z5’s mottos are ‘everything in moderation’ and ‘too many features spoil the broth’ – it’s got a sensible black coat, and the standard triumvirate of 5MP, 3x optical zoom and a 2.5in screen.

So, should it be dismissed with a mere wave of the gadgeteer’s hand? Not necessarily: what its features lack in ‘wow’ factor, they make up for in user-friendliness.

Its ‘easy mode’ freezes all the technical settings so you don’t accidentally get plunged into advanced menus, and the ‘direct on’ function ensures a quick start-up time so you don’t miss snapping that dancing monkey.

Friend of the inebriated, anti-shake tech, is also on-board, and rapid flash lets you take three flash shots in one second.

There’s also an intriguing new feature called ‘revive shot’, which lets you photograph old photos straight form your old albums and bring them into the 21st Century by correcting their sepia look with colour restoration magic.

The EX-Z5 will be out in late May, but you’ll have to hunt around on websites like Pixmania and eBay to get one – it’s only going to be officially released in the US and continental Europe.