Casio smashes 10MP barrier

Mount Megapixel is notoriously difficult to climb, particularly for little compacts, but finally a camera has scaled the daunting 10MP peaks: this sma

Mount Megapixel is notoriously difficult to climb, particularly for little compacts, but finally a camera has scaled the daunting 10MP peaks: this smart new Casio Exilim.

Our excitement status about the 9MP Fujifilm E900 has been reduced to ambivalence, and we’re now taking Sony’s 10MP R1 for granted; this is the new weapon of choice for the aspiring pro snapper.

The EX-Z1000 isn’t just about poster-sized 10.1MP snaps either. No, there’s much more besides. There’s a big 2.8in LCD, which only just falls beneath the current 3in record held by the Nikon S6 and also a 3x optical zoom and a ‘rapid flash’ function which lets you take three flash photos in one second.

Anti-shake tech, which is fast becoming standard for compacts, is on board, and the battery goes for a reasonable 360 shots.

Although you’ll mostly be preoccupied with setting up your giant photos, there’s also a VGA (640x480 pixels) video mode which will capture 25fps films, and a ‘best shot’ burst mode which lets you pick your favourite from 37 different snaps.

The EX-Z1000 is expected to hit shelves next month for a more than decent £380. Have a look at Casio’s site for its full photographic CV.