Casio trots out zoom monger

[intro] If it's big optical zoom without a lardy SLR body you're after, Casio's new Exilim could be your next snapper[/intro] If it's big optical z

If it's big optical zoom without a lardy SLR body you're after, Casio's new Exilim could be your next snapper.

The V7's inch thick body houses a 7x optical zoom lens, an improvement on the standard 5x offerings and fraudsters who try to claim digital zoom is in any way useful.

It doesn't blow Kodak's V570 and its 10x zoom out of the water, but does shoot 7MP stills and promises some new anti-shake DSP technology to make sure the zoom doesn't trash the picture quality. Availability is for $400 from March in the US, with a UK launch apparently close behind.