Casio's Exilim turns megapixel madness up to 12

We thought ten was a nice round number for digicams to stop at, but no – Casio, cackling like a mad scientist, has pushed the megapixel count on

We thought ten was a nice round number for digicams to stop at, but no – Casio, cackling like a mad scientist, has pushed the megapixel count on its new EX-Z1200 up to an eye watering 12.1.It smashes the previous record set by last year's 10.1MP EX-Z1000. To celebrate it's had a minor restyle to go with its pixel boost, attaining a slightly more 'sculpted' look, we find. Nice.As the flagship Exilim, it gets proper CCD shifting optical image stabilisation as well as modes to automatically boost the ISO and shutter speed for fast-moving subjects.Ticking a few more premium boxes, it adds a 2.8in LCD and face detection for accurately focussed mug shots.Just what the extra two megapixels will do for you, we're not entirely sure, especially as more pixels tend to equal more noise. But since when did reason ever have anything to do with it?We'll be watching out for noisy shots like digital hawks - just as soon as we've stopped caressing the 12.1 megapixel badge.

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