At just 11.3 mm thick, 88 mm wide and 55 mm high, and weighing in at only 86g - not counting the battery and memory card - the Casio EXILIM is the world's smallest and lightest digital camera. If you manage not to lose this tiny point and shoot - hold a few credit cards back to back and you'll get a feel for the size - it will produce images of 1.31 million pixels with up to 4X digital zoom.
Images are stored on either the 16MB built-in flash memory or SD/MMC cards and to accommodate for the incredible miniaturisation, the optical viewfinder is replaced by a 1.6inch LCD display. The Rolls Royce EX-M1 model integrates an MP3-player, movie player and sound recording function allowing audio to be added to single pictures.
The Casio EXILIM will be released in the US in July this year and for those wondering about the slightly peculiar name - EXILIM is derived from the words "slim"and "eximius" (latin for extraordinary).
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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