Casio Inc. on Wednesday introduced its 4-megapixel Exilim Zoom EX-Z40 camera. The new camera sports a 3x optical zoom and is expected to hit stores in late April with a suggested retail price of US$399.99.
The camera features a battery life that Casio claims is 2.5 times longer than previous models — allowing up to about 360 photos to be taken on a single charge, based on CIPA standard battery life measurement. Also new to this model is Auto Pan Focus, a feature that lets users off the hook having to wait for auto focus to calibrate. It uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for power.
The camera sports a 2.0 inch TFT LCD display and PictBridge compatibility for direct printer output. A “Direct On” function allows users to do one-touch recording and play. Also featured on the camera is 7-point multi-auto focus, the ability to generate HTML albums in the camera that can be viewed directly by Web browsers, support for Exif 2.2 metadata and more.
The camera has 9.7MB of built-in flash memory and also features an SD/MMC flash media card slot (no additional card is provided). The camera comes with USB cradle and cable, battery, AC adapter, strap and software.