Casio has announced a new touchscreen compact camera to slot into its Exilim range.
The EX-ZS15 is the first compact from Casio to feature a touchscreen, and with a low European retail price of €159, it is also one of the most affordable currently available on the market.
The Casio Exilim EX-SZ15 features a 7.6cm (3 inch) touch screen that can be activated via a symbol on the screen itself. Recording and playback functions are operated almost exclusively using the screen, with scrolling menus and colour coded symbols. Touch shutter is also possible.
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Other specifications on board the camera include a 14.1 million effective pixels CCD sensor and 5x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom.
Fitted with a 26mm wide-angle lens, it is also capable of video recording in 720p HD quality.
Face-detection functionality has also been included, which has the capability of both recording individual faces or entire groups, and then automatically applying the best possible setting.
A rechargeable battery comes with the camera, which has been tested to reach 170 shots from one charge.
Casio manufactures a range of compact cameras, including the rugged G series range, the hi-zoom H range and the high-speed ZR range.
The camera is available in three colours: silver, red and black. We are yet to receive any UK information about the new camera, so pricing information is unavailable at present - we will update when we find out more.