The Casio Exilim EX-S3 digital camera packs a 3.2-megapixel CCD sensor and a large 2.0-inch LCD screen into a body that's only a half-inch thick. Its high-speed startup minimizes the time until the camera is ready to shoot after being turned on and a 0.01 release time lag records the image virtually as soon as you press the shutter release button.
Optics and Resolution
The Exilim EX-S3's 3.2-megapixel CCD image sensor yields a maximum image size of 2048 x 1536 pixels, for print enlargements up to 11 x 14 inches. While the Exilim EX-S3 doesn't have an optical zoom feature, you can get closer to your subject with the 4x digital zoom.
Storage and Transfer
In addition to its 10 MB of built-in memory, the Exilim EX-S3 also supports use of thin, compact Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards (not included). An easy operation copies images between a memory card and built-in memory. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.
The Exilim EX-S3 captures 320 x 240 resolution video clips (with no sound) at 12 frames per second up to 30 seconds in length. The QuickTime Motion JPEG format offers a limited resolution, which is great for capturing a short movie that can be e-mailed to friends and family, but is no replacement for a true camcorder.
The Best Shot Mode provides optimum camera setups in an instant. Simply select the sample scene that is similar to the image you want to record, and the camera's exposure compensation, white balance, and other settings are configured accordingly.
With the included cradle, you can connect to your PC or Mac and transfer images easily via USB. The PhotoLoader software automatically transfers all JPEG and AVI files in image memory to the computer. You can also start a slideshow of images currently in the camera's memory.
Other features include:
- Built-in flash with auto, on, off, and red-eye reduction modes.
- Calendar screen provides visual diary of images to help you quickly search and locate the image you want.
- Direct print ability to select Epson printers without the need of transferring images to PC.
Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included). It measures 3.5 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches and weighs 2.5 ounces. This package includes the Exilim EX-S3 digital camera, battery, AC adapter, dock, USB cable, hand strap, and CD-ROM with imaging software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.