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Casio creates credit card-size camera

Casio Computer today unveiled a camera that it claims is the world's thinnest digital still camera equipped with a liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor.

The Exilim comes in two models, the EX-S1 and the EX-M1. The EX-S1 is 88mm wide and 55mm high (the size of a credit card), and 11.3mm thick. The EX-M1 is the same width and height but 12.4mm thick. The cameras weigh 85 grams and 87 grams, respectively.

Both cameras can record 1.2 mega-pixel quality still images and 30 seconds of 320 by 240-pixel moving images and replays. The EX-M1 also features an MP3 audio replay function and a 50-minute voice recording function on 12Mbytes of internal Flash Memory, a Casio statement said.

Both products have a 4X digital zoom lens, a slot for either a Secure Digital (SD) card or MultiMedia Card (MMC) and a 1.6-inch color thin film transistor (TFT) LCD monitor. The battery will allow around 480 still images to be recorded. The EX-M1 battery will last for an hour and 20 minutes of voice recording and five hours and 30 minutes of MP3 audio replay, the statement said.

The Exilim will be rolled out in Japan on 21 June and will be priced at about ¥35,000 (£188) for the EX-S1 and ¥45,000 for the EX-M1. The cameras will also be released in Europe, but there is no fixed launch date for North America, the company said.

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