Casio's Budget EXILIM Zoom ZZ-280 Records in 720p, EX-Z33 For $120

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Casio released two budget EXILIM point-and-shoots this morning. The new $180 Zoom EX-Z280 packs a few higher end features, including 720p recording, while the $120 EX-Z33 is your basic shooter.

The 12.1 megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z280, likes its name leads, has a wide-angle 26 mm 4X optical zoom lens. From the pictures it looks to have a nice compact body and comes with standard features including a CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism and face detection function. Casio is also touting its high-speed image processing CPU, which allows it to run its EXILIM Engine 4.0 on the camera itself (that includes editing abilities, etc.). It can also shoot 720p. All in all, not too bad for under $200.

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A bit more basic, the 10.1 megapixel EXILIM EX-Z33 has a 3X optical zoom lens. Meant for the beginner, it features an easy mode and though it won't shoot 720p you can record some YouTube friendly 640 x 480 resolution video. You can snatch this guy up in the colors of the rainbow, including black, light pink, darker pink, silver and blue. [Casio]

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I have their last gen and it is the worst PnS I have ever had (always had Sony's before). My wife literally can't take a picture to save her life with it as it constantly puts out blurry images. I've never had a problem, but now (last month or so), even I can't take one without some blur and it really pisses me off. I don't want the best PnS, just one the wife can actually use as I hate taking pictures (I just find it annoying).

I have to double check, but I think it only had a 1 year warranty; something has to be wrong with it.