Casio gets snap happy at CES 2011 with five new compacts

Casio has brought forth unto happy snappers everywhere five new innovative cameras at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.

The lineup consists of four new Exilim models - one flagship, one Hi-Zoom and the other two entry-level shooters - whilst the company has also unveiled a device call ed the Tryx, "a revolutionary new camera that will allow consumers to stand out and be noticed".

We'll begin with the flagship EX-ZR100, which is a 12.1 megapixel effort powered by Casio’s new Exilim engine HS with dual core processors, which work together to offer consumers a high-speed shooting experience.

The sensor-shift stabilization technology also allows users to capture impressive 1920 x 1080p full-HD video at 30 frames-per-second (fps) with continuous auto focus. There's also a .37 second shot-to-shot time, slow-motion video recording as well as high-speed burst shooting.

Moving on to the super-zoom 16.1 megapixel EX-H30, you'll get a 24mm, ultra-wide-angle, 12.5x optical zoom lens as well as the ability to capture up to 1,000 photos on a single battery charge.

There also looks to be a nice balance between auto and manual shooting modes, so the EX-H30 should appeal to beginners and enthusiasts alike.

The two entry-level models are the compact EX-ZS10 and EX-ZS5, which should both provide simple operation for beginners. They come with 14.1 megapixel resolution and 26mm wide-angle lenses with 5x optical zooms.  With the EX-ZS10, users can record their memories in high definition as the camera offers 720p HD video. The EX-ZS5 features VGA video recording at a resolution of 640 x 480.

Last but not least is the 12.1-megapixel Casio Tryx, a camera which boasts an innovative design to allow the user to capture images in a variety of ways.

As the blurb puts it: "The frame rotates 360-degrees and can be adjusted so that the body can act as a tripod, allowing TRYX to stand on its own, or the LCD screen can be rotated up to 270-degrees so that users can perfect their own self portrait and see themselves in the frame. Users can even flip out and rotate the body so that the camera can hang from a hook, doorknob or other surface".

The Tryx can also be used to record full-HD, 1080p video (30fps) with the feel of a dedicated camcorder, either in a left- or right-handed grip or use it vertically, like a pocket camcorder.

Prices for the above cameras are as follows:

The Casio EX-ZR100 will be available in black and will ship in March 2011 for $299.99.

The Casio EX-H30 will be available in four colors, including silver, black, red, and gold, and will ship in March 2011 for $249.99

The EX-ZS10 will be available in black, silver, red, pink and blue, and will ship in March 2011 for $119.99, whilst the EX-ZS5 will be available in black, silver, orange and pink, and will ship in March 2011 for $99.99.

The Casio TRYX will be available April 2011 for $249.99.

Catch up with all the latest from Las Vegas with our CES 2011 homepage.