CASIO has announced the release of the latest addition to its EXILIM digital camera series with the EXILIM CARD EX-S600 in UK and Europe.

The 6 megapixel camera comes in a slim design that measures 16.1mm thickness and only 13.7mm at the thinnest point. The camera offers Anti Shake DSP technology to reduce blurring caused by shaky hands and/or moving subjects and the ability to record movies in the MPEG-4 format.

The camera features a 3x optical zoom, 2.2-inch LCD on the rear of the camera, as well as, increased battery life allowing up to 300 shots per battery charge and 1 hour and 50 minutes of movie recording per battery charge.

Once powered on, the camera is ready to take pictures in approximately 1.0 second, however disappointingly the camera only comes with 8.3Mb of internal memory - enough to store just two images at the highest setting.

The BESTSHOT menu, which features 34 scene modes now includes a new shooting mode called Revive Shot, created specifically for taking digital pictures of old album photos. Revive Shot adjusts for keystoning as well as brightly refreshes faded colours.

Keen to promote the movie functions of the camera, the Casio EX-S600 also includes an innovative “Past Movie” button that cunningly starts movie recording from 5 seconds before the Movie button is pressed so you don't miss the start of whatever you wanted to record.

The CASIO EXILIM EX-S600 will be available in the UK and Eire from early February 2006 in “Sparkle Silver”, “Mistral Blue”and “Latin Orange”.