Casio has launched a new compact digital camera that promises to the perfect compainion for the summer.

The new EXILIM EX-Z5 has a matt-brushed, black surface and offers 5 mega-pixel resolution with 3x optical zoom.

The camera also sports a 2.5-inch TFT colour display and a large number of BEST SHOT motif programs, which makes it easy to take photographs at selected moments.

Like many new cameras currently being launched the EX-Z5 features integrated Anti Shake DSP (Digital Signal Processor) technology to reduce the risk of camera shaking.

The innovative Revive Shot function complements the pallet of functions of the EX-Z5. Old and faded photos can be photographed directly out of the photo album and replenished by means of Colour Restoration technology.

A Rapid Flash function takes three pictures with flash in succession in only one second.

The EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z5 is available from the end of May 2006, however isn't currently slated to be available in the UK. Photographers keen to get one will have to travel to the US or Europe.