Casio rocks it this year with the Exilim Zoom EX-Z280 digital camera, and we like it enough that we are recommending it in this years gift guide. It sports a dedicated Easy Mode, making it easy enough for pretty much anyone who enjoys pressing buttons to operate, while still maintaining the advanced features for more experienced pros, including ones that you don’t typically find on budget-priced digital cameras. One such feature is mechanical (instead of digital) image stabilization, giving you nice clear shots while you stumble around during a holiday party after one-too-many eggnogs, as well as a 4x optical zoom lens. In addition, it shoots video in 720p, so it can even take the place of your Flip-style camcorder. You can grab one now for $173 on Amazon.
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We always appreciate when a company ups their product with technology as Verizon has done with their Casio Exilim. Their first camera phone features a 5.1 megapixel sensor and a 3x optical zoom that allows cropping without detail loss. The display swivels to give an extra coverage while the phone is being used as a camera. The cellie also supports V Cast music, Visual Voice Mail and VZ Navigator. Verizon is offering the phone for $449.99, $279.99 with a 2 year contract.
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