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Casio Launches Exilm Engine 8.1MP Cameraphone

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Casio Launches Exilm Engine 8.1MP Cameraphone

Could we be looking at the first true 'camperaphone'?

Yes, am much as the megapixels rush up the fact is so-called cameraphones have yet to match dedicated compacts which is where Casio's 'W63CA' fits in. Boasting to be the world's first 8.1 megapixel cameraphone (that's a whole 0.1 over the opposition) the real claim to fame of this twisty clamshell is that Casio says it will use the same engine as in its highly regarded Exilm camera line.

Consequently with the W63CA we get nine-point autofocus, face detection, anti-shake 6-axis vibration compensation, a 28mm equivalent lens, (unspecified) flash and potentially the best snaps from a mobile phone to date. The usual VGA video recording at 30fps makes it aboard too.

Almost as hot as the camera tech, the W63CA also packs in a 3.1in 480 x 800 resolution OLED display for real Wow Factor and while all this does result in fairly portly dimensions of 110 x 50 x 22mm it is expected to weigh a very reasonable 124g.

The bad news? Japan is the first recipient of the W63CA and Casio hasn't hinted at a global release time frame. That said, with a spec this hot surely this has to be a matter of When and not If...?

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Stelph

October 28, 2008, 11:37 am

Its interesting actually, and probably a reflecion of the mobile phone market now after a certain phone I wont mention here came along and properly shaken up the market, but one of the main questions I find that I ask when reading about a new phone is "what about the operating system"....

Singularity

October 28, 2008, 1:52 pm

Let's hope it is a when and not an if question, sounds like a fantastic device. Does it have a touch screen?

Steve

October 28, 2008, 2:23 pm

About time we had a proper camera phone rather than these Mickey Mouse half-arsed jobbies from Sony Ericsson & Nokia...

Mic

October 28, 2008, 2:38 pm

Even more important - does it have a killer on-screen QWERTY keyboard? So that real people can send real messages and no have to email with silly little buttons made for leprechauns.

Gordon394

October 28, 2008, 3:17 pm

As far as I understand it (a number of details are still pretty vague) it doesn't have a touchscreen and therefore no Qwerty keyboard. The OS wasn't disclosed, but yes I agree it IS a primary question these days. Personally I'd be surprised if it wasn't a Symbian variant.

David 17

October 28, 2008, 4:13 pm

OLED screen will be great indoors, but in direct sunlight it'll be a real disadvantage compared to some LCD screens that cope with that far better. For a phone that should double as a camera, I hope this does not turn out to be much of a problem.

Technology changes, and so sho

October 28, 2008, 4:26 pm

The OS is likely to be a linux variant (jointly developed with the likes of NEC and Panasonic) heavily customised to Casio. The phone is unlikely to ever go outside of Japan as it would be a commercial flop. 8.1MPix, yes; but the handset will be big and ugly and no-one will want to buy it.


The phone market in Japan is markedly different to the rest of the world (not necessarily technologically advanced, but differing consumer habits).


Also, to cram in the camera electronics there will be no room for world radios and antennae, so it will probably never be banded for use abroad.


I'd even be surprised if it had Bluetooth on board as the Japanese don't use the wireless technology greatly.

GherkingTR

October 28, 2008, 4:29 pm

I thought the iphone would bring a market shakeup real fast, but instead, phone manufacturers are drip-feeding us their technology!


Back in July, Japan had yummy phones like this: http://www.mobilegazette.com/s...


... and we sit here in Europe while our 'big-brand' companies design handsets that are years behind the ones that casio/sharp have?!

Technology changes, and so sho

October 28, 2008, 4:47 pm

Well, shut my mouth: it does have Bluetooth for music playback and short-range gaming; but it is CDMA, so not for Europe.

Steve

October 28, 2008, 8:25 pm

@GherkinG





They've been drip feeding us for the last 10 years. Back in 1998, Orange used to have the service whereby one SIM card could handle TWO lines! But in the last 8 or 9 years network operators & handset manufacturers are in bed together and would rather sell us two contracts & two phones instead of allowing our phones to use technology they are easily capable of. It's very sad.

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