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December 1, 2004 — Japanese camera manufacturer NHJ released the Che-ez Foxz3, a digital camera only 12mm thick. The 3.2-megapixel Foxz3 will be released this month in Japan in a solid silver color or a special Hello Kitty version. The most attractive feature of this camera is its size. At 3 ounces, the Foxz3 only measures 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.5 inches. This is far thinner than the comparable 3.2-megapixel Casio EX-S100, which is 14.2mm thick.
The slim Foxz3 was definitely built for the point-and-shoot user with its nine scene modes. It has basic manual functions such as exposure compensation and white balance settings. The Foxz3 also has a 2-inch LCD monitor and 4x digital zoom. It can shoot at 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200 or 800 x 600 on its 8MB built-in memory or to an SD card. There is also a movie mode available that can record at the standard 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 resolutions.
The Foxz3’s predecessor, the Che-ez Foxz2 Mini digital camera, is available in the United States for $99.99 on target.com. The cameras are very similar; the main differences are the smaller 1.5-inch LCD screen, less digital zoom, and slightly less megapixels on the Foxz2.