Casio will release a camera later this month with a 12.1-megapixel CCD, and which is small enough to fit into a shirt pocket.

The Exilim Zoom EX-Z1200 is the successor to the company's 10mp EX-Z1050 (reviewed here) and is the first compact camera to offer a 12.1mp sensor, according to Casio.

The camera incorporates CCD-shift image stabilization and the Exilim Engine 2.0 image processing module with motion analysis technology. These innovative features work together to help prevent blurry shots due to shaky hands, subject movement or poor focus when photographing moving subjects.

In addition, the auto-tracking AF system now combines both face detection and motion analysis technologies – which Casio says follows a moving subject’s face, maintaining both sharp focus and correct exposure.

The EX-Z1200 also features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.8-inch widescreen LCD screen, and a three-shots-per-second shutter speed (when set at three-megapixel image size). It will ship in late May for around £240 plus VAT.