Verizon's EXILIM hits stores, but it'll cost you.

casio_exilim_h4webIt’s been spotted a few times before, but Verizon has chosen today to officially push their new EXILIM phone out the door. Technically dubbed the C721, Casio has managed to pack quite a bit into their latest swiveller: the 5.1 megapixel camera is prime among them, and hopefully it lives up to the EXILIM pedigree. We’re talking flash, auto focus, 3x optical zoom and video recording here, so it’s looking to be a very solid shooter.

Speaking of solid, the phone itself is actually built to MIL-STD-810 standards. For those of you who don’t speak Military, rest assured: the phone can withstand ” (immersion and rain), humidity, salt-fog, shock, vibration, dust, solar radiation, altitude, and low and high temperature storage” and still keep ticking. This well built package is rounded out by a rotating 2.3 inch display, expandable memory slot that can handle up to 8 GB of storage, support for VZ Navigator, Visual Voicemail, and V Cast’s Music partnership with Rhapsody.

If you’re a die-hard fan of the flip-phone form factor, it may be worth your time, but it’ll certainly make a dent in your wallet. You can mosey on down to your local Verizon store and pick one up for $329.99 out of pocket with a new 2 year contract, plus a $50 mail in rebate to sweeten the deal. It seems like a lot to pay for a feature phone, especially considering that most of Verizon’s expected summer sellers go for a good hundred dollars less (case in point, enV Touch), but if need a phone you can go to town on, this just might fit the bill.