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Casio Extends ExilimŽ Hi-Zoom Range of Cameras with the EX-H30
 January 5, 2011

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CASIO EXTENDS EXILIM® HI-ZOOM RANGE OF CAMERAS WITH THE EX-H30

H30 Offers 24mm, 12.5x Optical Zoom Lens and Can Take 1,000 Photos on a Single Charge*

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 5, 2011 ― Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., today added even more depth to its popular EXILIM® family of digital cameras with the announcement of the 16.1 megapixel EX-H30. With an impressive 24mm, ultra-wide-angle, 12.5X optical zoom lens as well as the ability to capture up to 1,000 photos on a single battery charge (*in accordance with Camera & Imaging Products Association standards), the new EX-H30 offers the versatility that today’s travelers are looking for in a compact digital camera.

Casio EX-H30

“Optics and battery performance are two qualities which should be top of mind for any consumer in the market for a camera to take with them while traveling or on vacation, and the new H30 excels in both areas,” said Toshi Iguchi, Senior General Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Casio America Inc. “Whether you’re near or far, the H30’s powerful zoom and ultra-wide angle lens will help you capture the image you want, while the camera’s exceptional battery performance will allow you to focus on capturing those memories rather than worrying about running out of power or the need to recharge.”

Battery Performance When it Counts
Thanks to Casio’s industry-leading, energy-saving technologies and a high-capacity, rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-130), the new EX-H30 outperforms the competition when it comes to battery life. With one full charge of the battery, consumers can head out for the day, or in some cases, even the week, and document their travels knowing that they’ll have the ability to snap at least 1,000 photos.

Extending the Range
With a powerful 24mm-300mm (35mm equivalent) focal length, the EX-H30’s optics are sure to impress; however, that range can be further extended with no loss in image quality by leveraging Casio’s Single Frame SR Zoom. With Single Frame SR Zoom, users can extend the maximum telephoto range by 1.5X, putting an effective zoom of 18.8X right in the palm of their hand and in a camera body measuring under an inch thick (.95-inches). The ultra‑wide angle capabilities of the EX-H30 are also enhanced with Casio’s Slide Panorama technology, which will allow users to capture natural panoramic images. Furthermore, when panning across the scene, Slide Panorama will automatically recognize moving subjects, and will omit them from the combined points of the final image (maximum of 240-degree panning).

High-Resolution Images and Video
The new EX-H30 couples a high-performance, 16.1 megapixel CCD with Casio’s sensor-shift technology to produce beautiful images with stunning detail. Moreover, the advanced image processing capability provided by Casio’s EXILIM ENGINE 5.0 ensures that color reproduction is clear and bright, and that images have a rich tonal gradation. The new EX-H30 also boasts Casio’s super-resolution technology which will analyze and optimally process the respective areas of the photo that are contoured, textured with a detailed pattern, or flat, to delivering photos of exceptional quality and resolution.

In addition to high-resolution still images, the EX-H30 also offers 720p high-definition video recording with continuous auto-focus. While recording video, users can also take advantage of the camera’s full optical zoom so that they capture the action no matter how far away they are. All images and video can be reviewed right on the camera’s large, three-inch LCD display (460k).

Options for the Enthusiast or Beginner
For the enthusiast shooter looking for more control, Casio includes manual shooting modes on the new EX-H30, such as Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority. For those who value simplicity and want to capture beautiful images with each press of the shutter, Casio’s Premium Auto is the mode to use. When set to Premium Auto, the EX-H30 will automatically analyze the scene being photographed and simultaneously optimize settings for exposure, ISO, sensitivity, focus location, photo blur correction, tonal range, color balance, and level of noise reduction. Premium Auto will automatically distinguish night scenes, back lighting, a blue sky, green trees or a sunset and can sense whether there is a person’s face in the frame, the movement and position of the subject, and whether a tripod is being used. All images are analyzed pixel by pixel to apply different corrections depending on the subject. For example, if Premium Auto recognizes that the subject of the image is a person, it will automatically apply Makeup Mode, and will automatically apply Landscape Mode if it detects that the subject of the image is a landscape.

Useful for travelers is the EX-H30’s Silent Mode. Users can set the EX-H30 to Silent Mode instantly, which will prevent the camera from emitting any sound or flash in order not to disturb those around you. Users can also get creative and have a little fun with their images using the EX-H30’s Dynamic Photo function. With Dynamic Photo, users can combine moving characters preloaded to the camera’s memory, with a still image or movie background of their choice.

The Casio EX-H30 will be available in four colors, including silver, black, red, and gold, and will ship in March 2011 for $249.99.

* In accordance with Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards: Temperature 23°C, LCD screen on, alternating between wide angle and telephoto zoom every 30 seconds, flash usage once every two shots, and powering on and off after every tenth shot.

EX-H30 Specifications

 

EX-H30

Number of Effective Pixels

16.1 megapixels(/million)

Image Sensor

 

1/2.3-inch square pixel CCD

Total Pixels

16.57 megapixels(/million)

File Format

Still Images

JPEG (Exif Version 2.3, DCF 2.0 standard, DPOF compliant)

Movies

AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)

Audio (Voice Recording)

WAV format (monaural)

Built-in Flash Memory (Image Area)*1

TBA

Recording Media

SD Memory Card*2, SDHC Memory Card , SDXC Memory Card compatible 

Number of Recorded Pixels

Still Images

16M (4608 x 3456), 3:2 (4608 x 3072), 16:9 (4608 x 2592),
10M (3648 x 2736), 5M (2560 x 1920), 3M (2048 x 1536), VGA (640 x 480)

Movies

HD: 1280 x 720 (24 fps) , STD: 640 x 480 (30 fps)

Recording Capacity
(Maximum Image Size Setting)

Still Images
(JPEG)

SD Memory Card 1GB*3

TBA

Movies

Recording Time

TBA

SD Memory Card 1GB*3

TBA

Continuous Shutter

High-speed Continuous Shutter

Approx. 10 frames per second at 1280 x 960 pixels
Approx. 4 frames per second at 1600 x 1200 pixels

Flash Continuous Shutter

Approx. 3 frames per second at 1600 x 1200 pixels (Up to 3 shots)

Lens

Construction

9 lenses in 8 groups, including aspherical lens

F-number

F3.0 (W) to F5.9 (T)

Focal Length

 

f = 4.24 to 53.0mm

35mm Film Equivalent

Approx. 24 to 300mm

Zoom Ratio

12.5X optical zoom, 18.8X Single Frame SR Zoom,
4X digital zoom, 199.3X maximum digital zoom (in combination with HD Zoom, VGA size)

Focusing

Focus Type

Contrast Detection Auto Focus

Focus Modes

Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Super Macro, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus

AF Area

Intelligent, Spot, Multi, Tracking

AF Assist Lamp

Yes

Focus Range*5
(From Lens Surface)

Auto Focus

Approx. 2” to infinity (W)

Macro

Approx. 0.4” ~ 20” (Fifth step from widest setting)

Super Macro

Approx. 0.4” ~ 20”

Infinity Mode

Infinity

Manual Focus

Approx. 2” to infinity (W)

Exposure

Exposure Metering

Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element

Exposure Control

Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Manual Exposure

Exposure Compensation

-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)

Shutter

 

CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter

Shutter Speed*6

Auto

1/2 to 1/2000 second

Aperture
Priority AE

1 to 1/2000 second

Shutter Speed
Priority AE

8 to 1/2000 second (not fixed)

Manual
Exposure

8 to 1/2000 second (not fixed)

Aperture*5

F3.0 (W) to F7.9 (W)*7

White Balance

Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, Manual WB

Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*8

Still Images

Auto, ISO80, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600, ISO3200

Movies

Auto

Other
Recording Functions

Image Stabilization Mechanism

CCD-shift image stabilization

Premium AUTO

Yes

Make-up Mode

Yes (12-level steps)

Landscape Mode

Yes (Vivid Landscape: 2-level steps / Mist Removal: 2-level steps)

Handheld Night Scene

Yes

Lighting Function

Yes

BEST SHOT

 

Yes: 36 scenes

Dynamic Photo

Yes

Multi-motion Image

Yes

YouTube™ Capture Mode

Yes

Voice Recording

Yes

Face Detection

Yes

Auto Shutter

Yes

Self-timer

10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer

Built-in Flash

Flash Modes

Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction

Flash Range*5

TBA

Monitor Screen

3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 460,800 dots (960 x 480)

Timekeeping Functions

Date and Time

Recorded with image data

On-image Time Stamp Function

Yes

Auto Calendar

To 2049

World Time

162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, daylight saving time

External connection terminal

USB port(High-Speed USB compatible) / AV output terminal(NTSC/PAL)

Microphone

Monaural

Speaker

Monaural

Power Requirements

Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-130)

Battery Life

Number of Shots*12
(CIPA Standards)

TBA

Dimensions

WxHxD
(CIPA Standards)

4.13” x 2.33” x 1.13” (.95” thickness excluding protruding parts)

Weight (CIPA Standards)

Approx. 7.1oz (including Battery and Memory Card*3) approx.5.7oz (excluding Battery and Memory Card)

Bundled Accessories

Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery (NP-130), Lithium Ion Battery Charger (BC-130L), AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM

  1. Built-in memory capacity after formatting.
  2. Compatible with Eye-Fi Card, an SD memory card-type wireless LAN.
  3. When using Panasonic Pro High Speed 1GB SD Memory Card.
  4. Within limits of memory and battery life.
  5. Range is affected by optical zoom.
  6. May differ according to camera settings.
  7. F7.9 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used.
  8. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity; REI: Recommended Exposure Index.

EXILIM, Dynamic Photo and BEST SHOT are registered trademarks or trademarks of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. YouTube is a registered trademark of YouTube, LLC. Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.

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About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions, established in 1957. Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit http://www.casiousa.com or http://pressroom.exilim.casio.com.

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