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Casio Introduces Exilim Zoom EX-Z70
 August 8, 2006

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CASIO INTRODUCES EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70,
A SLIM, STYLISH DIGITAL CAMERA
WITH 7.2 MEGAPIXELS

Features Easy Mode for Simple Camera Setup

DOVER, NJ, AUGUST 4, 2006 - Casio, Inc., and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of the EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70, a new addition to its stylish series of EXILIM digital cameras. This newest high-resolution member of the EXILIM family delivers an effective 7.2 megapixels.

The EXILIM series has a reputation for transforming the digital camera market. Slim and stylish, packed with superior functionality, and astonishingly easy to use, EXILIM cameras combine the benefits of compact size, intuitive controls, large displays, and long battery life. The release of the new EX-Z70 complements the already available EX-Z60, a high-performance, 6.0-megapixel model released earlier this year. The EX-Z70 increases the resolution to 7.2 megapixels for even more detailed, beautiful photographs.

Like its forerunner, the EX-Z70 features Easy Mode, a user-friendly camera menu for beginners. Easy Mode simplifies the wide array of camera settings to three easy menus (image size, flash, and self-timer). With Easy Mode, users can make camera settings using simple onscreen descriptions, enabling even beginners to get started right away with the fun of photography. A combination of other powerful features ensures that beautiful photos are captured with just a touch of the shutter button:

  • Anti Shake DSP for reducing photo blur due to shaky hands or moving subjects
  • BEST SHOT function for getting optimal photo results simply by selecting a sample image of the type of scene the user wants to shoot
  • Large 2.5-inch LCD for great visibility

The camera's lightweight aluminum body comes finished in either luxurious black or high-quality silver. The top of the body is rounded to give it a soft look, and the overall design is a perfect blend of fashion and functionality. The EX-Z70 captures those priceless moments in a stylish package that puts superior image quality in the palm of every user's hand.

Exclusive to the Casio EXILIM line of digital cameras in the U.S., is the eBay Best Shot mode. eBay Best Shot is currently incorporated into five EXILIM ZOOM models and is the 23 rd of 33 Best Shot modes in the new EX-Z70. eBay Best Shot mode enables automatic image optimization for eBay, configuring photos to fit eBay's recommended specifications for image posting. Images are captured at 1600 x 1200 pixels, and stored in 800 KB files. eBay Best Shot mode also includes Auto Macro, an ideal setting for capturing images of small items such as jewelry, tags, etc., thus automatically adjusting the focus from large items at a distance to fine details in close up shots. Casio's new eBay Best Shot mode is a simpler, faster way to size and optimize images for use on eBay, for email transfer or for use anywhere else on the Web.

"We are excited to be adding yet another EXILIM ZOOM model to our line-up of slim, stylish digital cameras which features the exclusive eBay Best Shot Mode", said Bill Heuer, Senior Vice President of Casio's Digital Imaging Division. "The new EX-Z70 offers consumers even higher resolution with user-friendly features in a compact design with superior image quality anywhere, anytime", he continued.

The EX-Z70 will have a suggested retail price of $249.99 and will be available at retail in September.

EXILIM is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO ., LTD. Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.

Casio, 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 equipments solutions, established in 1957. Casio 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 www.casiousa.com

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EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70 SPECIFICATIONS

Effective Pixels: 7.2 million
Imaging Element 1/2.5-inch square pixel color CCD, (total pixels: 7.41 million)
Image File Format Still images: JPEG (Exif Ver.2.2), DCF1.0 standard, DPOF compliant
Movies AVI (motion JPEG)
Audio WAV
Recording Media Built-in flash memory (image area: 8.3 MB), SD Memory Card/Multimedia Card compatible
Image Size (Pixels) Still images: 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 2048(3:2), 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Movies 640 x 480 (HQ), 512 x 384 (Normal), 320 x 240 (LP)

Data Size:

Image size (pixels)
Image quality/
recording time
File size
Built-in memory (8.3MB)
SD Memory
Card
256MB *1
Still Images

3072 x 2304

Fine/Normal/
Economy

Approx.
4.32MB
2.4MB
1.44MB

Approx.
1/3/5

Approx.
55/97/158

640 x 480

Fine/Normal/
Economy

Approx.
360KB/
240KB/
120KB

Approx.
21/32/59

Approx.
625/938/1742

Movies

640x480 (HQ)

Maximum
Recording
Time per File

Until memory
full*2

Approx. 10.2 Megabits per Second
(30 frames/sec.)

Approx.
6 seconds

Approx.
3 minutes and 16 seconds

512 x 384 (Normal)

Approx. 6.1 Megabits per Second
(30 frames/sec.)

Approx. 11 seconds
Approx. 5 minutes and 27 seconds
320 x 240 (LP)

Approx. 2.45 Megabits per Second
(15 frames/sec.)

Approx.
27 seconds
Approx.
13 minutes and 34 seconds

*1. When using Panasonic (Matsushita) 256 MB card. Capacity depends on card manufacturer.
*2. Within limits of memory and battery life.

Lens/Focal Distance:
F3.1(W) to 5.9(T), f=6.3(W) to 18.9(T)mm (equivalent to approximately 38 to 114mm on a 35mm film camera), 6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
Zoom: 3X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom (12X in combination with optical zoom)
Focusing Contrast Detection:

Auto Focus

Focus Modes: Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area: Spot or Multi
Approximate Focus Range Auto Focus:

Auto Focus: 15.75" to ∞, Macro: 3.94" to 19.69", Infinity Mode: ∞, Manual: 3.94" to ∞ * Range is affected by optical zoom.

Exposure Control:

Metering: Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by CCD

Exposure: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter:

CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter

Still images (Auto):

1/2 to 1/2000 second.

* Shutter speed range may be different depending on the following BEST SHOT scenes: Night Scene: 4 to 1/2000 second, Fireworks: 2 seconds (fixed)

Aperture:

F3.1/4.4, auto switching   * Aperture is affected by optical zoom

White Balance: Auto WB, fixed (6 modes), manual
Sensitivity:

Still images: Auto *, ISO50, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, Movies: Auto *When using "Anti Shake" or "High Sensitivity" functions, maximum is ISO 800.

Recording Functions:

Still images; still images with audio; macro; self-timer; continuous shutter (normal speed, high speed, flash continuous), BEST SHOT, movies with audio, voice recording

Self-timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash:

Flash Modes: Auto Flash, On, Off, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction Flash Range: .33' to 12.14' (W), 1.97' to 6.23' (T)
Flash Continuous Shutter: 1.31' to 6.23' (W), 1.97' to 3.28' (T)

Monitor Screen: 2.5-inch TFT color LCD, 115,200 pixels (480240)
Timekeeping Functions:

Date and time: Recorded with image data, Auto Calendar: to 2049

World Time:

162 cities in 32 time zones, City name, date, time, summer time

Input/Output Terminals: USB / AV connector, USB 2.0 (full-speed) compatible
Microphone: Monaural
Speaker: Monaural
Power Requirements:

Rechargeable lithium ion battery

Battery life:

Approx. 200 still images (CIPA Standards)
Continuous playback: approx. 3hr. 50 min. (still images)
Continuous recording: approx. 1hr. 40min. (movie)
Continuous recording: approx. 3hr. 50 min. (voice recording)

Dimensions:

3.75" (W) x 2.39" (H) x .78" (D) (excluding projections; .64" at thinnest part)

Weight: Approx. 4.16 oz (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundled Accessories:

Rechargeable lithium ion battery, Lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, Strap, CD-ROM

Specifications are subject to change without notice.