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Casio Introduces Flagship Exilim Zoom Digital Camera with 12 Megapixels
 May 21, 2007

Rachel Max/Jennifer Lilly
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Melissa Keklak
Casio, Inc.
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CASIO INTRODUCES FLAGSHIP EXILIM ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA WITH 12 MEGAPIXELS
Featuring a slim, stylish look packed with superior functions like auto-tracking AF with motion analysis technology and a CCD-shift anti-shake mechanism

DOVER, NJ, MAY 21, 2007 – Casio, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced the release of the newest model in the stylish series of EXILIM digital cameras, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200. The new camera is Casio's flagship EXILIM Zoom, boasting a world-leading 12.1 effective megapixels to deliver both high resolution and premium performance.

It has only been a year since Casio released the revolutionary EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1000, the first digital camera in the world to deliver 10.1 megapixel resolution in a size that fits easily in the palm of the hand. The EX-Z1000 won acclaim for making it simpler than ever to capture images at a remarkably high resolution, and its trend-setting performance put it at the forefront of the market.

"The newest addition of the slim, stylish EXILIM line represents Casio's continuing objective to produce innovative products fit for everyone's needs," said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio's Digital Imaging Division.  "The EX-Z1200 incorporates the same characteristics from the EX-Z1000 and adds new features such as face detection and motion analysis technology which make photographs more life like."

Now, going one step beyond the EX-Z1000, the new flagship EX-Z1200 offers 12.1 megapixel resolution - the highest available in any compact digital camera. At this amazing level of detail, photos print crystal-clear even in large sizes or when trimmed to show just one part of the image.  It incorporates CCD-shift image stabilization and the latest 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 such as children or pets.

In addition, the auto-tracking AF system now combines both face detection and motion analysis technologies. With this revolutionary new system, once the focus is locked in, it follows a moving subject's face, maintaining both sharp focus andcorrect exposure.

MAIN FEATURES

  • 12.1 million effective pixels; 3X optical zoom
  • CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism
  • Incorporates the latest EXILIM Engine 2.0 image processing module featuring motion analysis technology
    • Blur-reduction technologies:
      • Automatically analyzes the velocity and vector of a moving subject and sets the most appropriate ISO sensitivity and shutter speed.
      • Anti Shake DSP reduces blur due to shaky hands and subject movement, using high shutter speeds and high sensitivity settings.
      • Movie mode with electronic camera shake compensation function.
    • Tonal range control reduces loss of detail in bright and dark areas, and helps to achieve smoother expression of skin tones and clear blue skies.
  • Auto-tracking AF system maintains both sharp focus and correct exposure for a human face using both face detection*1 and motion analysis technologies.
  • Maximum 3 shot/second*2 shutter speed (when set at 3.0 megapixel image size)
  • 2.8-inch Wide and Bright LCD display (maximum brightness of 1400cd/m2 at center of screen) makes viewing in bright outdoor light easier than ever before.

Exclusive to the Casio EXILIM line of digital cameras in the U.S., is the eBayŽ Best Shot mode.  The eBay Best Shot mode is one of 34 Best Shot Modes featured in the EX-Z1200.  eBay Best Shot takes photos at a size that is image optimized for display on eBay, allowing picture takers to more quickly and easily create photos for selling items on eBay.  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 acquiring fine details in close up shots to capturing large items from a distance.  eBay Best Shot mode allows users to capture optimized images at an ideal size for eBay.   For ease of use, eBay photos are stored in a special eBay directory.

The EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200 will have a suggested retail price of $399.99 and will be available at retail in mid-July in two fashionable colors – silver and black. 

*1. "Face Detection feature" includes a face detection technology provided by OKI's face image processing engine, FSE (Face Sensing Engine). *2. Number of shots can vary depending on the memory card used.

EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-Z1200 Specifications

Effective Pixels 12.1 million
Imaging Element 1/1.7-inch square pixel color CCD (total pixels: 12.39 million)
Image File Format

Still images: JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant

Movies H.264/AVC, MOV format
Audio WAV (monaural)
Recording Media Built-in flash memory (image area: 11.4MB), SDHC Memory Card / SD Memory Card / Multimedia Card / Multimedia Card plus compatible
Image Size (Pixels) Still Images: 4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2656 (3:2), 4000 x 2240 (16:9), 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
Movies 848 x 480 (UHQ Wide/HQ Wide), 640 x 480 (UHQ/HQ/Normal), 320 x 240 (LP)

Data Size:


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

4000 x 3000

Fine/
Normal/
Economy

Approx.
7.87 MB/
4.13 MB/
2.76 MB

Approx.
1 shot/
2 shots/
4 shots

Approx.
122 shots/
234 shots/
350 shots

640 x 480

Fine/
Normal/
Economy

Approx.
330 KB/
190 KB/
140 KB

Approx.
34 shots/
60 shots/
82 shots

Approx.
2930 shots/
5090 shots/
6908 shots

Movies

640 x 480 (UHQ)

Maximum
Recording Time
per File.
Limited to Available Memory or 4GB.

Approx.
5.8 Megabits per Second
(20 frames/second)

Approx.
16 seconds

Approx.
22 minutes,
50 seconds

848 x 480
(UHQ Wide)

Approx.
7.0 Megabits per Second
(20 frames/second)

Approx.
13 seconds

Approx.
18 minutes,
54 seconds

640 x 480
(HQ)

Approx.
2.8 Megabits per Second
(20 frames/second)

Approx.
33 seconds

Approx.
47 minutes,
30 seconds

848 x 480
(HQ Wide)

Approx.
3.4 Megabits per Second
(20 frames/second)

Approx.
27 seconds

Approx.
39 minutes,
4 seconds

640 x 480 (Normal)

Approx.
1.4 Megabits per Second
(20 frames/second)

Approx.
1 minute, 
7 seconds

Approx.
1 hour,
34 minutes

320 x 240
(LP)

Approx.
845 Kilobits per Second
(20 frames/second)

Approx.
1 minutes,  51 seconds

Approx.
2 hour,
35 minutes

*1. When using Panasonic (Matsushita) Pro High Speed SD Memory Card.

Operating Speed:   Power on to first shot: approximately 1.7 seconds*2
Shutter release time lag: approximately 0.009 second*2
Image playback: 0.1 second/image
Shot to shot time: approximately 2.0 seconds*2*3
Continuous shutter: approximately 1.6-second intervals*3
High-speed continuous shutter: maximum is 3 frames per second*4
Rapid Flash: approximately 3 frames per second
    
*2. With built-in flash off.
*3. With image size set at 4000 x 3000 and using normal image quality.
*4. Image is fixed at 2048x1536 and using normal image quality.
Lens/Focal Distance: F2.8 to 5.4, f=7.9 to 23.7mm (equivalent to approximately 37 to 111mm on a 35mm film camera), 7 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
Zoom: 3X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom (image size: 4000x3000 pixels, 12X in combination with optical zoom)
Focusing:  Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Modes: Auto Focus (still image only), Macro Mode, Pan Focus (movie recording only), Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area: Spot, Multi or Tracking; with AF assist lamp
Approximate Focus Range:  Auto Focus: 15.75"*5 to ∞
Macro: 2.36" to 19.69"*5
Infinity Mode: ∞
Manual Focus: 2.36"*5 to ∞
*5. Range is affected by optical zoom.
Exposure Control: Metering: Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure: Program AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter: CCD shutter, mechanical shutter,
Program AE: 1/4 to 1/2000 second*6,
Aperture Priority AE: 1 to 1/2000 second*6,
Shutter Speed Priority AE and Manual Exposure: 30 to 1/2000 second*6
*6. Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene.
Aperture:  F2.8/F8.0*7, auto switching 
*7. Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change. F8.0 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used.
White Balance: Auto, fixed (6 modes), manual
Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*8: Still images: Auto*9, ISO50, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400
Movies: Auto
*8. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index.
*9. When using Anti Shake function, maximum is ISO 800. When using BEST SHOT "High Sensitivity" function, maximum is ISO 1600.
Recording Functions: Still images; still images with audio (maximum around 30 seconds); macro; self-timer; continuous shutter (normal speed, high speed, rapid flash, zoom continuous), BEST SHOT, movies with audio, MOVIE BEST SHOT, voice recording
Self-timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash: Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Range: approx. 13.12' (W), approx. .98' to 6.89' (T)
Rapid Flash: approx. .98' to 7.87' (W), approx. .98' to 3.94' (T)
Monitor Screen: 2.8-inch TFT color LCD (14:9), 230,400 pixels (960 x 240)
Timekeeping Functions: Date and time: recorded with image data; Auto Calendar: To 2049
On-image time stamp function
World Time: 162 cities in 32 time zones, City name, date, time, summer time
Input/Output Terminals: USB cradle connector, USB2.0 (Hi-Speed) compatible
Microphone:  Monaural
Speaker:  Monaural
Power Requirements: Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-40) x 1
Battery life: Approx. 340 still images*10 (CIPA Standards)
Continuous playback: approx 8 hr. 10 min. (still images)
Continuous recording: approx 9 hr. 40 min. (voice recording)
*10. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting
Dimensions: 3.67" (W) x 2.30" (H) x .88" (D) (excluding projections, .78" at thinnest part)
Weight: Approximately 5.36 oz (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundled Accessories: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, USB cradle, USB cable, AV cable, Special AC adaptor, AC power cord, strap, CD-ROM

Specifications subject to change without notice.

EXILIM is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. "FSE" is a product provided by Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. For more information about "FSE", visit OKI's website at http://www.oki.com/. 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 equipment 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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